Drinking, Food Trucks, and Live Music Will Make Your Wednesday, Oct 17, Even Better

Is your upcoming Wednesday looking dreadfully event-less this week? No fear, we’ve compiled some cool things-to-do to keep you entertained until the weekend. And your taste buds will thank you, too.


Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House First Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House opened just one year ago and helped to change the crime-ridden atmosphere of East Dallas into a community hangout. Owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling are celebrating their first anniversary this Wednesday, October 17 with some pretty spectacular drink specials from their acclaimed beer collection. Featured brews include Great Divide 18, Stone 16, Real Ale Barrel Aged 15, Ommegang Independence Day 2012, Deschutes Black Butte 24, and Real Ale Scots Gone Wild. Aside from the drinking festivities, a guest band will take the stage at 10 p.m., followed by a Slick 57 reunion set. The celebration starts at 4 p.m. and lasts all night long until closing so put on your drinking hats if you’re game for good time.

Fare in the Square

What’s better than an awesome food truck? How about several awesome food trucks in the same vicinity with free live music and entertainment on your lunch break? Yep, you read that right. Fare in the Square is happening every Wednesday and Thursday in October and November from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m at Thanks-Giving Square in downtown. Mark your calendars now because it’s all kicking off this Wednesday, October 17. Entertainment will vary by day, but tons of musicians, DJs, and dance groups are scheduled to perform. And of course, Dallas’ favorite food trucks, including Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Gandolfo’s, So Cal Taco, Nammi, The Butcher’s Son, and Cup Cakin, along with many more will be there to serve up your favorite dishes. As if you didn’t anticipate your lunch break all morning long anyway, you’ll definitely be watching the clock now, waiting to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the park, music, and delicious food.

Thanks-Giving Square on 1627 Pacific Avenue.

Tastes of the Trinity

Breweries are especially popular this week, as we present to you the Tastes of the Trinity, sponsored by The Trinity Trust, Four Corners Brewery Co., Larry g(EE), and several others. This spectacular evening features music, art, food, beers, and brewery tours. Admission is free for River Rats and Rat Pack members, and $15 for nonmembers, but everyone is free and welcome to join. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, October 17 at the unopened Four Corners Brewery Co. in West Dallas. The night ends at 8 p.m., which means that you get to enjoy a party atmosphere just long enough to withhold all the unnecessary after effects Thursday morning.

Located at Four Corners Brewery Co. on 1444 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 200.

D Magazine intern Iris Zubair graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2011 with a BA in Magazine Journalism. She has written for Austin Monthly Magazine and UT’s student newspaper, The Daily Texan.


  • Richard

    “Crime-ridden atmosphere of East Dallas”? Wow, that’s news to me. Inflammatory news to me.

  • Sausage on a Stick

    @ Richard; you beat me to the punch. As a long time East Dallas resident I’m saddened, shamed and pissed off. Iris, how on earth did you graduate conjuring up drivel like this?

  • Iris didn’t make up anything. There are areas in East Dallas that are prone to crime, which is proven by this DMN article published Oct 2011: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/databases/20111006-exploring-dallas-crime-hot-spots.ece

    Even though the crime rate has dropped recently, Advocate published an article called “East Dallas is No. 1 in crime” back in 2009: http://lakewood.advocatemag.com/2009/06/30/east-dallas-is-no-1-in-crime/

    Keep in mind that Iris was talking about the past, not the present.

  • Sausage on a Stick

    @ Carol; all the links show is that you are perpetuating Iris’ sweeping generalization. The current high crime zones in East Dallas appear to be centered along 635/I-30. The older Advocate article references Vickery Meadow and Forest/Audelia.
    The “crime ridden atmosphere of East Dallas” being referenced are nowhere near Goodfriend and the surrounding neighborhood. The success of Goodfriend and Good2Go is due to Matt and Josh (along with Jeana and Colleen) realizing that once the ridiculous Dallas dry law was repealled, many of the good folks living close by would support two great places to eat and drink.
    I choose to live less than a mile from where Goodfriend opened because it was a great East Dallas neighborhood; safe and community focused. Sorry to disappoint you but Goodfriend didn’t emerge from a blighted landscape of burned out drug houses and run down liquor stores. I encourage you both to get in the car and drive around a bit to understand East Dallas. Maybe head from Goodfriend to the areas you’ve identified and you might see just how off base the initial comment was.

  • The community was already there before the bar. The bar just gave us a fun place to hang out. Honestly, I had more problems with crime when I lived in Lakewood.