In Austin food trucks seem to be on every corner of our lovely city. Whether you avoid them, or eat at one for every meal, there’s bound to be a few hidden gems you haven’t tried out yet. Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites!
The Big Kahuna | Hawaiian
Say aloha to the best Hawaiian inspired food you can find from Austin food trucks. Originally parked at The Hitch in San Marcos, owner and head chef Mark (a Maui transplant) now proudly serves the Austin area with Hawaiian fusion food like their Famous Big Kahuna Burger; a juicy burger, topped with cabbage and served on a Kings Hawaiian Sweet Bun with their special Lava Sauce on the side. (Delicious!)
Ceviche7 | Peruvian
A little off the beaten path, Ceviche7 is a small Peruvian food truck that houses BIG flavor. This place is truly a hidden gem, and their signature dish, the Lomo Saltado (Beef Stir Fry, a Peruvian favorite) is a melt-in-your-mouth, intensely flavorful dish. Just be warned, it’s a one-man operation (just wait until you meet the chef, he’s an incredibly friendly man) so the food might take upwards of 15-25 minutes to be ready
Gambino’s Gourmet Exchange | Cajun Food
Gambino’s Gourmet Exchange makes me truly feel like I’m on the streets of New Orleans! Fried catfish, boudin balls, alligator bites and more! The head chef here was also the lead chef of a renowned New Orleans restaurant in the past, and his experience surely shows in his dishes. Plus, he makes everything himself.
Luke’s Inside Out | Sandwiches
If you’re looking for insanely creative sandwiches, look no further than Luke’s Inside Out. Offering up sandwiches and burgers for many different tastes, (like shrimp sandwiches with apples and blue cheese, or a falafel sandwich with spinach, tomato and mozzarella), this food truck has something for every palette.
Arlo’s | Vegan and Vegetarian
If you’re into a vegan reimagining of traditional American food, Arlo’s will not disappoint! Try the Vegetarian Double Bacon Cheeseburger with a side of mac n’ cheese. Although different to what I’m used to, it was juicy and delicious and I found myself wanting more when I was done.
Thai Kun at Whisler’s |Thai
There’s a lot of Thai restaurants in Austin, but many Thai lovers (including myself) would agree that they always have something missing. Not enough spice, too salty, soggy noodles… you get the idea. That’s why when a place like Thai Kun at Whisler’s opens up, people who appreciate authentic Thai pay attention.
Veracruz All Natural | Mexican
It’s not a list of Austin’s favorite foods if I don’t include a food truck where you can get tacos. Whether it’s the migas or fish tacos, or their variety of quesadillas available, your Mexican food cravings will be more than covered. Plus, they offer smoothies and juices made in-house.
Bananarchy | Desserts
There’s always money in a banana stand. Especially if that banana stand sells delicious desserts like chocolate-dipped frozen bananas with toppings like graham crackers and Oreos.
P.S: Yes, this little food truck is rife with Arrested Development references. Try the “Job”, the character’s signature treat; two frozen bananas double-dipped in chocolate with extra nuts.
Beirut | Lebanese
If you’re looking for a real-deal authentic Lebanese experience, then look no further than Beirut. All of the staples are here; shwarma, tahini, hummus, falafel… and they are all made traditionally. The hummus is a particular stand-out for me. In a town where great hummus is hard to come by, Beiruts recipe is a real treat. Try it out.
Micklethwait Craft Meats | BBQ
It wouldn’t be a true list of great Austin food if we didn’t include an emissary for BBQ. And boy, what an emissary Micklethwait Craft Meats is. Often dubbed “Franklin’s for People Who Can’t Stand in Line for 8 hours”, this food truck offers fall-off-the-bone craft meats, perfectly smoked and bursting with flavor. Lines can often be a little long, so grab a drink and stay plenty hydrated in the summer!
Patrizi’s | Italian
Patrizi’s is a true gem, not just for their fantastic Italian offerings, but the fact that they go the extra mile for every one of their dishes. All the pasta and ricotta is made from scratch in-house (or would that be “in-truck”?) and they even offer gluten-free, Paleo friendly noodles.
Not to mention that their garlic bread is to die for.
Well, that wraps up my list. I think everyone can find a little something here that they enjoy. What are your favorite food trucks in Austin? I would love to hear your opinions. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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