Trailer Eatery Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
Trailer eateries are now and Austin, Texas staple. You can find almost anything you want to eat on any street corner with the many trailer eateries in Austin!

Once a novelty in Austin, food trailers have exploded onto the scene, cropping up in parking lots and behind bars all over town. With the plethora of new trailers opening every week, it’s often hard to keep up with it all. We’ve run down a list of our favorites to visit.

What was once a desert for really great brisket and sides—save for Franklin and a few scattered, older restaurants—Austin proper has now become a barbecue haven, largely in part of two food trailers known as Micklethwait Craft Meats and La barbecue.

1. Micklethwait Craft Meats

At 1309 Rosewood in the heart of East Austin, Micklethwait is notable for—beyond its juicy brisket—twists on classics (brisket frito pie with escabeche) and unusual smoked meats (pulled goat, available some Saturdays).

2. la Barbecue

Now settled in its fourth spot in town at Aztec Food Park on Cesar Chavez, la Barbecue is also serving some of the best barbecue in Central Texas. Meat plates are an obvious favorite, but I also recommend some of the sandwiches, including La Frito Loco, featuring a medley of pulled pork, chopped beef, jalapeños, cheese, chipotle slaw, and black beans.

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All the meats from la Barbecue

3. Via 313

Austin isn’t known for its pizza, but some of the tastiest pies I’ve ever had are made at VIA 313, a growing, Detroit-style pizza parlor with multiple locations in the city. It got its start as a food trailer in front of The Violet Crown bar on East Sixth Street, and is still the primo place to grab a pie or a couple of slices. Try the Detroiter, featuring two different kinds of pepperoni, and wash it down with an ice-cold Vernor’s, a classic Detroit ginger ale.

Detroit Style Pizza from VIA 313

Detroit Style Pizza from VIA 313

4. Veracruz All Natural

Whether you stop by the original location on Cesar Chavez, the one at Radio Coffee & Beer in South Austin, or the one in Round Rock, Veracruz All Natural is one of the best taco trucks in town. Opened by two sisters from Veracruz, Mexico, the food is some of the freshest you’ll find, and the tortillas and chips are handmade. The al pastor is my favorite offering, with just a touch of the fresh green salsa on top. It’s spicy, but delicious.

Breakfast Tacos from Veracruz

Breakfast Tacos from Veracruz

5. Violet Taco

More of a hybrid but still delicious taco experience is Violet Taco, a trailer at 600 West Sixth Street downtown. Featuring barbecue from its sister restaurant, the East Side’s Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, huevos rancheros tacos and the like are the vibe here, with tons of ingredients for hungry eaters. The Ultimate Bean and Cheese Taco is a twist on the simple classic, except this one has bacon and a choice of smoked brisket or pulled pork—three items that make any food order markedly tastier.

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A plethora of tacos from Violet Taco

6. Burro Cheese Kitchen

Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food: It’s hearty, easy, and reminds us of a time when we were younger. At Burro Cheese Kitchen at 1221 South Congress Avenue, it’s that formula except on steroids. First you pick your bread, and we’re not talking wimpy Wonderbread here. You can choose from sourdough made at Easy Tiger, a Hawaiian bun, or a gluten-free option. Next, of course, is the cheese, and while an aged cheddar is on the menu, more adventurous eaters will find Danish Havarti, manchego, and aged blue cheese from Oregon. Then you get a sauce, with offerings like spicy maple bacon and balsamic apricot fig, plus veggies, smoked meats, and even a fried egg.

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The Mac n’ Cheese Grilled Cheese from Burro

7. Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?

Similarly, Hey!…You Gonna Eat or What? subverts the classic sandwich into something even better. The Lonestar BLT features thick-cut applewood bacon, fried green tomatoes, and homemade poblano aioli on a ciabatta baguette. And their version of the monte cristo is beer-battered in Shiner Bock and comes with homemade cherry and fig jelly.

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The Monte Cristo from Hey You Gonna Eat Or What? Photo by Nick Bianco

Last month we hosted our first Trailer Food Taste-Off between trailer greats Chi’lantro and Burro Cheese Kitchen. We’re happy to report the event was a success and another one is already in the works.

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Everyone was hungry and ready to judge. Attendees started to show up 20 minutes before start time. With mouths watering, things got underway at 7:00pm. Attendees sipped Hops & Grain brews while sampling a slider and a side from each trailer.

Bellies full and votes in, it was time to declare a winner. And the competition couldn’t have been stiffer. Burro Cheese Kitchen took home “Best Slider” and Chi’lantro took home “Best Side.” Separated by only nine crucial votes Chi’lantro was named Best Overall and took home the Gold Trailer Taste-Off Trophy.

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The inaugural Trailer Food Taste-Off sold out in less than 24 hours, so stay tuned for information on our Breakfast Taco Taste-Off series coming this fall so you can get tickets early!

Thanks to our sponsor Abel Lending for making this all possible. Able is the world’s first collaborative lender. They provide small business loans with the help of your friends and family.

Here is link to more photos from the event!

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Tonight is the LAST  Trailer Food Tuesday of the season at the Long Center!

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This month the trailers include:

There will be more than just food including these vendors and activites:

  • Kong Screen Printing: Onsite Screen Printing of TFT and Austin themed shirts
  • Lawn Games
  • The Band this month is Minor Mishap
  • DJ Protege Spinning
  • On-site, custom poems by Typewriter Rodeo

When: today, August 4th

Time: 5 pm

Location:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/1599604433640437/

Trailer food, live music, and a movie make the perfect trifecta.

Do512 is back at again with the third season of Sound & Cinema at The Long Center. On select Wednesdays this summer they’ll be hosting some of our favorite movies paired with live music before the feature presentation at sunset.

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You can enjoy dinner from Food Truck favorites including Frank, The Peached Tortilla, Yeti Frozen Custard, Garbo’s Maine Lobster, Whole Foods, Uncle Louie G’s, and Boomerang’s.

Unfortunately, dogs are not invited to the party.

2015 Sound & Cinema Schedule:

Admission: Free

Food Trailers Open: 6 pm

Sunset Concerts Begin: 7 pm

The Movie Begins: 8 pm

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thelongcenter.org/event/sound-cinema/

Photo Credit: The Long Center

Trailer food, live music, and a movie make the perfect trifecta.

Do512 is back at again with the third season of Sound & Cinema at The Long Center. On select Wednesdays this summer they’ll be hosting some of our favorite movies paired with live music before the feature presentation at sunset.

You can enjoy dinner from Food Truck favorites including Frank, The Peached Tortilla, Yeti Frozen Custard, Garbo’s Maine Lobster, Whole Foods, Uncle Louie G’s, and Boomerang’s.

Unfortunately, dogs are not invited to the party.

2015 Sound & Cinema Schedule:

Admission: Free

Food Trailers Open: 6 pm

Sunset Concerts Begin: 7 pm

The Movie Begins: 8 pm

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thelongcenter.org/event/sound-cinema/

Photo Credit: The Long Center

 

Trailer Food Tuesday is back at the Long Center!

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This month the trailers include:

  • Mmmpanadas
  • Cool Beans
  • Little Lucy’s mini donuts
  • Thai kitchen express “Eat Thai or Die”
  • My Granny’s Kitchen
  • Wholly Kabob
  • Rosarito
  • Pop Art
  • Mission Dogs
  • Sno Labs
  • Quality Seafood Market
  • SLAB BBQ
  • Peached Tortilla
  • Bandwagon TX
  • Foodapalooza

There will be more than just food including these vendors and activites:

  • Kong Screen Printing: Onsite Screen Printing of TFT and Austin themed shirts
  • Goodwill will be collecting donations
  • Rickshaw Boots and Flops: shopping experience
  • Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook signing from 5p-7p with books on sale ($5-$20)
  • Free Camp Gladiator Workout at 6p
  • The Band this month is MilkDrive

When: today, July 7th

Time: 5 pm

If you can’t make today’s, mark you’re calendar for the last one of the season happening on August 4th!

Location:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/1014817775197684/

Trailer food, live music, and a movie make the perfect trifecta.

Do512 is back at again with the third season of Sound & Cinema at The Long Center. On select Wednesdays this summer they’ll be hosting some of our favorite movies paired with live music before the feature presentation at sunset.

You can enjoy dinner from Food Truck favorites including Frank, The Peached Tortilla, Yeti Frozen Custard, Garbo’s Maine Lobster, Whole Foods, Uncle Louie G’s, and Boomerang’s.

Unfortunately, dogs are not invited to the party.

2015 Sound & Cinema Schedule:

Admission: Free

Food Trailers Open: 6 pm
Sunset Concerts Begin: 7 pm
The Movie Begins: 8 pm

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thelongcenter.org/event/sound-cinema/

Photo Credit: The Long Center

 

 

 

You’re invited to the first Food Truck Taste Off sponsored by Able Lending. We’re hosting an epic battle at Hops and Grain Brewery between two of our favorite food trailers: Chi’lantro, home of the world’s greatest kimchi fries, and Burro Cheese Kitchen, purveyors of gourmet grilled cheese deliciousness!

Guests are encouraged to taste four courses from the competitors (two from each), and to vote on which trailer they believe should be crowned the Taste Off King. Each course will be paired with a pour from the Hops and Grain Taproom, and you’ll receive a souvenir glass to take home as well.

Only 200 tickets will be sold and we expect them to go quickly! Join us.

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Food Truck Taste Off

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time: 7-9PM

Where: Hops and Grain Brewery

507 Calles

Austin, TX 78702

(Go East on 6th Street, when it ends, you’re there)

Price: $24

Ages 21+ only

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Mark your calendars! Trailer Food Tuesday at the Long Center is back next Tuesday, July 7th.

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This month the trailers include:

  • Mmmpanadas
  • Cool Beans
  • Little Lucy’s mini donuts
  • Thai kitchen express “Eat Thai or Die”
  • My Granny’s Kitchen
  • Wholly Kabob
  • Rosarito
  • Pop Art
  • Mission Dogs
  • Sno Labs
  • Quality Seafood Market
  • SLAB BBQ
  • Peached Tortilla
  • Bandwagon TX
  • Foodapalooza

There will be more than just food including these vendors and activites:

  • Kong Screen Printing: Onsite Screen Printing of TFT and Austin themed shirts
  • Goodwill will be collecting donations
  • Rickshaw Boots and Flops: shopping experience
  • Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook signing from 5p-7p with books on sale ($5-$20)
  • Free Camp Gladiator Workout at 6p
  • The Band this month is MilkDrive

Mark your calendar for next week, July 7th and the August 4th date.

Location:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/1014817775197684/

 

Trailer Food Tuesday is coming back to The Long Center this summer. As most things in Texas it’s bigger and better than ever.

In 2014, the max number of trucks was 15. This year, that is the minimum. They’re starting with 15 trucks on June 9 and capping it at 19 trucks on an event-by-event basis.

They’re incorporating the lower drive of the Long Center and putting trucks down there as well. This means more seating, more trucks, shorter lines!

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The bands are getting bigger too! June 9 will host a full stage set-up and audio system.

They’ll have lawn games. They’ll provide games and are encouraging people to bring their own (crowd safe) games.

This year there will be vendors! They’ve carefully selected three local vendors to add to the experience of the event. These include Kong Screen Printing, Typewriter Rodeo and Rocket Electrics.

  • Event-Specific Screen Prints
  • Custom on-site poems written on incredibly cool vintage typewriters (paid for by donations)
  • Test rides on Rocket Electric bikes

And now without further ado here are the trailers participating in the first Trailer Food Tuesday of the season:

  • Burro Cheese Kitchen
  • Load A Bowl
  • Dock & Bowl Diner
  • Ain’t Ya Momma’s Pie
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Café Ybor Food Bus
  • OMG! Cheesecakery
  • The Peached Tortilla
  • Red White And QUE
  • ALC Steaks
  • Gibroni’s Louie G’s
  • Heros Gyros
  • Hand Helds Quality Sliders
  • DFG Noodles

Trailer Food Tuesday is Produced by Food Trailer Productions (The Peached Tortilla, Food Trailers Austin and Trailer Food Diaries) and presented by Howdy Honda.

Come hang out, its going to be a blast!

Mark your calendar for these dates:

June 9th
July 7th
August 4th

Location:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.trailerfoodtuesdays.com