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Dallas food trucks to pull up to Stonewall Jackson Elementary Saturday

Ten of Dallas’ food trucks will park their wheels at Stonewall Jackson Elementary Saturday for lunch. They won’t take over the school’s field because it’s nice parking space, but because some of the school’s parents had the idea to raise money for the Stonewall Gardens.

Katie Brown (left) and Jeanne Ferguson organized the Food Truck Field Day at Stonewall Jackson Elementary March 31. Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS

Katie Brown and Jeanne Ferguson, both parents of Stonewall students, had the idea among a group trying to pick out a fundraiser. Going with the rising food truck trend in Dallas, they, and food truck owners, are expecting a good turnout for the event. Many of the people who operate the participating food trucks said that having such a gathering at a school is new–in Dallas, at least.

Read the whole story that ran in neighborsgo.

So is the cause worth going to the event? The garden is funded by donations and support of the community, plus, there’s a good lineup for lunch. Here’s who’s driving to East Dallas for the event.

The Butcher’s Son–Serving up Johnsonville sausage in every gourmet way they can think of
Cajun Tailgators–Cajun deliciousness on wheels
Dos Paisanos–This truck has both Salvadorian and Mexican cuisine
Easy Slider–It’s hard to believe there was a time before mobile sliders
Enticed Shaved Ice–The high tomorrow is 85 degrees: perfect for a gourmet snow cone
Gennarino’s–Three brothers from Naples run this Neopolitan-style friggitoria
Nammi Truck–Preparing Vietnamese favorites, banh mi
Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe–Get a grilled cheese any way you want it
Ssham BBQ–Korean barbecue tacos? Yes, please.
Trailercakes–Two trends collide with cupcakes and a food truck

Want to go?
Stop by Stonewall Jackson Elementary, 5828 E. Mockingbird Lane, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Trucks are planned to be on the field behind the school. Admission is $5 and food is purchased separately from vendors.

Easy Slider is one truck coming to the food truck field day that benefits Stonewall Gardens. Photo by TAYLOR ADAMS

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Autumn, pumpkin pancakes return to Café Brazil

As it’s finally October, we’re all hoping that the temperature outside is done reaching triple digits for 2011. Football is the topic of conversation in the office (as are our Rangers!) and I’m hearing more people ordering pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. But I’m really excited about what one restaurant has on its fall menu, and it starts today.

Cinnamon-pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon butter at Café Brazil (El Gordo crepes in the background). Photo by Taylor Adams

I’m not one to boast about chain restaurants, but at least this one’s a local. Starting in Lakewood in 1991 before branching out in North Texas, Café Brazil is a frequent destination of mine, mostly for breakfast–especially in the fall, when the kitchen starts beating a pumpkin pancake batter.

These pancakes don’t pack the pumpkin-spice kick that a pie will, but I’m not craving that kind of punch first thing in the morning. What these do accomplish, however, is a rich, moist flapjack, with a hint of pumpkin blended with a smooth cinnamon finish. What pushes this breakfast from one to crave to one to order is the butter Café Brazil dollops on top of it: cinnamon butter. It sounds simple, but when smoothed over these pancakes, it brings a sweetness like icing to pumpkin bread.

Oct. 4 also brings the return of the pumpkin cheesecake, an item gracing many dessert menus around town, but one that’s up to par with many of them. Oct. 11 adds even more to the menu with a s’mores latte and something that may replace my pancakes: bananas foster French toast. (I’m refraining from stealing their photos, to see these items and what else will be offered go to Cafe Brazil’s blog.)

Not Just Another eggs Benedict at Café Brazil, topped with a spicy cream sauce instead of the traditional Hollandaise sauce. Photo by Taylor Adams

If your palate isn’t craving autumn spices, you can’t go wrong with the normal menu (breakfast or otherwise), the crepes and French toast won’t disappoint your tastebuds, and there’s no beating that undisclosed recipe of their spicy cream sauce, topping the eggs Benedict or El Gordo Crepes.

Café Brazil
Location:
6420 N. Central Expressway in Dallas, 214-691-7791 (check here for other locations)
Hours: 
Central Expressway location is open 24 hours/seven days a week
Price:
$
Ambiance: Indoor and patio seating. A feeling of a local, grungy and delicious diner.
Attire: Casual
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: None–but there is a good coffee bar

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