Happy National Grilled Cheese Day to us all! How do you celebrate? A grilled cheese sandwich hunt in the front yard? Singing cheese songs by the light of the traditional grilled cheese sandwich tree in your living room? Calling in sick to work? Well, if you haven’t made plans for this all-important national holiday, you best get yourself over to the new Burro Grilled Cheese Kitchen location on South Lamar. To celebrate their grand opening, they’ve made their beloved “The O.G.” just $2 all day!
When: Today, April 12th
Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1105 South Lamar Blvd – B
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The Monte Cristo from Hey You Gonna Eat Or What? Photo by Nick Bianco
This trailer takes one of America’s favorite sandwiches, the grilled cheese to a new level. I have had my fair share of grilled cheese’s in my day and these take the cake. You can build you own or go with one of the menu items. I went with the Waylon & Willie and it was one of the best things that I have ever eaten. Toasted beer bread with cheddar, gruyere, caramelized onions, pepperoncini’s an spicy maple bacon created a grilled cheese masterpiece that I have not stopped talking about.
The sandwiches are an average size. One person most likely will easily be able to devour the entire thing quickly. They have several other sandwiches on the menu that I cannot wait to try.
This place also gets former Swimsuit Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model and local Brooklyn Decker’s approval as this weekend she instagrammed herself chowing down on one of their sandwiches.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday – noon – 5:00 p.m.
1221 South Congress
Austin, Texas 78704