Wednesday, October 31, 2012
French cuisine, Texas style: Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe adds creperie to food truck fleet
Bon appetit, y'all.
DALLAS Any North Texan lucky enough to have visited Paris – the one across the pond, not the one in Lamar County – likely has a special memory of the food there. Even street carts serving pressed hot dogs are exceptional in France’s capital city. And the crepes? That conversation – with requisite raving – could last all day. While a quick trip to Europe for a gourmet snack might not fit most of our budgets, one Dallas company is bringing the spirit of Parisian street food to DFW. Ruthie’s Rolling Café, known for its mouth-watering, grandma-inspired grilled cheese sandwiches, announced a new addition to its burgeoning fleet: Ruthie's Rolling Creperie, which hits the street in November. Official dates are TBA, but the new truck is currently booking private parties.
"We decided for our third truck concept to be a crepe truck after doing R&D this summer in other big food truck cities like Austin, Portland, and New York City. We realized that the one truck Dallas didn't have was crepes," said co-owner Ashlee Kleinert.
For the uninitiated, crepes might be described as "French pancakes," but they are lighter than and not considered as breakfast-specific as their Yankee cousins. They’re traditionally made from flour, egg, milk, salt, and butter and served with a host of sweet and savory fillings -- everything from strawberries and cream to melted cheese and bacon.
Ruthie’s Rolling Creperie joins the original grilled cheese slinging Rolling Café and the company's second truck, Ruthie’s Cheesesteak Café, which serves cheese-drowned Amoroso Hoagies filled with rib-eye steak or chicken. The creperie will create “French cuisine Texas style: Big and hearty,” and menu items include creative combinations like the "It's All Greek to Me" with Greek yogurt, honey, and mixed nuts and the "Veggie Caprese" with sliced tomato, mozzarella, and pesto.