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Pour Judgment: Truck Yard’s Crowd is Worth Fighting For the Ice Cream and $6 Drinks

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A Sunday crowd at Truck Yard (photography by William Neal)

Lower Greenville is on a comeback tour, and newly opened Truck Yard has become the neighborhood’s new headliner. Although it’s only been open two weeks, the buzz was growing, so I had to go try it out for myself. Truck Yard, which I heard described multiple times as Katy Trail Ice House‘s hipster brother, is an indoor/outdoor bar filled with old car parts converted to seating, food trucks serving everything from grilled cheeses to Korean tacos, plus a tree house bar.

Wondering where to sit or what to drink when you go? I checked out the scene, the drinks, and the ice cream (more on that later) to help you out.

The atmosphere: The brain behind Truck Yard (Jason Boso from Twisted Root) really took the theme and ran with it. There’s an airstream trailer that has been converted into a bar, mattress spring light fixtures, and a selection of mismatched front porch chairs to give this place an eclectic feel. On the weekends, there’s live music, and the covered bar has sports on TV.

The crowd: Truck Yard is both four- and two-legged child friendly, so you’ll encounter a strange mix of folks among both weekday and weekend crowds. On Friday night, our photographer showed up to snap pictures and discovered a 35-minute wait at the door. Another coworker, D’s interactive designer, was lucky enough to already be inside but calls the sea of patrons she experienced “overwhelmingly crowded” and made up of a “surprisingly large amount of the Uptown crowd.” She found a 15-minute wait to get a sandwich from the inside restaurant, and her friends stood in line for 30 minutes to get a beer. Sunday’s crowd was sparser, more laid-back and sporting ensembles that included man-tails (men with pony tails), a questionable mullet or two, and loads of rockabilly style. There was even some exotic wildlife on site—a pair of parrots—though I’m not sure if they were exactly welcome.

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Tires: obvious decor for a truck yard bar. (photography by William Neal)

Where to sit: On a beautiful day this place is packed, so grab a seat wherever you can. Don’t be shy; you may end up sharing a truck bed-cum-booth with total strangers. Because the adults-only tree house was packed, I soaked up some Vitamin D in a rocking chair on the porch, which was a perfect spot for people- and puppy-watching.

What to drink: I selected two drinks from the “craftdraft cocktail” list and they were under six dollars. The Twisted Mule was fine, but not the best Moscow Mule spinoff I’ve ever had. There was just the right amount of ginger, but a little bit too much lemon for my taste. The Twisted Margarita was better. It had a fresh taste, and though there was no salt on the rim, you could taste it in the drink. These are definitely a good bang for your buck and fairly potent.

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Patrons line up for beloved Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams. (photography by William Neal)

The fare: Here’s where Truck Yard gets its name: the spot hosts a rotation of three food trucks daily. (You can find the schedule on their website.) If you plan to eat from the trucks, get there early, because they run out of food quickly. If food trucks aren’t tickling your fancy, the Truck Yard’s kitchen is also cooking custom cheese steaks every day. Need to satiate your sweet tooth? Dallas-based Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams has a boutique ice cream shop by the entrance. I tried the coconut chocolate chip and had no complaints (except for maybe that I didn’t get a big enough size).

What to wear: Go casual. Ladies: if you wear heels, you will either feel silly because nobody else in the place is or break an ankle in the gravel. Guys: wearing a t-shirt is just fine. You’re welcome.

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The tree house lounge (photography by William Neal)

The service: It took a while for my crew to get noticed, but our waitress was great once we got the ball rolling. Plus, I loved her rockabilly ‘do (big bangs, purple streak, and all). It fit perfectly with Truck Yard’s oddball sensibilities.

The verdict: If your social routine needs shaking up, head over. The crowd’s a refreshing mixture, making it the perfect place to people watch while you sip on a Twisted Margarita, or, for that price, three. 

18 comments on “Pour Judgment: Truck Yard’s Crowd is Worth Fighting For the Ice Cream and $6 Drinks

  1. Enjoyed reading this piece much more than Leslie Brenner’s- a much more accurate depiction of the experience. Truck Yard is another step in the revitalization of Lower Greenville, it’s an exciting time. Good work Margaux!

  2. Build it and they will come! We went last Saturday. Parking required a brief search. It was busy but seating was readily available. Three trucks on site but one had soled out. Placed an order at Easy Slider and then went to get a beer, so can’t tell you about the wait staff. The Cheesesteak looked awesome. Great guitarist on stage playing not too loud. A fascinating mix of peeps and dogs. It really strikes the balance as casual but not too forced-funky/schlocky. It’s like your excentric uncles’ back yard. I plan to be a regular.

  3. Build it and they will come! We went last Saturday. Parking required a brief search. It was busy but seating was readily available. Three trucks on site but one had sold out. Placed an order at Easy Slider and then went to get a beer, so can’t tell you about the wait staff. The Cheesesteak looked awesome. Great guitarist on stage playing not too loud. A fascinating mix of peeps and dogs. It really strikes the balance as casual but not too forced-funky/schlocky. It’s like your eccentric uncles’ back yard. I plan to be a regular.

  4. Went on Monday night (9/30) and fell in love. The vibe is great and damn those cheesesteaks looked amazin’ balls!

  5. I found the truck yard disaster and an affront to Dallas culinary a culture. First off the maître d’ was completely absent. They failed to provide a cocktail fork or soup spoon at the setting. The waiter also neglected to provide me with the wine. The crowd appeared restless as they had to actually order off trucks that the restaurant had to call in at the last minute I suppose, (they should have just closed it down if they couldn’t handle serving their patrons! ) But eventually I found my way to order the boeuf de fromage avec du pain which can best be described as “pedestrian”. For the last course, I sought out the ice cream which was not served in the intimate setting with other diners. I was forced to leave the dining area to the front door at the street for all the world to see me scarf down a pint of ice cream in front of a bunch of hungry Trader Joe’s patrons!
    As a well educated culinary expert and legend in my own mind, this place is not worthy of mainstream Dallas dining, (in fairness if you’ve read anything else from me, nothing really is.) The Dallas standard is set by the state Fair of Texas, American Airlines Ctr., and such Dallas icons such as Harvey Goff. This Truck Yard place has a long way to go until it reaches El Bulli standard quality!

  6. It sounds like a fun place when the weather is nice. If it’s raining or otherwise bad weather, does the place close or are there indoor/covered options?

  7. Messly Dinner, we are on to your manipulative ways! We know that you are just trying to make sure you don’t have to wait for a seat the next time you go to the Truck Yard! It won’t work . . . we will not stay away . . . . ;)

  8. Suggest that if you would not sit outside in your front yard then don’t sit outside at the Truck Yard.

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  10. Is it just me or does anyone else feel the top picture of the crowd at the Truck Yard is reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover?

  11. This place is great. I went last Friday after work. It was crowded, but there wasn’t a wait to get it, and service was prompt. Highly recommended.

  12. I found TRUCKYARD brilliant. I grew up in this hood so to see it not only reinvented, after the Arcadia fire & other losing Lower Greenville battles, is truly a pleasure. But this place with the food truck lineup & great service & multi-level (literally) venue makes this a must when you want to rendezvous escape with someone & talk & laugh & eat & drink. And THERE IS PARKING & you can shop Trader Joes before settling in. This place is a slam dunk across the board winner. It is like a great stew; Less Uptown with a twist of Expo Park/Deep Ellum, garnished with Lee Harvey’s & a Bishop Arts garnish to make it unique;y Lower Greenville Dallas. Bravo. .

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