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The Connecticut Lobster Roll

Cousins Maine Lobster – Dallas

Cousins Maine Lobster Truck – Dallas

I’ve been AWOL from Food Truck Connection for far too long. My apologies – sometimes life gets in the way of life. So, you can imagine it would take something special to get me back on track and you’d be right. Lunch at Cousins Maine Lobster Truck – Dallas is that something special. This is a fine dining picnic!

The truck - look at all the TV exposure Cousins Maine Lobster has achieved.
The truck – look at all the TV exposure Cousins Maine Lobster has achieved.

One of the most difficult challenges a food truck faces when it expands is to maintain the integrity and quality of the food going out the window. Cousins Maine Lobster partnered successfully with Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank) to successfully develop a franchise model and, while I’ve not had the opportunity to eat at the Mother Truck where it all started, I have no doubt that Ron Baron and his staff equal the integrity and quality standard expectations of the founders, Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac.

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The story of Cousins Maine Lobster provides some interesting reading while you wait for your order.

The Menu starts with your choice of a Maine Lobster Roll (a touch of mayo) or a Connecticut Lobster Roll (butter and lemon), both served on a fresh, fluffy toasted New England style roll. At about 6” long, the $15 price tag may seem steep but this roll is loaded with fresh Maine Lobster perfectly cooked, firm and slightly sweet. I opted for the Connecticut Lobster Roll today for the butter and lemon but either one is a treat for your taste buds and which you choose is a matter of preference.

The Connecticut Lobster Roll
The Connecticut Lobster Roll

No fine dining meal is complete unless it starts with something lighter to wake up the taste buds. Cousins Maine Lobster Dallas offers your choice of Lobster Bisque or New England Clam Chowder by the cup ($7) or bowl ($10). Today’s a lobster day so I go for a cup of the bisque. Presented in the traditional cream style, the bisque is smooth and served with an ample portion of lobster.

Lobster Bisque
Lobster Bisque

Continuing with the lobster binge, I added Lobster Tots ($12) as a side dish. A generously loaded boat of tater tots is dressed up with warm lobster, a cilantro lime sauce for a punch of flavor and a bit of pico de gallo. The lobster portion was as generous as the tots assuring lobster and tot in virtually every bite. I’m a little surprised I didn’t flinch at the price but this is almost a meal by itself!

Lobster Tots - these tots are all dressed up with one place to go - in your mouth!
Lobster Tots – these tots are all dressed up with one place to go – in your mouth!

We spent $38 for lunch (for 2 sharing) which is high for a food truck but keep in mind, lobster ain’t cheap and you get what you pay for! I thought I got a good value for the quality and quantity served.  I know I got a really happy mouth as the food passed through on the way down to a totally satisfied tummy.

A look at the menu confirms you can get lobster served just about any way you want it – tacos, quesadilla and buttered lobster tail in the shell – even Maine Lobster Ice Cream ($5).   The only thing I saw missing was a Lobster Grilled Cheese.

What to order?  Who knew there'd be so many choices.
What to order? Who knew there’d be so many choices.

Alas, even with a partner to share we were too full to try the ice cream. Oh well, not a problem. I’ll definitely be going back. You can find out where they’re serving by checking out their website for This Weeks Schedule and they’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

Cousins Maine Lobster is a proud member of the North Texas Food Truck Association (NTXFTA).  www.ntxfta.org

 

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Kieron Go Braugh


Dallas has its share of Irish restaurants but you couldn’t experience the tastes of Ireland on the go until now. Kieron Go Braugh, Kieron-Go-Bragh--ChristineTraveling Irish Café is one of the latest additions to the North Texas Food Truck scene.  Operated by Christine Finnegan, a red headed Irish lass with a big smile, the friendly greeting paired with the simple but tasty food feels like you’ve been invited to dinner by a good neighbor.

Let’s dispel any misconceptions. The food is inspired by the tastes of Ireland but not necessarily presented in the traditional way. Take The Irishman, for example, a pair of Shepherd Pie Sliders that combines ground beef in gravy with peas & carrots and mashed potatoes between a sliced dinner roll.

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Warning: There’s no way you can keep the generous portion between the bun. Get a fork!

You can’t think ‘Irish’ without thinking of Corned Beef & Cabbage. The Michael Finnegan presents this classic taste of Ireland as a sandwich.

Think slabs of Corned Beef; not slices!  And no Irish meal is complete without potatoes (Fries separate)
Think slabs of Corned Beef; not slices! And no Irish meal is complete without potatoes (Fries separate)

The Leprechaun is another Irish staple, the Banger, served up with kraut and a spicy Guinness mustard. Despite the reference to little people, there is nothing little about the size or the taste but it might just make you feel a wee bit mischievous. I restrained myself and settled for a wee little smile as I ate it.  You know, the one that makes people wonder what you’re thinking!

Kieron-Go-Bragh-Guiness-BratI showed a little restraint, too, by not ordering The Molly Malone (a grilled cheese) or The Reuben that were on the menu when I visited. It’s not that I needed to save something for a reason to go back. But if you need another reason to go, November is just around the corner and a hearty Guinness Stew will be added to the list of menu options.

Kieron-Go-Bragh-MenuAs you can see, restraint didn’t include stopping before everything was gone!  (Spoiler:  I had help!)

Kieron-GO-Bragh---I-ate-the-whole-thingFirst impressions suggest Keiron Go Braugh may have the competition seeing ‘green’ and regretting their failure to take Irish fare to the streets. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a bit o’ your green, you can look them up on Facebook, Twitter or the schedule posted on the website.

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There's no Guinness at #DeepElumBrewery where I caught up with Kieron Go Braugh but a Double Chocolate Stout paired up just fine.
There’s no Guinness at #DeepElumBrewery where I caught up with Kieron Go Braugh but a Double Chocolate Stout paired up just fine.
Q Burger being flame kissed on the Char Grille

Quiskee’s Kitchen

Quiskee’s Kitchen

After trying a single entrée from Quiskee’s Kitchen on a recent hot summer Sunday, I thought I’d pair them with Chez Flo, another newcomer where I’d also only had a single entrée and start a new feature, Quick Takes.  Things did not turn out as planned.

Faced with a choice, I decided to have lunch from Chez Flo (more to come about this new truck) and order from Quiskee’s ‘to go’ because a Rice Bowl would travel home better than a fresh crepe for supper.  After getting descriptions of the menu options from Chef Q, I settled on the Steak Rice Bowl with Cilantro and the Cucumber Cream Dill sauces.  To be fair, I tasted the rice bowl fresh and hot right off the truck.  The marinated steak was tender, juicy and flavorful with just a moderate bit of heat that will be just right for most folks.  The rice was perfectly cooked.  But the sauces …. WOW!  In response to the question, “Was it good?”, let’s just say none of it was left for Janice to try except the sauces.

Quiskee's Kitchen Beef Rice Bowl
Quiskee’s Kitchen Beef Rice Bowl

And that’s where the plan began to fall apart.  One taste of the sauces and Janice wanted to know where I got them.  And then, she wanted to know when we were going back.  And it wasn’t long.  And very shortly after arriving, the plan began to evolve again.

Chef Q is really, really proud of his ¾ pound Char Grilled Q’s Burger.  Most of the time at a food truck, they holler your name out the serving window and you come to get the food.   Not so with Chef Q.  When we arrived, he was … there’s no other word for it … PRESENTING a Q’s Burger to the customer at the table.  There it sits, a regal 4 inches or more high, with layers of yumminess on display and accompanied by seasoned fries.  This looks like a real Man vs. Food Challenge.  We had to have one.  And once I ratcheted my jaw open wide enough to take that first bite, I knew exactly why Chef Q is proud of this burger.

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I don’t know about you, but this is what I want to see when my burger is cooking – flame kissed, char grilled goodness.

Q Burger being flame kissed on the Char Grille
Q Burger being flame kissed on the Char Grille

And as I write this, is Janice around to help?  Heck no, she’s taking a friend to the Quiskee’s Kitchen Food Truck Experience.  They went for the burger but it didn’t stop there.  There’s new stuff on the menu today.

On this day the menu includes your choice of Chicken or Steak Pita Nachos.  They chose steak (of course!); the same succulent marinated beef bites that you get on the Rice or Salad Bowls blended with melted cheese, onions, and jalapenos over fresh pita chips.  With the Nachos, the pita is obviously better fresh & crispy but the steak, cheese, veggies and seasonings continue to meld the longer it sits.  The ‘heat’ level seems to rise over time, too.  I thought it was pretty killer the next day.

Steak Pita Nachos the Quiskee's way
Steak Pita Nachos the Quiskee’s way

Another new item on the menu are Meat Pockets.  These smaller treats, about 4” in diameter, use a crisply crust to contain a blend of marinated steak, potatoes and vegetables.  Janice, who knows all of the culinary terms for tastes or flavors responded simply “yumminess” when I asked her to describe the taste.  These are definitely on my must try list the next time.

Quiskee's Kitchen Meat Pocket
Quiskee’s Kitchen Meat Pocket

One of the keys to success in running a food truck is customer interaction.  It’s a good thing when long lines keep the chef busy inside but on the hot summer day I was there, traffic was slower.  The Brothers Al-Ghaziani, Chef Adbul-Qadir and Chef Azeez, have the customer interaction thing down pat.  Chef Q greets every customer with a smile as big as his Q’s Burger!  You don’t have to take my word for it.  Just read the reviews on their Facebook page.

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Chf Q

There’s no letting the customer simply read the menu when Chef Q can come out of the truck to describe the food to you, help you make the best choice for you and make your mouth start watering just from the description.

Quiskee's Kitchen Menu Board
Quiskee’s Kitchen Menu Board

To borrow a line from Chef Q, passion drives him “to create the food of my imagination.”  If you want to have your senses experience the “Food for the Soul” that his imagination dreams up, you can find the current location for Chef Q and the Quiskee’s Kitchen Food Truck on Facebook and Twitter.

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Quiskee’s Kitchen – Feeding Souls

My apologies for exceeding my personal 600 word limit but 600 words just weren’t enough to tell you about Quiskee’s Kitchen.  Way too much for a Quick Take and I’ve just scratched the surface in what I know will be a long and scrumptious relationship that will leave a smile on my face … every time.

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Quiskee’s Kitchen Food Truck
Chef Q and Laura
Chef Q and Laura
Adding Cheese to the Q's Burger
Adding Cheese to the Q’s Burger
Quiskee's Kitchen Steak Pita Nachos
Quiskee’s Kitchen Steak Pita Nachos
Quiskee's Kitchen Meat Pockets
Quiskee’s Kitchen Meat Pockets
YimYam Thai Fusion Food Truck

YimYam Truck

I love to translate foreign words, especially foreign names, to see what they mean.  The website says YimYam translates “smile.”  Google a translation of YimYam from Thai to English and you find “[to be] sincere, honest, genuine.”  I can tell you that spot-on, first impressions are that this translation applies equally well to the owners, Kham Phommahaxay and Daniel Hwi, and to their food.  The menu is Thai inspired or, as the truck says, Thai Fusion.  They deliver on their desire to serve delicious Thai dishes that are unique but still familiar to the taste buds.

We caught up with Yim Yam Truck in Cleburne, TX with several other trucks serving up great food truck fare at The Support the Sound Food Truck Bash.  While the menu may vary seasonally, the menu today looked like this:

YimYam Thai Fusion Food Truck

In fairness, YIMYAM caught the short straw because their food would travel so we took home dinner.  Oh, we tasted it fresh and hot but trust me, this food travels home (even if it’s a few hours later) just fine!  First impressions are that the portions are generous while the ingredients are fresh, high quality and prepared by someone who knows what they’re doing.  And he does … The culinary genius behind YIMYAM is Kham, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, sometimes inspired by Daniel who brings a little of his Malaysian heritage.

It might not be true for everyone, but we split a Curry Porky and a pair of Fire Balls.  Add a serving of Thai Slaw and we were completely satisfied.

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Fireballs with dipping sauce and Thai Salad

The Fireball, a panko coated and deep fried rice ball, is crispy on the outside and moist inside, big as a handball (almost 2″ in diameter) and it delivers a progression of textures and flavors that’s sure to please.  For a fire-eater like me, the name Fireball is overstated but there’s definitely some ‘heat’ in these tasty morsels.  And while you might be able to stuff one in your mouth whole, DON”T!  Take more bites and spread out the enjoyment!!

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YIMYAM Fireball – crispy outside and moist inside with fabulous flavors throughout

YIMYAM offers the Beefy Brisket and the Nutty Chick but today’s choice was the Curry Porky.  It may not sound like fine dining but the Green Curry pork and Thai Slaw drizzled with a spicy mayo sauce served over perfectly steamed white rice would sell for way more served up on fancy white china.  Personally, I prefer to pay for the food; not the plate!

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Curry Porky

I’m looking forward to eating with Kham and Daniel again so I can  sample more of the menu.  First impressions are important and my first impression was a good one.  After a single visit, I have some new translations for YIMYAM:

YIMYAN means FRIENDLY, and Kham and Daniel are as friendly as you’ll find.

YIMYAM means YUM, at least that’s how I feel after my first experience with Thai Fusion the YIMYAM way.

And it may be taking some liberties, but I’m pretty sure you could also translate YIMYAM as Eat, Smile, Repeat … I did with each bite.

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Look for the Orange and Green YimYam truck at a location nearby (or far, it’s worth the drive) !

If you want to try YIMYAM, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.  For more information, check out their website.

Bite My Biscuit

It’s all about the biscuit!  Anybody can offer you sandwiches on somebody else’s bread but Candace and Grant  Lambdin serve up a host of delightful sandwiches served on scratch made biscuits.

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The creative menu board is your first indication that this truck doesn’t follow the crowd but goes it’s own way to stand out in a good way.

When you walk up to the gleaming stainless steel trailer, your first glimpse of the creative spirit inside that came up with all the recipes are the menu boards hanging on the side of the trailer drawing you in to discover what tantalizing treats are to be found. Interesting, ingenious and practical – just take down the mini-blackboard when you run out of an item.

If you fall into the group that follows the mantra, “Life is short, eat dessert first”, then like me, your eyes are gonna naturally fall on the board that says Brandy Biscuit Bread Pudding first.

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Brandy Biscuit Bread Pudding –  Did I say Brandy?  ‘Nuff said!

And that first bite is gonna make you want to order another one!  But don’t, there’s lots more good stuff waiting for you on another board.

The wife and I quickly make a sandwich choice and my penchant for all things beefy and spicy make my choice easy -The Spicy Biscuit Burger.

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The spicy burger biscuit ($7) comes with candied jalapenos, bacon cream cheese and a generous beef patty.

The Spicy Burger Biscuit is a different take on the traditional burger.  The biscuit is a little sweet, the patty substantial but fear not – it’s only a little spicy.  I was curious about the candied jalapenos and happy to see that restraint is the order of the day.  The candied coating is light and nicely contrasts with the ‘heat’ of the freshly sliced jalapeno.  It’s obvious the ingredients are high quality and fresh.

The menu offers a number of othersandwich options, including the Fried Chicken Biscuit ATW (All The Way), and the FFL-FGT (a bacon and fried green tomato sandwhich with fresh arugala).   I’ll try one of those on a future visit but today is a beef day.  The wife being more appreciative of well matched ingredients less commonly found on a sandwich opted for the Chef Biscuit.

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The Chef Biscuit ($8) is the most popular sandwich at Bite My Biscuit. It’s no wonder with juicy, tender Hangar Steak, Arugala, Red Onion and the special  Balsamic Creme Fraiche sauce.

A meal needs more than a burger – it needs potatoes!  And what better proof do you need that they’re incredible than the Sweet Potato Frites selling out just before we ordered !  The frites are shredded,  deep fried to a crispy state and drizzled with marshmallow brandy cream sauce.   I will be trying the frites on a future trip to Bite My Biscuit!

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The Potato Fries ($4) are thinly sliced and lightly deep fried.

With the frites sold out, we had to ‘settle’ for the Potato Fries.  Sliced super thin, deep fried to a golden color they make you think of potato chips.  Ours came out a little less crispy than I expected but if you like your taters prepared this way, these are certain to please.

Here’s the whole meal.  Plenty for two for about $22 bucks not counting drinks.

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The family (of two) meal made our way!

Bite My Biscuit is a Tarrant County based truck that’s only been operating since March 14, 2014, so don’t feel bad if you haven’t tried them yet.  You can find them at Weatherford “trade days” events other locations, mostly on the southwest side of the metroplex.  They’re busy booking events so if you want hire them or just order from the window, check them out at Facebook or check for current locations on Twitter.

Look for the gleaming stainless steel trailer and the lines to find Bite My Biscuit.
Look for the gleaming stainless steel trailer and the long lines to find Bite My Biscuit.

The Sparkle in a Child’s Eye

 

DFW Food Trucks & Toys for Tots Goal: A Sparkle in Every Eye

The 90th Annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree is this week.  As dazzling as this spectacle will be, it pales in comparison to the sparkle in a child’s eye as they open a present on Christmas morning.  Every year, the U. S. Marine Corp Toys for Tots Program strives to assure that all children experience the wide-eyed wonderment that Christmas morning brings.  This year our Dallas-Forth Worth food trucks are partnering with local businesses and the Marines to support the Toys for Tots Program and help put a sparkle in the eye of every child in DFW.

Cash Donations will not be accepted (to the best of my knowledge) at the Toy Drives.  If you’d like to make a cash donation, you can do so by credit card at the Toys for Tots website.  Mail in donation forms are also available along with several ‘special’ donation types including In Memory or Tribute, Native American Program, by e-Bay sales, as a business gift or by donating your car.

December 6th

Blossoms On The Bricks is pairing with Sassy Hot Dogs for their Toy Drive 2012 on Thursday, December 6th, from 11 AM to 1 PM to benefit local children connected with Fort Worth Metro Ministries.  You’ll find them at 5023 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX.

The Gladney Center for Adoption and Gepetto’s Pizza Truck are sponsoring a Toy Drive the same day, Thursday, December 6th, from 11 AM to 1 PM.    The Gladney Center is located at 6300 John Ryan Drive,  Fort Worth, TX.

December 8th

If you can’t make the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, then you might want to plan to attend the Trucks for Tots Toy Drive on Saturday, December 8th.  This event is being held at 2505 Elm Street (corner of Elm and Gaston) in Deep Ellum from 11 AM – 7 PM.  There are confirmed commitments from more than 20 Dallas and Forth Worth Food Trucks to support this massive toy drive for the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of Toys for Tots.  Students from Lincoln High School and W. E. Greiner Exploratory Academy are sponsoring a drive to collect toys and bring them to the event with their family.  The United States Marines on hand to accept your toy donation will be joined by the Lincoln High School Marching Band plus pictures with Santa, bounce houses and more than 50 local vendors for holiday shopping.  A huge crowd is expected for this event.  You can leave the car and ride Dart right to the event (get off at the Deep Ellum Dart Station right across the street) and avoid any parking hassles!

The list of participating food trucks includes:  Rock & Roll Tacos, Rockstar Bakeshop, Easy Slider Truck, Ssahm BBQ, Gepetto’s Pizza, Three Lions, The Gastro Bomber, Bento Box, Bombay Chopstix, Cajun Tailgators, Eat Jo Dawgs, Four Seasons, Guava Tree, Jacks Chowhound, Lab of the Streets, Lucky Ducky Dogs, Nammi Truck, Pompeii, Rock N’ Ricks, Taste of Home, The Butchers Son, Three Lions, Tuttas and Yellow Belly and maybe more!

New update:  Live Music Schedule

December 16th

Bring a smile to a child’s face and a treat to your belly on December 16th by ringing an unwrapped toy to Fort Worth Food Park from 11 AM to 9 PM on December 16th.  Santa will be at the park from 1PM to 3PM for photo opportunities (bring your own camera).

There is nothing like the thought of a child’s smile to get into the Christmas spirit.  We encourage everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy (or more!) so no child in Dallas – Fort Worth goes without on Christmas morning.  The sparkle in a child’s eye is priceless and precious.  Join us at one of these events or any of the other Toys for Tots Christmas Toy Drive events and help to make a child’s wish come true.

Food Truck Connection is proud to promote these worthy events.  If you are partnering with a DFW food truck to sponsor a Toys for Tots Toy Drive  and you’d like to be featured here, email a copy of your flyer and information to terry@foodtruckconnection.co (not .com) and I’ll be happy to add your information.

Yellow Belly Food Truck Serves Benefit Brunch

Promise of Peace Pop UP Brunch & Holiday Bazaar

December 1, 2012 from 10 AM – 1 PM

7446 East Grand, Dallas, TX

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On December 1, 2012, you have an opportunity for a unique food truck experience AND you have a chance to support a deserving community organization, Promise of Peace.  This is one of those ‘feel good’ opportunities you don’t want to miss.  Mark your calendar now and plan to come out for a special brunch menu from Yellow Belly Food Truck.

 

THE MENU*

Blueberry Pancakes (for the kiddos)

Candied Bacon Pancakes / Vermont Maple Syrup

Breakfast Tostada

Warm Apple Cider (house-made)

 

* This exclusive POP menu, which includes freshness from the garden, is subject to slight changes.  Great food guaranteed!

This is not your typical food truck event.  It’s not about the food truck this time.  It’s not about Chef Jason Tolleson and his partners, Nathaniel Short and Matt Sanders, giving back to a great community cause.  It’s about supporting a cause that makes East Dallas a better place to live and the volunteers who give their time and themselves to make a difference.

In addition to the special brunch by Yellow Belly, there are lots more reasons to come out.  There will be a free Winter Garden Class by Josh of Redenta’s Garden, a fabulous Holiday Bazaar with items made by local artists, even complimentary wine at noon.

I’ll be there.  I hope I see you there, too!  Mark your calendars now and invite your friends.  The forecast is for great Texas fall day!

 

Promise of Peace Is a non-profit group that is working to bring the neighborhoods of East Dallas together through horticulture, environmental and nutritional experiences.  In plain language, they’re seeking to improve the lives of children by teaching gardening, good eating habits and cooking skills.  This volunteer community of compassionate child-advocates seeks to increase high school completion rates and healthy lifestyles.  The Promise of Peace Garden, a community garden started on a vacant lot to teach people how to grow their own food, celebrated its 3rd anniversary on November 3, 2012.

 

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Three Lions – Dallas

 

Three Lions – Two English Blokes – One Common Mission

 

Starting a food truck is hard.  Transforming a food truck into something totally different is harder.  And making the transition successfully is really, really hard.   But for brothers Cameron and Scott Bonfield, it’s really about being true to their heritage.  So that makes it all a labor of love and worth it all.

The transition from Taco Truck to English cuisine began when they started offering more traditional English fare along with the South African spiced tacos and the response was positive.  So about eight months ago, they decided to start over completely.  A few months later the Three Men and a Taco truck has fully morphed into Three Lions.  A big part of the mission is educating the colonies on what constitutes proper English fare.

The cuisine confusion from early menus wasn’t really helped by the Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, but people loved them and bought them like crazy.  I mean, an American BBQ slider held over from the taco truck — how is that English?  I may have been confused by their spot on the menu but I’m really happy they made it possible for the rest of the menu to develop and mature.  Scott Bonfield explains that they were very popular and their sales kept Three Lions afloat long enough to develop the rest of the menu.  The Carolina Sliders have now taken their place in the past.

The Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Slider helped finance the transition to Three Lions British inspired menu.

 

During the sweltering Dallas summer, they introduced Gazpacho, a chilled vegetable soup.  Bursting with flavor and tantalizing with a variety of textures, I wasn’t fully convinced this was English fare but it went down really, really nice on a hot summer day.  Besides, Spain is a lot closer to England than the Carolinas!

Gazpacho – Cooled tomatoey goodness and crunchy veggies

 

Another cool option during the hot summer months is the Shrimp Salad Roll.  Chilled tiny brine shrimp in abundance mixed with sliced cucumbers in a spicy cream sauce resting on a toasted bun.

Shrimp Salad Roll

 

But if you’ve visited Three Lions more recently, the menu continues to evolve and mature into the vision pursued by the Bonfield brothers.  The first truly English item on the menu is the Meat Pie.  Meat Pies are a British basic, pretty much the equivalent of the burger in America.  Sandwich ground beef and a really savory gravy between a shortcake pastry crust (a little thicker and denser) and a puff pastry ‘lid’ (light and fluffy), and you have a perfect no utensils required dish.

If you’re looking for a way to dip your toe in the water, then the Bacon Butty is the perfect little morsel to try.  Bacon and ham with all kinds of deliciousness is sandwiched between a flour roll.  It looks like a breakfast sandwich but it’s a great little treat anytime!

Bacon Butty

 

Everybody knows that Fish & Chips is English and this traditional dish landed on the menu as soon as they could figure out how to get the prep time for the gigantic wild Atlantic Cod filet battered in Heineken Beer batter down to an acceptable ticket time.  The fish is served with tartar sauce and paired up with Chips (that’s fries to us Americans).  It still takes longer than other choices but it’s worth the wait.

Fish & Chips

Three Lions keeps raising the bar and introducing new English options.  If you haven’t tried the Chicken Bacon Pie, you have no idea what you are missing.   Kissin’ cousin to the Meat Pie, but even more stuffed, you get the same shortcake pastry crust that’s a full 2-1/2 inches deep filled with roasted chicken, peas, carrots, and BACON all in a cream sauce.   Apparently, even the British know that everything is better with BACON!

Three Lions Chicken Bacon Pie

 

At the opening of Klyde Warren Park, Three Lions introduced their Bangers & Mash.  A fat, savory sausage rests atop a bed of seasoned creamy mashed potatoes smothered in spicy gravy.  If your idea of British food is all hearty but bland, you’re gonna want to sink your teeth into this Bangers & Mash.  It’s royal!

Bangers and Mash

 

In a food culture where global food is the norm, Three Lions brings yet another cultural cuisine experience to food truck dining.  Scott says there’s a surprisingly large group of British ex-pats living in Dallas and they’ve embraced Three Lions as a bit of home.  But don’t be fooled, there’s a bit of Texas in the hearts of Cameron and Scott Bonfield and we should all embrace the British cuisine experience of Three Lions.

 

If you want to give some British food a go, then look up Three Lions on Facebook or Twitter to see where they’re setting up today.

 

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Thanksgiving – Food Truck Style

This is about a dream I had. The entire Thanksgiving meal, all from food trucks. Is it crazy?  Sure, but when you have a dream, why not make it come true?  So this is our Thanksgiving Day Meal at the Food Truck Connection house. I did dress it up by putting it all on serving dishes. We ate with real plates and silverware.

I think the photos say it all….

 

 

Yellow Belly – Flying Swine

 

Easy Slider – Classic Slider

 

Good Karma – Pan Ramen Noodles

 

Gepetto’s – Meat Pizza
Nammi – Banh Mi
Ssahm – Beef Tacos

 

Yellow Belly – Yellow Tomato Salad

 

Pompeii – Arancini

 

Three Lions – Bacon Chicken Pie

 

Cool Haus – Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Cajun Tailgators – Beignets

 

The Bomb – Pumpkin Fried Pies
Cool Haus – Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

 

Rock Star Bakeshop – Whoopie Pies

 

A special thanks to all the trucks that packaged my food so it would not be wilted, melted, or just plain ugly before I could serve it up.

The Menu

Yellow Tomato Salad – Yellow Belly Truck

Beer Cheese Soup – Yellow Belly Truck

Arancini – Pompeii

Pan Ramen Noodles – Good Karma Kitchen

Chicken Bacon Pie – Three Lions

Flying Swine – Yellow Belly Truck

Banh Mi – NAMMI

Beef Korean Tacos – Ssahm BBQ

Classic Sliders – Easy Slider

Pizza – Gepetto’s

Dessert

Pumpkin Fried Pies – The Bomb

Beignets – Cajun Tailgators

Whoopie Pies – Rockstar Bakeshop

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake – Cool Haus

I wish I’d come up with the idea sooner; not just 3 days before Thanksgiving! There we so many more trucks that I wanted to include but due to timing, availability and my table not being large enough, I had to make some compromises.  Compromises?  Yes, but sacrifices, NO!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

FROM

Food Truck Connection

 

Contributed by Janice Eddington

For a Thanksgiving tribute to Food Trucks, read Seven Reasons I’m Thankful For Food Trucks.

 

Trucks for Tots 12-8-12

Why Trucks for Tots is Important

DFW Trucks Rally to Support Toys for Tots

Black Friday is the peak of holiday season commercialism.  Small business Saturday is a plug for the little guy.  But the annual Toys for Tots Program brings us back to the heart and soul of the season.  This year Dallas and Fort Worth Food trucks are rallying to support this wonderful cause with the first, and hopefully annual, Trucks for Tots Benefit Event to support Toys for Tots.  In a year of unprecedented natural catastrophes and economic hardship for a huge part of our society, gift giving in many families is going to be limited; far more limited than before and more families than ever will be forced to choose between necessities and gifts.  That’s why this year, more than ever, Toys for Tots is so important.

The Trucks for Tots Event to Benefit Toys for Tots is already getting widespread media promotion and just as much attention on social media like Twitter, Facebook and other internet postings.  It’s my great honor to put out my own notice in support of the efforts being made by our food trucks but more importantly, because there is no reward greater than bringing joy into a little person’s life at Christmas and the comfort it gives the parent who bask in the happiness that Christmas brings to the young and the innocent.

Please, mark your calendars now for December 8, 2012.

Make plans to be a part of this worthy cause.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DFW TRUCKS FOR TOTS EVENT TO BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS

25 Food Trucks Come Together in Deep Ellum on December 8th for Charity Event
DALLAS, TX- On Saturday December 8, 2012 from 11:00am-7:00pm, 25 Dallas and Fort Worth food trucks are gathering at the corner of Elm St. and Gaston Ave in Deep Ellum (2505 Elm Street, Dallas, TX) for a massive toy drive for the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of Toys for Tots. Over 20 United States Marines will be on hand to take toy donations and guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child. Pictures with Santa will be available in addition to live music, bounce houses, and over 50 vendors for holiday shopping.
In partnership with local schools including W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy and Lincoln High School, students will be encouraged to collect toys and bring them to the event with their family. There will also be a performance by the Lincoln High School Tiger Marching Band. Over 25 confirmed food trucks will be on-site including Rock & Roll Tacos, Rockstar Bakeshop, Easy Slider Truck, Ssahm BBQ, Gepetto’s Pizza, Three Lions, The Gastro Bomber and more.
Guests are encouraged to ride the DART Green Line and get off at the Deep Ellum Station, which is across the street from the event. Guests coming from North Dallas can ride any line into downtown and transfer to the Green Line without worrying about the hassle of parking. This event is brought to you by DFW Food Truck Group, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and other local sponsors.
About Toys for Tots: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is directed by the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff, from the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, is the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation provides the funding and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns. The Foundation staff is headquartered in the Cooper Center located just outside the main gate of Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, DC. Local campaigns are conducted annually in over 700 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Commander, Marine Forces Reserve has under his command 163 Reserve Units located in 47 states. To cover all 50 states and more communities in each state, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation selects Marine Corps League Detachments and Local Community Organizations (generally veteran Marines) located in communities without a Marine Reserve Center, to conduct Toys for Tots campaigns as part of the overall U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

For more information visit www.toysfortots.org.

About DFW Food Truck Group: DFW Food Truck Group is a community-based promotions group made up of local, independent food truck owners and operators working together to promote awareness of the local food truck scene and food truck events in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. For more information, please visit

www.dfwfoodtruckgroup.com.