Operating out of a brightly decorated Airstream, Abo Youssef is as cheerful as the food it serves is delicious. Look for enormous platters of shawarma, gyros, and falafel, plus cucumber salad, legendary lemon mint tea, homemade hummus, and some of the best tzatziki in town.
2101 Manor Rd.
Step out of your burger and breakfast taco comfort zone and embrace the easygoing Brazilian vibes of this food truck. If you’ve had Brazilian food before, you probably already know about Boteco, and if you haven’t, let Boteco’s coxinhas (Brazilian croquettes), fresh mango juice, and Sunday feijoada convince you that ramen isn’t the only international food Austin can brag about.
1403 E. Seventh St.
We try to eat healthy, but to be honest a lot of health food tastes like sawdust and dirt. Curcuma chef/owner Rachel Musquiz has found a better way. Everything is plant-based, and friendly to those eating paleo or gluten-free. And just because there is a list of ingredients that they don’t use doesn’t mean you’ll ever feel like you are missing out.
2207 E. Cesar Chavez
The Dee Dee Northern Thai trailer is a family affair. Lakana Trubiana kicks out the jams in the back while husband Justin helps customers navigate the entrées at the order window. Their om gai – a spicy, brothy, dill-laden chicken dish – is perfect for sweating out a hangover, and the damn good tofu stir-fry is far from a vegetarian afterthought. Sharable boats of mango sticky rice and papaya salad round out the limited offerings, but we couldn’t ask for anything more.
2500 E. Sixth, Austin, 78702
The Peelander Yellow graffiti on the outside of the food truck is sure to capture anyone’s attention, but we’re more intrigued with what’s inside. The neighborhood may look very different from when ESK first opened, but some things don’t ever change. The beet fries, pork buns, and brussels sprouts are still kicking it.
1618 E. Sixth
Although Texas’ obsession with south-of-the-border eats usually only extends as far as Mexico’s southern border, Four Brothers’ Venezuelan food truck is here to prove they can hang with the cool kids. Their patacones, arepas, and empanadas are so good, they might even convince Austinites to cheat on their beloved tacos. Maybe.
2201 S. 1st St.
We were glad to hear the news last year that Julie’s had expanded to a new North Austin brick-and-mortar, but we still like remembering our college days at the food truck. Affordable, quick, and filling, Julie’s is a pro-tip that’s passed down with each new class – perfect for students or just those of us who still live like one.
2512 Rio Grande
The stretch of South Lamar where chef Luke Bibby has set up camp has changed a lot in the past few years, but his trailer still feels like old Austin. Serving sandwiches and daily specials brimming with international ingredients, Luke’s is a testament to what our town has always been about: friendliness, creativity, and fierce individuality.
1109 S. Lamar
Paperboy keeps it simple and casual with only four seasonal dishes served out of their 11th Street trailer until 2pm every day. But simple doesn’t mean boring. They still offer up one of the best breakfast/brunch options in all of Austin with a sweet potato hash that is scientifically proven to cure hangovers and a B.E.C. sandwich that is so good it even manages to attract crowds of Austinites to a site where no liquor is served.
1203 E. 11th
On a spring evening, there is something magical about sipping on a glass of rosé and watching the neighborhood go by. But if you live in certain parts of East Austin, you want to be able to see it from your front porch. The gang is all at Patrizi’s, scarfing down handmade semolina pasta with vibrant pomodoro and beef fat toast covered with grana at a boho backyard party where everybody gets an invitation.
2307 Manor Rd.
This “shamelessly inauthentic Southeast Asian” trailer slings bites that are salty, spicy, sweet, and sour – in other words, perfect drinking food. Which works out well, considering Soursop is parked in the backyard of the burgeoning St. Elmo Brewing Company. The fatty pork, panang eggplant, and flaky roti with a dipping curry are crave-worthy – with or without a beer.
440 E. St. Elmo, Bldg. G-2
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