Food & Drink

The 8 best food trailers in Austin

Published On 09/27/2013 Published On 09/27/2013
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Dan Gentile

As Austin's great food trailer boom butts heads with condo development, it's getting harder and harder to find a decent plot of land from which to peddle gourmet large-format Asian-fusion German-Italian-Tex-Mex. But even as the land gets pulled out from under them, Austin's food trailers live on to sell another day. Here are our eight favorites.

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Chi'lantro
Where To Find It: Roaming
Dish To Get: The folks at Chi'lantro have been around the block. Nearly every block, with their three trucks traversing everywhere from Rainey St to the Domain with their much-loved caramelized kimchi fries.

Kebabalicious

Kebabalicious
Where To Find It: 7th St at Red River and Congress Ave
Dish To Get: The king-sized Spoiled Brat has it all -- beef, lamb, chicken, a pony, and falafel.

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Ms. P's Electric Cock
Where To Find It: Next to Parts & Labor
Dish To Get: Some of Austin's stiffest fried chicken comes straight from the Cock, which cranks out super-crispy fowl meals with luxe sides like truffle mac & cheese.

Me So Hungry

Me So Hungry
Where To Find It: Behind Cheer Up Charlie's
Dish To Get: The large pad Lao noodle bowl is the equivalent of three full meals and best with Asian BBQ pork and a side of spicy peanut sauce.

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Veracruz All Natural
Where To Find It: Cesar Chavez
Dish To Get: It's tough to name Austin's best taco trailer, but Veracruz probably wins out for their homemade tortillas, knock-out-delicious migas, and fresh smoothies, like the Mexico Lindo with lime, melon, apple, and grape.

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Via 313
Where To Find It: Behind Craft Pride/in front of Violet Crown Social Club
Dish To Get: The Detroiter is a square slab of pure pizza gluttony, with a thick-but-fluffy crust that's given more love than most (all?) step-children, then topped with two types of pepperoni. Also: apparently there is more than one type of pepperoni.

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John Mueller BBQ
Where To Find It: Next to Kellee's Place
Dish To Get: The king of the beef rib has moved from South 1st to the Eastside to sling some of the most savory BBQ in Austin. And if you're lucky, you'll walk away with a free Lone Star. Pro Tip: Be lucky.

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East Side King
Where To Find It: Behind Liberty
Dish To Get: Paul Qui and Moto Usonomiya's original East Side King trailer rules over our list, thanks to its peanut butter curried beef tongue bun and deep-fried beet fries.

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1. Kebabalicious 450 7th Street, Austin, TX 78728 (Downtown)

This kebab-slinging cart serves up a king-sized bratwurst known as the Spoiled Brat.

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2. Kebabalicious 621 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78707 (Downtown)

This kebab-slinging cart serves up a king-sized bratwurst known as the Spoiled Brat.

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3. Ms. P's Electric Cock 1101 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

A pair of TX Culinary Institute alums are helping fulfill a relative's dream of starting a fried chicken joint with this neon orange-sign'd Airstream, serving SoCo antibiotic-free Gonzalez-sourced birds brined in buttermilk.

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4. Me So Hungry Austin 1104 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

This Viet trailer serves up tasty bites like the pad Lao noodle bowl with Asian BBQ pork and spicy peanut sauce.

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5. Veracruz All Natural 1704 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Owned by sisters born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, this trailer (with a few locations across the city) serves tacos, tortas, and smoothies. The migas -- cloud-like scrambled eggs mixed with house-made tortilla chips, pico de gallo, cheese, avocado, then served atop a fresh tortilla -- are the stand-out dish.

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6. Via 313 1111 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

Detroit-raised brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt are bringing their hometown's deep-dish pizza style to Austin at Via 313. The pizza is made the authentic Detroit way, which means square-shaped pies with Sicilian crust, a layer of pepperoni, cheesy edges, and a tangy red sauce. The pies come in slices of four, and if you'd like a more, er, mainstream pizza, thin-crust rounds are also available. Aside from pizza, Via 313's two full-service restaurants serve salads and a few appetizers, like cheese bread and house-made meatballs.

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7. John Mueller Meat Co 2500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

Located behind Eastside dive Kellee's, long time fire-starter John Mueller serves some of the best barbecue in Texas at this trailer eatery. Grab some BBQ pork ribs or fatty brisket, and feast in blissed-out peace at the picnic tables under blue-and-white tent. While Mueller's meats get top marks, his menu's side dishes are not to be missed-- get munching on cheesy squash, sriracha coleslaw, and more.

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8. East Side King 1618 1/2 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

78702 food-truckers ESK from Paul Qui and Moto Usonomiya are slinging an array of Asian-fueled goodness, like sausage-filled steamed buns like the beefy Gyu Bao (curry cabbage, Kewpie mayo, potato chips, green onion) and the pigged-out Bao Boy (bacon, chicharrones, kimchi, grilled pine nuts).

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