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Gooey Golden-Brown Goodness

David Lee

Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich?

No one, that’s who.

There’s never a bad time or season for melted cheese over toasted bread, and Ruthie’s Rolling Café serves ’em up hot at Klyde Warren Park every Wednesday through Sunday. Using her Grandmother Ruthie’s “nostalgic cheesy dreamy recipes,” owner Ashlee Kleinert prepares the gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with love.

Everything is grilled and made to order. Nothing is ever frozen.

If it’s your first time walking up to the blue and pink truck, give The Boss a try. It’s the park-goer favorite—slow-cooked brisket covered in melted sharp cheddar cheese between grilled sourdough bread. “We sell a whole heck of a lot of them,” says Robin Skinner, Director of Business Development for Ruthie’s. She says that the Crazy Chicken sandwich rivals the numbers of The Boss. It packs in grilled chicken strips, crispy bacon, house-made jalapeño ranch and melted Havarti cheese on sourdough bread.

If you want to nix the meat, the Plain Jane is just good ‘ole American cheese melted between sourdough slices. Or, you can prove your love for cheese by grabbing the Extra Cheesy Classic, which daringly combines four different kinds of cheese. There are gluten-free options, as well as add-ons available such as bacon, jalapeños and caramelized onions.

“It’s comfort food that spans every generation,” Robin says. “It’s hard to find someone, young or old, who doesn’t like a grilled cheese sandwich.”

Ashlee’s grandmother was a well-known Dallas philanthropist, so giving back to the local community is a major part of their mission to “provide exceptional service and quality comfort food in order to impact our local community and non-profit organizations.”

Ruthie’s Snacks of Kindness was created to allow anyone the opportunity to purchase food for an individual or group. Ruthie’s regularly shows up at community locations and events with food. Recently, they fed dinner to Addison police and fire departments.

Robin says the best part about being at Klyde Warren Park is the atmosphere and being able to chat with customers. “The park offers so many different things for so many different people with concerts, yoga, pilates… it’s awesome,” she says. “As a food truck, it’s given us so much great exposure. We have met some of the nicest people at the park. I’m thankful that we have a place like Klyde Warren Park to have this food truck community.” 

Being able to meet and partner with the other food trucks at the park has created a unique culture that’s all about fun and sharing food. Friendly customer service is the most important part of this culture. Robin says about 90 percent of her emails compliment the friendly people on the Ruthie’s truck. “That’s what I want. I want good customer service,” she says. “All day long you can serve grilled cheese, but it’s completely different when it’s served with a smile and with kindness.” 

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