Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday Nite Bites to End in Addison

Of all the locations that the trucks set up for dinner, Vitruvian Park in Addison is one of my favorites. It has all the things you want in a truck location: plenty of green space, plenty of near-by parking and easy access. The trucks also love this location because it has such a great turn-out, week after week and was sufficiently removed from any restaurants, so there was no competitive disadvantage to any anyone and in an area where they did not frequently operate.

Sadly, I have heard that tonight will be the last Thursday Nite Bites at this location. The property owner has decided to go a different direction and focus their resources on weekend events.  I am puzzled by this decision, I understand the community wanting to build-up their weekend events but, since U.S. Food Trucks managed the food truck event, I would expect that not a lot of the community resources were being used each week.

It is ironic that this announcement comes this week, three weeks ago I was noting that there were a lot of events on Thursday nights. So much so that I wondered if we needed additional trucks on the road in order to properly serve all of the locations. At the same time, the weather was still hot, the kids were back in school and turn-out was lower in some locations than the trucks would have liked. Since then, Cedars Food Truck Park has ended their Thursday night service and now this location is closing. At the same time, the weather has changed and it is perfect food truck weather.

I will keep you posted on Facebook and Twitter as to where the trucks land on Thursday nights, hopefully in an area near this. I know U.S. Food Trucks is working to find another option.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Deep Ellum Market Pops Up, October 20

Deep Ellum Market Pops Up on Main, Closes Street Dallas October 15, 2012 - The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market will once again take place on Saturday, October 20 from 11am to 5pm on the 2800 block of Main St. DEOM will close down the street from Malcolm X to Crowdus to make way for local vendors, live music, and a few food trucks.

New to the Market this month is the "Vintage Village", which features some of the areas best vintage clothes vendors, including the Vintagemobile, Sugar Derby, Rapid City Vintage, and Whiskey Vintage. All other vendors are based in DFW and make their own products, some of whom can be found on our Pinterest page:

Local bands from DFW are set to play throughout the day. The Birds of Night from Denton will kick things off followed by The Holler Time, also from Denton. Foxtrot Uniform from Ft. Worth will be the final act.

Bombay Chopstix, Eat Jo Dawgs, and the Butcher's Son food trucks will be rolling out for the event. Zen Bistro and Ferralog Musical Services will host pop up bars along the street.

The Deep Ellum Market is free to attend, and dogs are welcome as well. 

WHEN: Saturday, October 20 11am-5pm
WHERE: 2800 block of Main St., between Malcolm X and Crowdus
About DEOM: The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market's is a monthly event whose objective is to bring people to the streets of our neighborhood and give exposure to our local artists and businesses. It creates an atmosphere where individuals can be individuals.  Come to Deep Ellum to enjoy a different side of Dallas.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Gandolfo's New Menu Rolls Out With Their Second Dallas Truck

I don't normally do multiple reviews on one food truck, for several reasons. 1. There are a lot of DFW trucks that I have not yet reviewed 2. I try to eat as many items as I can before I do a review, so I have a full picture of the truck and 3. While trucks may add items, they generally don't do a full overhaul of their menu, so if there's something new to talk about, I  post it on Facebook and Twitter but there is usually not a need to do a full blog post.

 Today's post is an exception because I am taking a second look at Gandolfo's. There are a couple of reasons for this:
                 1. The first write- up was one of the first I did and candidly, I've always hated it.  It was done at a time when there were only 3-4 people reading the blog, so I was not concerned with the full view of the truck.
                 2. After being on the road for well over a year, Gandolfo's menu has had a nearly full overhaul, along with the roll-out of a second truck. This overall is the most significant that I have seen on a truck that didn't completely rebrand itself.

 When it comes to food trucks, I personally think smaller menus are better.  I recently saw that the average number of menu items on truck was eight. Gandolfo's was certainly skewing the average, significantly, with literally scores of items.  With the new menu, that is no longer true. The standard favorites have stayed but generally, this is a whole new menu.

Even the favorites the remain on the menu may have had some changes  Take my personal favorite,the Bridge Hampton, with its turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato avocado, bacon on a hoagie roll.   The Hampton is still on the menu but its now served on sliced wheat bread.   I was skeptical about this bread change and just knew Gandolfo's was messing up a good thing, but I was wrong. The wheat bread is really good.  It's made with molasses, so it has a nice sweetness that holds it own with the meat and veggies.

Another change is the extension of the breakfast menu to around the clock service. Gandolfo's has always been available for breakfast service but now you can get your egg sandwiches at lunch or dinner time. I had the Polo Grounds: two eggs, American cheese, and bacon on a kaiser roll. Filling, fresh and tasty!

The biggest change to the menu is the addition of "Shorty" sandwiches and hot dogs.  These are 4 inch kaiser roll sandwiches or small size hot dogs The turkey shorty (on the right) is pure comfort food packed in to 4 inches: turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce on a soft kaiser.  Or if you are one who loves Gandolfo's pastrami, you can now get it in a smaller size but still with spicy mustard and grilled onions.

I did not try the shorty hot dogs but I expect they will become a favorite of the kids and late nighters who visit the truck.  These shorties will do well at festivals and large truck events, when people want to try smaller items from multiple trucks.

There are a couple other new menu items that I didn't get to try, including the knish and  new variations of full length hot dogs. But, based on the things I did try, I expect these items to be winners too. Overall, these menu changes are great and although the menu is smaller I think it will appeal to more people.

You can follow Gandolfo's Deli Dallas on Facebook and Twitter to find out where both of the trucks will be and where you can get all of these new items and many of your pastrami favorites.

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