you’ll find locals hanging out and eating at small trailers on the side of the road. They’re not your normal trailers, but food trucks are taking over the city and enabling small businesses running on a budget to serve up quality food with minimal space. From steak sandwiches to gourmet cupcakes, these top 10 Austin food trucks have everything to offer.
East Side Kings
For fans of Japanese street food with a twist, try East Side Kings, a chain of local food trucks that has a loyal, rapidly growing fan-base. The food at all the locations differs, so check online to see what is available before making an appearance. This food is guaranteed to be delicious, and likely coated in sweet Kewpie mayo or orange peel with sesame seeds.
East Side Kings, 1618 East Sixth Street, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 422 5884
Food Truck, American
For those looking to grab a quick bite to eat around the downtown area, the colourful, graffitied truck belonging to The Jalopy should be easy to find. Located just a few blocks from the University of Texas at Austin campus, this food truck is known for custom artwork as well as a great sandwich. For gluten-free friends, all sandwiches and tacos can be made into a bowl that is big enough to satisfy for a while. Vegetarians, fear not; The Jalopy has a special section of its menu devoted to meatless items. In honour of all the local cultures and diversity of foods, The Jalopy serves home-made sauces to suit a variety of tastes.
The Jalopy, 1502 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 522 5880
It’s hard to find a place that is willing to mix Korean with Mexican, but that’s what Chi’lantro does when it makes its signature Kimchi Fries. The food is all Mexican-style, with burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, but what makes it stand out from your traditional Tex-Mex is the combination of sesame seeds, Korean salad, and bulgogi. If this sounds like the perfect spot to unleash your hunger, make sure you check online before you drop by.
Chi’lantro, Locations vary by day—see website, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 800 9098
The Peached Tortilla
The Peached Tortilla follows a trend of serving Asian fusion-based recipes inspired by the owner’s time spent in Tokyo, Japan. However, it is certainly unique from other restaurants and offers tacos, burgers, and burritos that can be served with a delicious egg. All the products are made with love and care, and The Peached Tortilla prides itself on creating meals where quality, and not quantity, is the priority. The location of this food truck changes daily, so check the website to locate the several trucks.
The Peached Tortilla, Locations vary by day—see website, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 222 8781
Bakery, Dessert, $$$
Almost every Austin local with a sweet tooth claims she has tried Hey Cupcake! The venue’s reputation is fabulous, and created upon fluffy cupcakes made of fresh batter with the option to inject whipped cream directly into the centre. The Austin chain currently operates six locations in Austin, several being permanent trailers and others being actual buildings. No matter the location, you can pick up the famous red velvet or sweetberry cupcake and have ice cream topped over it.
Hey Cupcake!, 1511 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 476 2253
Bakery, Candy Store, American, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
Nobody in Austin does doughnuts like Gourdoughs, if you can even call them doughnuts. This cute trailer concocts a menu full of quirky combinations which taste absolutely amazing when piping hot and made fresh. Some of the featured doughnuts are topped with chicken, bananas, and butter, all at the same time. Customers can choose from the 23 recommended combinations, or can opt to make their own. This isn’t your average-sized doughnut, and they are called ‘Big. Fat. Donuts.’ for a reason, so come prepared.
Gourdoughs, 1503 South First Street, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 707 1050
It started as a cookie and ice cream spot, but the food truck Coolhaus has now grown into an architecturally inspired brand of trucks that provide delicious creamy desserts to the waiting public. Coolhaus is known for testing the boundaries of ice cream by mixing together different combinations that tingle the taste buds, such as wasabi ice cream with ginger cookies. Every treat is homemade using all-natural and mostly organic ingredients, and, in line with the venue’s ethos, even the wrapper is edible.
Coolhaus, 1905 South Capitol of Texas Highway, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 994 2616
Coffee Shop, American, European, Tea
To round up the search for food trailers and desserts, stop by Holy Cacao for the cake ball of a lifetime. Complete with cake balls, frozen hot chocolate, and drinking chocolate, Holy Cacao is the go-to spot for chocolate lovers and dessert seekers. Located in a quaint trailer park, this establishment is a moderately priced alternative to going to a sit-down dessert spot charging double the price.
Holy Cacao, 1311 South First Street, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 851 2253
Hey!…You Gonna Eat or What?
Hey!…You Gonna Eat or What? made its debut with a small menu of Texas-style dishes. These meat-based items are big on bacon and ham and are a great place to get a slice of Texas in a sandwich. Every sandwich ordered comes with house made fresh chips which are a great lunchtime addition, though the business is open for dinner as well. Located near Zilker Park, this trailer is great for those looking to enjoy a meal under the Austin sunshine.
Hey!…You Gonna Eat or What?, 1720 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 296 3547
Food Truck, American, $$$
It’s time to leave behind the simple grilled cheese of childhood and move on to bigger and greater things, like Burro. Burro is an artisan grilled cheese-focused food truck on the historic South Congress that allows customers to pick gourmet breads, cheeses, and sauces before adding on toppings. Burro has taken a fine dining experience and scaled it down to the sandwich level to offer customers an alternative to the traditional sandwich shops.
Burro, 1221 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 865 7730