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31 Essential Food Trucks in Austin

Must-try meals on wheels, from stellar jerk chicken to avocado-stuffed barbacoa to sturdy breakfast tacos to chicken bento boxes

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The chicken bites bento from Song La.
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Austin really runs on food trucks, and there sure are a lot of ’em in the city. To help sort through the growing number of offerings, here is Eater Austin’s guide to essential food trucks offering takeout and delivery services right now, serving everything from pizza to barbecue to tacos to pasta.

That includes the barbecue from Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ and LeRoy & Lewis, tacos from Cuantos Tacos, sweet churros from Churro Co., fiery Thai food from Dee Dee, vegan Vietnamese truck Bodhi Viet Veggie Cuisine, shawarma from Beirut, and much more. For the purposes of this map, Eater is not including food trucks with physical locations (i.e. Taqueria Mi Trailita, Patrizi’s, Garbo’s, Veracruz, Tony’s Jamaican Food).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bodhi Viet Veggie Cuisine

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Find superb vegan Vietnamese dishes at the North Austin food truck run by Buddhist nuns and temple volunteers. There are various banh mi, bao, vermicelli, and much more. Takeout orders can be placed online.

The Lebanese food truck parked at the Domain offers stellar shawarma in wraps, bowls, and plates, plus a fries iteration. Pickup orders can be placed online, and there are Uber Eats deliveries too.

A plate of meats and vegetables.
A dish from Beirut.
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Con Todo

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The North Austin truck focuses on Rio Grande Valley and northern Mexican cuisine, from all sorts of tacos (bistec estilo, alambre), tostadas, to tetelas. Pickup orders can be placed in person; host site Celis Brewery features indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Pedroso's Pizza

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The Wooten truck fires up perfect pizza pies, from New York-style to thick Grandmas. Pickup orders can be placed online; host site Night Owl bar features indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Yeni’s Fusion

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The Indonesian food truck serves up excellent Indonesian fare with Texas touches in Brentwood. Think stout fried dumplings, a creamy coconut soup with smoked brisket and rice, and beef rendang. Pickup orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dining areas available at host site the Aristocrat bar.

T-Loc's Sonora

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Sonoran hot dogs are the stars of this Allandale food truck, where the franks are wrapped in bacon and placed in buns sourced from Tucson, Arizona. Pickup orders can be placed online. The food truck park offers outdoor seating.

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Hot dogs from T-Loc’s.
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Ceviche7

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While, yes, the Peruvian truck serves up wonderful ceviche made with mahi mahi fish. There are also other South American dishes from lomo saltado to beef heart skewers to cans of Inka Kola. To-go orders can be placed in person. There is an outdoor seating area.

Milky Way Shakes

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The truck focuses on vegan milkshakes — where the ice cream is made with almond and coconut milks, and meringues made with aquafaba instead of egg whites — that are also mostly gluten-free (with the exception of certain mix-ins). Be sure to get something with the delightfully pretty strawberry. Pickup orders can be placed in person. There are outdoor seating areas.

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One of the vegan milkshakes from Milky Way Shakes.
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Chef Hong

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Excellent campus Chinese food — from dumplings to cold-skin noodles to Chinese hamburgers — can be found from this truck. To-go orders can be placed in person; there are Grubhub deliveries available too.

Abo Youssef

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The Mediterranean food truck is often busy making excellent shawarma, falafel, and sweet baklava for its loyal Cherrywood fanbase. Pickup orders can be placed in person.

Cuantos Tacos

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The Mexico City-style tacos from the Central East Austin food truck are just delightful, ranging from suadero to buche to champiñones (the real move is to get one of each). To-go orders can be placed online or in person. There are outdoor tables for on-site services.

The mollejitas tacos from Cuantos Tacos
The mollejitas tacos from Cuantos Tacos
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Anything’s Baked Potato

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The Central East Austin food truck is dedicated to perhaps the best vegetable: potatoes. The baked potatoes are stuffed with various ingredient combinations, including the Cajun with cream sauce, shrimp, and fried chicken; the brunch-y Sunny Side with bacon, sausage, cheese, and a sunny-side-up egg; and the stir-fry vegetables one. To-go orders can be placed in person; there are outdoor tables.

The Brazilian food truck is known for its South American dishes, from yucca fries to empanadas. The hearty picanha grelhada, which comes with a mess of tender steak, rice, beans, etc. isn’t to be missed. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. There is outdoor seating available.

La Santa Barbacha

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Barbacoa is perfect, and the recently relocated truck honestly offers some of the best in the city. There are tacos, chilaquiles, and sopes using the slow-cooked beef. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there is seating available via host site the Native.

Shirley's Trini Cuisine

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Superb Trinidian food can be found at the recently relocated truck to East Austin. Shirley’s offers up doubles, oxtails, fried plantains, jerk chicken, and much more. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. There are on-site tables.

The Doughminican

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The Dominican food truck from chef Melvin Mendez is known particularly for its empanadas, filled with chicken, beef, ratatouille, or queso. Pickup orders can be placed in person. There are outdoor tables available.

Burro Cheese Kitchen

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Excellent grilled cheese sandwiches can be found at this truck (with a second location on Shady Lane). The sandwiches are made with melty cheeses (cheddar, gouda, provolone, or Havarti) and sourdough bread, layered with sauces, pickled/caramelized vegetables, and sometimes meat. Pickup and third-party deliveries can be placed online. Locations feature outdoor seating.

Flitch Coffee

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One of the city’s best coffee trucks is this Govalle trailer, with a strong array of beans from Flat Track to Superthing, plus food from Austin vendors. To-go orders can be placed in person. There is outdoor seating.

A latte coffee in a cup next to a book that says Texas.
Coffee from Flitch.
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Kerlin BBQ

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It isn’t an Austin food truck guide without a barbecue trailer, and both barbecue and barbecue-filled klobásníky can be found at the East Austin smoked meats truck. Advance to-go orders with 72-hour notice can be placed over email at orders@kerlinbbq.com or day-of pickups in person. There is outdoor seating.

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Barbecue kolaches from Kerlin.
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The Vegan Nom

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The city’s best vegan breakfast tacos can be found at this East Austin truck, with tofu scrambles, tempeh bacon, and its signature queso. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone or in person, and there are third-party deliveries through Favor. There are outdoor tables.

Breakfast tacos in baskets lined with red-and-white-checkered baskets.
Vegan breakfast tacos from Vegan Nom.
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R&B’s Steak And Fries

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The Holly truck’s dish is simple, using Texas ribeye in its cheesesteak sandwiches, vegetable-laden hoagies, and loaded fries. To-go orders can be placed online. There is outdoor dining available.

Bombay Dhaba

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Austin’s best Indian food can be found at the South First food truck, where the menu includes a variety of curries (the spinach is particularly nice), rotis, samosas, and dosas. To-go orders can be placed over the phone or in person. There are outdoor tables.

Churro Co.

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For sweet tooths, Churros Co. is the spot for sweet tooths, where the fried dough is topped with fruit compote, apple pie, marshmallows, caramel, and more. To-go orders can be placed in person. There are outdoor tables available.

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Churros from Churro Co.
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El Primo

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South Austin’s answer for breakfast tacos can be found at the updated trailer, and now it even takes advance online orders for pickups, but remains cash-only for in-person orders. There are two outdoor tables available, with additional seating available at nearby coffee shop Once Over.

Sabor a Honduras

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The Honduran truck is known particularly for its fried chicken served with plantains and baleadas (flour tortillas with mashed fried beans and cheeses). To-go orders can be placed online or in person.

Dee Dee

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While the fiery northern Thai trailer and Eater Austin food truck of 2016 has a small menu, every dish packs a lot of flavor and spice, from the laab to the soothing om gai. For sweets, the simple mango and sticky rice will do the trick when it’s in season. Pickup orders have to be placed online. Host site Radio Coffee offers outdoor and indoor dining areas.

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The moo ping from Dee Dee.
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Leroy and Lewis Barbecue

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Pitmaster Evan Leroy’s new-school truck was named Eater Austin’s food truck of 2017 for good reason. It reimagines the best of the barbecue world in fresh, fun ways, such as half-avocados stuffed with barbacoa, cauliflower burnt ends, and barbecue sandwiches paired with kimchi and beet-based barbecue sauce. To-go orders can be placed in person. Host site Cosmic Coffee offers indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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A barbecue plate from LeRoy & Lewis.
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Distant Relatives

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The McKinney barbecue truck was named Eater Austin’s food truck of 2021 and one of Eater’s best new restaurants because of its ridiculously great smoked meats. Pair succulent meats (chicken, pulled pork, brisket) with tangy sauces, and go overboard with the hearty sides. To-go orders can be placed in person. Host site Meanwhile Brewing is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

A tray of barbecue and sides.
Distant Relatives’s barbecue.
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Song La

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While the Tawainese truck moved across the river into far South Austin, it still serves up its excellent array of fried chicken and bites available a la carte or in bentos. There are also pork belly and pork chop bentos. To-go orders can be place online, over the phone, or via text message. There are outdoor seating areas.

Artipasta

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Food truck pasta? The far south Italian truck makes it work with house-made noodle dishes. To-go orders can be placed online or over the phone, plus third-party deliveries are available. There are outdoor dining areas.

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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The essence of Austin — Tex-Mex and barbecue — is found at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, where smoked meats are made into sandwiches and tacos. Pickup orders have to be placed in person. here are plenty of outdoor tables.

A cardboard tray of a sliced brisket and a meat sandwich.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ’s pastrami.
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Bodhi Viet Veggie Cuisine

Find superb vegan Vietnamese dishes at the North Austin food truck run by Buddhist nuns and temple volunteers. There are various banh mi, bao, vermicelli, and much more. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Beirut

A plate of meats and vegetables.
A dish from Beirut.
Beirut/Facebook

The Lebanese food truck parked at the Domain offers stellar shawarma in wraps, bowls, and plates, plus a fries iteration. Pickup orders can be placed online, and there are Uber Eats deliveries too.

A plate of meats and vegetables.
A dish from Beirut.
Beirut/Facebook

Con Todo

The North Austin truck focuses on Rio Grande Valley and northern Mexican cuisine, from all sorts of tacos (bistec estilo, alambre), tostadas, to tetelas. Pickup orders can be placed in person; host site Celis Brewery features indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Pedroso's Pizza

The Wooten truck fires up perfect pizza pies, from New York-style to thick Grandmas. Pickup orders can be placed online; host site Night Owl bar features indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Yeni’s Fusion

The Indonesian food truck serves up excellent Indonesian fare with Texas touches in Brentwood. Think stout fried dumplings, a creamy coconut soup with smoked brisket and rice, and beef rendang. Pickup orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dining areas available at host site the Aristocrat bar.

T-Loc's Sonora

Someone holding up a tray of two plates of loaded hot dogs.
Hot dogs from T-Loc’s.
T-Loc’s/Facebook

Sonoran hot dogs are the stars of this Allandale food truck, where the franks are wrapped in bacon and placed in buns sourced from Tucson, Arizona. Pickup orders can be placed online. The food truck park offers outdoor seating.

Someone holding up a tray of two plates of loaded hot dogs.
Hot dogs from T-Loc’s.
T-Loc’s/Facebook

Ceviche7

While, yes, the Peruvian truck serves up wonderful ceviche made with mahi mahi fish. There are also other South American dishes from lomo saltado to beef heart skewers to cans of Inka Kola. To-go orders can be placed in person. There is an outdoor seating area.

Milky Way Shakes

Someone holding up a pink milkshake in a clear plastic cup with a strawberry,
One of the vegan milkshakes from Milky Way Shakes.
Milky Way Shakes/Facebook

The truck focuses on vegan milkshakes — where the ice cream is made with almond and coconut milks, and meringues made with aquafaba instead of egg whites — that are also mostly gluten-free (with the exception of certain mix-ins). Be sure to get something with the delightfully pretty strawberry. Pickup orders can be placed in person. There are outdoor seating areas.

Someone holding up a pink milkshake in a clear plastic cup with a strawberry,
One of the vegan milkshakes from Milky Way Shakes.
Milky Way Shakes/Facebook

Chef Hong

Excellent campus Chinese food — from dumplings to cold-skin noodles to Chinese hamburgers — can be found from this truck. To-go orders can be placed in person; there are Grubhub deliveries available too.

Abo Youssef

The Mediterranean food truck is often busy making excellent shawarma, falafel, and sweet baklava for its loyal Cherrywood fanbase. Pickup orders can be placed in person.

Cuantos Tacos

The mollejitas tacos from Cuantos Tacos
The mollejitas tacos from Cuantos Tacos
Cuantos Tacos/Facebook

The Mexico City-style tacos from the Central East Austin food truck are just delightful, ranging from suadero to buche to champiñones (the real move is to get one of each). To-go orders can be placed online or in person. There are outdoor tables for on-site services.

The mollejitas tacos from Cuantos Tacos
The mollejitas tacos from Cuantos Tacos
Cuantos Tacos/Facebook

Anything’s Baked Potato

The Central East Austin food truck is dedicated to perhaps the best vegetable: potatoes. The baked potatoes are stuffed with various ingredient combinations, including the Cajun with cream sauce, shrimp, and fried chicken; the brunch-y Sunny Side with bacon, sausage, cheese, and a sunny-side-up egg; and the stir-fry vegetables one. To-go orders can be placed in person; there are outdoor tables.

Boteco

The Brazilian food truck is known for its South American dishes, from yucca fries to empanadas. The hearty picanha grelhada, which comes with a mess of tender steak, rice, beans, etc. isn’t to be missed. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. There is outdoor seating available.

La Santa Barbacha

Barbacoa is perfect, and the recently relocated truck honestly offers some of the best in the city. There are tacos, chilaquiles, and sopes using the slow-cooked beef. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there is seating available via host site the Native.

Shirley's Trini Cuisine

Superb Trinidian food can be found at the recently relocated truck to East Austin. Shirley’s offers up doubles, oxtails, fried plantains, jerk chicken, and much more. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. There are on-site tables.

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The Doughminican

The Dominican food truck from chef Melvin Mendez is known particularly for its empanadas, filled with chicken, beef, ratatouille, or queso. Pickup orders can be placed in person. There are outdoor tables available.

Burro Cheese Kitchen

Excellent grilled cheese sandwiches can be found at this truck (with a second location on Shady Lane). The sandwiches are made with melty cheeses (cheddar, gouda, provolone, or Havarti) and sourdough bread, layered with sauces, pickled/caramelized vegetables, and sometimes meat. Pickup and third-party deliveries can be placed online. Locations feature outdoor seating.

Flitch Coffee

A latte coffee in a cup next to a book that says Texas.
Coffee from Flitch.
Flitch/Facebook

One of the city’s best coffee trucks is this Govalle trailer, with a strong array of beans from Flat Track to Superthing, plus food from Austin vendors. To-go orders can be placed in person. There is outdoor seating.

A latte coffee in a cup next to a book that says Texas.
Coffee from Flitch.
Flitch/Facebook

Kerlin BBQ

Open halves of barbecue-filled kolaches.
Barbecue kolaches from Kerlin.
Kerlin BBQ/Facebook

It isn’t an Austin food truck guide without a barbecue trailer, and both barbecue and barbecue-filled klobásníky can be found at the East Austin smoked meats truck. Advance to-go orders with 72-hour notice can be placed over email at orders@kerlinbbq.com or day-of pickups in person. There is outdoor seating.

Open halves of barbecue-filled kolaches.
Barbecue kolaches from Kerlin.
Kerlin BBQ/Facebook

The Vegan Nom

Breakfast tacos in baskets lined with red-and-white-checkered baskets.
Vegan breakfast tacos from Vegan Nom.
Vegan Nom/Facebook

The city’s best vegan breakfast tacos can be found at this East Austin truck, with tofu scrambles, tempeh bacon, and its signature queso. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone or in person, and there are third-party deliveries through Favor. There are outdoor tables.