Rolling through the streets of Dallas and serving out-of-this-world gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Ruthie’s Food Trucks are fast becoming the go-to lunch option for those lucky enough to have one on their corner. The fleet started with Ruthie’s Rolling Café—Ruthie serving classic grilled cheese sandwiches from the side of a van. The company now has four trucks, and Ruthie’s homemade sandwiches have gained cult status. Delicious menu items include the ever-popular classic grilled cheese; BBQ brisket with cheddar; chicken, mozzarella and pesto; and turkey, bacon, cheese and “slob” sauce. Every sandwich is served on crispy sourdough bread and grilled to perfectio.
Taking advantage of a break in the rain on Friday afternoon, Ruthie’s Food Trucks fed 150 staff members and families at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC). Known throughout Dallas for their famous grilled cheese sandwiches, Ruthie’s also has a reputation for giving back to support their local community.
Ruthie’s Food Trucks has been synonymous with good food and good deeds in North Texas. They continued their mission of providing for their community Friday by feeding 150 staff members at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. It’s part of their community relief efforts following the historic winter storm.
My family has a love-hate relationship with mac and cheese. It’s by far the most requested food by our picky eaters, who would willingly eat it morning, noon and night if we didn’t care about nutritional value. But as any parent can attest, the more you pressure your kid to expand their food palate, the more they dig in their heels.
If there’s one thing Dallas has plenty of, it’s fantastic sandwiches. And a good grilled cheese can honestly make your day. A “best” list for the cheesy comfort food has been done to death, so for this National Grilled Cheese Day, here are some unexpected options as well as some great food writers’ favorites.
From classics to unique twists, we’ve rounded up the best grilled cheeses, so you don’t have to do the digging! Keep this guide handy for the days you’re craving some childhood nostalgia or for National Grilled Cheese Day, April 12! It may be far away, but you can never be too prepared.
You can’t go wrong with bread and cheese. Even if you’re dairy or gluten-free, there’s plenty of alternative options, because the future is here and grilled cheese is forever.
April 12 is unofficially National Grilled Cheese Day. This is where we would talk about the origin of the holiday, but the history eludes us and we can’t find a clear answer on where, why and when this American classic was recognized on this day. The world works in mysterious ways.
Bread, cheese, bread. Seems simple enough, right? While many might argue that their own homemade version of grilled cheese is best, everyone knows a sandwich made by someone else is the best tasting one out there.
From simple classics to meaty renditions and even a sweet option, these 15 spots serve up some of the best melted cheese sandos in town. Just don’t call it a kids menu item.
Last month, inspired after watching Jon Favreau’s Chef (a warm hug of a movie that you should definitely watch if you haven’t seen), I wrote about where to hunt down the film’s food focus: the Cubano. But that superior sandwich isn’t the only thing Favreau’s character cooks up. In one scene, which you should never watch if you’re hungry, the chef makes one of the gooiest grilled cheese sandwiches ever captured on camera.
DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF)- A Dallas food truck company, Ruthie’s, is supplying meals for essential workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. “One of our customers called and graciously underwrote Ruthie’s to go out and feed the late night medical staff at Parkland and today we are at a retirement home also feeding the workers there,” said Ruthie’s Owner Ashlee Kleinert…
When Ashlee Hunt Kleinert first decided to launch a food truck company, the concept started out as a fun side project—something to complement her already-established event planning business. “Food trucks were just hitting the Dallas scene, and Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe offered such a unique way to engage with customers,” says Kleinert, “so I ultimately closed the events side and went 100% in on the food truck in 2011.” Fast-forward eight years, and Kleinert would find herself embarking on yet another venture: a partnership between Ruthie’s and Café Momentum, the restaurant-nonprofit hybrid that employs at-risk youth who’ve been released from juvenile facilities. “Café Momentum is not a normal restaurant, and Ruthie’s is not a normal food truck,” she says of the merger. “We like to say that we both serve more than food; we serve the community.”…
Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe food trucks have changed their name to reflect a partnership with Cafe Momentum, the non-profit that works with at-risk youth. The food trucks, now emblazoned with the new moniker, Ruthie’s Fueled by Cafe Momentum, will function as a landing place for youth who have completed the downtown program and want to pursue a paid fellowship.
“We’re thrilled, we’re just so excited,” says Ruthie’s founder Ashlee Kleinert…
In 2008, I walked into the Dallas County Youth Village for the first time. My friend, Jerry Silhan, was the executive director for Youth Village Resources of Dallas at the time, and he asked me to come to the juvenile residential treatment facility (an anaesthetized way to refer to a prison for kids) to teach a group of young men to make ice cream for a competition featuring local college culinary school students…
Buzzing with energy, this month’s Sunday Supper at Café Momentum included a new addition that was hard to miss. The bright blue and pink food truck parked in front of the downtown restaurant signaled to guests that expansion was in the works.
Chad Houser, Founder, CEO, and Executive Chef of Café Momentum took to the stage during a family-style dinner of North Carolina whole hog barbecue to announce that Ruthie’s Rolling Café will be the newest externship opportunity for students graduating from the Café Momentum program…
A trailblazing Dallas food truck has changed its mission and formed a partnership with one of the city’s most renowned restaurants.
Formerly called Ruthie’s Rolling Café, the new Ruthie’s Fueled by Café Momentum will partner with Café Momentum, serving as a mobile extension and furthering its mission to provide at-risk youth opportunities for job training, employment, and mentorship…
On a dreary Tuesday morning, there is a bright spot parked outside the Dallas offices of Homeland Security Investigations and US Secret Service. Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, a food truck known for its award-winning grilled cheese sandwiches, passed out more than 100 free lunches to federal employees who have been affected by the government shutdown. Though they haven’t been paid in over a month, more than 95% of this Dallas office is considered essential and has continued to show up each day for work…
Secret Service agents and other Homeland Security employees working without pay in North Texas will be treated to free grilled cheese sandwiches from Ruthie’s Rolling Café Tuesday, as part of the food truck’s new initiative “Operation Feed the Feds.”
The rolling restaurant, in conjunction with Lyda Hill Philanthropies, will be traveling to federal buildings starting this week to give free meals to federal workers affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history…
The defining characteristics of a grilled cheese sandwich might seem obvious: gooey, melted American slices clasped between crispy, buttery white bread. Cut it diagonally and dip those warm and toasty triangles in Andy Warhol soup. Right?
Is that the sound of chirping crickets? Perhaps, because today a “classic” grilled cheese comes in many varieties. So many, that culling a list of those available on Dallas menus suggests nothing less than an identity crises. Is a grilled cheese a grilled cheese if it has chutney? How about garlic mayo or house-made pickles? Exactly how much “brown sugar rubbed bacon” or Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce does it take before you have a different sandwich altogether?..
Known for their variety of nostalgic, melty grilled cheese sandwiches, made fresh-to-order, Ruthie’s Rolling Café, is thriving in America’s booming food truck industry. Since starting out seven years ago as one of the first food trucks in Dallas, Texas, they’ve grown from one truck to three and recently took Ruthie’s to the East Coast, with the opening of their first franchise truck in Newark, New Jersey.
Things really started to pick up for Ruthie’s Rolling Café when they dipped their toes into catering and events. Maintaining consistent revenue solely from daily foot traffic can be hard for a food truck, which is why many have turned to catering and events to increase their bottom line…
If you love grilled cheese than @ruthiesrollingcafe Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe is just for you! They serve everything grilled cheese! Everything looks and sounds super delicious! If you’re in the Dallas, Texas area, we strongly advise you to check this food truck out! #GrilledCheese
Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese sandwich? Ruthie’s Rolling Café sure does and there’s no uncertainty you will as well with their selection of grilled cheese specialties. With their large variety of cheeses, meats, veggies, and sauces, they take this classic and give it some tasty oomph.
Our favorite is the El Cubano. Tender pulled pork and smoked ham take up residency on grilled sourdough bread. Yellow mustard, dill pickles, and perfectly melted Swiss cheese then move on it, making this menu item one to covet. Ruthie’s also offers seasonal sammys and all the add-ons you’ll need.
Before you break out the ‘new year, new you’ mantra, cozy up to this edition of the Local Yelp filled with ooey, gooey greatness. Baby it’s cold outside, so why not coat your stomach with hot, melty cheese sandwiched between two crispy pieces of bread? Diet starts tomorrow.
Here comes the bride. No wait. Here comes the food truck. With the holiday season comes a large spike in engagements. Now, brides-to-be have several months to plan for their June wedding. Instead of ordering steak dinners for guests, weddings are now home to many food trucks.
Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe is no stranger to weddings. From the valet line to the main course, Ruthie’s chefs serve up hundreds of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches each wedding season — all year round for that matter…
Recognize this food truck? It’s Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe! You may have seen one of their three food trucks roaming around the DFW area, but if you haven’t… here’s all you need to know.
Ruthie’s Food Trucks was one of the very first food trucks in Dallas and have since, made a BIG name for themselves. Ruthie’s is known for their mission to impact the local community and non-profit organizations, incredible service, and of course, their gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
Ruthie’s Rolling Café has three trucks to serve the DFW area, offering gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with a twist. She uses her grandmother’s tried and true cheesy recipes and serves them with love.
The Boss is by far their most popular sandwich, with brisket and cheddar on sourdough bread. If you want a traditional grilled cheese, you can’t go wrong with the Plain Jane. They also have gluten free options, so no one needs to be left out!..
A popular food truck on the SMU campus is Ruthie’s Food Trucks. They are on campus Tuesday and Thursday during lunch to serve quality comfort food. Customers can choose from a variety of cheese, meats and sauces for their grilled cheese. You can also find this iconic food truck for National Grilled Cheese at Klyde Warren Park.
On the morning of July 8, 2016, news cameras gathered outside the Dallas Police Department’s downtown headquarters following the deadly police shootings that shocked the country the previous night. Amid the frenzy, a brightly painted food truck and purveyor of grilled cheese sandwiches—Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe—scooted past the barricades and crime scene tape to feed officers who had worked through the night after the tragedy.
“We were their nourishment for that morning,” says Ashlee Hunt Kleinert, owner of Ruthie’s. “When you feel helpless, a lot of times what you do is bring a meal. The beauty of a food truck is that we’re a restaurant on wheels—we can get up and go.”…
The results for our grilled cheese food truck contest for 2017 are in. So we want to send out congratulations to Dallas, Texas based Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe for winning Mobile Cuisine’s 2017 Grilled Cheese Food Truck of the Year! After counting the over 9,000 total votes submitted in the poll Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe is our winner.
Okay, this is a style blog, but today is a slight departure into something I feel compelled to share. While out shooting this comfy sundress and my killer new hat from the Brooklyn Hat Co., I found myself at a popular spot in Dallas called Klyde Warren Park. If you happen to be in Dallas, I highly recommend checking this park out. Not only is the people-watching pretty spectacular, but the food truck selection is really great. In fact, my favorite food truck of all-time (and one of the very first to roll into Dallas,) is located there. Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe.
If you’re wondering what Ruthie’s is making in that colorful red truck, it’s grilled cheese sandwiches. Oh, but not just any grilled cheese. We’re talking gourmet, crazy delicious, best in the world grilled cheese sandwiches…
Talk about finding a place where there is something for everyone… every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and sometimes into the evening) you can find a plethora of food trucks, featuring a variety of cultural cuisines.
Here are a few favorites:
Ruthie’s Rolling Café
Warning: These gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches might be addictive. Try the Ham & I, ham and swiss on sourdough ($7.50), the Italian Hippy, a joy-filled combination of chicken, mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto on whole grain wheat ($8.75) or the S.A.S.S., a tempting concoction of spinach artichoke dip, Havarti cheese, bacon and tomatoes on sourdough ($8.50). Oh, did I mention you can order yours gluten free?
And to top off every sandwich, owner Ashlee Kleinert makes sure a percentage of each purchase goes to a worthy charitable organization. Ruthiesfoodtrucks.com…
Not only has partnering with UberEATS boosted sales, it has helped Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe reach new customers.
The food truck, which is stationed at Klyde Warren Park every Wednesday through Sunday, was approached by UberEATS last fall. Offered by ride service app Uber, UberEATS launched in Dallas in November, offering five to seven curated meals on weekdays for delivery within 10 minutes – this speedy delivery option has since been renamed “Instant Delivery”…
In case you missed it, last Tuesday Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe made a stop at The Branch. When they reached out to us asking to park in front of our shop, of course we said yes! Ruthie’s is a Dallas-based food truck company who serves some amazing southern-comfort styled grilled cheeses! With so many different cheeses, meats, veggies, and sauces to choose from there is endless amounts of deliciousness available to you. Being one of the very first food trucks in the area, the growth has resulted from the growing trend and convenience of the food truck industry. We at The Branch love nothing more than bringing people together, especially when there is such delicious food around!…
Congratulations to Dallas, Texas’ Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe for winning Mobile Cuisine’s 2015 Grilled Cheese Food Truck of the Year!
Ruthie’s is a Dallas-based food truck company offering gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches made fresh-to-order. Their customers can choose from a wide variety of cheeses, meats, veggies, and sauces to add to their scrumptious grilled cheese. In addition, they offer gluten free bread for those patrons with dietary restrictions. Ruthie’s owns and operates three food trucks which allows them to roll to more than one location for lunch or dinner as well as serving at private events…
Ruthie’s food trucks are a veritable swarm. There’s four of them, proving that DFW’s hunger for grilled cheese sandwiches can never truly be satiated. Perhaps most popular (and rightfully so) is The Boss — brisket dressed in barbecue sauce, bathing in an obscene amount of cheddar cheese, smushed inside expertly buttered and grilled sourdough toast.
The bright blue Kindness Truck, as it’s known, is emblazoned with the words “Do all things in kindness” and makes regular stops to serve free food to groups like emergency workers and veterans. As the truck’s website says, “The goal is simple … put a smile on people’s faces and joy in their hearts by combining delectable comfort food with a community purpose.”
Ashlee Kleinert, founder of both the award-winning food truck Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, which specializes in grilled cheese, and the nonprofit Executives in Action, which provides business guidance to charitable organizations, explains how the idea came about. “We decided to take one of our trucks and move it over to the nonprofit side, and we came up with this idea ‘random snacks of kindness,’ although it could also refer to acts of kindness, like taking in donations of food or blankets,” she told TODAY.
Ruthie’s Rolling Café (location varies) can be found out by the flagpole on most Thursdays and in various locations in Dallas. Ruthie’s offers the best build your own grilled cheese in Texas! When you see them on campus remember to bring your The Campus Coupon Book, because there is a buy one get one free coupon you can use.
While the official arrival wasn’t til 10 on Saturday, January 31, the parking lot adjoining the treasured Meadows Foundation neighborhood was busting with SUV’s carrying red wagons. The force fueling this drive was Community Partners of Dallas and their effort to set a new world record for the biggest red wagon parade — A Wagon Holds Promise. They had decided that it would be the closer for their 25th anniversary year…
As adults, kids and pooches arrived, they were bundled up for the chill. Nearby Ruthie’s Rolling Café was providing hot chocolate with peppermint…
Ruthie’s Rolling Café (location varies) can be found out by the flag pole on most Thursdays and in various locations in Dallas. Ruthie’s offers the best build your own grilled cheese in Texas! When you see them on campus remember to bring your The Campus Coupon Book, because there is a buy one get one free coupon you can use.
When Ashlee Hunt Kleinert told her father four years ago that she wanted to start a food-truck business, Ray L. Hunt couldn’t believe what he was hearing. At first he thought she was talking about those vehicles that visit construction sites and sell frozen and prepackaged foods. Hunt, heir of oil tycoon H. L. Hunt and CEO of Hunt Consolidated, knows the energy business inside and out. But a restaurant on wheels? What was that? And why would anyone stand in line instead of going to a brick-and-mortar restaurant for a nice meal?
Kleinert’s father wasn’t the only one who wondered why the mother of three wanted to get into the food-truck business. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Kleinert had never taken a business class. Still, the energetic blonde had founded an events company (In Any Event) and co-founded a nonprofit (Executives in Action). She was inspired to get into the business after hearing at an events convention that food trucks were projected to become a hot new trend.
There is a lot more than cheese in these grilled cheese sandwiches. Ruthie’s makes your mouth water with its own description. “Just imagine two pieces of thickly cut fresh bread (drenched in butter or olive oil) grilled to a light golden brown, stuffed with a delicious artisan cheese of your choice.” There are a couple favorite sandwiches, but most people choose to create their own with a variety of fillings and sauces to choose from, as well as several breads and cheeses. Ruthie’s schedule is posted on their or Ruthie’s page on Facebook and on Twitter @RuthiesRolling
At 9:00 a.m. on a recent Thursday in Addison, Texas, Taylor McDaniel climbs into the nine thousand pound food truck. He turns the ignition and the engine roars, bringing the vehicle to life. A reverse warning beep echoes against the concrete walls of the large garage as he carefully backs into the parking lot. The 33-year-old manages Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, a fleet of three food trucks that serve gourmet grilled cheeses and French crepes in Dallas. His boss, Ashley Kleinert, the mother of SMU students Tyler and TJ Kleinert, started the business to commemorate her grandmother Ruthie, who was known for the delicious melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheeses she would make.
Over the past couple years gourmet food trucks have swept through Dallas like an epidemic. They’re in CVS parking lots, on college campuses and outside bars waiting to feed hungry partiers after last call. With dozens of trucks, and each boasting a different theme to mirror the food it serves, these mobile kitchens offer Dallasites an on-the-go yet better than fast-food dining option. But as patrons are placing their orders or enjoying their meals, many have little idea of what goes into making these things work.
“The Boss” | Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe
A generous scoop of smoky barbecue brisket sits between layers of thick, hot, melting cheddar cheese. The 10-napkin wonder is held together with two pieces of sourdough bread. Born in the USA? Oh, yeah.
Ruthie’s grilled creations satisfy hot-sandwich cravings with varieties like the Turkey Trot with turkey, bacon and cheddar, the Pizza Please with pepperoni, pesto and mozzarella and The Classic with American on sourdough.
You can get a grilled cheese from this food truck in pretty much any incarnation. In addition to the five sandwiches on the menu, you can dream up your own, choosing from different breads, cheeses, meats, and other toppings (try the “slob” sauce). The most popular versions are the Boss (barbecue brisket with sharp cheddar on sourdough) and the Italian Hippy (chicken, grilled tomatoes, pesto, and mozzarella on multigrain wheat).
The road’s seen its fair share of food history — In-N-Out planted America’s first drive-thru on I-10 and Francisquito, and the world’s first Caesar was created along the Appian Way, when some starch-starved traveler asked “Et tu, crouton?” For history even cheesier than that crouton line, hit Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe.
Named after the grandmother of the owner (he also runs shindig-planning co. In Any Event), this big pink grilled cheese truck — Dallas’ first — is the result of 8 months of research and auto-manipulation, with an assist provided by a vet from Twisted Root, a restaurant that always has a hilariously implausible story for the urologist. The checklist-style menu forces you into so many tough decisions, you’ll swear the truck’s named after Bader Ginsburg: start with breads from Empire Baking Company (SF-style sourdough, “Hippie Health” multigrain, jalapeno cheese, classic white), then check a cheese: sharp cheddar, American, pepper jack, or mozz. The meat of the matter’s covered by turkey, ham, bacon, or chicken, while your choice of drenchings ranges from pesto, to Ruthie’s “Secret” Slob Sauce, whose tendency to drip will make your slob-ness not-so-secret…