by Steven Doyle
Food trucks have permeated our lifestyle and we are seeing them now so often we almost do not pay attention. In Texas Austin is the food truck Mecca, but we have our share in Dallas and they are doing some great things. Tasty things.
Sure, we can find the usual suspects at Klyde Warren Park, lined up dutifully dispersing good grub to the masses all week long, and the truck Yard has a constant rotation in their repertoire which keeps us on our toes, and there are other delicious hot spots across the city where you can scope out your favorites. We have even seen trucks lined up for parties, often prepaid by the host, and this would include weddings and bar mitzvahs. Those are always good fetes. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The banh mi has become more popular in the past few years in Dallas. You see them on menus fused, and sometimes dazed and confused. The sandwich is a by-product of the French occupation of Vietnam, and starts with a wonderful baguette that displays an ever so crisp exterior, and a more inviting soft center. As for fillings, we often think grilled pork, and what a wondefful selection that can be. However, in Vietnam you might find a more interesting and broader choice of meats including Vietnamese sausage, roasted pork, spreadable pork liver pâté, grilled chicken, chicken floss, sardines in tomato sauce, soft pork meatballs in tomato sauce, head cheese, fried eggs, and tofu.
To top your sandwich, you might select fresh or pickled vegetables such as cucumber slices, cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon in shredded form. Common condiments include sriracha, sliced chilies, mayonnaise, and even cheese.
We found some delicious versions of the banh mi in the Dallas area: Continue reading
The Dallas Farmers Market, which recently opened The Shed to house its farmers, vendors and artisans, announced today four restaurants and one Italian coffee shop that will be permanent eateries in The Market (formally Shed 2) when it re-opens, fully renovated with a new interior design and patio dining, in spring 2015. The Market will be home to Rex’s Seafood and Market, Stocks & Bondy, Palmieri Cafe, Nammi/Coolhaus and a new restaurant concept from Firebird Restaurant Group, along with a variety of new local artisan food vendors and merchants.
“Since the transformation of the Dallas Farmers Market began just last summer, the momentum has already spurred more development and foot traffic than the neighborhood has ever seen,” said John Crawford, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc. “Downtown Dallas 360, our strategic plan for Downtown’s future, paints a picture of the Farmers Market District as a diverse, walkable urban neighborhood, anchored by the Dallas Farmers Market, bustling with families and businesses and drawing customers from throughout the region. The announcement today achieves all of these goals –we are thrilled with the quality, variety and experience coming to the area.” Continue reading