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Tasty Tuesdays: Best Food Trucks in Austin

22 November 2011 4,422 views 12 Comments

The Austin food scene is constantly changing. It was announced last week that a local favorite, Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, is closing. Chef Bryce Gilmore is smart to focus on Barley Swine, his brick and mortar restaurant that has gotten rave reviews nationally.

And while some other old favorites have closed, or just gone downhill, there are new trailers constantly coming onto the scene to replace them. Last week, I got to try one of them — The Seedling Truck by the people who run Royal Fig Catering.

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If the goat cheese polenta with poached farm egg and mustard green pesto, or the grilled hanger steak with butternut squash sauce, arugula, and fried sweet potato are any indication, this new truck will soon be a huge hit. According to their Facebook page, they will be posting a schedule and locations by Thanksgiving.

hangar steak

Hanger Steak

And my new favorite trailer park is Jessie Street Eats, on Jessie Street behind Thom’s Market near Barton Springs Road and Lamar. You pretty much can’t go wrong there with Cha Thai, La Tasca, the Kitchen Window, and Tako.

The Kitchen Window at Jessie Street

The Kitchen Window at Jessie Street

There is also a new trailer park on the East Side of Austin at 12th and Waller that I’ve driven by, but haven’t checked out yet. Luckily, Ginny’s Austin has a great post showcasing all the trailers on site. Hoover’s Soular Food Trailer & Garden features two locally grown veggie trailers opened by Hoover (of local soul food fame). It also shares space with Osmo’s Kitchen, Eat Trailer, El Naranjo (I didn’t include a link because right now, their Yelp page and website have the incorrect address), and The Local Yolk.

If you love to know the latest on Austin’s food truck scene, be sure to check out Austin Food CartsEater Austin, Fed Man WalkingFood Trailers AustinTiffany Harelik’s Culture Map articles,  Relish AustinScrumptious Chef,  Texas Monthly’s Eat My Words, and Thrillist Austin.

But since it’s Tasty Tuesday, and newest isn’t always best, what are some of your favorite food trucks and trailers in Austin?

Related: More Tasty Touring articles about food trucks

goat cheese polenta with poached farm egg and mustard green pesto
grilled hanger steak with butternut squash sauce, arugula, and fried sweet potato
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  • Michael Galante

    Two of the new kids getting my attention recently are
    1) Lizzie's Lunchbox up north on Jollyville between Braker and 360.  Awesome “Tex-Med” food with a healthy, interesting menu.
    2) Hill Country Pierogi out east not far from Soular at 11th & Lydia.  They're traditional pierogi and not-so-traditional other menu items like fajitas and kielbasa sliders are fantastic.

    Both of these are great, putting out delicious, unique food.  But what I like even more than the food about both of them is the people.  Both spots are run by amazing people who are doing what they love.

  • http://twitter.com/TheSimplifiers The Simplifiers

    Yes, the new trailer park cluster at 11th and Navasota has some real gems there…Make sure to try the Falafel sandwich on croissant w/ red pepper hummus and their crazy thing called a Lefse at the Purple Bean Cafe there.  It's right down the street from The Simplifiers offices and a staple for us at lunchtime. :)

  • http://twitter.com/TheSimplifiers The Simplifiers

    Yes, the new trailer park cluster at 11th and Navasota has some real gems there…Make sure to try the Falafel sandwich on croissant w/ red pepper hummus and their crazy thing called a Lefse at the Purple Bean Cafe there.  It's right down the street from The Simplifiers offices and a staple for us at lunchtime. :)

  • jodibart

    mmm thanks for the tips, Michael! I haven't tried either!

  • jodibart

    Purple Bean is such a cute name. Adding to the list! Thanks guys :-)

  • jodibart

    mmm thanks for the tips, Michael! I haven't tried either!

  • jodibart

    Purple Bean is such a cute name. Adding to the list! Thanks guys :-)

  • Michael Galante

    It's right next to Hill Country Pierogi, so you can hit them both.  Just make sure you fast for 24 hours before going :)  To be honest, the iced coffee I had this past weekend from the Purple Bean wasn't my favorite.  They did have a steady flow of customers getting food and coffee the whole time we were sitting outside though.

  • Michael Galante

    It's right next to Hill Country Pierogi, so you can hit them both.  Just make sure you fast for 24 hours before going :)  To be honest, the iced coffee I had this past weekend from the Purple Bean wasn't my favorite.  They did have a steady flow of customers getting food and coffee the whole time we were sitting outside though.

  • Lesliefabs

    You should give VIA 313 on 6th and Waller a try.  They serve Detroit style pizza, and honestly it is some of the best pizza I have ever eaten!

  • Lesliefabs

    You should give VIA 313 on 6th and Waller a try.  They serve Detroit style pizza, and honestly it is some of the best pizza I have ever eaten!

  • Lesliefabs

    You should give VIA 313 on 6th and Waller a try.  They serve Detroit style pizza, and honestly it is some of the best pizza I have ever eaten!