Tacos Texas-style – out of a truck?

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Elizabeth Guzman, Contributing Writer

 

This yummy taco could be yours if you venture out of the Bubble. -Photo by Elizabeth Guzman
This yummy taco could be yours if you venture out of the Bubble.
-Photo by Elizabeth Guzman

 

If you are craving that urban scene (which, I hate to admit, Irving doesn’t necessarily have), go to Dallas and discover its delicious cuisine on wheels.

Last Friday, Four Corners Brewing Company hosted TacoCon, an assemblage of five taco food trucks working their magic for Dallas taco lovers. Needless to say, it didn’t take much convincing to persuade my friends to accompany me to this taco food-truck convention.

When planning for any big foodtruck event, don’t head out to the food trucks the minute you feel the grumbles set in – food -truck lines can be unpredictable. They are contingent on activities in the area, time of day, location … you get the point. Depending on the crowd, getting to the front of the line can take from 15 to 90 minutes, but don’t sweat it – the live music, friendly company and Dallas energy will keep you occupied.

If you think food trucks only appeal to the “too cool for school” crowd, guess again. Food-truck events feel like the entire community is taking a collective breath of air. Dallas citizens from all walks of life pause in their busy schedules to enjoy some good food and a relaxed atmosphere.

Another misconception is that you have to be “in the know” or plugged-in to find out when and where food trucks will be making their ever-awaited appearance. Wrong again! With sources like the Internet and social-media sites, a simple Google search will do the trick. D Magazine features foodtruck schedules on its site, as well as an updated calendar that lists all the trendy and fun events happening in Dallas each month.

Another great site with foodtruck information is DFW Food Truck Foodie, which reviews food trucks and offers truck suggestions. Once you find a food truck you like, follow it on social media and get schedule updates automatically. At the expense of sounding like a teacher during a syllabus overview, “you have no excuse!” At least put it on your college bucket list next to singing karaoke at TGIT.

Back to my Taco Con experience: TacoParty was my choice of truck. The steak-and-fries taco was amazing! It achieved the perfect blend of flavors with TacoParty’s special hot sauce, making it definitely worth the wait. From what my friends say, Taco Heads, Chile Pepper Grill, Holy Frijole and Ssahm Korean Tacos – the other food trucks – were also excellent options.

So, leave your go-to Irving f ranchises for nights when you just don’t want to move, because eating a delicious taco in the heart of Dallas, with the skyline as your backdrop, isn’t an opportunity you want to miss.

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