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Brisket from Mega Texas Barbeque will be on the menu at a Father's Day food truck event this Sunday in Fresno. (GV Wire/David Taub)
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Taking dad out for a Father’s Day dinner could mean battling long waits at a restaurant.

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Appetite for Fresno

Or, you could go to a BBQ food truck extravaganza on Sunday. The latest promotion from Fresno Street Eats will bring seven trucks to the Tioga Sequoia beer garden in downtown Fresno on Sunday afternoon.

Mega Texas Barbeque will be one of several food providers at the event. It is not a food truck per se, but rather a pop-up feast.

Located in an ARCO station at the northwest corner of McKinley Avenue and Fresno Street — careful, no signs are up currently — owner Anthony Vallejo is busy serving up tri-tip, burnt ends, and pulled pork. He turned a side hustle selling plates out of his truck into a popular joint in central Fresno.

He slow-cooks his meats in a smoker in the parking lot and serves them up when it is chow time.

Business is steady but efficiently run — orders can be made through Instagram. Vallejo runs Mega Texas with his wife, mother, and daughter.

Vallejo is excited to return to the Father’s Day bash, held for the first time since the pandemic.

“It was a big hit. A lot of people came out. I’m really excited because I can actually cook a lot more food,” Vallejo said. “They’re going to get some quality stuff when they come down.”

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Tri-Tip Secrets

“We keep it simple. Bun, tri-tip, we give you the sauce on the side. We want to let the meat really shine.”Anthony Vallejo, Mega Texas Barbeque

Vallejo is a believer in Santa Maria tri-tip, the meat served on a garlic buttered roll. It is best with salsa. Some say Mega Texas’s tri-tip is on par with Fresno powerhouses Doghouse Grill and Mike’s.

“We keep it simple. Bun, tri-tip, we give you the sauce on the side. We want to let the meat really shine. We kick it to a medium-well. It still has a little bit of pink, but done enough for the people who don’t like ‘bloody tri-tip,’ ” Vallejo says.

Vallejo uses Montreal steak seasoning — as opposed to Pappy’s or Susie Q’s — with a garlic and onion seasoning mix.

The tri-tip sandwich at Mega Texas Barbeque is a customer favorite. (GV Wire/Albert Baker)

More Food and Fun

From 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., several trucks will offer grill goodness and sweet treats. The rest of the lineup includes:

  • BBQ Queen
  • Spicy Birdz
  • Ruta Cayejera
  • Dad’s Cookies
  • Bran’s Sweet Treats
  • Highly Addictive Candy

The event will also feature games from Fresno Social Sports. The games will include a cornhole-type event called Throw Some Steaks on the Grill and a water balloon game in which kids and dads pair up to knock things off each other’s head, said organizer Mike Oseguera.

“I’ve always felt like Fresno needed another great Father’s Day event, particularly for the cool dads who like beer and food trucks and music,” Oseguera said. “If you’re a dad looking for a place to hang out with your family in a fun, outdoor setting, then this is it.”

PG&E Helping Local Restaurants

Two Fresno restaurants will receive $3,000 each in grants from the California Restaurant Foundation and The PG&E Corporation Foundation.

Las Mañanitas, and Bulldoc Korean Fusion will receive the money to help pay for operation costs and employee retention.

“Independent and locally-owned restaurants add vibrancy and uniqueness to every city, which is why the Resilience Fund is so important,” Alycia Harshfield, executive director of CRF, said in a news release.

In total, 144 restaurants shared $500,000 of grant money.

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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