I’ve got to say: I love Austin.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the awesome weather, welcoming people, beautiful landscape and…the food trailers.
Though Austin does a lot of things cool and weird, my favorite is its food trailers and carts sprinkled throughout the city. You wouldn’t believe some of the gourmet, far-out or even home-style food you can find at your local food trailer.
Now, I come from California where food trailers leave much to be desired. I’m sorry, but it’s true — I was previously never impressed by anything sold out of a trailer.
Then I moved to Austin and everything changed.
Interested in some parmesan grits with poached duck egg, brussels sprouts and mushrooms? You can get them at Mmmpanadas. Want a pork sausage wrapped in ham with sweet pickle relish, spicy brown mustard & Swiss cheese? That’s the Cuban and you can get it at Man Bites Dog.
Or, how about a Beef and Lamb Kebob Pita at Kebabalicious? There are so many choices, it’s unreal. Plus, the quality of ingredients, preparation and atmosphere are hard to beat on a sunny, breezy Austin day.
I’m telling you…it’s awesome.
I ordered a Green Chile Pork taco (slow roasted pork carnitas simmered with green chilies and topped with queso fresco, cilantro, onions, tomatillo sauce and a wedge of lime) and a Baja Shrimp Taco (hand-battered fried shrimp with cooked cabbage slaw topped with pickled jalapenos and onions, queso fresco, cilantro, chipotle sauce and a wedge of lime), both on corn tortillas.
Dustin ordered a Ranch Hand and a Crossroads taco, both on flour tortillas (check out their menu for all the toppings). Needless to say, I really enjoyed my tacos, as did Dustin, and we will certainly make it back to try more — maybe even check out the other trailer establishments right next to it which include Man Bites Dog and Holy Cacao.
Then, of course, we needed to take the 3 minute drive over to South Congress to stop by Hey Cupcake for dessert.
We shared a Double Dose (chocolate buttercream topping on chocolate cake cupcake) and a 24 Carrot (cream cheese topping on carrot cake cupcake) and a bottle of milk while being serenaded by acoustic guitar to “The Weight” (“Take a Load off Annie”).
What a great lunch!
We have also tried Flip Happy Crepes to get a few sweet and savory crepes for breakfast. We had a Ham and Gruyere Crepe, a Chicken and Mushroom Crepe (with cheddar, caramelized onions and scallions) and a Vanilla Pastry Cream Crepe with fresh mixed berries and blueberry sauce while Jordan thoroughly enjoyed her Nutella Crepe Roll-Up. Yum.
We had been excited to explore Austin Food Trailers since before moving to Texas and the poll here finally gave us an excuse to finally try a bunch. So, thanks! We will be trying out more and I hope to share our discoveries with you as we do.