DTX Food Trucks

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Sofia G. '17

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As you walk your dog beside the freshly mowed grass of Klyde Warren Park in the searing summer sun, your stomach roars with hunger and your heart yearns for a sweet treat. If only there was a convenient, hip way of ordering delicious meals at your disposal. To your surprise, you discover the wonders of the luxurious restaurants on wheels, also known as food trucks.
Food trucks, the culinary sensation that have transformed our definition of food “on the go,” were not always the chic trend we see in our modern world. Contrary to today’s reality, these mobile restaurants inexpensively once served the busy worker eager to continue on his way.
In the late 1950s, these trucks, often referred to as “roach coaches,” plagued the blue collar areas of Dallas. The sound of sturdy tires crushing the gravel beneath it and the rev of a mighty engine signaled a communal sense of relief and happiness shared among co-workers as break time was upon them.
Prior to roach coaches ruling the streets, its original ancestor, the chuck wagon, evolved deep in the heart of Texas during the late 1800s as a means of storing supplies necessary for lengthy cattle herds. It was not until this recent decade that the mobile cuisine gained popularity and earned a luxurious status.
According to New York magazine, the food truck industry has “largely transcended its roach-coach classification and is now a respectable venue for aspiring chefs to launch careers.” A nationwide recession is thought to be the source of a recent burst in food truck population.
A positive outcome emerged from a seemingly somber time in the United States, as the recession of 2008 impacted many gourmet chefs who lost their jobs. With a passion for food and culinary talents, the next move for these anxious chefs was evident: food trucks. Little did they know their economic decision would revolutionize modern cuisine.
Eager to share their enthusiasm for food with the world, other local chefs like Matt, founder of Moe Joe A Go-Go “really had an overwhelming desire to take on the challenge” and share his “desire to follow [his] lifelong passion for coffee and break into the roasting and coffee marketing business!”
Food trucks offer customers exposure to new cultures and customs they would never otherwise encounter. With an international gourmet platter at your disposal, you can travel to any corner of the earth through a simple bite.
These Zagat-rated restaurants on wheels range from Crazy Fish’s on-the-go Japanese meals to Simply Dosa’s Indian cuisine. Others include the Texas Burrito Company, Ruthie’s Café, and Yummy Pizza Truck. Even with these delicious platters, many customers feel they are missing something. After all, what’s a meal without dessert?
Not to worry, many popular food trucks in the Dallas area specialize in dessert delights. Coolhaus’ ice cream sandwiches are a favorite among Ursuline students. Cup Cakin’ also delivers a portable cupcake for a sweet treat on-the-go.
Ursuline Academy of Dallas happily hosted Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Little Greek, and Cup Cakin’ for a fun-filled lunch. However, the local food trucks do not normally frequent the Bears’ campus. Throughout the week, most trucks are located in the Bishop Arts District, Klyde Warren Park, and the Truck Yard at 5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206 of course.
Every single day, these trucks travel the streets of Dallas, keeping customers satisfied and wanting more. Any time you are in need of a quick bite to eat or crave a gourmet meal on wheels, visit http://roaminghunger.com/dfw/ to find a food truck near you and explore the variety of delicious cuisines offered in your very own Dallas area.

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