When LH’s Jana Boswell proposed gourmet food trucks on the Lake Highlands Town Center property back in April, some (including me) thought it was a lightning bolt of genius. While waiting for vertical construction to begin there, bring Lake Highlanders (and their dollars) to the property and get us used to that spot as a foodie destination.

No one bit on the idea, but you can still experience delicious food truck fare at nearby Shops at Park Lane each Friday in December. Food Truck Friday has been drawing crowds in the hundreds to the shopping center at Park Lane and Central Expressway.

“It’s been a huge hit so far,” said Claire Butterworth, of MCA McCrory & Associates, who’s coordinating the event. “We started the first week with six trucks, and this Friday we’ll have ten. It’s growing and everyone wants to be a part.”

The food trucks, with names like Ruthie’s Rolling Café, SSahm BBQ, Jack’s Chow Hound, Butcher’s Son, 3 Men & a Taco and Trailercakes, have loyal followings on Twitter and Facebook with patrons willing to find them around town. “We have a contest on our Shops at Park Lane Facebook page each Friday, and whoever gets the most ‘likes’ wins a week of free advertising,” said Claire.

While having lunch last Friday at Gordon Biersch with some Lake Highlands Women’s League buddies, Jana, Debby Kondrach and I ventured over to investigate the cupcakes – purely for journalistic purposes, you understand – and they were heavenly.

Food Truck Fridays continue from 11am to 2pm throughout December.