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New Food Truck Park Opens

Houston's new food truck park opens with a big crowd bang — and EaDo enjoys the love

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Houston Food truck Park grand opening
Yummy'z and Muiishi Makirittos were but two of the food trucks on hand at the grand opening of the city's new food truck park. Photo by Julie Knutson
Houston Food truck Park grand opening
Crowds brave blazing temperatures to sample the offerings of nearly a dozen food trucks. Photo by Julie Knutson
Houston Food Park grand opening Pocket to Me pita truck
The park sits in an abandoned parking lot at Chartres and Leeland, just beyond downtown. Photo by Julie Knutson
Houston Food Park grand opening Texas Blizzard truck
Texas Blizzard's vendor hawks snow cones in the midday heat. Photo by Julie Knutson
Houston Food Park grand opening Bernie's Burger Bus truck
Customers peruse the offerings of Bernie's Burger Bus. Photo by Julie Knutson
Houston Food Park grand opening Yummy'z truck
Yummy'z draws a crowd of hungry patrons. Photo by Julie Knutson
Houston Food truck Park grand opening
Houston Food truck Park grand opening
Houston Food Park grand opening Pocket to Me pita truck
Houston Food Park grand opening Texas Blizzard truck
Houston Food Park grand opening Bernie's Burger Bus truck
Houston Food Park grand opening Yummy'z truck

Foodies descended upon an empty parking lot Saturday for the grand opening of Houston's long-awaited first food truck park.

Just blocks from BBVA Compass Stadium in EaDo, the Houston Food Park marks a new chapter in the city's ever-growing mobile culinary landscape — a DIY food scene that continues to find itself on the periphery of downtown thanks to strict city regulations.

 "This a wonderful crowd today." 

In the shadows of the now-vacant (and potentially resurrected) Meridian Club building at Chartres and Leeland, the park hosted nearly a dozen trucks on its opening day, including old faves like Bernie's Burger Bus and Coreanos as well as up-and-comers like POCKet to Me and 1836 Grill.

"This a wonderful crowd today," Michaela Betton, of the Cajun-themed Betton's Comfort Food, told CultureMap as she warned a customer about the spice level of her truck's trademark Asian-inspired Dragon Wings.

"We've been in the Third Ward since 2011 and regulars at Catbird's . . . So far business has been great here."

Starting Monday, the Houston Food Park will be open during the work week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with additional weekend hours to come. Click here for more details and updates.

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