5 Best Food Trucks in Austin TX
Five Best Food Trucks You Need To Visit In Austin, TX
Austin, the capital of Texas, is mostly known for its live music scene. Thanks to that, it is fondly referred to as the world’s live music capital. Still, it’s not just the music that gets visitors streaming into Austin. Other notable points of interest include the gigantic Barton Springs Pool (which spans 3-acres), Zilker Botanical Garden, several museums and art galleries as well as some parks and wild areas for those who prefer to engage in outdoor recreation.
However, for you to get the most out of Austin, you must be in your best spirits and high energy levels as well. Simply put, you need some good quality food, and with over 1,000 food trucks, Austin has lots of great food. From pizzas, tacos and barbecues to sandwiches and delicious desserts, these five food trucks will leave you licking your fingers and wanting more.
1. Torchy’s Trailer Park
Torchy’s Tacos is in its tenth year of operation, and it is widely regarded as one of the finest Tacos joints in Austin.
This food truck is located at 1311 South First Street (between W Elizabeth Street and W Gibson Street).
What To Eat
If you are a lover of taco, then you will love Torchy’s menu. For breakfast, you can choose from any of their nine different breakfast tacos. These include the Monk special, the Wrangler, the ranch hand taco and the Migas taco all of which are finger-licking good. Meat lovers can opt for the trailer park (for those who prefer chicken), green chile pork (made from delicious slow-roasted pork) and the Democrat taco (made from shredded beef) among others. Vegetarians can opt for the fried avocado taco. Side dishes include guacamole, the famed salsa, rice and refried beans (both pinto beans and black beans).
2. East Side King
Started in 2009 as a side project by Paul Qui (who won Top Chef Texas in 2012) and Moto Utsunomiya, East Side King has since grown into one of the major players in the Austin food scene. According to the founders, they draw their inspiration from the Asian culture, art (as evidenced by their flashy and catchy trailers) and rock music.
There are 3 East Side food trucks in Austin. They are;
- The Liberty trailer which is on 1618 E 6th Street at the back of Liberty bar.
- The Thai-Kun trailer which at Whisler’s on 1816 E 6th Street
- The Pop-up truck which does its rounds all over Austin and is mainly used for catering purposes.
What To Eat:
The menu at East Side King includes but is not limited to delicacies such as;
- The Thai Chicken Karaage
- Beet Home Fries
- Liberty Rice
- Veggie Meshi
- Tory Meshi
- Fried Brussels Sprout salad (which is quite popular)
- Yaki Imo
- Gizzard Karaage
- Daily special cookies
3. Arlo’s Truck
For those looking to avoid animal products completely, then this is the perfect food trailer. Arlo’s prides itself in having a menu that is 100% vegan.
Arlo’s truck can be found at two locations in Austin. The first is on 900 Red River at Cheer up Charlie’s and the second location is on 2908 Fruth at Spider House Café.
What To Eat:
Arlo’s menu is mainly comprised of burgers, tacos, and side dishes all of which are 100% vegan. Burgers include the Bac’n Cheeze Burger, BBQ Burger and Chipotle Chicken all of which incorporate house-made ingredients.
The tacos include the Street Taco and the Chicken taco while the side dishes include French fries, sweet potato fries, chips & Salsa and even tots.
Paperboy is quickly becoming the talk of the Austin food scene; and with good reason too. It targets individuals looking for breakfast or delicious brunch. It also gets additional credit for the fact that it uses local sources to get its produce, dairy and bread. On the other hand, the coffee is sourced from Tweed Coffee Roasters.
Paperboy is located on 1203 E 11th Street and opens from 7am to 2pm from Tuesday to Friday and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
What To Eat
Paperboy’s menu is specially tailored for breakfast and brunch meals. Some of the foods and drinks on the menu include;
- B.EC (comprised of Bacon, pimento cheese, sunny up egg, brioche bun)
- Sausage plus egg
- Hash bowl
- French toast
- Hot coffee
- Cold coffee
- Watermelon Agua Fresca
- Mexican coke
5. Hey!…You Gonna Eat or What?
Not quite the name you would expect for a food truck but do not let the name fool you. This is one of the most famous red trucks in Austin and so are its sandwiches.
This food truck is packed at 1720 Barton Springs Road.
What To Eat:
When it comes to sandwiches, these guys are one of the finest in Austin. You must sample their award winning Shiner Bock Beer-battered Monte Cristo sandwich. Other sandwiches include;
- Lonestar BLT sandwich
- The spicy SXSW Reuben sandwich
- The Texas mesquite turkey sandwich
- Daily specials