10 Best Food Trucks in Austin, Texas Slideshow
December 10, 2012
Ranked number 35 on The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Food Trucks in America, Coreanos serves Korean Tex-Mex fare like Korean barbecue burritos with marinated beef short rib, tacos with spicy marinated chicken, and quesadillas with spicy twice-cooked pork from its truck emblazoned with a short Asian man standing under a sombrero. One of their staples of "Mexican cuisine with Korean in-between" is the Coreanos dog, a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with grilled onions, caramelized kimchi and "El Scorcho" sauce.
For a late-night indulgence, Gourdough’s donuts do not disappoint, though they could easily qualify as the least healthy food truck option in Austin. If you’re hungry for something sweet, spring for a more traditional donut flavor like the Naughty and Nice with a simple sugar and cinnamon topping. The more expeditious might consider ordering Gourdough’s Mother Clucker, a donut served with fried chicken and honey butter on top.
Hill Country Pierogi
Hill Country Pierogi highlights a lesser-known cultural influence in Austin. The Polish food stand on East 11th and Lydia Street specializes in sweet and savory pierogies (dumplings). For lunch, patrons can sink their teeth into traditional potato, cheese, and onion pierogies or, for a treat, apple pie pierogies.
Kebabaliciousfeeds many Austinites looking for a taste of Turkey during their lunch break on Congress Avenue and East Seventh Street in downtown Austin. As the food truck’s name suggests, Kebabalicious serves wraps with chicken, lamb, beef, and falafel. Everything is served with tzatziki and their house fiery red sauce.
Nomad Dosa is the trendiest take on Indian food in Austin. The shiny silver truck serves hearty, healthy gluten-free food that can easily be taken to go. Their mainstay is rice-lentil crepes called "dosas" that are served crispy or soft with four options of Indian-style filling ranging from squash in coconut curry to spinach and paneer cheese. To taste this savory organic Indian fare, visit the truck, which regularly parks at the food trailer lot on South Congress and Milton Street.
The best coffee trailer in Austin, Patika Coffee brews at Congress Avenue and Fourth Street, serving many downtown patrons looking for a caffeine fix. The shop has all the fixings of a full-service coffee shop, complete with tables with copies of the Austin American-Statesman. Small snacks like ham and cheese croissants are also available at the tiny Austin trailer.
The Mighty Cone
The Mighty Cone is known for being mighty tasty (it ranks number 54 on The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Food Trucks in America 2012). Born at Austin’s famous Austin City Limits Music Festival, chef Jeff Blank’s truck features "hot ‘n’ crunchy" fried food like chicken and avocado served in tortilla cones with mango-jalapeño slaw and ancho chile sauce.
The Peached Tortilla
Like Coreanos, The Peached Tortilla is another food truck dedicated to the Asian-Mexican food fusion that made The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Food Trucks in America list (it ranked number 72). The Peached Tortilla was launched just two years ago, but since then founder and former litigator Eric Silverstein’s Southern-Asian fusion fare garnered him and his catering director Mark Tamiso Eater’s 2011 Austin Food Truck of the Year 2011, and with shout-outs to their brisket and mini crabcake mini sandwiches, a spot on Food & Wine’s 2012 list of the best sliders in America 2012. The Peached Tortillaspecializes in award-winning sliders and unexpected taco flavors like chicken pad thai, Chinese BBQ with braised pork belly, and Szechuan vegetable with fried Japanese eggplant. Their specialty sliders are served on Hawaiian sweet rolls and are served with brisket, pork belly, or crabcake. Catch a meal at The Peached Tortilla at various locations around Austin by checking their website.
Torchy’s Tacos has mastered the art of creative toppings and legendary sides at its restaurants and trailer park. Torchy’s coveted green-chile queso has a non-traditional spice and the green sauce has won local awards for years. Owner Michael Rypka has also fine-tuned his creative Tex-Mex taco combinations. Favorites include the Dirty Sanchez (scrambled eggs with fried poblano chile) and The Democrat (shredded beef barbacoa with fresh avocado).
Turf N' Surf Po' Boy
Even though Central Texas is miles from the seaside, Austinites can still get their Gulf of Mexico food fix at Turf N' Surf Po' Boy. The Cajun and Mexican food truck has constructed an elaborate set up on Fourth Street complete with cabaret chairs and surfboards. The colorful ambience is met with a menu of seafood staples all served sans utensils. The blackened mahimahi tacos are a crowd-pleaser, as are the Cajun-style crawfish po’boys. Or, let the good times (and food) roll with an order of Étouffée fries!