Mural at The Juicy Pig, photo by Kristina Rowe
By Kristina Rowe, NewsCastic
In a city full of restaurants, street food is something decidedly different. Walk-up windows have offered snow cones for decades, and hot taco spots like El Si Hay and Velvet Taco are all the rage now. But we went on a search for something new, something different, something more. We hit up one of Denton’s newest food windows for a fun visit and then scoped out a few more for you – all over DFW. Walk up to any of these hot spots for something unexpected, and something unexpectedly delicious.
Barbecue Heaven and Dessert Too
Photo by Kristina Rowe
The Juicy Pig in Denton might be the ultimate in college town casual food. It opened early in 2016 and serves up some amazing eats. In addition to the smoked on premises meats, they offer fried pies and Thursday Special desserts provided by sister restaurant, Loco Cafe. Owner Ken Currin has been on the Denton scene for quite a while – his Greenhouse Restaurant has been around for sixteen years – firing up great food on a mesquite wood grill.
Show Me the Smokers
Manager Sam Currin took time out to show me the offset pipe smokers they use to make that meat magic.
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Photo by Kristina Rowe
Sam also gave me a "tour" of the newly completed mural by ARTLAB3000 across the parking lot, with shoutouts to some famous locals and some of the fun flair that makes Denton special.
It was hard to tear myself away from The Juicy Pig (and I'll be back!) but we need to talk about seven more special places, right?
Summer's Best Cold Treat
Sure, snow cones are delicious, and the nostalgia that comes with them is hard to beat. Unless you sample the frozen custard at newly opened Andy's Frozen Custard in Carrollton. Walk up to the window for custard cones, cups, malts, and concretes. Wash 'em down with some old-fashioned Sprecher Soda - bottled or on tap.
Get Juiced or Get Some Coffee
On Beckley Avenue in South Dallas, Local Press Brew is serving up locally roasted coffee from its walk-up window, as well as cold-pressed, organic juices served in glass bottles. They also offer toast selections, shakes, and juice flights for those who have a hard time choosing among the offerings. This place is blending fruits blissfully, and blending old and new at the same time.
Pizza My Heart
Walk up and get a slice of pizza, even really late at night at The American Pub, in the West 7th area of Fort Worth. They're open till 4AM Thursday through Saturday and till 2 the rest of the week. This is what every pizza lover needs.
Get Your Burger Fix
In McKinney, Baker's Drive In has been serving up burgers at its walk-up window for more than 50 years. They also serve hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, and ice cream.
Southern Through and Through
If you love southern food, you probably love the goodies served up at Big Mama's Chicken and Waffles. Grab some of this soul food at their location at Forest and Audelia, but bring some green stuff - they deal in cash only.
Hot Diggety Dog
At Klyde Warren Park, you can get gourmet hot dogs and burgers, not just at the food trucks, but at the walk-up window of Relish, on the Southwest Porch. Each burger or dog features a specialty relish - you'll want to try them all.
Christmas in July
Maybe after all this, the thought of walk-up food windows still just brings memories or cravings for snow cones. Sometimes old school is the best way to go. We hear that MC Snowcones on Airport Freeway in Irving has the best snow cones in DFW.