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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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Garland joint offers Salvadoran tradition

I consider my knowledge of Tex-Mex to be beyond acceptable. But my expertise of Salvadoran cuisine needs some help. Luckily, I have a friend at work, Julieta, who grew up in El Salvador and is passionate about the food she misses from home. Luckily for some of us at work, she suggested we drive out to Garland to get some Salvadoran culture wrapped up in a pupusa.

Bean-and-cheese pupusas and pork-and-cheese pupusas with a side of curtido at Pupuseria Lillian.

A pupusa is similar to a gordita, only the tortilla-encasing deliciousness is closed in a pupusa, where a goridita is open at one end, usually bearing lettuce, which won’t be found in a pupusa, Julieta said. We went to Pupuseria Lilian for some bean and cheese and a couple of pork-and-cheese pupusas.

Walking in before noon, we were able to find a table. Juli lead the three of us around as she spoke to the employees in Spanish. The interior is “clean,” but has the feeling of a long-established dive, which almost makes the food seem more authentic.

Juli suggested we would need two to fill us each for lunch. I was thankful to get the pork and the bean, as two of the same pupusas would surely get boring quickly. The tortilla case is thick, but softened by the hot, white, mild cheese (traditionally, quesillo) that’s melting among the cheese or pork.

Either option can leave one with a greasy feeling, but the bean is a lighter option than the pork. The bean-and-cheese pupusa is something to add to your comfort-food list. Every bite is a soft, warm bite of comfort. The taste is truly mild (and in need of salt) but delicious in its simplicity.

Some of the cheeses the restaurant uses are available for sale.

The pork is satisfying, less comfort-food worthy than the bean and cheese, but a bit drier and, of course, meatier. Though it feels more protein-packed, the melted cheese that is intertwined with the stringy chunks of pork makes it feel like more of a guilty pleasure.
On the side was a slaw made with vinegar. The curtido, as Juli said it was called, was a cool, light break to the hit pupusas.

Other menu items include huevos rancheros for breakfast, tacos and tamales. The food is worth the drive up Garland Road into the suburb of Garland. What may be even better than the comfort of biting into a pupusa may be it’s price — only $1.50 per pupusa here.

Pupuseria Lilian
Location: 2410 W. Miller Road in Garland, 75041, 972-840-2952
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $
Ambiance:  Casual, comfortable dive
Attire: Casual
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: None served

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