Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Where We Going Wednesday...San Antonio

Now that the Dallas-Fort Worth street food scene is fairly well established, I thought it was a good time to compare our scene to the street food scenes in other cities.  Each week I will ask a guest blogger from a different city to give us an overview of the set up and rules from around the country and hopefully some international cities. With several San Antonio food trucks coming to Dallas this weekend to work the Texas Food Truck Festival, I thought we would start there.  Thanks to San Antonio Food Truck Stalker, Shawn Gordon for providing this overview. 


The San Antonio Food Truck scene started a little over a year ago.  It is now growing into a full fledged deal with some awesome food and all for reasonable prices.   

San Antonio recently passed an ordinance to allow the trucks into the downtown area.  Although just a pilot program right now the city seems confident that it will be adopted permanently after the initial 6 month trial period. 

There are currently 4 Food Truck Parks in town, The Boardwalk on Bulverde (http://boardwalkonbulverde.com/, @theboardwalkSA), Alamo Eat Street Bar (http://alamostreeteatbar.com/, @alamoeatbar), The Point Park (http://pointparkandeats.com/, @ThePointPark) and 281 Food Park (@281foodpark).  



The Boardwalk on Bulverde started it all in San Antonio.  They are open Thursday and Friday for dinner and Satday and Sunday for lunch and dinner.  There are anywhere from 8-12 trucks there on any given day.  The Boardwalks trucks are Rickshaw Stop, Spice Runner, Guilty Pleasures, Lagniappe Today, Sabor Columbiano, KC's Cones, R&R Chicken Wings, Toastie Buns, Taco King, 1-2-3 Hot Dog, The Meating Spot and (a name Dallas may recognize) San Antonio's first full service bakery truck, Society Bakery.  A lot of these trucks do events outside of the park including corporate lunches and dinners and weddings.  If you are looking for a specific truck be sure to check Twitter and/or Facebook to see where they are.  The Boardwalk is also a BYOB (most of the time) park.  If they are hosting a big event, like the upcoming Kitchens for Cancer Event May 25-27, then they are selling beer and you cannot BYOB.  3 of the Boardwalk trucks are heading your way soon.  Sabor Columbiano, R&R Chicken Wings and KCs Cones will be in Dallas for the Tx Food Truck Festival.  


 

Alamo Eat Street Bar is open Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-Midnight and Friday and Saturday 4pm-2am.  On occasion a truck or two will also open for a weekend brunch.  They have a rotation of 5-7 trucks.   The trucks at Alamo Eat Street are aAttaboy Burger, The Chili Queens, Tapa Tapa Truck, The Rolling Pig, Wheelie Gourmet, Where Y'at and The DUK Truck.  The trucks rotate by the day so be sure to check the website or Twitter to see who is out there.  Alamo Eat Street offers a variety of craft beer ranging from Alamo to St Arnold to San Antonio's own Ranger Creek.  For the unadventurous you can also get the basic Bud Light, Miller Light, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.  

The Point Park is open Wednesday and Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm.  They also will open on weekends for breakfast if there is a breakfast truck there.  The trucks rotate frequently between Rocker Dogz, Blazin Burgers, Chelas Tacos, Skinny Cat Catering, Fat Bellies, Texasada Mexican Street Food, Kitchen Fusionz, Mars MobileThe Big Red Apple and Crepe Nation.  The Point also offers a nice beer and wine selection on top of an Art Space for local artists to set up and display.  Check the website for a list of trucks and upcoming food, art and wine events.  

The 281 Food Park (formerly The Park at Summerglen) is recently under new ownership (as well as the new name ).  The hours are 11am-9pm Wednesday-Sunday.  The trucks here are Panini Street, Barnyard Smokehouse, Pier 67, Ellie's Farm to Truck, Fry Guy and Top It Off Froyo.  They do have a couple of other trucks that swing in on occasion as well.  Best bet for this park is to check  Twitter and see who is there.  

On top of the parks you can also find a lot of the trucks throughout the city.  There is StrEAT Food every Wednesday with varying trucks.  StrEAT Food is a fun event in one of our local bar parking lots.  Great Happy Hour specials and, of course, great food.  You can also roam the streets (or check Twitter) and find trucks like Say.She.Ate, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, Congers Smoke Shack and many many more.  

If you are heading to San Antonio feel free to hit me up on Twitter, @SAFoodtrckstlkr, I will be happy to let you know what is going on.  You can also check out my Mobile Food List for easy access to all of the SA Food Truck Tweets. (https://twitter.com/#!/mySA_food/mobile-food)

3 comments :

  1. Hi, What can we do to get food trucks to come to the West End of Dallas or similar location?

    There are lots of us not even close to the Arts District that want to partake!

    Thanks for your help

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    1. Anonymous, Many parts of downtown are closed to the food trucks. I don't know the exact areas, so your best bet is to contact the trucks and check with them about whether they are permitted to go to West End or other areas. If they are permitted, then they would have to contact the property owner and get written permission to set up at that location. And they would have to know that the area has enough people working there to make it worth setting up there. Its not easy for the trucks to set up in downtown due to all the restrictions.

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