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5 New Austin Food Trucks: Tacos and Barbecue Banh Mi

This month’s meals on wheels scene

Dishes from Ted’s Farm
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EAST SIXTH — Dirty Sixth standby Hoeks Death Metal Pizza has reincarnated into a food truck. It serves simple pies at the food truck part on East Sixth.

WEST SIXTH — Taco truck Crazy Tortilla has moved in at Key Bar on West Sixth. On the menu are options like Philly Queso taco and a BLT taco.

EAST AUSTIN — Combining Texas barbecue with Vietnamese dishes, Ted’s Farm serves a unique combination of flavors. The menu include banh mi and rice bowls.

CAMPUS — One of the first Afghani food trucks in Austin, Afghan Halal offers kebabs, biryani, lamb shank, and samosas.

SOUTH AUSTIN Big Red Cajun is now serving specialties like gumbo, jambalaya, and voodoo shrimp off 290.


November/December 2018

Las Abuelas sandwich
Las Abuelas sandwich
Las Abuelas/Facebook

EAST SIXTH Sauce Odyssey, a truck that centers around showcasing small-batch sauces and condiments, opened at Revival Coffee. The truck has nachos and rotisserie vegetables and meats to show off the sauces.

SOUTH AUSTIN — Crispy chicken specialists Las Abuelas is now open on Manchaca. The truck serves crispy chicken in sandwich, taco, and salad form.

EAST RIVERSIDE Ali Usta, a halal food truck, has set up in the Austin Bingo lot. It serves shawarma, kebabs, falafel, and other dishes.

SOUTH FIRST Dosa Labs is now open in the Bouldin Creek area, serving several kind of dosas, with fillings like four-cheese, masala, and egg. There are also other dishes like biryani, sauces, and infused waters.

ZILKER — Serving ice cream on wheels, Cannone Gelato Italiano rolled into Zilker Park this month. The gelati and sorbetti are served out of a proper food truck in the Picnic food truck park, as well as a roaming bicycle cart.


October 2018

Arepa from Four Brothers Four Brothers/Facebook

SOUTH CONGRESS — Venezuelan food truck Four Brothers is bringing arepas, patacones, and cachapas to South Congress. This is the second food truck for Four Brothers.

BRENTWOOD Pupuseria 503 Y Mas has specialties like pupusas, pastel de pollo, and platanos. They also offer breakfast tacos as well.

CAMPUS — Russian House has expanded to a food truck with Kosmos. It serves burgers, including the vegetarian Impossible Burger.

BOULDIN Hawai’i Nei Cafe is now serving poke and Hawaiian barbecue on Barton Springs Road. There’s also sides like onion rings and egg rolls.

ZILKER Taco Rob is now open next to Zilker Park. The menu has five kinds of tacos, with brisket, skirt steak, and the like.


August 2018

Dolce Bacio’s gelato cannolis
Dolce Bacio’s gelato cannolis
Dolce Bacio/Yelp

DOWNTOWN Saigon Le Vendeur, the Vietnamese food truck that recently joined the Eater Austin 38, has expanded to another location in downtown Austin. It took over the former Snap Kitchen outpost at 3rd and Congress.

ZILKER — Vegan food truck Austin Food Company has set up shop on Barton Springs Road. The trailer shares seating with SquareRut Kava Bar, and the menu, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is allergy-friendly and organic.

DOWNTOWN Schaller’s Stube Sausage Bar, a restaurant out of New York, also opened a truck at 3rd and Congress. The truck has items from traditional wurst to chili cheese brats, and has plans for more locations in the city.

EAST CESAR CHAVEZ — East side bar Craftsman has a new food truck with Boteco Espeteria, which focuses on Brazilian barbecue skewers. The owners, who also run Boteco, wanted to do a riff on Japanese yakitori.

EAST CESAR CHAVEZ — Acai bowl and smoothie truck Basin Handcrafted has joined the East Side Food Park.

EAST SIXTH — An Italian gelateria on wheels, Dolce Bacio offers handcrafted gelato, granitas, cannolis filled with gelato, and other desserts.

JUDGE’S HILL McCollum Barbecue just opened on Rio Grande Street. Serving on Sundays only, the trailer has brisket, sausage, pulled pork, and the like.

HYDE PARK — Rainey Street favorite Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts has expanded to a new truck on North Loop, serving the same hot and fresh fried dough.

FITZHUGH ROAD — Last Stand Brewing Company has opened its own food trailer, dubbed Brewer’s Choice Grill. It serves sliders, sandwiches, and tacos.

LEANDER Rockstar Bagels opened a food truck in Leander. The menu is mostly the same as the location in East Austin.


July 2018

A lobster roll from Garbo’s
A lobster roll from Garbo’s
Lisa K./Yelp

DOWNTOWN Garbo’s Lobster Truck has taken up permanent residence downtown. Located at 9th and Congress, the truck serves lobster rolls, burgers, plus daily specials.

WEST SIXTH — Buford’s Beer Garden is the lucky new recipient of a Via 313 food truck. It serves the same Detroit-style pizza it is known and loved for. It moved from its previous nearby location on Rio Grande Street.

RIVERSIDE Gourdough’s, home of the over-the-top doughnut flavors and the doughnut burger, opened a new food truck on Riverside.

SOUTH FIRST Pastelaria São Paulo is bringing Brazilian pastel (a kind of savory empanadas) to the South First food court. Flavors range from bacalhau (cod) to pizza.

ST. ELMO — Located at The Yard, The Loud Juice Cafe serves juices, smoothies, wellness shots, and acai bowls in slickly packaged containers.


May 2018

Discada tacos from Discada
Discada tacos from Discada
Ajit G./Yelp

FOSTER HEIGHTS Chicken Lollypop has gone from brick and mortar to food truck, parking right across from Rio Rita on 12th Street. Look for the same tasty Indian-Chinese fusion, including those namesake spicy chicken wings.

SOUTH AUSTIN — After becoming famous in the Mueller neighborhood for cinnamon rolls, Teal House Coffee and Bakery opened a food truck on Slaughter Lane. It has coffee drinks and baked goods like the famous cinnamon rolls, croissants, pies, and kolaches.

ROSEDALE — After success as a frozen Mediterranean food company, Afia Foods has branched out to a food truck. Afia’s menu includes wraps or wraps with chicken schwarma, gyro, or falafel.

CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN Discada serves tacos cooked in a Northern Mexican style that involves a cowboy wok. The simple menu includes tacos and elote.

SOUTH LAMAR — Two Chicagoans decided to bring their city’s famed hot dogs to Austin with Wrigleyville South Dogs & Beef. Located in the parking lot of the Genie Car Wash, the truck serves variations of beef hot dogs, Polish sausages, veggie dogs, and Italian beef sandwiches.

RAINEY Golden Tiger, the new food truck at Container Bar, focuses on Asian-American comfort food. That means a fried chicken sandwich, a burger, and loaded fries, among other options.

EAST AUSTIN Chi-Chi’s Food Truck serves what it calls New York-style anti-diet food. Offerings include a hot dog plate, burger plate, or sausage plate with mac salad and fries with meat sauce.

CAMPUS Chilaquil, a truck focusing on chilaquiles, has taken up residence at Urban Outfitters’ Space 24 Twenty. The truck also offers desserts and savory breads, and owner Orlando Aguirre travels to Mexico every two weeks to get authentic ingredients.

SOUTH CONGRESS — Featuring “kosher-ish” dishes, Jew Hungry serves latkes, bagels, and hefty sandwiches. It’s outside of bar 04 Lounge.

BRODIE — There’s a new barbecue trailer in South Austin from Austin chef Josh Watkins, ex-Valentina’s cook Scott Fogel, and football star Kasey Studdard. Whitfield’s, named after Studdard’s son, serves classic barbecue with creative sides.

EAST SIXTH — Popular Los Angeles burrito truck The Rooster has made its way to Austin. It offers all things breakfast, including toasts, burgers, and yes, even tacos.

WEST CAMPUS — Try pizza in cone form at Pizza on Point. The truck serves the portable pizza in styles from basic cheese to fried chicken.

SOUTH AUSTIN — Co-working space The Hive recently added a food and coffee trailer dubbed The Hive Thru. It serves breakfast tacos, muffins, wraps, snacks, coffee, tea, and smoothies.

BRODIE — New trailer Banthai Express offers Thai street food complete with authentic spice levels. The pad thai and sticky mango rice both have rave reviews.


March 2018

Plow burger and fries
Plow burger and fries
Plow Burger/Facebook

EAST RIVERSIDE Plow Burger is open at Buzz Mill Coffee, serving vegan-friendly burgers, shakes, and fries. Gluten-free buns are also available.

EAST SEVENTH — Vintage Heart Coffee has a new neighbor: Conundrums. The food truck focuses on breakfast foods without any pork, like breakfast bowls with turkey bacon and cilantro potatoes.

SOUTH FIRST Tito Adobo is now serving Filipino fare like lumpia and adobo fried rice in South Austin. There are also sweets like ube horchata and turonuelos.

SOUTH FIRST — Also new to the neighborhood: Flavia’s Kitchen, a trailer near West Live Oak Street serving Mexican food like tacos, pozole, and tamales.


January 2018

Chi’lantro BBQ’s kimchi fries
Chi’lantro BBQ’s kimchi fries
Chi’Lantro BBQ/Facebook

EAST SIXTH — The Violet Crown Social Club got a new food trailer, with Korean-Mexican fusion Chi’lantro taking over Via 313’s spot outside the dive bar. Surely kimchi fries pair just as well with the bar’s famous Iron Whip.

SOUTH FIRST — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a new truck selling sweet treats opened on South First. Manoli’s Ice Cream, Pastries, & Cakes has popsicles, ice cream, and European-style baked goods.

CEDAR PARKTryst is now posted at Whitestone Brewery in Cedar Park. The truck focuses on classic fare like burgers, nachos, and wings.

EAST SIXTH — New trailer Somethin’ Italian is now serving Jersey-style Italian food like meatballs, eggplant parm, and cannoli from the food truck park across from mixed-use development The Arnold.

METRIC — After bouncing around breweries, Cluck-n-Burger has found a home at Oskar Blues through March. The truck focuses on burgers and wings.


December 2017

Jep’s Southern Roots’ Cajun bruschetta
Jep’s Southern Roots’ Cajun bruschetta
Julia Keim

DRIPPING SPRINGS — Duck Dynasty stars Jep and Jessica Robertson serve rich Southern and Cajun food at Jep’s Southern Roots. The trailer is located at Family Business brewery, the work of fellow celebrity Jensen Ackles, of Supernatural fame.

ROAMINGEssential sandwich purveyors Noble Sandwich Co. have opened a roaming food truck to serve Cedar Park, Austin, and Georgetown.

HOLLY — Farmer’s market favorite Yapa Empanadas can now be found at a trailer on East Cesar Chavez. Yapa offers both sweet and savory versions of the tender pastry.

RAINEY — A third location of Gebby’s BBQ can now be found at the food truck park on Rainey Street. The trailer can also be found at the South Terminal of the airport and at Buford’s Beer Garden.

RAINEY — Another new entry to the Rainey Street food park, Glory Hole serves gourmet hot dogs. The Sassy Gurl seems to cater to the area with mac and cheese, bacon, and jalapeños.

SOUTH LAMAR — Japanese food truck Let’s Tako-Bout It has taken up residence at Corner Bar on South Lamar. The menu includes takoyaki and tacos.

HOLLY — In addition to traditional meat offerings, Courson’s BBQ serves a brunch with spicy cornbread waffles and has free beer on Fridays.


November 2017

J. Leonardi’s brisket sandwich
J. Leonardi’s brisket sandwich
J. Leonardi’s/Facebook

CENTRAL EAST — For the second location, J. Leonardi’s Barbeque has opened on East 11th Street. The trailer, a collaboration between pitmaster Jerome Faulkner and former NFL player Cedric Leonard Griffin is known for tender smoked meats.

NORTH CAMPUS — A new deli on wheels has started serving by soon-to-open Back Lot, the future spot from the team behind Workhorse Bar in the former Nasty’s space. Otherside Deli specializes in pastrami and corned beef sandwiches.

EASTGoody Goody Gumbo is bringing New Orleans flare to Austin next door to Vintage Heart Coffee on East 7th Street. Serving classic gumbo dishes, in addition to vegan and gluten-free options, this food truck is the perfect spot for a friend group with varying dietary needs. — Sommer Brugal


Past Food Truck Openings

October 2017

Ranch Hand’s Rosemary bowl
Ranch Hand’s Rosemary bowl
Ranch Hand/Official

CAMPUS — With a bold slogan, Ranch Hand encourages healthy lunches by providing organic grain bowls. All proteins are sourced from Texas ranches, and the menu was created in collaboration with nutrition students.

EAST CESAR CHAVEZ — Puerto Rican truck El Coqui is having a grand opening on Sunday, October 29, but is already dishing out Cubano sandwiches and snacks like plantains and empanadas.

SOUTH LAMARFrench Tex Cuisine allows French Chef Jagu to play with flavor, chiefly through galettes (a kind of buckwheat crepe). There are also French and Tex Mex tacos, and many dishes are garnished with herbs from the tiny garden.

HOLLY — Recently opened and already being called a hidden gem, Hummus Among Us focuses on different versions of the Mediterranean staple served with thick pita.

CAMPUS — Giving campus another gyro option, Food2Go has a simple menu of beef, chicken, and lamb gyro, plus a vegan option. This is actually the seventh truck for Food2Go, which operated exclusively on Army bases until now.

WEST CAMPUSEven more gyros are available at Abu Omar Halal, an export from Houston. There’s also shawarma, kebobs, falafel, and fries.

CAMPUS — A truck for those running late to class, Tiffany’s has a small menu of breakfast tacos, cold brew, and an essential part of a balanced breakfast, cheesecake.


September 27, 2017

Naan croissants from Puli-Ra
Naan croissants from Puli Ra
Puli-Ra/Facebook

ST. ELMO — For those feeling peckish after a tasting at Still Austin Whiskey Co., Indian-Texan fusion Puli Ra offers bold dishes like whiskey-cured brisket curry and naan croissants. Chef Deepa Shridhar, formerly of Chaiwalla, chose to park at the distillery due to shared values of sourcing locally and responsibly.

NORTH BURNETUncle Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery is now mobile: the Barton Springs restaurant has a food truck. It will serve barbecue Tuesday through Sunday while parked at Celis Brewery.

ST. ELMO — Paleo-friendly Picknik added a third location (and second trailer) at St. Elmo Marketplace. Known for butter coffee, the trailer serves breakfast tacos, bone broth, and other grab-and-go items.

SOUTH FIRST — An import from Houston, Juice Girl brings organic juices, vegan shakes, and smoothies to the food truck park at Live Oak and South First streets. If all goes well, this could lead to brick and mortar expansion.

SOUTH LAMARThai Kun opened a new truck at Corner Bar, serving one dish: khao gai yung, a rice bowl dish with grilled chicken thighs marinated in coconut milk. This is the third Thai Kun location, which is spinoff of Paul Qui’s East Side King restaurant ventures.

NORTH CAMPUS — Vegan milkshakes are finally here courtesy of Milky Way Shakes. Parked at Spider House Cafe, the Kickstarter-funded truck uses coconut milk ice cream blended with almond milk.

Milky Way’s Veruca Salt shake
Milky Way’s Veruca Salt shake
Milky Way/Facebook

HOLLY — Craftsman has a new food truck with Alley Cat, which serves Hawaiian-inspired dishes like poke, pork katsu sandwiches, and misoyaki butterfish. The chef, Shane Stark, comes from fish market Monger’s.

SOUTH Thicket Food Park welcomed Pakistani food truck Atia’s Kitchen into the fold. The handmade roti, shrimp masala, and vegan options are garnering praise.

ST. ELMOMuy Delicious is a new resident of St. Elmo Public Market Food Court. The truck serves up burgers, wings, and sandwiches.

EAST SIXTHAustin Halal has joined the food truck park at 1606 East Sixth Street, doling out Mediterranean street food like chicken shawarma and falafel until late.

SOUTH LAMAR — Coinciding with its one year anniversary, Jolt Coffee & Beverage expanded to a trailer, Baby Jolts, which serves the coffee drinks and is available for catering.

WEST CAMPUS Bon Bon Banh Mi specializes in the Vietnamese sandwich, though new menu items are being tested. Owners Trang Nguyen and Nghiem Hoang moved from Vietnam less than a year ago, and strive to keep recipes authentic.


August 30, 2017

A burrito from Bronco Burritos
A burrito from Bronco Burritos
Bronco Burritos/Facebook

SOUTH AUSTIN — Galveston trailer Bronco Burritos expanded with an Austin location, serving breakfast takes (migas, huevos a la Mexicana) and meatier ones (barbacoa, carne guisada). Everything can be turned into a tostada too.

HUDSON BENDRanch Road BBQ (which changed its name from For Sale BBQ) has only been open a few weeks but the ribs are already getting rave reviews and the hot sauce got an honorable mention at the Chronicle’s festival. Free beer from Infamous Brewing on Saturdays and Sundays.

NORTH BURNET — Chef Camden Stuerzenberger’s latest project is Liberation Fish, a roaming Southern seafood trailer serving classic po’boys, fish and chips, and crispy oysters.

SOUTH CONGRESS — Indo-Mexican fusion truck Kurry Takos is getting high praise for serving the spicy tacos in handmade tortillas.

ROSEDALE — Head to the Rosedale Market to try Vietnamese street food offerings from Banh Mi Ngon. The truck features an adorable pictogram menu of banh mi, rice, vermicelli, drinks, and rolls.

WEST CAMPUSHitea is all about bubble and milk teas, with the option to add the intriguing-sounding cheese cap, which comes highly recommended.

CAMPUSSquare Peg brings coffee to West 21st Street. Available are espresso drinks, cold brew, drip coffee, and teas, along with breakfast tacos, macarons, and coffee cakes.


August 4, 2017

Killa Wasi’s spread
Killa Wasi’s spread
Killa Wasi/Facebook

EAST GOVALLEKilla Wasi, owned by Chef Kati Luedecke, marries modern Peruvian fare with Central Texas ingredients on Airport Boulevard. Serving breakfast, lunch, and brunch, dishes include favorites like the quinoatmeal breakfast bowl with smoked egg and a confit pork sandwich. — Sommer Brugal

CAMPUSImpress specializes in the lesser-know Italian sandwich, the grilled flatbread piadina. The San Gabriel Street food truck serves sandwiches like The Gypsy with prosciutto, goat cheese, arugula, and balsamic fig jam, from a spot at the historic Neil-Cochran Museum.

EAST — Neighborhood bar Nickel City also boasts Delray Cafe, serving standard fare like coney dogs, chili cheese fries, and mozzarella sticks. The bar and food truck continue the Detroit theme from the owners, who also operate Via 313 pizza.

HOLLY — Mediterranean truck Sosa is a welcome addition to the small food truck park on East Sixth. The falafel and chicken shawarma aren’t to be missed.

DEL VALLE — Neil Joiner, owner of The Black Forest and recently shuttered Porter Ale House, grew up in Germany and couldn’t shake the craving for schitzel and bratwurst, so he decided to make his own. The truck is now serving at Live Oak Brewing Company, because pretzels and beer are made for each other.

GOVALLE - Sporting a gorgeous wooden truck (a family construction project), Big Delicious Food Co. has been serving smoked meats like barbecue and pastrami on Sundays at Friends & Allies Brewing Company. The truck generally donates 10% of proceeds to rotating charities.

SOUTH CONGRESSTwelve Bones BBQ, a new venture from the owners of Azul Tequila and Papalote Taco House, makes copious use of burnt ends in their menu. The trailer’s location also provides indoor and outdoor seating. The address will also soon house another location of Papalote.

CAMPUS — Owned by a husband and wife team, Espadas De Brazil serves Brazilian grilled meats (especially beef) and other specialties on Rio Grande Street.

SOUTH AUSTIN — Radio Coffee has another way to start the morning (besides Veracruz All Natural’s breakfast tacos): cheese: Breakfast truck Paperboy opened a second location at the Manchaca coffee and beer bar. The menu will be the same as the original spot on the east side.

DOWNTOWNYa Hayati, which means “my life” in Arabic, focuses on fresh Mediterranean Halal food. The truck can be found by the Westin Hotel in downtown Austin.

EAST SIXTH — Only open for dinner, Sabor Colombia gets high marks for friendly service and authentic fare along I-35.

ROAMINGThe Happy Lobster, a newcomer from Chicago that serves Maine lobster in mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and classic lobster roll forms, is now making rounds in Austin.

DOWNTOWNPoke Me Long Time is making appearances at Handlebar and Greenlight Social. The Japanese/Hawaiian fusion truck, featuring waterfall bowls and, of course, poke, is open for dinner, and available for delivered lunch.

CEDAR PARK — Family-run barbecue trailer Alzer’s BBQ serves the typical brisket, ribs, and sausage as well as some more unconventional options like lamb ribs, cornish game hen, and quail.


June 9, 2017

Hotel Vegas Concession Stand’s food
Hotel Vegas Concession Stand’s food
Hotel Vegas Concession Stand/Facebook

EAST SIXTH — Music venue and bar Hotel Vegas adds its own food truck with the Hotel Vegas Concession Stand. Menu items include island-style hot dog, jerk chicken with cashew rice, and hot chicken popcorn chicken.

SOUTH FIRSTSouthern Bunny Shaved Ice will soon become a go-to spot for cooling off this summer. this food truck offers 50 flavors of shaved ice (including pickles), frozen mangonadas, all sorts of candy, and more. It’s a one-two hit since it’s right next to favorite breakfast taco cart El Primo.

AUSTINKreyol Korner is Austin’s newest Caribbean food truck, with a focus on Haitian dishes. Dishes include tropical plantain cups, yuca bites, and fried beef cubes, the latter of which are only available on Friday and Saturday. At the moment, Kreyol Korner mainly offers catering services for now, but plans to open the food truck permanently next month.

Moojo’s ice cream sandwiches
Moojo’s ice cream sandwiches
Moojo/Facebook

WEST AUSTIN — Ice cream lovers: Moojo opened its food truck at the Midway Food Park off 360 last weekend. Satisfy that sweet tooth with ice cream sandwiches made with two, freshly baked warm cookies and ice cream. Create your own combination or opt for a Moojo favorite like rocky road with mint chip or snickerdoodle paired with salted caramel pretzel ice cream.

SOUTH AUSTINPanchita breaks into Austin’s taco truck scene with queso in hand behind bar Indian Roller on Manchaca Road, especially for late night cravings.

NORTHEAST — For barbecue needs, B&B BBQ answers the call over on Decker Lane with owner and pitmaster Mark Burklund, with favorites like like brisket, sausage, ribs, and chicken. Enjoy the meat solo, make it a sandwich, or add a few sides.


May 11, 2017

Korean dishes from JeonJu Korean Grill
Korean dishes from JeonJu Korean Grill
Ashley E./Yelp

SOUTH LAMARJeonJu Korean Grill, Austin’s new Korean trailer, offers up its own mash-up takes on sliders, kimchi quesadillas, and even pizza, filled with steak, chicken, spicy pork, or vegetables, along with bibimbap and kimbap.

SOUTH CONGRESS — Ahead of the eventual Kamala Gardens Brewery, Dipak Topiwala is staying busy with a new food truck. Lotus Joint dishes out "tacos con chutney," tortillas with fillings like goat, chicken, mushrooms, chorizo, paired with a variety of chutneys, such as chilantro, pineapple, tomatillo. Its trailermate at the Pickle Road address is barbecue joint LeRoy & Lewis.

ALLANDALE — Republic of Sandwich's spirit lives on with the new food truck from chef Thomas Gardner found in the lot with Pat's Games. Capitol Sandwich’s styles vary up, from the Cubano to the turkey club to the pork-filled Big Bad Wolf.

WELLS BRANCH — The menu at El Fogón de Geña is dedicated to all-things Puerto Rican. The trailer dishes out rice with pigeon peas, pork shoulders, empanadas, mashed or fried plantains, a meaty sandwich, among other items. The name is Spanish for "the woodstove."

DOWNTOWN — Salty Sow chef Harold Marmulstein enters the hot chicken game with Tumble 22. There are four varying levels of the spicy chicken, from nothing at all to extremely hot, in sandwich form, as well as tips and oysters.

FAR NORTH AUSTINBodhi Viet Veggie Cuisine focuses on vegetarian Vietnamese fare with noodle soups, curries, banh mi, and other meat-free dishes. For dessert, it opts for something sweet and savory with the silky tofu. Everything is cash only for now.

SOUTH CONGRESS — As part of Austin Motel’s food revamp, the hotel launched a new stationary food trailer out on the parking lot. Jo’s Burger Box has a simple menu: burgers, fries, and onion rings. Liz Lambert's brother Lou overlooks the menu.

BARTON SPRINGSCrossroads focuses on what it dubs a farm to truck menu from Danielle and Wayne Van Steen. Think seasonal hearty dishes like herb-fried chicken, pork belly fried rice, burgers).

EAST SIXTH — East 6th Street gets a new Indian food truck with Masala Medley, with a variety of curries, rotis, and rice dishes, and snacks like samosas and papadums.


April 5, 2017

Mykonos Waffle
Mykonos Waffle
Stephen Hood/Instagram

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT What happens when three cousins quit their corporate jobs to open a waffle food truck inspired by summer jobs they had in Greece years ago? They open Mykonos Waffle, a 1971 Volkswagen Mini Bus with a fun vibe that doles out sweet and savory waffles, of course. Choose a chicken waffle sandwich with cole slaw and special sauce or a fruit waffle taco with Nutella or peanut butter and loads of fruit fillings and toppings such as sprinkles and chocolate chips. It’s parked at 117 West 5th Street.

SOUTH AUSTIN — Former pitmaster of Freedmen’s Evan LeRoy opened a barbecue truck dubbed LeRoy & Lewis that focuses on unusual meats and cuts, creative sides, and desserts using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches. The menu varies daily. (Wild boar ribs, sandwiches with brisket and kimchi, beef belly bacon, duck ham, and mesquite cornbread have been featured recently.) The truck’s open from 11 a.m. until sold out, Thursday through Sunday at 121 Pickle Road.

EAST 5TH STREET — Latin food lovers rejoice. The Doughminican, pegged as the city's first Dominican food truck, has opened at the corner of East 5th Street and Chicon Street. The owner, who is originally from the Dominican Republic, is serving up authentic versions of classic Dominican favorites such as empanadas, sancocho, quipes, pasteles en hoja, and more.

HYDE PARK — Vaquero Taquero’s breakfast taco cart parked at 5th Street and Congress Avenue added a second location in Hyde Park. The new trailer (with later hours) offers authentic South Texas-style tacos such as al pastor and carne aside featuring handmade tortillas. Stop by for dinner at 43rd and Duval (behind Pronto Food Mart).

WEST CAMPUS Pinch Urban Food Lab is the brainchild of two UT alum. The trailer’s simple Asian-fusion menu features three types of bento (fried chicken, curry chicken, and chashu pork). It opened earlier this year, and the campus crowds have already caught on. Find it at 518 West 24th Street at San Antonio Street.

ROSEDALE — Van’s Banh Mi is a family-owned Vietnamese sandwich cafe on wheels. Grab a banh mi, rice plate (e.g. chicken, egg rolls, and rice, or vermicelli bowl with pork, chicken, beef or shrimp. Fill up on Vietnamese iced coffee here too. It’s parked at 1356 West 45th Street next to Rosedale Market.

DOWNTOWN — New York-based Neapolitan Express recently rolled into Austin with two locations for its first out-of-state expansion. The trucks are powered by Clean Energy Fuels and fire up Neapolitan pies made using Italian ingredients. There are also gluten free and vegan options made using Daiya cheese, plus a dessert pie. One truck is parked at 3rd Street and Congress Avenue, and the second is over on West 5th and Colorado streets.

EAST 6TH STREET The Originals SalvaTex is expanding Austin’s pupusa game with options aplenty. The owner (who hails from El Salvador) also offers up more made-to-order items like yucca roots with chicharrones (fried pork), empanadas, tamales, Salvadorean enchiladas, tacos, and fried plantain. The 1211 East 6th Street spot also features music on the weekends.


February 22, 2017

The Naughty Texan Photo credit” Frank Garnica & Max Villanueva

South Austin — Buda’s family-owned D&R's Bar-B-Que fired up The Naughty Texan food truck last fall and headed to Austin to offer slow-smoked barbecue and a creative menu. Kick off the day with tacos or a brisket-based breakfast bowl. Or choose from meat-centric plates, brisket nachos, and mac and cheese topped with brisket, bacon, and barbecue sauce, among other options for lunch and dinner. Open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 7612 Brodie Lane (Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ’s former home).

Around Town — Satisfy that Wagyu beef craving with Wagyu On Wheels burger trailer, owned and operated by a Texas military family. Choose from five burgers, all made with with all-Wagyu beef patties piled high with fresh toppings. Complete the meal with sweet fries or thick-cut wedge curly fries seasoned with a house blend. Check out the calendar for its current and upcoming locations.

East Austin — Tom yum alert. Thai Licious recently joined the food trailers peppering East Cesar Chavez. Dig into Thai favorites like curries, stir fries, soups, and chef's specials such as slow-cooked back ribs, Thai mussel pancakes, and fried rice. Find it at 2730 East Cesar Chavez.

Downtown Star Bar recently welcomed MASA food truck on West Sixth Street with its globally-influenced street food, available from Wednesdays to Sundays. With heavy nods to Asian and Spanish flavors, menu highlights include: a tempura fried soft shell crab served on a bao bun; tempura fried chicken, lettuce, kimchi cucumber, microgreens, and spicy mayo on a bao bun; pulled pork stuffed jalapeno wrapped in prosciutto; seafood hush puppies, empanadas, and a short rib entrée.

DowntownMy Name Is Joe Coffee Co., chef Philip Speer’s coffee trailer with a charitable purpose, is now open and peddling coffee and a few breakfast faves like toasts and oatmeal on Colorado Street. Speer, who has a widely publicized past with drugs and alcohol, set up the trailer as a way to help those who struggle with similar dependencies. The Airstream employs people in recovery, and a percent of sales are donated to Comfort Cafe, a donation-only restaurant in Smithville run by residents of an addiction treatment center.

Southwest Austin — Driftwood’s famed Salt Lick BBQ launched a trailer at the Moontower Saloon on Manchaca Road. Find brisket, pulled pork, and sausage sandwiches, as well as brisket nachos. It’s closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

East Cesar Chavez — It’s now much easier to get Kerlin BBQ’s pitmaster and owner Bill Kerlin’s coveted barbecue-stuffed kolaches. At his new dedicated barbecue kolache trailer offers up brisket and cheddar; smoked sausage, jalapeno, and cheddar; and rotating vegetarian options like spinach and goat cheese, available from Wednesday through Sunday.


January 25, 2017

Holy Macaroni Kurt K./Yelp

WEST CAMPUSHoly Macaroni is dishing up comfort foods to the campus crowd at 2512 Rio Grande Street. Head there for Frito pie, chili cheese dogs, and of course, mac and cheese. The truck took over the former spot of Mac Daddy’s, another mac and cheese peddler, in the Rancho Rio Eatery park.

SOUTH AUSTIN — Love the burgers at Jacoby's Restaurant and Mercantile? The team has recently launched a burger truck called Jacoby’s Just Casual parked at South Park Meadows at Little Woodrow’s. The burger menu ranges from pimento to barbecue to a veggie option, and of course, the classic made simply with cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onion. Hand-cut fries and dipping sauces will run you extra. Open 5 p.m. until late, Wednesday through Saturday.

EAST AUSTIN — Brisket and baby back pork ribs alert. J. Leonardi’s Barbecue food truck at 1149 1/2 Airport Boulevard is now dishing out meats by the pound, plates with two sides, a variety of sandwiches, sides, and banana pudding and peach cobbler for dessert. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or sold out). Open Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. (or sold out). There’s sometimes live music to boot.

SOUTH AUSTINSoursop is the food trailer behind St. Elmo Brewing Company at 440 East St Elmo Road. Open during brewery hours Tuesday through Sunday, the truck whips up Pan-Asian favorites like a shredded green papaya salad, grilled pork belly confit, and sambal wings. Sample dishes from the Sunday brunch include fried chicken and roti, panang eggplant, and a sandwich with galbi-marinated frita burger, gochujang, pickles, and shoestring potatoes.

WELLS BRANCH — Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster spun off with a soft serve food truck dubbed Connor's Creamery. The truck makes soft serve in eight flavors, house-made Belgian waffles, a sundae, and floats with Maine Root Beer and Mexican Coke. Open from 6 to 10 a.m. (for waffle breakfast) and then 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Find it parked outside of Garbo's at 14735 Bratton Lane.

EAST AUSTINPan, parked on the patio of Hard Luck Lounge at 3526 East Seventh Street, is the brainchild of Virginia Pharr, former co-owner of the shuttered Lady Luck food truck. It features a rotating, seasonal menu focusing on international classics with smoked elements such as a brunch hash with curried beets, sweet potatoes, mustard greens, smoked pork, a sunny-side egg, and more. Open 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Pharr is also leading the restaurant for East Austin’s luxury hostel Native.

Head here to check out nearly 30 food trucks that rolled out this past fall and here for three more announced during December.

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