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Kelly Family Farms Food Truck Answers the Question: “Where’s the beef?”

The simple things in life are the best.

Anybody over 30 or so probably remembers the 80’s  Wendy’s commercial that made Where’s the beef? one of the most famous catch-phrases of the day and Clara Peller everyone’s favorite grandmother.  The newest place in Collin County to answer this question is the Kelly Family Farm Food Truck.  I literally just got back from their soft-opening and couldn’t wait to spread the word.

Kelly Family Farms Food Truck - look for it on the south side of  W Lucas Road in Parker, TX
Kelly Family Farms Food Truck – look for it on the south side of W Lucas Road in Parker, TX

Ask anyone who’s been in the food truck business about the formula for success and almost everyone will agree:

  • Keep the menu simple and focus on consistent delivery
  • Fresh, good quality ingredients combined to make great food
  • Acceptable wait times
  • A friendly staff that engages every customer like you are their best friend

The folks at Kelly Family Farms check every box already.   Before we could even place our order, we were met by Channin Kelly and promised the best burger we’ve ever eaten.  Those are bold words and we promised to let her know what we thought after we ate.  Let’s just put it this way.  I think I said 3 times in the 15 minute drive home, “that was a good burger!”

The menu is about as simple as it gets:  You can have anything you want as long as it is a burger but you can have your burger just about any way you want it.  Pick your size, choose your fixins and the combo includes a drink and chips.

Pick your challenge of 1-4 patties and dress it up the way you like it.
Pick your challenge of 1-4 patties and dress it up the way you like it.

Never one to back down from a challenge, we opted to tackle the Cattle Barron, a massive quad (that’s 4) patty burger bulging out of the toasted bun and dressed with cheese, mustard, mayo, onions and jalapenos.  This juicy, tender, perfectly cooked creation melted in your mouth like buttah on the stove.

King of the heap - the Cattle Baron with Cheese
King of the heap – the Cattle Barron with Cheese

It’s almost not fair to ask a bun to handle that much beef but the toasted bun (my favorite way to prepare a burger bun) mostly held together and totally held its own in flavor, freshness and yummi-ness. It’s being picky but if I had any complaint it’s that the bun got all wrinkled up in the wrap and wasn’t very pretty.  After the first bite, I didn’t much care.

We managed to stop long enough to capture the Cattle Baron halfway through.
We managed to stop long enough to capture the Cattle Barron halfway through.  This one is all about the beef!

In order to provide an equal opportunity test, we also went to the ‘lighter’ side of the menu for the Kelly Classic w/bacon, added cheese (of course!) and our preference on condiments.  This single patty burger is much more balanced.  Unless you’re just hankering for a bunch of beef, the balance on the Kelly Classic provided a more entertaining and complex sensation of flavors and textures.  For you non-foodies, that means it tasted REAL good.

The Kelly Classic with bacon and cheese
The Kelly Classic with bacon and cheese, onions, pickles and jalapenos, mustard and mayo.

If there is any bad news, the plans are for the trailer to stay in place most of the time.  But that’s good news for burger or food truck fans in eastern Collin County who generally have to drive an hour or more to find food trucks in the Dallas area.  Maybe, if we ask nicely, we can convince them to join up with some of our other awesome food trucks in North Texas for a special event.

The Kelly Family Farms Food Truck lot.
The Kelly Family Farms Food Truck lot.  Thank goodness there’s more parking to the left side!

This truck can make a claim no other food truck in the area can make.  They raise all of the beef used in the burgers and they proudly tell you 10 different ways grass fed beef is better for your than grain fed beef on the website.  You can follow the comments of their satisfied customers on Facebook and hear about the appearances at special events on Twitter.  They are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

 

Seating is limited but in keeping with the 'family' spirit, tables come in adult (shown) and kids (not shown here) sizes.
Seating is limited but in keeping with the ‘family’ spirit, tables come in adult (shown) and kids (not shown here) sizes.

I think I”ll lay awake tonight planning my next visit so I can confirm they’ve got down the  ‘consistent delivery’ thing ….