Friday, September 20, 2013
5 favorite things about funky food trailer park Truck Yard on Lower Greenville
Consider it Katy Trail Ice House's artsier cousin.
LOWER GREENVILLE Two months ago when we visited the space where Greenville Avenue food truck park Truck Yard now resides, it was still very much a work in progress. Metal signs were strewn about the 15,000-square foot lot, tires in piles. It took a lot of “envisioning” to grasp the forthcoming concept.
Picnic tables and bar seats fill up for happy hour with a mix of Millennials, working professionals and families. A nearby mechanic shop-turned-Philly cheesesteak grill and bar is a good place for dinner, but on a sunny day, the best seat in the place is in the shabby-chic backyard, with its cool trailer park décor. Though it feels like you're in another world, Truck Yard is just spittin' distance from the new Trader Joe's.
Here are our five favorite things about Truck Yard:
The treehouse bar: Yes, this little slice of thirst-quenching heaven is as oddly endearing as it sounds. Patrons can sit beneath the shade of the treehouse, decorated with vintage lamps and Christmas lights, or sidle up to a bar 8-10 feet in the air (it's great for people watching, too). The bar serves specialty bottled cocktails ($7), exclusive to the treehouse, as well as a few beers. Though the capacity is only 14 people, the bar is considerably spacious. Your inner child is sure to delight in this adult playground.
Three bars: While we’re on the subject of booze, it’s worth noting there's no shortage of places to grab a drink. In addition to the aforementioned treehouse bar, an old Airstream trailer has been repurposed as a giant beer tub, and the main cheesesteak facility also sells beer and cocktails on tap. The best part? Every bar takes credit card. Soon, all registers will be networked, meaning you could open a tab at one bar and be able to charge it at any of the others.
Backyard stage built out of a flatbed truck: When Truck Yard founder Jason Boso explained stage, it sounded cheesy. The manifestation of his idea, however, is superb. The truck’s cabin remains intact, attached to the bed, and it appears as though the metal body was simply cut open to expose the stage. It’s a rustic gem situated on the right edge of the property, so it is visible from all parts of Truck Yard but doesn’t interfere with the flow.
Great for groups: If you travel with a diverse group of palates, this may be the best place to make camp. Truck Yard invites up to three rotating food trucks into the lot every day, which means you’re bound to discover new local offerings. On a recent trip, Woké Asian cuisine and Salsa Limon taco truck accompanied the familiar Italian food truck Pompeii. Local ice cream connoisseurs Carnival Barkers, too, have set up shop permanently, serving a variety of original recipes and ice cream floats. And don't miss getting a Philly cheesesteak from Steak Me Home Tonight.
Truck Yard is the new Lower Greenville: Truck Yard solidifies Lower Greenville as a handsome and diverse destination. Gone are the gritty barhopping days of Public House and Pussycat Lounge. Likewise, the “For Rent” signs are diminishing and a renewed culture is flourishing. Long-time residents will tell you there hasn’t been a more vibrant time in the neighborhood in nearly a decade. And that’s not just the booze talking.