Coolhaus and the TX Food Truck Fest

Carrot cake cookies with sea-salt caramel ice cream (photo by Carol Shih)

Remember how I was really looking forward to Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck coming to Dallas? Well, I trekked all the way to the Valley View Center in Plano Dallas on Saturday to check out the TX Food Truck Fest, because I knew Coolhaus – with its glorious selection of cookies and ice cream – would be parked right there.

Surprisingly, there was a terribly good showing despite the crummy weather. A few Austin food trucks (Yumé Burger, Coreano’s, The Belgium Waffle Company, Chi’lantro BBQ) and one loner San Antonio truck (Sabor Columbiano) traveled across miles and miles of Texas terrain to be at the Food Fest, and all that driving must’ve paid off. There were old people, young people, families with toddlers, and the largest gathering of Asians I have seen at a food truck rally. Maybe food truck organizers should hold rallies in Plano more often. Hundreds of people waited patiently in long lines that stretched out across the parking lot, and most people went straight for the famous Austin trucks. The line leading up to Coolhaus was short, so I was able to order a carrot cake cookie with sea-salt caramel ice cream from people wearing Nammi t-shirts (since Coolhaus is partnered with the banh mi truck) in a jiffy.

[Ed. Note: We apologize to the people of Plano for inferring that Valley View Center is located in your city. What is left of Valley View Center is currently in North Dallas which we hope at some future time morph into Midtown Dallas.]

Carrot cake with sea-salt caramel is not an ideal pairing. Combining a sweet cookie with a sweet ice cream just gives you a really sugary ice cream sandwich you end up throwing away. But I haven’t completely given up on Coolhaus yet. Next time I’ll try a classic mix: double choco chip cookies with dirty mint chip ice cream. Has anyone else tried Coolhaus yet? If so, let me know what cookie + ice cream combo works best for you.

And if you haven’t taken a bite yet, take a look at George’s food truck schedule and give this ice cream sandwich truck a whirl.


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  • Martin

    We had the brown sugar bacon with the snickerdoodle cookies and it was really good.
    As for the festival, yes, they need to have more of those in Plano. Valley View Center, where this event was, is in Dallas though.

  • Oops, you’re right. That area always feels like Plano to me.

  • Kate

    That’s cool. Wait, isn’t Valley View going to be the new “Mid-town” Dallas?

  • s-h

    Carol – Valley View is nothing like Plano, though. Nothing at all from demographics to urban environment. Maybe you suffer from north of 635 nosebleed? 🙂

    I would love to see a food truck rally in Plano – invade old downtown.

  • My geography skills are lacking, what can I say….

  • Logan

    I had the Double Chocolate Chip cookie with Guinness Chip Ice Cream at the festival in Frisco. It was quite good.

  • FCook

    I had the salty caramel ice cream with the chocolate-chocolate chip cookies. It was a yummy combo of cold, chewy, sweet and salty all at the same time! I was not disappointed! In fact, can’t wait to get another! I missed out on the Maker’s Mark….

  • Jerome

    The spot where they have the balloonfest would be a good place.

  • senorita cindita

    I had the exact same combo as Logan at the Valley View fest on Friday. So good!

  • lk

    I had the double chocolate chip cookies with dirty mint ice cream and it was really good.

  • Square Burger

    We made Carrot Cake Cookies and Cream Cheese Ice Cream for one of our selections last year. I thought it was a great combo.

  • Jeff T

    I had teh same combo as Martin – Snickerdoodle & Brown Sugar Bacon…went back for seconds an hour later.

  • Love caramel icre-cream with Murray River Salt from Australia!

  • LaraP

    OMG Coolhaus is amazing. the dirty mint is my all-time favorite, but I need to try more just to be sure (of course). Dallas is lucking up getting some awesome Austin food trucks. There are still many, many more I want to come, including at least 5 of these:


  • I am thinking of organizing a food truck fest in Downtown Plano. I love The Butcher’s Son, and Coolhaus is awesome too.

    And thanks to everyone who clarified that Valley View – or is it Midtown now – is NOT in Plano.

    Anyone else unimpressed with the Midtown name?

  • S

    Looking back through the archives and must say that the proper journalistic approach is to issue a correction re the Plano/North Dallas error. (After all, this blog is part of an official publication…should uphold professional standards)