15 Essential Food Trucks in Austin

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Austin runs on food trucks, and there sure are a lot of ‘em. There are approximately 1,000 food trailers, according to the city’s state of the food report. To help sort through the growing number of offerings, here’s Eater Austin’s guide to the must-eat trailers in Austin, from smoked meats at La Barbecue and Micklethwait, Red Star Southern’s comfort food, and tacos from Veracruz. For the purposes of this list, trucks with brick and mortars aren’t being included. Courtesy of Austin Eater.

1. Red Star Southern

The sarcastic yet amusing food trailer now at Wonderland focuses on East Coast Southern comfort food like Tennessee hot chicken and pimento cheese. Opt for the “fancy” nine-course chef’s table meal. 1104 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702


2. East Side King Thai-Kun at Whisler's

East Side King Thai Kun’s brick and mortar in The Domain isn’t open yet, so the only way to get Thai Changthong, Paul Qui, and Moto Utsunomiya’s spicy Thai cuisine is to head to Whisler’s and visit the truck in the back. There are even suggested cocktail pairings from Whisler’s.

1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702


3. Veracruz All Natural

The taco trailer sensation, with its handmade tortillas and high-quality ingredients, have the best migas in town, and, hey, the tacos are one of Aaron Franklin’s favorites.

1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702


4. Kyoten

High-end sushi from a trailer is handled well at Kyoten. The zen garden offers an oasis of tranquility from East Sixth, too. 1211 East 6th, Austin, TX 78702


5. La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana

After nixing the brick and mortar, the much beloved barbecue settled in its new home at the Aztec Food Trailer Park with brisket, beef ribs, barbecue sandwiches, and dinner service.

1906 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702


6. Ms P's Electric Cock

Chicken’s the word at the South Congress trailer with the recognizable sign. There are buckets, sandwiches, and tacos, all made with the poultry. 1101 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704


7. Cow Tipping Creamery

Soft serve goes to another level with the ice cream trailer’s stackers, which layer everything that makes sundaes delicious, including housemade ingredients. The menu includes unique combinations include the From Texas, With Love with Dr. Pepper cherry sauce, honeyed pecans, orange sugar crystals, and Frito saltine toffee bark. 2512 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705


8. Hey!...You Gonna Eat Or What?

The sandwich trailer’s Shiner Bock-battered Monte Cristo isn’t to be missed. 1720 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704


9. Micklethwait Craft Meats

Head to Micklethwait’s trailer for made-from-scratch barbecue. The empire will soon expand with the craft deli trailer Roumanouskas' Delicatessen, opening soon. 1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702


10. Arlo's

The vegan comfort food trailer uses housemade and gluten free soy or seitan patties for its burgers and tacos. 900 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701


11. The Mighty Cone

Chicken, shrimp, and avocados in tortilla cones makes for a perfect mobile meal.

1720 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704


12. El Primo Taco Truck

South Austin’s answer for tacos can be found at the tiny trailer. 2101 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704


13. Luke's Inside Out

The trailer in South Austin offers griddled sandwiches, like the Brisket Banh Mi, Szechuan chicken, and more. Sides include fish fingers, and fries with queso. 1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704


14. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

The essence of Austin is found at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, where smoked meats are made into sandwiches and tacos. The trailer temporarily moved up south while its downtown Austin location is under construction. 7612 Brodie Ln., Austin TX 78745


15. Tapas Bravas

Spanish tapas makes sense for a food truck, and that’s what Tapas Bravas does. The menu includes sharable potatoes, fried artichokes, meatballs, and even duck pate. Plus, there's a sangria kit, but you have to bring your own booze. 75 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

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