The food truck industry has fascinated me for several years now. For a long time, the craze hadn’t moved north of Austin but over the past few years, I’m excited to say, that it’s beginning to migrate. First it was a few trucks on Magnolia in Fort Worth. It quickly spread to the college campuses and in December of 2011, the Fort Worth Food Park was a welcome addition to the Fort Worth food culture.
Saturday, after convincing my husband I wasn’t taking him to the food court in the mall (he was struggling to grasp the concept), we headed to just North of the West 7th District to scope out this hidden gem. My only instructions were that it was directly “behind the Target SuperCenter”. Bryan wasn’t too thrilled when I literally led him through the back alley of Target, dumpsters and all. So for all of you looking for it, it is on the street behind Target! 2509 Weisenberger Street, FW 76107 to be more specific.
Don’t let the address fool you. Yes, this is an industrial business street complete with warehouses protected by chain link fences. The block of cars lining the street and filling the parking lots led me to believe we were close. We were. You can park anywhere along the street except for the parking lot directly across the street from the food park with the sign that says you will be towed. They must mean business because the food park has a sign upon entrance reminding guests not to park there. Although the location might sound odd and all being on an industrial street, the circle of trucks create a secluded area around the picnic tables that feels more like you’re hanging out at picnic tables in Luchenbach, Texas, with Waylon and Willie, than in between warehouses. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself. The place is even equipped with really nice bathrooms – not port-o-potties!
We decided to get something from each truck so we could try everything. Of course we got a burger and fries from Fred’s Truck Wagon. They were juicy and tasted like they came off the backyard grill. The Weiner Man offered such a scrumptious hot dog. They all looked appealing but we got the plain one with just cheese, mustard and onion. Boy ‘o boy was it really good. This dog was all about the bun. It sure did seem home made to me. It was a brioche type bun with a yummy buttery crust.
The complete shock of the night was how much we both loved Good Karma Kitchen. Neither one of us have ever been big on vegetarian or gluten free food. This place turned us around fo’ sho’! The bean and soy crumbled faux “beef” nachos were better than some Mexican food restaurants. We inhaled them. If there hadn’t of been so much more food to try, I would have gone back for more. I am now a huge fan. I’ve heard they have great tomato soup so I will have to go back soon to try it. The street tacos from Salsa Limon were a real treat and were so fresh with their cabbage and cilantro slaw. We sampled the chicken and the beef on mini homemade corn tortillas. The Munch Box was only serving menu items with pork belly, not my favorite. We decided to give the pork belly lettuce wraps a try anyway. The flavors of sesame oil, soy and cilantro melded so well together. I would have loved them if they weren’t full of pork belly so I just ate around it. They came in a cute, little box. Yes, I am a marketers dream come true!
There was one disappointment of the evening, the red velvet cupcake from Red Jett Cupcakes. I was thinking to myself, “For $3 this small cupcake better be heavenly.” It was far from it. The cake was very dry and crumbly. The frosting was a perfect cream cheese variety but without a nice moist cake, it doesn’t quite do it. I ate the frosting and threw away the cake. Can’t let a perfectly good concoction of butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar go to waste! There has to be a cupcake sin against it. The friends whom I told about my cupcake experience were surprised. They said that it must have been an off night for them. I’m not sure if their word is enough for me to try it again but I might.
Bottom line, I am definitely going back. I missed Lee’s Grilled Cheese! I heard that their Back Breaker Sandwich is a must. They are definitely “on a roll” with what they have going on here. Aaahaaa! I crack myself up. Since we visited, an article about the truck park was published in 360 West Magazine. The park is opening a cantina at the end of May. It will offer beer and wine, some even being local micro-brews. When it opens, the current BYOB policy will cease. In the near future a second park is scheduled to open in Fort Worth’s Northside. I think the food truck craze is here folks! Make sure you stop in and try something you haven’t tried before!