Tasty Up Trailer Tour
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.
Austin is an amazing artist and is coming out with a book of his blackout poems this spring. Check out his web site.
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.
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.
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…
And it was child friendly too!
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.
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.
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 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.
Crowd favorite was the mac ‘n cheese wedge and I was impressed with the fresh-cut, twice blanched french fries with cajun spices.
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.
I couldn’t resist checking out Gourdoughs…
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).
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.
We met new friends,
Nibbled on beet home fries, thai chicken kaarage, rice, and cookies,
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.
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.Tags: aaron franklin, addie broyles, austin brevita, austin kleon, BBQ, brisket, Canon s90, coffee, donuts, east side king, franklin barbecue, french fries, gourdoughs, la boite, liberty bar, odd duck, oldschool bbq, owl tree roasting, past, pastries, Tasty Up, trailer perk, twitter