As we discussed in last week’s blog post, food trucks are becoming increasingly popular across the country, providing greatly needed convenience and variety to customers. There’s no question that the food truck craze has taken Dallas by storm, and the trucks here represent the city’s diverse food culture – everything from barbecue to tacos to Asian cuisine is represented.
Even better, many of the city’s most popular trucks can be found in the conveniently-located food truck parks in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex:
- Texas Truck Yard: Located on Lower Greenville, the Truck Yard is a complex that houses food trucks in an expansive, retro outdoor space with several bars including one in a treehouse and one in an old Airstream trailer.
- Klyde Warren Park: Probably one of the most well-known spots in Dallas to grab a bite from a set of wheels, the 5.2-acre public park in downtown Dallas features a variety of rotating food trucks that serve up delicious food starting at 11 a.m daily.
- Richardson Food Truck Park: Two large patio areas provide plenty of seating, anchored by a bar converted from an old shipping container. The park also features a roving bartender and outdoor games like ladderball and bean-bag toss.
- Austin Street Truck Stop: Located in Denton, the park is only a block away from the Denton Square, which puts it in easy walking distance from favorite downtown bars.
- Fort Worth Food Park: Head west to this food park, which is located in a serene park-like setting in the heart of Fort Worth’s cultural and entertainment district. There’s also a cantina in the park, which serves craft beers and a full bar.
- Clear Fork Food Park: Right on the edge of the Trinity River in Fort Worth and across from The Fort Worth Zoo, Clear Fork is offers live music, a variety of food trucks, and a cantina that serves beer and wine.
Now that you’ve picked your truck park, how can you tell if your favorite food truck is actually clean?
- Access food truck inspections on Dallas city’s website.
- Ask to see a truck’s license. Every licensed food truck is inspected a couple of times a year.
- Check to see if the food truck has a three compartment sink, running hot water, and some kind of refrigeration – all required by law.
If you operate a food truck, create a cleaning schedule for your truck and have a professional commercial cleaning company clean the vent hood to remove any grease, pollen or dirt at least twice a year. Remember, the cleaner you keep your food truck, the safer your food will be for your customers, and that will keep them coming back for more.