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Top Nosh Truck

I admit it.  I am a terrible note-taker.  As a result, I like to research the ‘digital footprint’ on the trucks I visit to refresh my memory and to sometimes learn stuff about a truck I didn’t think to ask.  After all, it’s really about the food, right?  So when I was putting together an update on my list of active food trucks so I could figure out who I needed to track down, I didn’t find much about Top Nosh.  So I sent a message to Chef Matt Thomas and told him he needed a bigger digital footprint.  Apparently, he listened.  Now you can find Top Nosh Truck on Facebook, Twitter and even a website.

Top Nosh Truck
Top Nosh Truck

I caught up with them at Fort Worth Food Park on a gorgeous day.  The menu wasn’t much bigger than their digital footprint but the quality more than makes up for any shortage of options.

The menu changes as Chef Matt tries new things but this is what it looked like the day I was at Top Nosh Truck.
The menu changes as Chef Matt tries new things but this is what it looked like the day I was at Top Nosh Truck.

I realize it’s almost sacrilegious to live in Texas and not be a fan of BBQ.  I have lived in famous BBQ towns like Kansas City and visited ALL of the big BBQ meccas but it took moving to Texas for me to figure out, BBQ is not my favorite way to prepare meat.  That said, the Braised Brisket Sliders lived up to their advertising as AWESOME!  Tender, juicy, and spicy without being hot are the result of the brisket being perfectly prepared.  The bun was fresh and the portions balanced, even the bonus goat cheese that is part of this compelling reason to eat BBQ and to like it …. A lot!

"The" Two-fer - Braised Brisket Sliders with Goat Cheese.  The Red Cabbage Slaw was a nice complement but it is even better when you put it on the slider!
“The” Two-fer – Braised Brisket Sliders with Goat Cheese. The Red Cabbage Slaw was a nice complement but it is even better when you put it on the slider!

“The” Top Nosh Steak Sammy goes a completely different route that leads to the same smile when you bite into this overstuffed delight that features grilled hangar steak and onions, lemon-thyme mayo, grape tomatoes, Pepper Jack and Feta cheeses and for a little color and flavor splash, flash fried spinach.  My partner-in-crime on this culinary adventure told me it was ‘really, really good’ and she loved the flash fried spinach.  But then, I knew that from the two little bites I got to try and the fact I only got to try two-little bites!

"The" Top Nosh Steak Sammy is topped literally and lip smackingly with flash fried spinach.  Popeye never had it this good!
“The” Top Nosh Steak Sammy is topped liberally and lip smackingly with flash fried spinach. Popeye never had it this good!

The Shut-Yo-Mouth Tater Tots go to prove that it’s not what you start with but what you end up with that counts.  Ours were fried perfectly and covered in an assortment of cheeses.  If you want yours prepared with truffle oil, you can have ‘em your way, too.

The Steak Sammy deserves another look but take a peak at those cheese topped Tater Tots.  The only reason to Shut Yo Mouth with these is to chew and enjoy!
The Steak Sammy deserves another look but take a peak at those cheese topped Tater Tots. The only reason to Shut Yo Mouth with these is to chew and enjoy!

The Fruit Boat was as pretty as it was cool and refreshing.  The Lemon Marscapone really sets off the citrus in the pineapple but it’s just as great with the strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and banana.  What a fabulous way to end the meal.

Super happy taste buds are the pot of gold at the end of this fresh fruit rainbow.
Super happy taste buds are the pot of gold at the end of this fresh fruit rainbow.

Afterwards, there was a break in the crowd and we got to spend a few minutes with Chef Matt.  It’s clear that he’s passionate about food and creating items that are interesting, fresh and, as it says on the website, “lovingly doted on one order at a time.”  And as much as we liked everything we tried, Chef Matt says the Tacos Chinos will become your favorite item no matter how much of a ‘beef’ guy you are!

The Top Nosh Meal - sit back and enjoy as you nosh away.
The Top Nosh Meal – sit back and enjoy as you nosh away.

A couple of things jumped out at me as I ‘researched’ the background on Top Nosh Truck.  First, his website is simple but well done; just like his menu and food. And second, unlike a lot of other Facebook Pages I visit, I was amazed by the number of photos that had four, or five, or even six items in the photo.  Now I don’t feel so bad about how much I ordered.  It wasn’t my fault, Chef Matt made me do it!

If you want to find Top Nosh, check out the now ‘expansive’ digital footprint you can find on Facebook, Twitter and even their website.  But if you really want to learn more about Top Nosh Truck and Chef Matt, just go out and eat with Chef Matt and  Top Nosh Truck.

And then repeat … repeat … repeat.

 

 

Rock & Roll Tacos Rock My World

The truck that helped start the Food Truck explosion in Dallas –

And still ROCKS the streets! 

If you are like me and think that everything is better with bacon, then you gotta wrap your lips around the bacon wrapped shrimp accented with grilled bell peppers and onions topped with pepper jack cheese.  You, my friend, have just experienced the bar-setter in Shrimp Tacos!

Tijuana Taco – Big, fat shrimp wrapped in bacon

 

You know you mouth is watering now, it’s the weekend so get on the ‘Net and find out where you can get your fix.   I’m tellin’ you.  These were some of the biggest, fattest shrimp you’ll ever find on a taco anywhere.   Go … Go now!  NO, wait, read the rest of the story.  Then go look up James Quinonez or any of the friendly staff on the truck and ask for the Tijuana Taco.

Want something a little lighter.  Go no further than the Ceviche Island Heaven.  A light, crispy tortilla topped with shrimp ceviche with avocado, onions and tomatoes.  Fresh, cool and just right on a hot summer night.   The little bits of shrimp in the ceviche weren’t as impressive after chowing down on the monster shrimp in the taco but the flavors melded well.  I admit, this one had stiff competition tonight, but tastes differ and it could well be just what you desire.

Ceviche Island Heaven – A little taste of heaven on a hotter’n hell Texas night!

 

For the finale, we bring you the Spicy Mac’n Cheese.  If you think Mac ‘n Cheese is just for kids then you need to try this.  Spicy, creamy, cheesy, yummy!!!

Spicy Mac ‘n Cheese – Mac for grown ups!

 

I know, you’re thinking that’s a pretty small looking cup of Mac ‘n Cheese and, at $3.00 you may think it is overpriced.  Trust me, the quality of the ingredients and the rich, satisfying taste will shortly convince you that any more is too much.

Your sign of good food!

 

Keep that in mind when you visit the Rock & Roll Taco truck.  The menu offers the basics and premium selections.  Everything on my menu tonight was a premium offering.  The Tijuana Taco and the Ceviche Island Heaven were $3.50, a full dollar more than the standard tacos like Al Pastor, Carnitas or Barbacoa.    They were worth the price.

 

 

Rock & Roll Tacos is one of the first trucks in Dallas to open a Brick & Morter location.  On May 31st, they opened in Deep Ellum in the old music venue LaGrange.  The partnership is working out great for both parties and Quinonez, not content to replicate the truck menu has gone all out in with an expanded menu, cool new interior design scheme featuring a 1954 Chevy pickup truck converted to the salsa bar and something they can’t offer on the truck – Air Conditioning.   The fixed location is at 2706 Elm Street in Dallas and the truck can be found at favored truck venues and events across the DFW area!

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for truck locations.

Which one do you like better – the Taco Bar or the Taco Truck?

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Surf the Waves with SoCal Tacos

YUMMMM

Are you telling me your mouth is not watering just looking at those nachos?  They are even better tasting! Bunches of flavor with creamy gooey cheese. I mean really gooey and yummy. The only thing wrong with these puppies is that some of the sauce dripped off.

 

And I know you think, why go to SoCal, it is just another taco truck, right? No, this taco truck stands out in a crowd. These are not your average street tacos.

The crew behind this truck is Scott, Jaymes, Nash and Jake. Now you won’t see Jake because he does not stand still long enough for me to get a photo of him :)

 

Marinated Shrimp topped with crisp slaw is so refreshing. The shrimp is fresh and tastes so good.

 

 

And those Salmon Tacos with BBQ salmon, lettuce and blue cheese are outstanding. Now this is one great fish taco.

 

 

And wait, with this next one you would know, they know what food is like in Southern California. They have what is lovingly known as a California Burrito. California burritos have french fries in them! I just had to see if they were as good as I remember from CA.

And the answer is yes. I close my eyes and I could be sitting in Laguna Beach eating this burrito!

But wait how about some dessert?

SoCal had Sopapilla fries with Strawberry Sauce tonight. Now this is one fun dessert! Thanks guys for a great meal, or two, or three!

 

 

And if you are not in love with SoCal Tacos yet, how about this?  They give all of their tips to local families in need.   So what are you waiting for…. Hit the road to hook up with So Cal!

 

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Tin Star Taco Taxi Review

Tin Star Taco Taxi

 

The feature truck from Addison’s Thursday Night Bites this week is the Tin Star Taco Taxi.  A relative newcomer to the recent food truck scene in DFW, Tin Star rolled out from the brick and mortar Tin Star Taco Bar in Downtown Dallas.  Carrying on the vision of delivering great food at a good price – quickly – in a uniquely different approach that keeps the experience fresh, the Taco Taxi brings the food to the people.

 

 

 

You can’t claim to be the home of Notoriously Addictive Gourmet Tacos without making Tacos the premier item on the menu.  Tin Star doesn’t let you down, offering soft tacos in 2 versions of beef, 3 versions of chicken and pork and fish tacos grilled or deep fried.

 

Tonight we hit the trifecta with a Number 1 Grilled Steak taco, a Carnitas taco and a Grilled Fish taco.  There are no sides involved – just hot, moist, succulent tacos.

I found the grilled steak to be juicy and nearly melt in your mouth good but not what I was expecting from Grilled Steak.  The avocado, grilled onions and jack cheese were fresh and flavorful.

 

The Carnitas was tender and flavorful.  Simple, garnished with red onions and cilantro and a squeeze of lime.  It must have been good.  It disappeared before I got a bite!

 

First, the disclaimer.  I’m not a huge fish taco fan, but I keep trying them, hoping to be amazed.  My experience is that most are breaded and fried, then turn soggy in the taco.  Soooo, I went with the Grilled Fish.  The chipotle sauce had good spice but I found the slaw to be over used and over-powering, leaving the tortilla soggy.  Sorry, but this wasn’t the amazing fish taco I’m searching for … It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great.  Different strokes for different folks so you may get one with better balance on the ingredients that makes you happy.

 

I’m okay with the concept that fresh, high quality costs more resulting in higher costs.  I found the $3 per taco pretty steep for what I got (higher than prices on the website) and I’ve found tacos I prefer locally for less money.

I had a chance to sample the Street Nachos.  Available with Grilled Steak, Chicken or Seasoned Ground Beef, queso and jalapenos they are the quintessential Tex-Mex snack and these looked up to the challenge.  These are made with the Grilled Steak, the same buttery melt-in-your mouth meat on the tacos so how can they be anything less than great!

 

The competition between taco trucks is stiff and while I wasn’t blown away, I think Tin Star will remain a player.  Besides, keep in mind they’ve only been in business a couple of months and practice makes perfect.

And hey guys!  I don’t care if you need to raise prices to make a profit and stay in business …  but get the website updated so you don’t set expectations.  Clearly there were a bunch of people who didn’t mind paying $3 for a taco and $5 for Street Nachos but they’re just not as happy doing it when the website quotes lower prices.