An Evening of Food Trailer and Bar Hopping
My friend Jan was in town last month for a wedding and of course, she wanted to check out the food truck scene. I had recently tired of food trucks because to be totally honest, most of them are nothing special. However, I did have a handful that I wanted to try, and we decided to have dinner at Love Balls.
Love Balls is located in the lower part of the East Side Drive In, next to Progress Coffee.
They serve takoyaki, a Japanese street food that is classically fried pancake balls filled with octopus, pickled ginger, and green onions, and then topped with sauce, kewpie mayo, aonori, and bonito flakes. We ordered some takoyaki, and some Yaki-Onigiri — rice balls with garlic soy sauce, wrapped in seaweed.
They reminded me of ebelskivers. While I enjoyed tasting the takoyaki, the flavor was a bit too strong for me, and I tend not to do well when faced with copious amounts of bonito flakes. It makes me seasick or something, I don’t know. Another draw of Love Balls is the 8-track player they have out front. They encourage customers to put in whatever music they like. That added a bit of retro fun to the evening.
We also ordered a couple items from La Tasca, meaning The Tavern (thank you Google Translate). I had never heard of it but everything we had from there was delicious and went well with the bottle of red wine that we brought with us.
We ordered the calamari and the meatballs (pictured below) and are looking forward to coming back to taste the rest of the tapas on the menu top to bottom.
Writing this post reminded me to always check the location of a trailer (via their website, Yelp, their Twitter feed, or a website like Food Trailers Austin or Austin Food Carts). Since we visited Ta Tasca on the east side, it has moved to 15th and Rio Grande.
After filling up on dinner, we walked over to East Side Show Room to enjoy drinks. I ordered a Mint Pimms Cup in honor of the Kentucky Derby that was taking place that same weekend.
I recommend visiting East Side Show Room during their happy hour when classic cocktails are half price at about $5 each.
Stay tuned for another visit to a new local food trailer that also serves fried balls later this week!Tags: cocktail, East Side Drive In, east side show room, jan, la tasca, love balls, takoyaki, tapas