Austin runs on food trucks and there sure are a lot of ‘em. There are approximately 1000 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
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
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