Say you’re visiting Dallas and the weather is fair, not too humid but warm enough to enjoy a cold light beer outside. Perhaps you’ve already crossed off the Ft. Worth Stockyards and it’s too early in the day to hit that trendy bar in Addison. While Big D doesn’t have outdoor amenities link the West Coast, you could easily live large like a local by heading to the Truck Yard off of Greenville Ave.
For the hungry and hip
Despite what the name implies, this isn’t a social gathering of big bellied truckers where one would expect cut off flannel sleeves but rather a hip hangout minus the obnoxious beards and twirled mustaches. The Truck Yard is a lot of land, which probably used to be a couple of low income houses that have been leveled and zoned for outdoor enjoyment and food truck cuisine. All foodies, motorcycle riders, scooter enthusiasts, local music supporters, or anyone looking for a midday adventure are welcome.
Junk like courtyard under the sun
Once you’ve walked in you may find yourself bewildered by the junk yard setting. Of course there’s a full service bar on the north side complete with local brews on tap as well as fresh mojitos (see above) and margaritas with an attached ice cream parlor (yes, a bar with ice cream). Opt for something light as the summer sun will make dark beers taste a bit too thick to enjoy. However, if the climate is cool, take part in Grapevine’s own English Brown Ale. The outdoor bar is open to the dining area for easy beer run service. To merit the title Truck Yard, there is an assortment of tables crafted from salvaged flat beds, wooden picnic tables, and other various metal works minus the tetanus. There is even an adult treehouse that functions as a bar with an exquisite view of the entire establishment. On top a gravel lot, this outdoor venue offers a great afternoon delight that is mostly free of charge; but some events including most of those at night charge a fee of 20 USD at the door.
Eats and treats
Now, a great setting must be accompanied by great food. The Truck Stop routinely rotates out local food trucks, thus the name, on a daily basis. One could easily indulge in favorites like burgers and pizza and or even a Cuban sandwich. If you’re fortunate to run into the Easy Slider, then the Roadside with tangy BBQ sauce and crispy fried onion rings (see above) is an instant hit. Their little sliders come packed with juicy meat and fashioned with an array of ingredients. Or if you’d prefer a veggie option that even a meat eater could easily appreciate, the Baby Bella complete with pesto, mozzarella, and a tomato is a great alternative. These mini burgers come at a reasonable rate of 8 USD for a pair.
Truck yard tunes
With live music day and night, the Truck Yard is a beacon for a social gathering. Here, local cover bands bring your favorite hits with a country/folk rock/blues signature sound. With a humble urban backdrop on this small stage, there is no room for theatrics, what you see is simply what you get: big hits from indie artists.
Good Food, Good Times
Bring your friends, kids, and/or dogs, as all are welcome here. Or opt for a date with your spouse as the food and setting alone enriches the experience. With an assortment of food, drink, and entertainment, you’ll find something to love about the Truck Yard.
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