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Chilantro Lives Up to the Hype

17 February 2010 2,666 views 22 Comments

If you are into food, live in Austin, and are paying attention, you might know that a new food truck is in town. It is called Chi’Lantro. According to their Web Site, the name of the business is the result of fusing the words Kimchi and Cilantro.

Kimchi is key in Korean cuisine and Cilantro adds freshness to Mexican street food.

chilantro bus

I caught Chilantro on 2nd and Congress

Part of the allure of Chilantro is supposed to be that they move around all the time and you have to follow them on Twitter to learn their whereabouts. I believe this is supposed to add an air of exclusivity and mystery to the business — similar to Kogi BBQ in L.A. (which has over 55,000 hungry followers).

While Chilantro is the first uber-hip food trailer in Austin to move around all the time and not cater to day laborers and construction workers, this is not the reason you should eat there.

1 Beef Taco + 1 Spicy Pork Taco = $4

1 Beef Taco + 1 Spicy Pork Taco = $4

I ordered two tacos at $2 each and They. Were. Perfect. The chef at Chilantro clearly knows how to put flavors together and the ingredients were fresh and bright. With each bite, there was sweetness, spicyness, nuttiness, citrus, and more — each flavor singing it’s part in the choir.

Ah-mazing. I can’t wait for you to try it.

  • kwillis512

    Nice post. I'm looking forward to checking it out.

  • kwillis512

    Nice post. I'm looking forward to checking it out.

  • carlac

    Thanks, it looks and sounds great!

  • http://www.newtononeill.com/ Lisa

    This sounds right up my alley – thanks for the info!

  • marcoskirsch

    I have added their Twitter feed to my Google Reader (I don't really do Twitter). Hopefully they'll show up all the way up here in plane crashing land.

  • jodibart

    This is the first time I've laughed about the events of today. Now
    Austin has the old airport (where I live), the new airport (SE ATX),
    and the new new airport (founded today).

  • http://www.austinfotofreak.blogspot.com/ Dana

    Great post! I am hoping to catch Chilantro this weekend!

  • jodibart

    This is the first time I've laughed about the events of today. Now
    Austin has the old airport (where I live), the new airport (SE ATX),
    and the new new airport (founded today).

  • http://www.austinfotofreak.blogspot.com/ Dana

    Great post! I am hoping to catch Chilantro this weekend!

  • http://chilantrobbq.com/ ChilantroBBQ

    Thanks, looking forward to serving you.

  • http://www.chilantrobbq.com/ ChilantroBBQ

    I've been getting lots of good feedback from people on and offline. Thanks!

  • http://www.chilantrobbq.com/ ChilantroBBQ

    Hope to see you there Lisa, thanks!

  • http://www.chilantrobbq.com/ ChilantroBBQ

    We'll try our best marcos!

  • http://www.chilantrobbq.com/ ChilantroBBQ

    Thanks Dana, the lines are growing everyday, and feedback is amazing. We hope you can make it! Take care.

  • jodibart

    Color me impressed that you responded personally to all of the commenters. Nice work, Chilantro!

  • jodibart

    Color me impressed that you responded personally to all of the commenters. Nice work, Chilantro!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcwmatthews Marc Matthews

    I had one of their burritos during SXSW. They really are perfect…

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcwmatthews Marc Matthews

    I had one of their burritos during SXSW. They really are perfect…

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcwmatthews Marc Matthews

    I had one of their burritos during SXSW. They really are perfect…

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