If you’ve ever been to Austin, you know that the food truck scene is on fire! Our city is teeming with these delicious alternatives to the brick and mortar, so choosing can be difficult. The new year is right around the corner, and it’s time to work on the age-old resolution of exploring. I did a little “research” to help you get started; here is a list of 7 Austin food trucks to try right now.
Yes, I eat sushi from a truck. I eat it with reckless abandon and it has never once failed me! Patios and sushi are the perfect combo and Kyoten has some of the best in Austin. It’s no wonder, the chef team here has worked for Uchi/Uchiko, Nobu, Kome and Ramen Tatsu-Ya! Stop on by and enjoy their homey, spacious courtyard; it’s BYOB and dog friendly.
Come on over to this bright yellow trailer on E. 7th Street, where you will find all the authentic flavors of Brazil. The day I went, it was like a party in the trailer park, as well as in an my aluminum bowl. On Sunday they serve the special Feijoada, a stew of beef, pork and beans. You can combine it with the Picanha Grelhada, which is a tender, juicy steak with the works (rice, beans, yucca, onions, peppers, and a fried egg). Obrigado Lauren and Fernando!
Warning, once you try Churro Co. you will be hooked! These may be the best churros that you will ever eat; the texture and flavors are PERFECT. Our underdog crowd pleaser was the Date night – we liked the sweet and salty combination, gooey caramel and ice cream, because, well, who doesn’t love ice cream and warm crunchy churros? You can find them slinging their goodness on E. Riverside.
Thai Kun sits at Whisler’s, which has delicious cocktails and a Mezcalería upstairs. It’s a cool historic building with exposed raw stone and high ceilings, decorated with old knick-knacks and a huge chandelier. You can eat anywhere inside the bar or on the patio, also one of East Austin’s best patios. The menu is pretty small and Chef Thai Changthong is serving what he calls O.G. Thai, meaning it’s super authentic. Do expect spicy, very spicy, no lack of flavor here, and they will warn you when you get to the window to order.
Although they are known for their Banh Mi and Vermicelli, and I also enjoyed their spring rolls, and special curry ramen. It’s all outstanding. They have a hidden surprise waiting for you with their giant courtyard out back filled with eclectic antiques. They don’t have a website, but you can find them on E. 7th street or at their Facebook page. Grab one of their Vietnamese coffees while you are there!
Extra! Extra! This new breakfast-based trailer on East 11th is serving up creative food from the very talented Chef Zechariah Perez. Their sweet and savory sandwiches, toasts and bowls are composed of unique flavor combinations that are sure to delight. Grab a hot or cold brew coffee from Tweed Coffee Roasters and chill out on their patio while you enjoy your breakfast. I loved the savory toast, and heard that the BEC is the crowd pleaser.
Nothing like finding a little slice of heaven in your own backyard. Come to find out Tacos Guerrero has already been discovered by Austin Monthly in their 120 Tacos You Must Eat Before You Die, and I couldn’t agree more. Stop by and see Yolanda for some of the best chorizo, carnitas, carne asada and homemade tortillas you’ll ever have. I like to order the platter so I get a little of everything. Head to the east side (corner of Pleasant Valley and Cesar Chavez) and look for the little orange trailer mija!
That sums up my lucky 7 for now. I am always looking to explore more, so please leave me comments with your “must try” food trucks. I promise to share!