Fuel City is a truck stop, taco shop and car wash, but it’s also a Dallas landmark where truck drivers can rub elbows with BMW owners and families with children at the outside picnic tables. The menu is limited, but the tacos and burritos are plentiful and cheap—even in Texas terms you get a lot of bang for your buck. And after your meal you can watch a couple of longhorns observing the nearby carwash.
The eight acres, currently owned by entrepreneur, John Benda, was a family farm beginning in 1847, a homestead that included a Trinity River ferry. The land in the past 150 years has supported a sawmill, lumberyard, gristmill and freighting business before Benda purchased it in 1987. Today Fuel City sells more fuel, beer and tacos than any other rest stop in the Dallas area.
Fuel City is located on Riverfront Boulevard just south of the Dallas Convention Center. The truck stop still grazes a herd of longhorn cattle, a couple of donkeys, an oil pump, and a buffalo, albeit a cast iron one. Oh, and that thing to the left of the buffalo is a pay phone.
Detective Betty weighs in: “I love this place. It’s only five minutes from my favorite bail bondsman, and seven minutes from the Lew Sterrit jail. Also, it’s a kick guessing which one of the customers are working undercover. Like me.”