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East Side Drive In Rocks Austin

14 November 2010 5,238 views 10 Comments

There’s a new trailer park in town — at least new to me — and it’s called the East Side Drive In. I visited during a self-guided trailer tour that I helped organize for the Jewish Community Association of Austin’s Young Adult Division (YAD).

In case you are confused like I was, the East Side Drive In is located on East 6th and San Marcos. There is another trailer park with a similar name on East Cesar Chavez — that’s the East Austin Trailer Park & Eatery (aka Starving Art or Blue Starlite Drive-In).

The trailers I saw on my visit to the East Side Drive In include The Local Yolk, specializing in fried egg sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs,  etc. Owner Shelly Speer told me she uses local eggs and is open mainly for lunch and dinner because people in Austin tend not to visit trailers for breakfast.

The Local Yolk

The Local Yolk

Bits & Druthers specializes in British Food — Fish n Chips, Beef Wellington, and Fried Oysters are regulars on the menu. The Beef Wellington was a favorite of our group — and of course the beef was encased in a fried shell.

Pueblo Viejo is the place to go in the East Side Drive In for tacos and tamales. I’m adding to my list of spots to try.

Bits & Druthers, Pueblo Viejo

Bits & Druthers, Pueblo Viejo

I love the design and concept of Pig Vicious — a true Rock ‘n Roll trailer serving bacon — the most badass of foods. Very fitting for a trailer named after the lead singer of the Sex Pistols.

Dishes include the Peanut Butter Monkey Pig (bacon, bananas, peanut butter), El Punko (taco seasoned bacon, jalapenos, tomato, avocado, vicious sauce), and Taco Type Shit (yes, the menu really says that). They also have dog treats — beggin’ strips — and milkshakes.

Pig Vicious

Pig Vicious

Cafe Racer is open for breakfast and lunch and features smoked sausages from Elgin as a key menu item.

Cafe Racer

Cafe Racer

The Vegan Yacht is owned by a husband and wife couple who cater to vegans, vegetarians, and those on gluten-free or raw diets. With all of the meat-loving going on at East Side Drive In, the Vegan Yacht is a vegetable loving oasis.

How adorable is Rebecca from Rebeccammendations, pictured below?

Vegan Yacht

Vegan Yacht

I didn’t get a chance to try the cheese steaks at #19 Bus this time but am looking forward to going back and sitting at one of those tables on top!

#19 Bus

#19 Bus

I recommend checking out the East Side Drive In on a Thursday night when they tap a keg and give away free beer. This outdoor venue also hosts inexpensive concerts with national acts like Of Montreal, Janelle Monae, and soon Big Boi (on Dec. 4).

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  • Rebeccammendations

    Jodi,

    Thanks for covering all of the trailers at the East Side Drive In– I have to go back when I can try them all! First on my list is the tuna sandwich at The Local Yolk with jalapenos! Thanks for the photo feature– ha! I was just reading along and all of a sudden, I saw myself!

    Thanks for organizing the tour– another great one!

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Rebecca. You look so cute in the photo and I need more pictures of people on my blog to spice it up a bit….just like that tuna sandwich from Local Yolk ;-) I had a great time on the tour and was excited to discover this new trailer gathering.

  • Rebeccammendations

    Jodi,

    Thanks for covering all of the trailers at the East Side Drive In– I have to go back when I can try them all! First on my list is the tuna sandwich at The Local Yolk with jalapenos! Thanks for the photo feature– ha! I was just reading along and all of a sudden, I saw myself!

    Thanks for organizing the tour– another great one!

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Rebecca. You look so cute in the photo and I need more pictures of people on my blog to spice it up a bit….just like that tuna sandwich from Local Yolk ;-) I had a great time on the tour and was excited to discover this new trailer gathering.

  • http://twitter.com/ATXGastronomist Kathryn Hutchison

    Wow, thank you so much for this recap. Pig Vicious and Bits and Druthers are both on my want list now! It's especially nice knowing that Pig Vicious is dog friendly.

  • http://twitter.com/ATXGastronomist Kathryn Hutchison

    Wow, thank you so much for this recap. Pig Vicious and Bits and Druthers are both on my want list now! It's especially nice knowing that Pig Vicious is dog friendly.

  • http://twitter.com/ATXGastronomist Kathryn Hutchison

    Wow, thank you so much for this recap. Pig Vicious and Bits and Druthers are both on my want list now! It's especially nice knowing that Pig Vicious is dog friendly.

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