It seems like food always tastes better when it comes from a kitchen sitting on four wheels. Besides just downright good meals, food trucks always offer a sense of community and a fun atmosphere that allow us to fully enjoy the food and company of others. Luckily, Austin, Texas has no shortage of tasty eats that come out of a truck or trailer. This vibrant, quirky city has made a name for itself as a food truck city, and has something to offer for everyone, no matter their tastes. If you find yourself in Austin, make sure to check out some of these mouth-watering food trucks.
This popular food truck is known for their vegan comfort food. You’ll find tasty burgers and street tacos made with 100% plant-based ingredients. And you certainly don’t have to be vegan to enjoy Arlo’s delicious eats— their food is meant to satisfy both herbivores and omnivores alike. You’ll find Arlo’s parked at three Austin locations known for their fun, laid back atmospheres: Cheer Up Charlie’s, Spider House, and The Grackle.
You won’t miss the bright pink trailer of Baton Creole, nor will you want to miss the delectable Cajun and Creole cuisine that they serve up. Chow down on Cajun staples like gumbo or branch out and try their non-traditional versions of classics, like the Jambalaya Baton, which is fried rice smothered down with Cajun vegetables, tomatoes, and garlic and then deep fried on a stick. Baton Creole is located in East Austin on the patio of Shangri-La.
The Mighty Cone
Looking to grab a bite to-go between fun summer Austin activities? The Mighty Cone was born from a need to feed Austin City Limits Music Festival-goers, so it was designed especially for people on the move. This food truck doles out spicy, fried meats and vegetables in an easy-to-carry cone. On their signature Hot ‘n’ Crunchy Chicken Cone, you’ll find crispy chicken, mango-jalapeno slaw, and ancho sauce— all wrapped up in a warm tortilla. If you’d prefer to sit while you feast, you’ll find plenty of seating at The Picnic, the food truck park where The Mighty Cone is parked.
Indulge in some revolutionary desserts at Bananarchy, Austin’s only frozen banana stand. Start with an ethically-sourced banana, coat it in a dip, and roll it in one (or more) of the many toppings. It’s a dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth but won’t leave you feeling too guilty since you are stilltechnically eating fruit. You’ll find two Austin locations: one near the University of Texas campus at Space 24Twenty, and another in South Austin. (Sorry, Arrested Development fans, there’s no money hidden in this banana stand.)
If you’re a fan of cheesy, deep dish pizza, look no further than Via 313. This Detroit-style pizza truck serves up some of the best rectangular pie around. The dough is prepared fresh daily and the cheeses and meats are carefully selected, so you’re always getting the freshest ingredients possible. Via 313 started as one trailer in 2011, but has grown now to include another trailer and three brick-and-mortar locations. That’s how good it is! If you want the original food truck experience, you can find one parked at Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden and the other on Rainey Street by Craft Pride.
Thai-kun’s authentic Thai street food is so good that you’ll be coming back for seconds (and likely more). Everything on the menu is delicious, so if you can’t decide, try the Waterfall Pork, which is grilled pork shoulder with Tiger Cry sauce, pickled cabbage, red onion, cilantro, toasted rice powder, and sticky rice. You’ll find Thai-kun at Whisler’s on 6th Street. Like other popular Austin food trucks, Thai-kun has grown to include a brick-and-mortar location that can be found at The Domain.
Veracruz All Natural
Discover authentic flavors of Mexico at Veracruz All Natural. Since 2006, owners Reyna and Maritza Vazquez have grown their single Veracruz trailer to three trucks and two brick-and-mortar locations. Menus are different across each location to give each space something unique and special. However, you’ll find their famous migas taco at every location, which was named one of the five best tacos in America in 2015 by Food Network. We all know Austin traffic can be a bummer, but luckily you’ll be close to a Veracruz no matter where you are. There are locations in North, South, and East Austin, as well as Mueller and Round Rock.
Luke’s Inside Out
This South Lamar food truck features French inspired sandwiches and shareable appetizers. Favorites include The Pressed Pig— jerk pork, mortadella, Swiss, mustard, pickles, and their special slaw on a toasted hoagie— and The Cow— Banh mi smoked brisket, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, jalapenos, and a sriracha aioli. And for the all brunch lovers out there, Luke’s Inside Out offers a special brunch menu on Sundays between 11:30am and 3:00pm.