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The bluebonnets are in bloom and the warm weather birds have returned… and that means it’s time for Spring Breakers to head to far West Texas, likely with a visit to Alpine on the itinerary.
Whether you live in the area or are visiting, it never hurts to be armed with information before hitting the food truck scene here in Alpine.
With seven active food trucks in Alpine, there’s something available for just about every taste. Find your flavor, pull up a seat, and enjoy our Far West Texas spring weather with some tasty food truck fare that you can only find in Alpine.
Cow Dog serves the most delectable and unique 100% beef hot dogs you’ll ever meet. Cow Dog is our longest-serving food truck here, and they’ve got it right. They have items other than hot dogs, including several vegan and veggie options for those not into hot dogs but still hungry for something flavorful from Cow Dog. My personal favorite is the El Pastor, and today I’ll share the recipe that chef extraordinaire Alan so graciously gave me a few years ago. Don’t be intimidated by the hot dog options – they’re all distinctly delicious. And, always go for the “Big” dog… it’s about twice the size of the “Little” dog, and you’ll want to have a few more bites, trust me. Located 215 E. Holland Ave. in the parking lot of Tumbleweed Laundry and Plaine Coffee (they have ice cream and pastries, too), they’ll be open Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
G-Ma’s Food Truck is the food truck to visit for breakfast tacos, a variety of burritos and more. Check them out, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parking lot at W. Avenue E. and 8th Street.
Thai Way is located at the corner of 5th Street and Holland Avenue, in the shadow of the famous Alpine murals. Thai Way’s owners recently returned from an extended visit home to Thailand, and are excited to be open again… probably not as excited as we are to have them back. Traditional, fresh, flavorful Thai items including delicious curries, noodles, veggies and more, always with as many peppers as you’d like, await you at Thai Way Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
Tri La Bite has a little bit of everything that a hungry person is looking for… from salads and sandwiches to chicken-n-waffles and stuffed baked potatoes, the specials of the day are unique and unexpected… from Vietnamese Noodle Soup to a Gyro basket, know that it will be finger-licking good stuff. If brisket is on the menu in any form or fashion, order it. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Located at 605 E. Holland in the parking lot across from Sonic, they’ll be open 11-a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Triple B’s is located on Murphy Street at 5th, next to PrintoCo and near the Farmer’s Market. They serve a variety of food, including fried mozzarella cheese balls, fried mac & cheese, quesadillas, gluten-free fried chicken baskets, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, French dip sandwiches, loaded nachos, desserts and more. They are open 11:30-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
The Window can be found behind the Ole Crystal Bar at 410 E. Holland Avenue, and serves some of the tastiest burgers and loaded fries around. Open for dinner and late night weekend meals, make The Window a stop in your food truck excursion. Open Monday-Wednesday from 4-10 p.m., Thursday- Saturday from 4 p.m.-midnight and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. And in case you wondered, The Window is the sister-truck of Tri La Bite.
There’s a new truck in town across from Sul Ross State University, but as of press time, I was unable to get information about it. If you’ve checked it out, let me know what you think. Most of the food trucks can be found on Facebook, and they often post daily specials as well as changes in open hours. Enjoy!
The El Pastor
(Actual recipe from Alan Vannoy, proprietor of Cow Dog Hotdogs, and my favorite hot dog in the world)
6 Hebrew National frankfurters, butterflied
1 cup canned pineapple tidbits
½ cup chopped red onion
6 good hot dog buns grilled on the inside with butter
½ cup Lime Mayonnaise
½ cup Cilantro Pesto
Grill franks on both sides until lightly browned. Grill pineapple and onions combined in a small skillet until lightly caramelized. Top grilled buns with caramelized pineapple and onion. Place grilled frank on top of mixture and drizzle with Lime Mayonnaise and Cilantro Pesto. Wrap each dog in foil or paper, and consume soon.
Lime Mayonnaise (makes 1-1/2 cups)
juice and grated zest of 2 limes
1-1/2 cups quality mayonnaise
Thoroughly stir together ingredients. Store in fridge.
Cilantro Pesto (makes 1-1/2 cups)
2 bunches fresh cilantro
½ cup pecan pieces sauteed in 3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup good olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
juice of 1 lime
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup distilled water
Combine all ingredients in food processor and puree completely. Store in fridge.
Printed with permission of the Alpine Avalanche 🙂