Don't Kneel Before Cod: Reviewing The Three Lions Food Truck

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Food trucks get tons of attention, but is the food they're peddling any good? While evaluating creativity, curb appeal, value and taste to award Firestone tires, we're ranking Dallas' food trucks to sort out which one's are worth chasing around town and which ones may be headed for a blow out.

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Three Lions came to the Dallas food truck scene as Three Men and a Taco. The Taco ended up bailing. The three men stayed behind to re-brand their wheels as an English-themed food truck selling fish and chips and meat pies, among many other things.

Their signature dish, freshly battered cod fried up and served with french fries, can be quite good when the cooks manning the fryer nail the dish. Yet, often, the batter breaks open, letting oil into the fish, or the oil temperature is off, resulting in breading that never binds with the fish.

A shrimp roll tastes fresh with dill, but the dressing breaks down with excess moisture resulting in a soppy shrimp sandwich.

Pork sliders are in no way English, but they're on the menu here. A ketchup-based sauce mimics west Carolina barbecue, but the meat is missing smoke, can be tough and stringy and is just not very appealing to eat.

The meat pie is beautiful. Tender flaky crust holds ground beef suspended in a warm gravy in what's easily this truck's most interesting dish. But it's not enough to carry the truck on it's own. I'm giving Three Lions one tire for their attempt to be innovative and a sharp looking truck, but on the whole I think they have some work to do with their food.

Next: photos of the Three Lions' dishes.



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10 comments
GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

Surely I should have been involved in any sort of psuedo-British meat pie analysis. For the record, until they put kidney in it, it ain't British.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"Mrs. Mooney has a pie shop.

Does a business, but I notice something weird.

Lately, all her neighbors' cats have disappeared. Have to hand it to her!

What a course,enterprise! Poppin' pussies into pies! Wouldn't do in my shop!

Just the thought of it's enough to make you sick!

And I'm telling you them pussycats is quick."

sophee
sophee

Roach Coach is the correct name, not "food truck."

marc259
marc259

I'm sorry being a Brit thing I should have said the meat pie gave me piles

marc259
marc259

The meat pie gave a mild case of disentary. Hpoe you didn't eat too much.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

What kind of crazy fool deep fries, and batters a nice piece of cod?  Oh yeah, rednecks do!   I grew up 10 miles from the ocean, and I don't think, not once, we were ever subjected this mess-and thank god. 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

 @kergo1spaceship Are you saying English are rednecks?   However agree it spoils a nice piece of fish, stick to nasty catfish for frying.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship The Brits do this stuff. Why they use fryers instead if grills or broilers is beyond me. Deep frying cod makes no sense.

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