Foodies Under 30 Unite

12 signs of the new Dallas foodie revolution

12 signs of the new Dallas foodie revolution

Fuel City, tacos
Tacos are a major food group in the New Foodie diet. Fuel City/Facebook
Truck Yard in Dallas
The Truck Yard on Lower Greenville is a bellwether item that separates the young foodie from the old. Truck Yard/Facebook
Tanoshii ramen
Ramen is the dish that, by simply ordering it, confirms a New Foodie's hipness. Photo courtesy of Tanoshii
The Lot, kale
Yesterday's Caesar has become today's kale. Photo by Teresa Gubbins
bacon, cooked bacon
The one single ingredient that defines a generation.
Fuel City, tacos
Truck Yard in Dallas
Tanoshii ramen
The Lot, kale
bacon, cooked bacon

Dallas has two kinds of foodies, and if you were searching for a bellwether to distinguish between the two, it would be the opening of Truck Yard, the Austin-esque food truck park on Lower Greenville, the most surprising foodie neighborhood in Dallas.

Since it opened barely a week ago, the Truck Yard has been hailed by some as possibly the hottest hangout in the city; has earned nearly 6,000 "likes" on Facebook; and has drawn a crowd of fans eager to hang out, have some beers and maybe a snack.

But not everyone has been enchanted. Dallas Morning News posted a cranky screed about the truck yard, complaining that the ice cream stand was hard to find and decreeing it "not awesome."

We totally sympathize. We don't "get" why sitting outside on a picnic bench is "cool" when we'd rather be ensconced on a leather banquette, fighting off waiters who recognize Who We Are and feebly try to give us the VIP treatment.

It's a generational thing. There is the Belo-style foodie, a.k.a. the Old Foodie, aged 55 and up. They may be a dying breed, but they're still out there, reading news off dead trees and hungry as ever to find the cool new thing (as long as it doesn't, god forbid, involve sitting on a stool that has no padding).

And then there is the New Foodie. The one that's under 30, ready to line up for anyplace that has tacos or BBQ or doughnuts or pizza or burgers or food trucks. Especially food trucks.

Here's our cheat sheet to help differentiate what's important to these two distinct groups.

Old Foodie vs. New Foodie

1. Ingredient. The devil-may-care indulgence that defines their generation.

  • Old: foie gras
  • New: bacon

2. Destination. Where they go (or went) to see and be seen.

  • Old: Star Canyon
  • New: Truck Yard

3. Patron saint. The person whose creed became their creed.

  • Old: Julia Child
  • New: Anthony Bourdain

4. Ethnic find. Ordering this dish makes them in-the-know.

  • Old: Sushi
  • New: Pho

5. Salad. Young or old, everyone needs greens.

  • Old: Caesar
  • New: Kale

6. Cocktail. This category is complicated by the current trendy embrace of vintage drinks.

  • Old: Old-fashioned
  • New: Old-fashioned

7. Nostalgia item. What they seek out when they want to revisit their carefree youth.

  • Old: King Ranch casserole
  • New: Mac and cheese

8. Hipster trend. The item that, by simply ordering it, confirms their hotness.

  • Old: Arugula
  • New: Ramen

9. Pilgrimage. The place they go to make their foodie bones.

  • Old: Napa Valley
  • New: Austin's Franklin BBQ

10. Must-have gear. The gadget or item that confers foodie savvy.

  • Old: Rabbit wine openers
  • New: Monogrammed beer growler

11. Signature activity. Where they rub shoulders with their fellow foodies.

  • Old: Pot lucks
  • New: Festivals such as TacoCon, Untapped, MeatFight

12. Guilty pleasure. Some things never change.

  • Old foodie: Whataburger
  • New foodie: Whataburger