A Welcome Truck Yard in a Food-truck Wasteland

With his East Dallas Truck Yard, Jason Boso helps Dallas finally do food trucks right.

The scrutiny, really, belongs on the quality of the food trucks in Dallas, which save for a few exceptions — Easy Slider, Nammi, Ssham and Bombay Street Food come to mind — is dismal compared to other cities, even smaller ones like Austin. Even with the loosened restrictions, Dallas joins Chicago as one of the toughest cities in the country in which to operate a food truck. Had the city embraced the trucks earlier as a catalyst for culinary creativity and commerce, there would likely be a lot more of them to choose from.

Of course you can always soothe yourself with a cheesesteak if you don't like the trucks that are parked when you're there. In the back of Boso's beer shack, two flat grills belch a greasy cloud of beef-scented steam into the air. Forget Steak-umm or frozen beef sliced and shipped from somewhere far away. Boso's contribution to the food at the Truck Yard is a glorious sandwich built from a whole prime rib roast sliced into paper-thin folds right behind the counter.

If Velveeta is the processed cheese food of Tex-Mex, Cheez Whiz is the modified dairy of this Philadelphian blue-collar sandwich. Administered with a hand-pump, the DayGlo-orange sauce drapes itself over the freshly griddled beef, then slowly recedes into the cheesesteak's center, where it patiently waits to burn some new texture into your tongue. Provolone or American cheese are available, as are cooked peppers and onions and other toppings, and they're all tucked into a roll from Village Bakery in quantities that test the bread's structural limits. Be sure to grab a few sheets off the paper towel rolls on the tables. You wouldn't stand a chance with napkins.

If you can’t find something to love in the yard, turn around and march to a cheesesteak.
Catherine Downes
If you can’t find something to love in the yard, turn around and march to a cheesesteak.

Location Info

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Truck Yard

5624 Sears St.
Dallas, TX 75206

Category: Restaurant > Bar Food

Region: East Dallas & Lakewood

Details

Truck Yard

5624 Sears St., 469-500-0139, texastruckyard.com. 11 a.m.-midnight daily. $

Paired with a permanent Carnival Barker's ice cream stand, the cheesesteaks don't leave much room for exploring the food trucks, which you should, even if the scene here is not as good as in other cities. But at least now Dallas has a place for mobile kitchens and their followers to come together and hang out a while. Places like this might even inspire a few new food trucks in the future.

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6 comments
looptwelve
looptwelve

"I'm from uptown and when I heard about it, I thought it sounded kinda weird" ... no, please, stay in uptown. Just go eat at sfuzzi and pass out in your trust fund circle jerk.

sack11man
sack11man

The TruckYard is a cool idea, but I hear when GrubPirate is ready, food truck parks are going to be a thing of the past.

thrux
thrux

Its not all that bad, but I kind felt the vibe was what if corporate big whigs at Friday's or Applebees decided to open an Austin themed restaurant. I guess the Dallas shows through

Ahoy
Ahoy

"The rules limited revenue..."

What's the point of that?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

As the author wrote, the quality of the food trucks can be lacking compared to Portland or Austin, but unlike truck parks in those cities there is a full bar, tvs, and ample seating so you're not stuck sitting on a curb to eat.

It's a cool concept and a fun scene. I thought the cheesesteak was good and will definitely return.

 
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