Not to be left behind in the mobile kitchen craze, Richardson finally has its own food truck park. After overcoming numerous obstacles (including Oncor showing up late to the electricity party), the soft-opening date became a moving target. Although months behind schedule, the little food truck park that could swung its chain-link gate wide open last week.
Given the park’s unassuming location, sandwiched between an oil change place and a forgotten appliance store, you might not expect much, but it’s shaping up to be a gem in the rough. Two large dog-friendly patio areas provide plenty of seating, anchored by a bar converted from an old shipping container. Adults will love the roving bartender’s selection of wine, local beer, prosecco on tap and cocktails such as the Interbourbon. Kids will be entertained by a few rounds of ladderball and bean-bag toss. Sparkling clean restrooms will suit the needs of both.
Of course, none of that will matter without stellar food. With a rotating list of over 20 food trucks scheduled to swing by (3-5 at a time), it’s worth taking a look-see. Among those on the calendar are some tried and true faves like Easy Slider, Ruthie’s Rolling Café and Ssahm BBQ, as well as some less familiar outfits such as Misha (Russian fusion). This past Sunday’s lunchtime lineup of trucks was The Great Australian Meat Pie Co., Cup Cakin’ and Azucar (Latin American Cuisine).
Judging by the delish factor of Azucar’s Mayan tacos, the RFTP is bound for success. Though not “tacos” in the traditional sense (but Azucar has those, too), they’ve landed a spot on Thrillist’s “Best Under-the-Radar Tacos around Dallas” list for good reason. The fluffy frybreads (2 for $10) are layered with creamy black beans, your choice of chicken or brisket, and crispy onions and lettuce, topped with a sour cream drizzle. All by themselves, they will make your trip out a worthwhile one.
To plan your visit strategically, study the RFTP website’s calendar or Facebook page (many of the trucks have their own pages and preferred mobile apps as well). Be on the lookout for Friday afternoon happy hour specials. With the park just a five minute walk from Arapaho Station, DART is your designated driver.
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Richardson Food Truck Park, 522 Bishop Ave., 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.