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Tasty Up Trailer Tour

7 February 2010 6,739 views 35 Comments

Yesterday was the most awesome tour to date. If you missed out on the first-ever Tasty Up Trailer Tour, co-organized by Addie Broyles and me, you’re about to be jealous.

Since it was a choose-your-own adventure tour, each of the 500 or so attendees had their own unique experience. Below are some highlights from mine taken with my brand new Canon s90 point-and-shoot camera.

Addie met me at around 11:30 a.m. at La Boite before she set off to Trailer Perk. The tour officially began at noon and those two spots were where Addie and I greeted folks and passed out name tags.

Tasty Up Tour Coordinators

Addie met me at around 11:30 a.m. at La Boite before she set off to Trailer Perk. The tour officially began at noon and those two spots were where Addie and I greeted folks and passed out name tags.

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Austin Kleon designed the Tasty Up logo while sitting at his kitchen table.

Austin is an amazing artist and is coming out with a book of his blackout poems this spring. Check out his web site.

La Boite gave all Tasty Up tourers free french press coffee.

La Boite gave all Tasty Up tourers free french press coffee.

For me, La Boite was a highlight — I loved meeting owners Dan and Victoria and sampling their gorgeous pastries like the salted caramel macarons pictured above, almond croissants, and chocolate macarons with fresh strawberry cream.

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Dollar. Dollar. Bills, y'all.

I love how prepared Sara and Cass from the J.B. and Sandy Morning Show on Mix 94.7 were with plenty of $1′s. You can check out their awesome Tasty Up tour video on Sara’s blog.

La Boite is made from an old shipping container

La Boite is made from an old shipping container

It was the first sunny day in a while and we sprawled out on the lawn to enjoy it, meet new friends, and catch up with old ones. Even Mark Meyer, architect of La Boite, was hanging out there that morning.

The Tasty Up was dog friendly…

This is one of Laura Kelso's golden retreivers.

This is one of Laura Kelso of Dishola's golden retreivers.

And it was child friendly too!

Ryder is Kay Marley-Dilworth's baby.

Ryder is Kay Marley-Dilworth of the Austin Examiner's baby.

It was bike friendly too but I didn’t get any blog-worthy photos of cyclists.

Next up for me was Franklin Barbecue, located north of 32nd Street on the east side of the I-35 frontage road.

Yes, that's the interstate upper deck in the background.

Yes, that's the interstate upper deck in the background.

This brisket was amazing — the burnt ends make my mouth water with fond memory. Aaron Franklin told me he rubs salt and pepper all over it and begins smoking it at 9 a.m., taking it off 24 hours later.

This is Aaron Franklin

This is Aaron Franklin

The BBQ here is dry rubbed of course but they offer three types of house-made sauces alongside. They plan to bottle and package them for sale soon but in the meantime, gave my friend Dana a small plastic to-go container of the Espresso sauce.

The espresso sauce is made with local Owl Tree Roasting beans. The pork sauce is for enjoying with pork. It is not made with swine.

The espresso sauce is made with local Owl Tree Roasting beans.

The next logical choice was another BBQ joint – Oldschool BBQ & Grill. Owner Dan, his son Danny, and their business partners dish up brisket, sausage, burgers, fresh-cut fries, a mac ‘n cheese wedge, and more at their school bus turned kitchen.

Jackie Huba and her dog Mini place their order.

Jackie Huba and her dog Mini place their order.

Crowd favorite was the mac ‘n cheese wedge and I was impressed with the fresh-cut, twice blanched french fries with cajun spices.

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With an hour and a half to go until our final stop, we decided to hit odd duck Farm to Trailer, Gourdoughs, and Austin Brevita — three trailers sharing one lot on S. Lamar just south of the Alamo Drafthouse.

Odd Duck Pork Belly Sliders (and lovely server)

Odd Duck Pork Belly Sliders (and lovely server)

I couldn’t resist checking out Gourdoughs…

Awesome design

Awesome design

And there was no way I could miss checking out the special $2 Tasty Up doughnut hole sampler. They included naughty and nice (cinnamon sugar), slow burn (cream cheese with habanero jelly), flying pig (bacon and maple icing), shortcake (cream cheese and strawberry), ODB (cream cheese filled topped with icing and coconut).

They included naughty and nice (cinnamon sugar), slow burn (cream cheese with habanero jelly), flying pig (bacon and maple icing), shortcake (cream cheese and strawberry), ODB (cream cheese filled topped with icing and coconut)

Heaven is a ball of fried dough

Adam took a shot of me seeing what everyone else was up to on the tour. We created a #tastyup hashtag to stay in touch. This was a great way to get recommendations on food, lines, and more.

This was a great way to get recommendations on food, lines, and more.

Yes, I am addicted to social media

We rolled out to the patio of Liberty Bar to hang out, drink beers, and try to fit some Thai-fusion goodies from East Side King into our too-full bellies.

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We met new friends,

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Nibbled on beet home fries, thai chicken kaarage, rice, and cookies,

The owners of East Side King are chefs at Uchi by day!

The busy East Side King guys are also chefs at Uchi

And I was interviewed by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon from the Statesman for a short video he made for their web site:

And with that, we headed home to change into elastic pants (I wish – I had to go to a formal event) and make plans to visit the trailers we missed some day soon.

To get updates and early notice about future Tasty Tours, join the Tasty Touring Facebook group. For information on Addie’s monthly events, join the Addie’s Eat Ups Facebook group.

I’m also playing around with Gowalla, a location-based iPhone app, and set up a Tasty Up trip there with ten of the 16 participating locations. You can also print out a Google map of ALL of the businesses and check ‘em off as you visit. Blogs about past tours with ideas of other spots to check out can be found in the Tours category on this site.

More photos from the day are posted here:

Those were my highlights from the tour. I’d love to hear about your experiences and feedback as well.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/stockwellapril April

    This was so much fun! My friends and rode our bikes all over town and filled up on some of the best food! In fact, you can see me in the photo at Liberty in the teal bandanna on my head! The thai chicken kaarage may have been one of my favorites of the day.
    Thank you so much for planning this and I can't wait for the next adventure!

  • Kay_MarDil

    We had a blast! Not only was the tour a terrific choose-your-own-adventure that left us wholly satiated and with a list of trailers to try another day based on everyone's comments,but also it was the fulfillment for me of the movie quote “You have a baby…in a BAR”. Ryder had a little too much fun, as evidenced by the “maybe I'll cry right now” look on his face. Thank you so much, Jodi & Addie!

  • cecilian

    Thank you Jodi and Addie for creating such a great event. It was a lot of fun tasting the great food and meeting some fine folks. Nice to finally meet you, by the way! Looking forward to what comes next.

  • http://www.twitter.com/stockwellapril April

    This was so much fun! My friends and rode our bikes all over town and filled up on some of the best food! In fact, you can see me in the photo at Liberty in the teal bandanna on my head! The thai chicken kaarage may have been one of my favorites of the day.
    Thank you so much for planning this and I can't wait for the next adventure!

  • Kay_MarDil

    We had a blast! Not only was the tour a terrific choose-your-own-adventure that left us wholly satiated and with a list of trailers to try another day based on everyone's comments,but also it was the fulfillment for me of the movie quote “You have a baby…in a BAR”. Ryder had a little too much fun, as evidenced by the “maybe I'll cry right now” look on his face. Thank you so much, Jodi & Addie!

  • cecilian

    Thank you Jodi and Addie for creating such a great event. It was a lot of fun tasting the great food and meeting some fine folks. Nice to finally meet you, by the way! Looking forward to what comes next.

  • http://www.understandblue.blogspot.com/ Lydia

    It was so uber fun following you guys on Twitter for the tour. I think I gained 45 pounds when @atxfoodnews posted her chicken & waffles picture!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • carlac

    What a fun day! Thanks so much for organizing this, I'm so glad the weather cooperated. I'm still full!

  • carlac

    What a fun day! Thanks so much for organizing this, I'm so glad the weather cooperated. I'm still full!

  • http://www.rocknrealty.net Nanette Labastida

    you guys did a great job! i had fun, my kids got to try gourdoughs! I only hit a few places that had vegan options but still thought it was all awesome, love the idea and the doing it. again one of those “things” that makes living in austin the best ever!

  • Dana_B

    Great Post!! I wasn't able to attend due to work, but I will be using your blog post as a guide of where I need to go to in the future!

  • Dana_B

    Great Post!! I wasn't able to attend due to work, but I will be using your blog post as a guide of where I need to go to in the future!

  • dianaP

    Do you feel like sharing your list of Austin food trailers (with their addresses) for those of us who missed this event?

  • http://www.aimeewenske.com/blog Aimee

    I had such a great time on the tour! I made it to La Boite, Texas Cuban and Odd Duck before I had to call it quits, but all were great and I can't wait to try the rest on the list. It is amazing what great food can come from trailers.

  • http://www.aimeewenske.com/blog Aimee

    I had such a great time on the tour! I made it to La Boite, Texas Cuban and Odd Duck before I had to call it quits, but all were great and I can't wait to try the rest on the list. It is amazing what great food can come from trailers.

  • Mommy Linda

    I definitely missed a happening. You know if I was there, I would be biking around and tasty all the special treats. Congratulations on organizing such a fun day.

  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    I'm so very sad that I missed this, although your blog post is so wonderful that I *almost* feel like I was there! I've got some big-time catching up to do…haven't been to Franklin's, Old School, or East Side Kings.

  • jodibart

    @diana — here is the info I have on the trailers but please double-check addresses and hours before you go:

    Austin Daily Press
    1207 S. 1st Street

    Brevita
    1219 S. Lamar Blvd.

    East Side King
    1618 1/2 E 6th St.

    Franklin BBQ
    3421 N. Interstate 35

    Izzoz Tacos
    1207 S. 1st Street

    Gourdough's
    1219 S. Lamar Blvd.

    G'Raj Mahal
    91 Red River

    La Boite
    1700 S. Lamar Blvd.

    Lucky J's
    1102 E. 6th St.

    Odd Duck
    1219 S. Lamar Blvd.

    OldSchool BBQ
    3001 Cesar Chavez at Pleasant Valley – East Side Lumber and Decking (NOTE: They have two addresses and are sometimes on MLK)

    Spartan Pizza
    8504 S. Congress Ave.

    Sushi-A-Go-Go
    4001 Medical Parkway

    Texas Cuban
    1700 S. Lamar Blvd.

    Trailer Perk
    1602 E. Sixth St.

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  • http://www.churchofthecustomer.com/ Jackie Huba

    Super fun tour Jodi! Thanks for organizing.

  • dianaP

    Hey that's lovely. Thanks for the list. I went ahead and put those spots on a map – in case you would like to have it, here it is to share: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&ms

  • http://www.churchofthecustomer.com/ Jackie Huba

    Super fun tour Jodi! Thanks for organizing.

  • dianaP

    Hey that's lovely. Thanks for the list. I went ahead and put those spots on a map – in case you would like to have it, here it is to share: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&ms

  • http://www.churchofthecustomer.com/ Jackie Huba

    Super fun tour Jodi! Thanks for organizing.

  • dianaP

    Hey that's lovely. Thanks for the list. I went ahead and put those spots on a map – in case you would like to have it, here it is to share: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&ms

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  • jodibart

    @diana — here is the info I have on the trailers but please double-check addresses and hours before you go:

    Austin Daily Press
    1207 S. 1st Street

    Brevita
    1219 S. Lamar Blvd.

    East Side King
    1618 1/2 E 6th St.

    Franklin BBQ
    3421 N. Interstate 35

    Izzoz Tacos
    1207 S. 1st Street

    Gourdough's
    1219 S. Lamar Blvd.

    G'Raj Mahal
    91 Red River

    La Boite
    1700 S. Lamar Blvd.

    Lucky J's
    1102 E. 6th St.

    Odd Duck
    1219 S. Lamar Blvd.

    OldSchool BBQ
    3001 Cesar Chavez at Pleasant Valley – East Side Lumber and Decking (NOTE: They have two addresses and are sometimes on MLK)

    Spartan Pizza
    8504 S. Congress Ave.

    Sushi-A-Go-Go
    4001 Medical Parkway

    Texas Cuban
    1700 S. Lamar Blvd.

    Trailer Perk
    1602 E. Sixth St.

  • http://www.churchofthecustomer.com/ Jackie Huba

    Super fun tour Jodi! Thanks for organizing.

  • dianaP

    Hey that's lovely. Thanks for the list. I went ahead and put those spots on a map – in case you would like to have it, here it is to share: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms

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