Food Trailers

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This is one of our favorite feel-good trailers, proving that health and flavor can harmonize in the right hands. Love the veggie burger and the lamb and feta meatballs. The brunch menu is delightful. – Gracie Salem

4204 Menchaca Rd.

This sketchy-looking trailer has long been serving some of the yummiest and most authentic tacos in South Austin, accompanied by wonderful, hot-hot salsas. – Kate Thornberry

2101 S. First

A trailer with its own indoor dining room, the Flying Carpet is hard to classify. The Moroccan Souk food they serve, while simple, is marvelously authentic. Spiced beef, eggplant, herbs, goat cheese, and fresh eggs are combined into a variety of sandwiches, served with crisp, French-style pommes frites. – Kate Thornberry


The beautiful covered patio draws crowds to this popular trailer with a brick-and-mortar sized menu. Curried lamb samosas, pakoras (fritters), and kebabs of chicken, fish, shrimp, or rack of lamb are all remarkable, with traditional naan bread, of course. – Gracie Salem

73 Rainey

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The legend moved to the yard behind Kelly's Place on East Sixth last year, turning out his famous brisket, smoked turkey, beef ribs, and sausage as well as sandwiches and traditional sides. Undaunted by barbecue controversy, Mueller does what he was raised to do: smoke meat. Lines queue up at 10:30am until it's all gone. – Gracie Salem


A relative newcomer to the Austin barbecue landscape, Kerlin BBQ promises a transcendent brisket experience without the Franklin-esque wait. Word on the street is that Bill Kerlin also makes a mean blue cheese coleslaw. – Melanie Haupt

1700 E. Cesar Chavez

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

This tiny trailer is the definition of culinary fun. Empanadas, French bread sandwiches, pho, puffy tacos, handmade sausage – you name it, remarkable chef Luke Bibby is ecstatic to be cooking it up for his ardent fanbase. – Kate Thornberry

1109 S. Lamar

For three blissful hours a day, Tuesday through Saturday, savvy Austinites have at their disposal some of the best deli food south of the Mason-Dixon. The house-cured pastrami, pork belly confit, and roast beef are transcendent; what's more, they're all cured in-house at this upstart little trailer. – Melanie Haupt


The recent winner of the inaugural Austin Chronicle Invitational BBQ Beef Rib Smackdown, Micklethwait's meats smoke out of a vintage refurbished trailer and romance the city with hand-crafted sausages, succulent pork loin, melt-in-your-mouth brisket, and sides that rival those of any barbecue dynasty. Both consistently creative specials and time-honored favorites abound, including homemade bread and desserts. – Jessi Cape

1309 Rosewood

Try Tom's sublime lamb with Aleppo pepper, or his exquisite, peppery, garlicky kielbasa.

1309 Rosewood

Jeff Blank's tortilla wraps, filled with proteins coated in breakfast cereal, took off like an Austin street-food comet. You've probably had one at ACL or SoCo; now they are at the Rancho Rita trailer park and just as popular as ever. – Mick Vann

1720 Barton Springs

One of the pioneers of the food truck craze, this East Riverside hole-in-the-wall specializes in tacos al pastor, made the proper way on a traditional trompo rotisserie. The brick-and-mortar location has an ample menu, but the star attraction is the late-night tacos sold from the trailer in the parking lot. – Claudia Alarcón

1911 E. Riverside

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This trailer on bustling Rainey Street churns out phenomenal Spanish tapas from the garden and from the farm. Bring your own bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine and make your own sangria with one their kits. Buen provecho! – Anna Toon


Chef Raymond Tatum, formerly of Jeffrey's, churns out gourmet trailer fare with a South­ern soul-Asian fusion twist. Think maple-glazed pork belly sliders; bacon-wrapped, cracklin-studded pork meatloaf; and Asian fried chicken. Also, homemade pies. – Melanie Haupt

1209 Rosewood

The Grilled Avocado Reale – a grilled avocado, black bean, and caramelized onion combo on a corn tortilla with creamy salsa verde – is so satisfying that carnivores won't even notice the cheese is vegan.

2324 E. Cesar Chavez

With an emphasis on organic, local, and non-GMO, this trailer isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Made-from-scratch, cruelty-free sandwiches, tacos, and chalupas await even the most virulent of meat lovers. For instant karma, hit up the Freeto Burrito. – Anna Toon

2324 E. Cesar Chavez

Cuddled up to the Violet Crown Social Club, Via 313 doles out four square "corner" slices per pie in styles like the Cadillac, with gorgonzola, fig, prosciutto, Parmesan, and a balsamic glaze. Pizza bakes in steel pans originally used on automotive assembly lines from the Motor City. – Gracie Salem



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