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A First Glance: Boardwalk on Bulverde Speeds Along on Great Tastes

A First Glance: Boardwalk on Bulverde Speeds Along on Great Tastes

G&G Mobile Bistro offers soups and sandwiches at Boardwalk on Bulverde.

The taco trucks have arrived en masse. For more than a year now, a growing number of San Antonio’s empty parking lots have been visited by mobile food trucks selling everything from tortas to cupcakes. Now, the first park filled with airstream trailers and portable kitchens, Boardwalk on Bulverde, has opened. (Jason Dady’s DukTruck has hit the road, and Andrew Weissman’s Luxury Trailers are expected in the next few weeks.)

Many of the units on Bulverde Road will be familiar to those who have frequented the Pearl Brewery Farmers Market. They include Saweet Cupcakes, Toastie Buns with gourmet hamburgers, Tin Cup Tacos with burritos as well as tacos, Wheelie Gourmet with Mediterranean fare and Bistro Six with crabcakes and more delicacies. There’s also a barbecue unit with ribs, chicken and brisket.

I love this truck food, which is usually given careful attention by the cooks before being served to the hungry lines. So much, in fact, that I jumped at the chance to join a friend there for lunch this week, despite the cold and wet weather.

The sausage, lettuce, tomato and fried egg sandwich from G&G Mobile Bistro.

Several of the units were closed that gray day, and there weren’t too many people wandering about. But the folks who braved the Arctic chill were rewarded with some really good treats.

The promise of a cup of hot soup was too irresistible, so our first stop was G&G Mobile Bistro where the day’s offering was Split Pea with Potato ($3). (When I told my colleague of this later that afternoon, she went into the kitchen and created her own.) In addition to being comfortingly warm, the silky smooth soup scored because of the way the split peas and potato complemented each other.

We also ordered a sausage, lettuce, tomato and fried egg sandwich ($7) from G&G. It’s a big messy treat. The yolk exploded on first bite, sending streams of yellow across the rest of the sandwich, my fingers, my coat and most everything else in sight, except, thankfully, the cucumber-tomato salad on the side. The eggy bread just sopped up what it could, leaving me happy indeed.

Fish tacos from Tin Cup Tacos.

We also stopped by Tin Cup Tacos for a pair of fresh fish tacos ($5) topped with a red cabbage slaw, cheese and a lively dressing. The fish tasted great, well met by the corn tortillas and the tantalizing textures, and both disappeared in seconds.

We finished off the meal with a trip to Saweet. My friend had a carrot cupcake ($2.75) that somehow, in hindsight, I don’t recall her sharing. That says a great deal. She did enjoy a bite of my white cupcake topped with strawberry-mango butter cream frosting, a touch of spring on a cold gray day.

Bear in mind: Most of the trailers at Boardwalk on Bulverde only accept cash, so you may want to hit the ATM before showing up. And bring an appetite. You’ll want to sample your way across the lot before you’re through.

A cupcake with strawberry-mango frosting from Saweet Cupcakes.

Boardwalk on Bulverde
14732 Bulverde Road
11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday (ideally)
210-402-2829
www.boardwalkonbulverde.com

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New Bill Could Be Boon to Brewpubs

New Bill Could Be Boon to Brewpubs

A proposed law would help brewpubs.

Ever wanted to buy a few bottles of Freetail or Blue Star beer to enjoy at home? State Rep. Mike Villarreal of San Antonio has introduced a bill that would allow brewpubs to sell their beer off-premise.

In other word, if enacted, House Bill 660 would allow “in-state brewpubs to compete with out-of-state brewpubs by affording us the right to sell our beer into the wholesale distribution system,” says Scott Metzger of Freetail Brewing Co., 4035 N. Loop 1604 W.

The bill has a few more clauses that would affect brewpub license holders: They would be able to sell to wholesalers or distributors for re-sale; their total production would not be able to exceed 75,000 barrels per year; and those who produce less than 10,000 barrels a year would be able to distribute their product themselves.

“Along with the help of my peers from several of our state’s fine craft breweries, we have worked closely with the representative’s office to craft a bill that will help Texas small businesses grow and remain competitive in a rapidly growing industry,” Metzger says. “We have worked carefully to address concerns from the other tiers within the beer industry so that it benefits not only Texas brewers, but also wholesalers, distributors, retailers and consumers. Given the current economic conditions and looming budget deficit, this bill provides much needed help by creating new jobs and increasing the tax base.

“I am maintaining a running blog during the 140-day legislative session on this effort that can be found at http://brewednotbattered.wordpress.com/. I will post updates every day on our bill, in addition to information on why it is important and how it provides economic benefit to the state of Texas.”

If people want to support Villarreal’s bill, they should contact their representatives, says Metzger, adding that he’s still working on a more unified public effort.

Click here to read the full bill.

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