Monday: Lots of food trucks showing up this evening at Preston/Frankford for “Foodball“.
Wednesday: The “Food Truck Experience” at Sigel’s/Greenville continues, with lesser activity at the Knox Ave. Crate & Barrel.
Thursday will be a busy day, with lots of trucks at the Communities Foundation at 5500 Caruth Haven for lunch, and then at the Sunflower Market’s “Parking Lot” event in the evening.
Saturday will have a few of the food trucks at Barkfest in Deep Ellum for dinner.
This week, we are also adding a new Dallas-based food truck to our schedule: Lab of the Streets comes from partners Amra Ridge and Clarence Jackson. They own two restaurants in Oak Cliff: Lil’ Cajuns Grill and Sports and Catfish Connection. The truck is ostensibly Cajun, but they plan to experiment a little on the menu (and hence the name). They tell us to look for “specials like chicken balls, or chicken gizzards sautee’d in a special sauce served over rice and our famous alligator link”.
Update Tuesday: Added Nammi #2 / Dos Equis “Mobile Academy” schedule.
Update Thursday: Cedar’s Park cancelled Thursday evening due to impending weather.
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The Mecca, as their slogan goes, has been “Waking up Dallas since 1938.” It’s an institution. People love it. Even people who don’t really love it talk themselves into loving it, because it’s one of those things you’re supposed to love: an old diner that has been around forever, an authentic joint. All of which I mention because I’m about to say some bad things about The Mecca. You need to know that I understand that you love The Mecca, and you need to know that I, too, love The Mecca. I’m certain that in a few weeks (if not sooner), The Mecca, ensconced in its new East Dallas location, will get its act together and be running as smoothly as it has for the last 74 years.
The Mecca, as you might know, moved from Harry Hines to a new location on Live Oak, where Molly Maguire’s and the Tipperary once did business. It opened Friday evening for dinner. Saturday morning was the first breakfast in the new spot. Playing the “I need to do this for work” card, I dragged my wife, two kids, and my son’s sleepover guest to a late breakfast. I figured it would be busy. I figured wrong. It was slammed.
Even with the Trinity Groves “entertainment destination” still unfinished, a sold-out crowd happily showed up promptly for the music, alcohol, and mercifully cool weather at Spune Productions’ Untapped Festival in WestDallas this past Saturday. Food truck supplies were already heavily depleted just past 4 pm and multiple craft breweries ran out of the most coveted batches early on as well, but such issues are merely indicative of a successful party.
Maui Brewing Company’s Coconut Porter came up in multiple conversations and the Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA was a personal favorite, as it came off like something of an anti-IPA. GhostIPA? Whatever you want to call it, the surprisingly light and grapefruit-rich taste was the perfect balance for someone who is not exactly an IPA fan. Unfortunately we were told that it won’t be available locally until October, so perhaps “Ghost IPA” can be used as a seasonal marketing promotion.
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Five days ago, Eater Dallas jumped the gun and reported that Bailey’s in Fairview was closed when it actually wasn’t. It turns out Whitney is a restaurant psychic or something, because now Bailey’s in Fairview has shuttered down.
General Manager Jeff Hudson says the last service was on Saturday, September 8. “They are looking to expand the Patrizio’s line as opposed to the Bailey’s line,” he says.
“This location up in Fairview is primarily surrounded by family-type restaurants. Bailey’s was not a family-type resetaurant; we were more of upscale steaks and seafood, so it never took off. But the Patrizio’s has taken off. They’re going to scale back the Bailey’s line and expand Patrizio’s line. Patrizio’s brand is a much more easy brand to duplicate. Mr. Bailey is a huge believer in expansion.”
As of now, Jeff Hudson won’t say on the record which restaurant is taking over the Bailey’s in Fairview location.
Denver people, you probably already know what Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill is all about, but early 2013 will be the first time the good citizens of Dallas will set eyes/fill their stomachs on this new fast casual concept. The Chickpea Group (how cute!), owned by Scott and Mary Quigley, is planning to develop ten Garbanzo restaurants in DFW. But first they are looking for potential franchisees. (Edit: PR spokeswoman Tresa Hardt says, “Just one clarification: “The Chickpea Group actually owns the rights to the first 10 franchises and are working to finalize the locations for the first openings. Chickpea anticipates opening its initial location in the first quarter of 2013. It is currently considering many different locations throughout the city.”
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Hunter Pond, 25, grew up in Dallas a little sandwich-obsessed, but never found a place that served fine sandwiches just the way he liked it, so after a bit of time, he decided to open a shop of his own for handcrafted gourmet sandwiches. East Hampton Sandwich Co., named after the town in New York that Pond used to vacation when he was little, is opening up in Snider Plaza on Wednesday, September 12. Alex Urrunaga of Plan B Group designed the stylish, fast-casual restaurant to look like the inside of a beautiful summer home. Pond says of his sandwich shop, “It has a really artisan feel to it. We make all our from sauces from scratch and we cook all of our meats in-house.”
It’s hard for the law school grad-turned-sandwich shop owner to choose his favorite sandwich on the menu, but when he does, it’s either the fried chicken and jack (with Southern fried chicken, pepper jack, arugula, cured bacon, avocado mash, jalapeno cream sauce) or the turkey-bacon-avocado sandwich. Pair your sandwich with beer or wine from the menu, and Pond and Co. believe you’ll have yourself a mighty fine lunch or dinner at East Hampton Sandwich Co.
Randi and Taylor Tatsch opened the Tiny Cake Shop in Keller back in June 2012, but they’re setting their official grand opening for September 11 through 22. Every day the Shop offers 10 daily cupcakes flavors baked from scratch + a monthly seasonal flavor + a daily gluten free flavored cupcake (made from gluten free oat and brown rice flour).
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