Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Food truck review: Skip Fred’s TruckWagon and try their cafe instead
If I’m gonna spend $13.50 for a burger and fries, I expect it to be great! This one wasn’t.
FORT WORTH Fred’s Texas Cafe has been a favorite place for beer, burgers, and entertainment in Fort Worth since 1978. In restaurant years, that’s like forever. And in February 2012, they joined the burgeoning food truck movement in Fort Worth and launched their own mobile kitchen, Fred’s TruckWagon. The announcement was quickly followed by whispered hopes they’d really take the show on the road and bring the truck to Dallas and other parts of DFW. So far, those hopes have been pretty much dashed and frankly, I don’t understand. Why put a corporate truck out there and then limit it’s operation to the same place you already have two successful brick & mortar restaurants? As a marketing plan, I just don’t get it. Oh well, it’s about the food anyway and I caught up with Fred’s Truck Wagon at the Fort Worth Food Park.
"Legendary Badass Burgers" is what it says on the side of the truck: That’s a pretty bold statement. I had to see for myself what the buzz is all about.
The cafe menu has a lot more options, including Coldass Beer, but the truck is all about the FredBurger. From this truck you can get anything you want as long as it’s a burger, in 1/4 pound and 1/2 pound sizes. You pick the toppings and the cheese, both for an additional cost. There are French fries available, too, at (you guessed it) an additional cost.
I opted for the FredBurger, a half pound of Texas raised ground beef and added smokey bacon, grilled fresh jalapenos, and blue cheese served on a plain hamburger bun. The French fries come with kosher salt but mine had little more to offer. They were soggy and had little flavor. I didn’t finish them.
The FredBurger came with generous portions of the selected toppings. The quality was good, but I’d hope so for an additional $1.25 per item plus another $1 for the cheese. I was really glad I ordered the 1/2 pound burger. Otherwise, I think the burger would have disappeared in everything else. Again, the quality of the beef seemed pretty good, but that’s the problem. If I’m gonna spend $13.50 for a burger and fries, I expect it to be great! This one wasn’t. Compared to most food truck fare in DFW, the prices were high.
The food was good, and it might have seemed better in the cafe setting, surrounded by the characters who work there and the characters who come there, the music and the beer. Yeah, a few beers would have probably make this taste a lot better.
At the risk of getting banned from Fort Worth, and I love going there, maybe Dallas isn’t missing out on anything. Or maybe it was a bad day. Or maybe you have to be a Fort Worth native to truly appreciate Fred’s.
You can find out where Fred’s Truck Wagon is by following them on Twitter or Facebook but why? You’ll probably find them at Fort Worth Food Park or you could get the whole experience by stopping in at one of the brick & mortar locations at 915 Currie Street or 2730 Western Center. The hours are longer, the A/C and beer are colder (and less expensive), and the entertainment is included.
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