Monday, April 23, 2012 at 10:01 a.m.
Dear Potential Food Truck Entrepreneurs of Dallas,
Please, for the love of Krishna, start an Indian food truck. Please park outside my favorite bars late at night (Deep Ellum would be a good spot) so I can fill my neglected belly with your spicy flavorful goodness. There's just something about the warm essence of Indian food that's so comforting after a night of getting sloshed, yet sadly we remain a stranger to such delights, with Indian cuisine mostly relegated to the outlying suburbs and bargain basement-priced lunch buffets.
Please offer perfectly fragrant and fluffy basmati rice, the perfect sidekick to soak up spicy chicken tikka masala or lamb vindaloo. (That stuff holds up pretty well in steam tables for service, you know.) Vegetarian options would be welcome -- I bet aloo curry or saag paneer would be excellent sellers.
Make your own pillowy fresh naan throughout the day, and consider also smearing it with cool-as-a-fan raita and tangy chutney, and using it as an edible blanket to wrap up spiced meats from your grill for tasty hand-held sandwiches. They'd be perfect for those hurried lunchers with their damn Bluetooth headsets in need of one-handed meals.
If you need further inspiration, you need only look three hours south to Austin, where a truck called Naan Stop (get it!?) roams the downtown streets, offering sustenance to intoxicated college kids and clubgoers after hours. On a recent visit I feasted on hot, fresh Indian food from a styrofoam container at 3 a.m. after a few too many beers and couldn't have been happier.
A clever gimmicky name certainly wouldn't hurt, either. Kurry in a Hurry? Bangla-Dash? Naan & On? Kebab 'n Weave? Rollin' Roti? Whatever you decide will be fine, I'm sure. Just don't leave me waiting too much longer; I don't know how many more late-night tacos I can handle.