Dallas, TX: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard

It's as Philly as it gets outside of Philly for sure.

By Scott Reitz  |  Dallas Observer

It's as Philly as it gets outside of Philly for sure.
It’s as Philly as it gets outside of Philly for sure.


The food truck selection is always decent at Jason Boso’s Truck Yard, Dallas’ first permanent food-truck park, on Greenville Avenue. The problem — for the food trucks, mostly, and also for my cholesterol — is that you have to walk through a cloud of cheesesteak vapor to get to the trucks.

And once the smell hits your face, you’re not making it to those trucks.

At the front of the Truck Yard sits the shack that houses a bar and small restaurant, where cheesesteaks are turned out by the second. The smell is intoxicating, and it’s mostly because Boso’s team works with some pretty great ingredients.

Nine times out of 10 when you order a cheesesteak you get frozen, pre-sliced meat. Sometimes you even get that processed stuff called Steak-umms, which is awful. But at the Truck Yard you’ll see a prime rib roast up on the meat slicer, with ribbons of meat cascading from its end. It doesn’t get any more serious than slicing meat for a cheesesteak right off the rib roast.

Get yours with onions and peppers and always choose the Whiz. This is the height of blue-collar food. A few hits from the cheese pump and the melted goo descends down through the folds of steak, all the way down into the bun, saturating everything in its path.

Nope, you’re not making it to the food trucks today. You may never. Dial 2 to speak with the pharmacy.

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