In the context of these pages, there could perhaps be no better pairing than food trucks and breweries. They go together like lamb and tuna fish. The Karbach Brewery has a steady rotation of mobile eateries at their Saturday tours, while Saint Arnold and Southern Star both often host vendors at their events. It makes sense. They don’t compete on any level, and it’s a symbiotic relationship: line patrons’ bellies with delicious grub before they cash in those beer tokens, and wash down that fancy feast with excellent craft brew. The two industries are kindred spirits too, as each works to change outdated regulations that stifle their growth.
In Dallas recently, I visited the Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and I was delighted to see the Easy Slider truck stationed just outside the gates. There was quite a crowd on hand so the truck was slammed, but our group was able to bide our time with some cold drafts from the tap wall. The menu featured a number of decadent options, so I started with a Classic burger as a baseline before moving on to the Sweet & Lowdown and the French Revolution. The Angus beef was grilled to a perfectly juicy medium on a fresh-baked bun, topped with Tillamook cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion. It was the quintessential American burger in bite-size form and served as an excellent barometer for the rest of their offerings. But once you try the likes of the French Revolution — crowned with cured prosciutto, melty Gruyère cheese, grilled onions, and Dijon mustard — it’s hard to go back. But the day’s favorite was an inspired complement of savory and sweet, perhaps a metaphor for the food truck/brewery pairing itself. The Sweet & Lowdown combines bacon and tart goat cheese with strawberry jam to form almost a Monte Cristo slider – a veritable Voltron of burgers. Coupled with a crisp Dallas Blonde and live music on the back patio of the Deep Ellum brewery, each construction made part of this complete late summer afternoon.
Easy Slider is carrying the torch of gourmet comfort food to the masses of the Metroplex with their inventive fare, and I’m certainly Fonda what they’re serving up.