Chicken Carbonara Pizza

Gepetto’s Pizza Truck

“It’s all about the crust.”

That’s what I overheard Eliud Castro, owner of Geppetto’s Pizza Truck, tell another customer.  I think that sells his pizza a little short.  Yes, the crust is very good but the fresh, plentiful toppings held up their part of the pleasure.

 

 

Cool 'brick' graphics adorn the Gepetto's truck

I’m generally a more traditional pizza eater but in deference to my wife and this being my first time to eat at Gepetto’s, I ordered the Chicken Carbonara.  At $9 for an 8″ pizza, I was prepared to feel like it was overpriced.  But when it came out and I bit into it, I changed my mind quickly.  The pie was loaded with large pieces of chicken, nearly covered with thin sliced prosciutto and sprinkled with crumbled bacon on a bed of creamy, white cheese.  Normally, I’m a strong advocate that chicken is not a ‘proper’ pizza topping but in this case, it was perfect.  Let’s just end it this way – the Chicken Carbonara was so good I’m willing to give the Chicken Popeye with Artichoke ($8) a try.

Prosciutto, bacon and cherry tomatoes lay over big chunks of chicken and creamy cheese.

 

If you prefer something more traditional, Gepetto’s offers a Build Your Own ($7) where you get to choose from a good selection of more traditional toppings.  The guys next to us, who echoed our positive feedback on the Chicken Carbonara, also got an all meat pizza.  They confirmed it was just as good.

Chicken Carbonara Pizza

I caught up with Gepetto’s at Addison Thursday Night Bites but you’ll find this Fort Worth based truck more often at Fort Worth Food Truck Park or Cowtown Chow Down Food Park.  Of course, that assumes they’ve not been monopolized by a private catering gig.

Website:  www.gepettospizzatruck.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gepettos-Pizza-Truck/308616199196759

Twitter:  @gepettospizza

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Potato Potahto

Potato Potahto

 

On a holiday food truck binge, I caught up with Potato Potahto at the first annual Float Concert Series on the shore of Lake Lewis.   I admit I’m a little late to the party since Chic Henderson’s had his truck, the only one serving baked potatoes, on the streets for a couple of months now.  On the other hand, I bet there’s a bunch of you out there that missed the news so I’m here to tell ya.  This truck is unique and worth looking up.

 

 

If your idea of a “loaded” spud is butter, sour cream, cheese and bacon bits it is time to expand your horizon.  If that’s the way you like it, you can get it that way.  But understand, that recipe comes from the ‘ simpler’ Potato side of the menu.  The Daily Double offers you a pair of Pick Two’s, two items from each list.  Take a look at the menu and you’ll find 15 different toppings offered to assure you get your spud just the way you want it on your choice of Russet or Sweet Potato.

And contrary to popular opinion, baked potatoes are not a diet buster.  If you like your potato simple or you’re watching your calories they offer The Two Hundred, a baked potato with Salsa, Onions and Chives that will cost you approximately 200 calories!  Really!  My Russet potato was HUGE!!  What a caloric bargain.

If you are more adventuresome, wander over to the Potahto part of the menu where a Special of the Day gives you a gourmet spud loaded with surprising and delightful toppings.  You can get the Pecan Smoked Brisket with Pickled Red Onions or a serving of Rains County Chili everyday.  In order to get the other specialty spuds, you’ve got to pick your day of the week to track down the potato wagon.  Somehow, I’m pretty sure the Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy, Blue Cheese Buffalo Chicken or the Shrimp Jambalaya will make it worth your while.

Smoked Brisket with Pickled Red Onion

Looking for some dessert to finish off the meal?  Leave room for what else at a potato truck – a piece of Reba’s (that’s Momma to Chic) Sweet Potato Pie!  That’s definitely on the menu next time I visit them, even if I have to take it home for later!

If that wasn’t enough reason to support this truck, Chic supports local growers by serving regionally grown ingredients whenever possible and donates any unused food to temporarily homeless families residing in Family Gateway’s Annett G. Strauss Center.

 

Website:     www.potatopotahto.com/

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/pages/Potato-Potahto/239145082838682

Twitter:      @potato_potahto

Cost:             $5.50 – $6.50

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Truckstock – The Movie

Truckstock – The Movie

What if you scheduled an event and nobody came?

Durty Laundry and Sylvan Thirty planned to reprise their very successful original Truckstock event in March by teaming up with The Texas Theatre to bring Truckstock the Movie.  In addition to a projected 25 food trucks and music by the Beat Breakerz, the night was capped off with an outdoor showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

 

 

The food trucks held up their part of the deal but by the time this writer arrived about 6 PM, four trucks had already left and several more left while I was there.  Why?  Because there just weren’t enough customers to make it worthwhile to stay around.  This was unfair to the trucks that need sufficient traffic to turn a profit and unfair to the fans and supporters who did attend but not in time to find their favorites trucks there as expected.

I stayed until almost 8 PM and unless there was a rush after I left, I’d estimate the crowd hanging around for the movie numbered no more than 150-250 people.  I hope I’m wrong and there were more.

From my viewpoint, there are a number of reasons for the low turnout:

  • The original Truckstock was heavily advertised by the promoters, local media and the food truck community.  I didn’t even hear about Truckstock the Movie until a couple of days before and wouldn’t have heard of it then if it wasn’t on the Weekly Schedule of Events from SideDish.  A Google search doesn’t provide any returns about the May event until the last entry on page 2 for information posted PRIOR to the event.
  • Scheduling on a holiday weekend, when many people travel or have other plans creates huge competition.
  • The temperatures in the 90’s are much less conducive to lingering outside compared to the 70’s we were experiencing in March.
  • Since the original Truckstock, there are a number of new Food Truck Parks in Fort Worth and Dallas along with several recurring smaller pop-up gatherings on a regular basis and regular places.

Don’t take me wrong.  Kudos to Sylvan Thirty and Durty Laundry for supporting the Dallas food truck movement. And kudos to The Bomb Fried Pies and all the trucks who held out until the movie got going.

We have some terrific food truck options and some restrictive city ordinances that make it harder than it needs to be for the courageous, creative entrepreneurs that are bringing the food truck experience to Dallas.  As a fan myself, I want every food truck event to be a smashing success.  But there are lessons to be learned from Truckstock the Movie and I truly hope that these guys look at what went wrong and make sure it doesn’t happen again the next time … and I truly hope the series goes on.  When it does, you can count on me to be there with anticipation of writing nothing but glowing reports about how great it was to attend.

 

 

 

 

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Crazy Fish: a new fish in the Dallas Food Truck Pond:

Crazy Fish

 

I had the pleasure this weekend of running into Crazy Fish Food Truck, not once, but twice.

The truck is beautiful! Adorned with great graphics and color, how could anyone resist.

The force behind Crazy Fish is Tenielle Powers (on the left) and her little fish Cheryl  Reedy. Tenielle  has spent some serious time getting her truck up and going. The menu is marvelous. The food is great! Tenielle has put a lot of effort into finding the vendors with the freshest fish, and for Crazy Fish is must be wild, no farm raised fish here. Don’t worry if you are not a white rice fan, they offer brown rice or soy paper if you so choose.

Tenielle Powers (on the left) and her little fish Cheryl Reedy

Since my husband is not a fan of Sushi, I knew I was on my own. It is hot and I know it has to be consumed quickly I ordered just one roll. My first pick was a TNT roll. The TNT is rice, spicy tuna, cream cheese, jalapeno, cucumber, and syracha sauce. Mmmmmm, fresh, full of flavor, but not spicy hot.  Words cannot describe how great this tastes. I will be sure to have this one again.

TNT Roll

It looked so good, even my husband asked for a taste.

 

TNT Roll

 

He said that Tenielle might convince him to eat sushi, because “It tastes pretty good for sushi!”.  And it must have, because he asked for a taste of my second roll the next day!

 

My second roll was an Eye of the Tiger. Eye of the Tiger is rice, smoked salmon, cream cheese, green onions and red bell pepper. It was absolutely perfect. Once again super fresh ingredients.   You could taste each item in the roll, which is just how I like it. I shared one bite with my husband and he said it was good but not as good as the TNT. He really liked the hint of spicy to that one.

Eye of the Tiger
Eye of the Tiger

 

Now if you want sauce you can add it.  They have 6 different sauces, Tangy Ginger sauce, Zesty Orange Sesame, Sweet chilli shallot, Dark Ginger Sauce and Siriacha, Spicy Tuna mayo, Sesame mayo plus ginger to add to your rolls.

 

I have two rolls down, only 10 to go! I would never have expected to have sushi from a food truck. The experience was great and I can’t wait to try them all. Maybe by the end we will have a convert with my husband.

I had an organic experience at Crazy Fish, what can I say?

 

http://crazyfishusa.com/

Cost: $6.50 a roll or 2 for $10

The Toby Style Dog

Short Leash Hot Dogs: Sit … Stay

Sit … stay! may make you think of puppy training but this time Sit …stay! is a warm invitation from Brad & Kat Moore, owners and operators of Short Leash Hot Dogs, to join them on Friday nights at an inviting, comfortable location tucked away off the alley northwest of the intersection of Camelback and Central.  After being instrumental in starting the food truck phenomenon in Phoenix, they’re again leading the way by offering a consistent location every Friday night that makes them easy to find.

 

 

Trees along the western edge provide a shady place to sit until the sun goes down.

Sit …Stay! isn’t something normally associated with eating at a food truck.  But Brad & Kat have created a cozy, comfortable outdoor café on a vacant lot, complete with spool tables, patio chairs, and festive overhead lighting.

We’re claiming to be the official ‘came the farthest’ winners to experience Sit … Stay!  OK, we came to visit our daughter who turned us on to the opportunity but we did plan our schedule to make sure we arrived in time to experience Sit … Stay for ourselves.

Like most food trucks, the menu is limited but, come on, where else can you actually place your order by starting, “I’ll have one of everything!”  If there’s at least 3-5 in your group, you can do just that.  With only 5 items on the menu, and one of them designed like an appetizer sampler, it’s easy to make your selection.  The ‘theme’ changes each week but the offerings generally include a Nosh plate, a couple of entrée’s and a couple of designer dogs.  A variety of drinks including Mexican sodas, bottled water, Izze Sparkling drinks and even a Faygo ginger ale are available and the dessert changes every Friday night, too.

Our menu included a Nosh Plate of kettle chips served with a spicy Cream Cheese dip, fried pickles and assorted sausages. The sausage was great and the fried pickles light and yummy.

The Nosh Plate is the perfect starter for a group or lite snack if you're not that hungry.

 

My daughter ordered the Savory Waffles & Sausage that made her eyes roll on the first bite!

Savory Waffles and Sausage

 

The wife claimed the Flatbread Smash loaded with house made Fig Jam, Arugula, Italian Smoked Sausage and Brie Cheese between grilled flatbread and served with a salad.  It was, in her words, “a very unique dish that was very enjoyable.”

 

But I’d come for the signature hot dogs.  Tonight, I get the Igby Style (fresh coleslaw and crumbled blue cheese drizzled with a tangy BBQ sauce and the Toby Style (diced hot pickles, Fresno peppers and jalapenos blended in cream cheese and topped with Pepperoncinis and toasted pecans.  All of the hot dogs are served wrapped in a warm Indian Naan “bun”.  I have to admit, I wasn’t entirely truthful when I said we ordered one of everything since you can have your choice of “dog” from All Beef, Chicken, Spicy Beer Sausage, Bratwurst – even a vegan option.  And the kids aren’t left out.  Their less discerning palates can enjoy a top quality dog plain, or with your choice of ketchup or mustard.

The Iggy Dog
Toby Style Dog

 

We passed on the delicious looking cookies offered for dessert and opted for coffee from Dutch Brothers Coffee just down the alley at 4 West Campbell.  Okay, so they’re not a food truck but serving from a drive-up window only they definitely serve mobile food.  The crew there will fix you up with your choice from a variety of hot or iced coffees.

Short Leash Hot Dogs can be found in a variety of locations during the week but serving a pretty stable menu.  In contrast, you always know where to find them on Friday night from 6 PM – 8 PM but they mix up the menu every week.  Come on other nights and you’ll get options made from 24 different gourmet toppings like mango chutney, chipotle cream cheese, sautéed onions, fried pickles, and fresh cilantro.

Check out the weekly menu for Sit … Stay! on their Facebook page and make plans to visit them soon.  You can find them during the week by following them on Twitter.

 

BUT DO REMEMBER SIT & STAY ONLY HAPPENS ON FRIDAY NIGHTS!!!