From lobster rolls to puka dogs to craft popsicles, June and July ushered in a big batch of fresh food trucks to Austin. Read on for details on these newcomers and expansions.
SNO.CO FLATTOP SHAVED ICE
The menu at Sno.Co Flattop Shaved Ice has cocktail-inspired shaved ice flavors (e.g. riffs on the mojito and Moscow mule), fresh fruit originals such as habanero mango, and more. The color-changing cup ups the cool factor. Open daily at 2307 Manor Rd in front of The Vortox.
AUSTIN AÇAÍ COMPANY
Up your daily dose of superfoods! Founded by two local college students, Austin Açaí Company at 411 West 23rd Street. specializes in smoothies and organic açaí bowls like the Summer Bowl (organic açaí, granola, strawberries, mango and coconut flakes). Closed Sundays.
Melted Grilled Cheese
Melted Food Truck focuses on speciality grilled cheese sandwiches on sourdough like Hill Country Toast (with Texas beer-braised pork, red onion jam and spicy barbecue sauce). Or create your own with kimchi, pesto, roasted garlic and other toppings. A food truck with a mission, Melted donates 100% of its profits to International Justice Mission. Visit Melted’s website for the location schedule.
Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! At Granny’s Tacos truck—formerly an ambulance—owner Armando Vasquez dishes out an extensive offering of tacos (migas and fish and chilaquiles), quesadillas, gorditas, tortas, and more. Find it at 1403 East 7th Street.
Vegans and carnivores unite! Sundaze at 2323 South Lamar Boulevard aims to please with fried or grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and vegan alternatives, plus salads. All sides and the housemade sauces including a cilantro-cranberry aoili are vegan too.
STEEL CITY POPS
Admittedly Steel City Pop’s cart is not a truck, but it holds its own among them at The Picnic on Barton Springs Road. Made without artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, these craft pops are either fruity (e.g. blood orange or watermelon) or creamy (e.g. buttermilk or peach cream). The Alabama-based company has additional Texas outposts in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston.
THE URBAN LOBSTER
Check lobster roll off your summer must-eat list at The Urban Lobster. The menu includes lobster rolls (traditional or poached in butter), lobster lettuce cups, Philly cheesesteaks, and chicken nuggets. Bonus: The lobster is sourced from Maine. Check its Facebook page for location details.
BIG VINNY’S BBQ
For those in the barbecue all day, every day camp, get your fix at Big Vinny’s BBQ. Located at on South Congress at the Jurassic Car Wash, the menu includes the usual suspects—brisket, spare ribs, baby back ribs, sausage and a sandwich plate—plus barbecue Frito pie.
WAHA NUI PUKA DOG GRILL
Opening this week, Waha Nui Puka Dog Grill serves up Hawaiian-style hot dogs (translation: grilled dogs fully enveloped in warm bread). Dress with secret sauces, tropical mustards and fruit relish including lemon, mango, papaya or guava. Visit it’s Facebook page for the location schedule.
Ever wonder what happens when you fuse Mexican and Japanese flavors? Baja St did the work for you in creating its menu of tostadas, tacos, tempura, poppers, and dragon balls. Find the truck in the South 1st Food Center at Live Oak and South 1st.
INDIAN MARSALA GRILL
Parked in the South 1st Food Center at Live Oak, Indian Masala Grill is a family-run business with a roster of authentic Indian classics such as chicken and lamb tikka masalas, fresh samosas and saag. It’s open for lunch and dinner but closed on Sundays.
Down in South Austin and craving more açaí? The menu at includes bowls, smoothies and Brazilian cheese rolls. Don’t miss their indulgent toppings (including Nutella and chocolate syrup.) The traveling truck calls 121 Pickle Road home (behind Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery), though check Facebook for its most up-to-date location.
THE HALAL GURUS
After humble beginnings as a cart near campus, The Halal Gurus have opened a truck downtown at 717 E. 7th St. Choose from gyros, wraps, and a kabob all made with halal meats or opt for a falafel.
Rosedale just got a little sweeter. Parked at 5000 Burnet Rd., Gourdough’s second truck is now doling out fan favorites such as the Mother Clucker, Flying Pig, and Black Out. You’ll still find the original trailer on South 1st Street.