In a lot of ways Dallas is a city of balance, with a foot in the past and a foot in the future; a foot steeped in Latin influence and a foot perched firmly on pure Americana. It's a dual spirit that pervades every aspect of living here, not to mention eating here. The Dallas food scene, and by extension the thriving Dallas food truck scene, mirrors the city's own balancing act, giving you Tex-Mex and beyond, line-blurring BBQ, and a diverse collection of other tastes delivered in big Texas portions, and even bigger attitude.
It's a city whose strong sense of identity is matched only by its willingness to try fresh things, and whose innovations are always grounded in tradition. Proven tastes meet bold new techniques, and familiar forms meet vibrant new flavors on a roster of Dallas food trucks that can truly please every Texan's tastebuds. Not to mention expand them. It's all a tricky balancing act, but that's exactly what comes natural here.
By all accounts, Easy Slider's not only risen to the top of the Dallas Fort Worth food truck scene, it's come to help define it. Over the years, a truck whose mission started as humbly as the sliders themselves slowly blossomed into a full-blown enterprise, climaxing in a permanent move to brick-and-mortar status. But the food truck itself remains wildly popular, providing grilled comfort and fiery imagination wherever it drives in DFW. It's the other trucks' job to rise up and meet 'em. And it's your job to visit & eat. Your job's easier.
In case you hadn't figured as much out for yourself, sliders are the thing onboard, and they come in varieties as strange as they are wonderful. Star of the show is the Sweet & Lowdown, which marries angus beef to bacon, goat cheese & strawberry jam to craft a mashup that tastes ten times its size. Equally eccentric offerings like the Nutty Pig (angus plus bacon plus lettuce, tomato and red onion plus, you know, creamy peanut butter, no big deal) follow, alongside a special slider that rotates monthly. All in all, the truck's a wide collection of tastes sized perfectly to let you sample the full tour.
Turns out grilled offerings are just the kind of thing that does well for food trucks in Dallas, go figure. The line between hearty comfort and authentic Texan BBQ is often a blurry one, with traditionally southern staples blending effortlessly into menus of broader scope. Specifically, Dallas BBQ may be a tough thing to define, but it goes without saying that it's all quite easy to eat.
Most curious of all is The Butcher's Son; a Dallas food truck success story in reverse. What began as a promo truck for Johnsonville brats evolved into a must-try destination (wherever that destination drives), thanks to the bold twists founders Jon Wagner and Dain Pool gave to each dish. Sandwiches like the Santa Fe Sunset (Chipotle Mont. Jack Chicken Sausage, Black Bean Salsa, Fried Jalapenos, Tomato, Onion Avocado & Cilantro Aioli on a Brioche bun) and the Cajun Yankee (Naval Pastrami, Andouille Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Swiss & Spicy Mustard on a Brioche bun) get supported by a full menu of equally inventive sliders and quesadillas. It all feels like the kind of grass-roots enterprise any sponsor would be grateful to jump onboard for, which makes it all the odder that in this case, the sponsor arrived first. Turns out odd tastes delicious.
Ruthie's Rolling Cafe might have a more traditional story, but traditional's not a word that does their sandwiches justice. The spirit of Dallas BBQ still hovers above the grill, with BBQ brisket/cheddar on sourdough staple The Boss anchoring the menu. Tethered to it is a host of big Texas melts that hue hot, sweet and savory. Sometimes all at once. Meanwhile, Not Just Q spells out a similar mission, right in the name - but delivers that Q in heartier, more traditional ways than you might expect. Classic brisket and pork sit alongside the likes of turkey and sausage, with sides like garlic green beans and smoked pit beans that expand the food truck's flavor profile. Finally, the option to craft tacos from your meat of choice & pair them with Mexican slaw injects some south of the border fusion.
Tex-Mex is arguably one of the country's oldest fusion trends, pre-dating the term, even. And in Dallas, it remains as strong as ever. More than a trend, the food's one of the essential building blocks of city culture. Tex Mex food trucks occupy a large percentage of overall Dallas food trucks, crafting Latin traditions scattered into American comforts. But these days, Tex Mex is just the start of the Latin fusion experiment. Taco trucks are treating the tortilla like their own blank canvas - capable of being turned into countless works of diverse art.
Azucar's a hidden gem amongst Dallas food trucks, but demonstrates taco truck globalization as well as anyone else in town. Voted Best Under-The-Radar Tacos by Thrillist, their frybread-based Mayan tacos are closer to mini-sopas than anything else. Cuban quesadillas and fried plantain chips drag the Latin influence offshore, and smoky brisket bowls brings the world tour all the way home. Speaking of home, The Texas Burrito Company may stick closer to it, inspiration-wise, but it doesn't make their flavors any less sophisticated. A menu loaded with mashups from north and south of the border will satisfy your longhorn appetite & need for fuego, all at once. There's even a meatless option wrapped in wheat called the Treehugger, to cover bases for every guest.
So-Cal Tacos might be the boldest of the whole bunch, zooming past fusion to commit straight-up blasphemy. At least by Texas standards. It's a Dallas taco truck that culls its inspiration from California, blasting Mexican favorites with coastal inspiration, and making this state a little more golden with every stop. From the San Diego (panko-crusted fish with cabbage slaw and cilantro aioli) to the whipped-egg breakfast burrito, there's Cali comfort to spare. Which is more than can be said of the food itself - that has a way of disappearing rather quickly. The Gamechanger taco reigns as the star attraction onboard, and with honey-chipotle grilled salmon, feta cheese, and more cilantro aioli, it lives up to its name. Catch So-Cal Tacos & discover just how delicious blasphemy can taste.
Bellatrino delivers gourmet Neapolitan pizza right from the Texas-sized wood-burning oven onboard, fired up in 70 seconds. All greens are local and organic, while key other ingredients, from San Marzano tomatoes to the famed Double Zero Caputo flour, are imported straight from Italy. Just as fresh-baked and twice as decadent is dessert food truck Dough Boy Donuts, which gives North Texas the kinds of doughnuts that exceed even your own daydreams. Flavors range from Sriracha candied-bacon with maple glaze to lemon zest glaze with crushed Skittles, ensuring your imagination will be as happy as your tastebuds.
For a truck that knocks out sweet and savory in equal measure, Fried Pies For All provides dual satisfaction, from Fort Worth to Dallas and beyond. Pies rotate daily and seasonally, but on any given day, you can find flavors like jalapeÃ±o bacon mac, bbq pork, Nutella, and caramel apple. Run by a husband and wife team, all recipes are homemade and fresh-made, giving you a flaky, scrumptious way to get filled up, for dessert or for the whole dang meal.
As always, check out the live DFW food truck map above or on the Roaming Hunger app to find the most accurate, up-to-the-minute location info for all trucks listed, alongside countless more options.
Klyde Warren Park hosts trucks every Saturday from 11 am til 3 pm, and several pop ups throughout the week as well. Truck Yard is perhaps Dallas' biggest food truck destination, hosting scores of local favorites from 11 am til midnight, every day of the week (though post-9pm it's strictly 21+). Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Fort Worth Park hosts Ft. Worth food trucks and Dallas food trucks all day on weekends(including all day Friday).
The Dallas Farmer's Market is also a favorite, with food trucks in constant rotation complimenting the more permanent options there. If you find yourself over in Denton, Eastside hosts an array of food trucks to rival any in North Texas. Finally, the TCU area's always buzzing - from morning to late nights, specifically on Berry street, giving students & locals alike quick options that are heavy on whimsy.
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