Mick Vann's Top 10 Food Trailers

Franklin Barbecue
Franklin Barbecue (Photo by John Anderson)

1) Franklin Barbecue Aaron Franklin's Angus brisket and ribs are the stuff of barbecue aficionados' dreams. Mix the sauces half-and-half, have a Topo Chico on the side, and arrive between 10:45am and 12:30pm if you want to make sure you get some. (3421 N. I-35, 653-1187.)

2) Odd Duck Farm to Trailer At Bryce Gilmore's little trailer paradise, anything you get will be fresh, local, delicious, and probably cooked over live coals. Insist on ordering anything with baby brussels sprouts and any version of the pork belly slider. Hell, order the whole menu and loco-feast. (1219 S. Lamar at Lamar Square, 550-5766.)

3) El Taco Rico Sisters Yolanda and Araceli produce some of Austin's best Mexican food out of a tiny trailer just off of Montopolis. Enchiladas with fried quail, barbacoa to die for, amazing chorizo-and-spud tacos, bistek sopes, brisket tostadas: The entire menu is muy delicioso. (810 Vargas at Felix.)

4) East Side King Moto, Ek, and Paul have secured a ravenous following with creative dishes like their sweet-and-spicy fried chicken with Asian herbs, home fries made from roasted beets, and the fried brussels sprout salad. "So good, make your eye roll back" indeed! (1618½ E. Sixth, behind Liberty Bar; 96 Rainey, behind Bar 96.)

5) Lulu B's vietnamese sandwiches Sisters Laura Bayer and Christina Gustavson are making yummy Vietnamese comfort food like lemongrass-pork and grilled pork báhn mì sandwiches, as well as lemongrass chicken and barbecue pork vermicelli bowls. Add an avocado smoothie to push it over the top. (2113 S. Lamar, 921-4828.)

6) Spartan Pizza Kelly Kerbow Hudson and Jeremy and Nicole Portwood are making Austin's best pizzas. There, I said it. Get a Zeus or a Hades: Spectacularly delicious pizzas, both are worthy of the Greek gods for whom they are named. Magnificent pizza pies with ideal balance and flavor. Next to Red Shed Tavern. (8504 S. Congress #3, 484-0798.)

7) Antojitos Hondureños A streetside bus dressed up like the Honduran flag cranks out delicious Honduran treats such as a sinfully rich platano frito with black beans, pork-and-yucca chalupas, minced beef with veggies on plantain slices, and some of the best fried chicken you'll ever eat. (6719 N. Lamar, 810-6214.)

8) Rosita's al Pastor The late-night delight of Riverside Drive, located just downhill from the restaurant. Al pastor pork is a must: glistening red from a dry-chile marinade, citrusy with a tinge of pineapple, charred, moist, and tender, all on a homemade flour tortilla and doused with Rosita's amazing green salsa – easily the best in town. (1911 E. Riverside.)

9) Not Your Mama's Food Truck Ron Chad­wick's Asian-esque beef slider with the fried-chicken gravy, KFC ("Korean [twice-fried] fried chicken") with garlicky sweet-spicy sauce, spicy beef tongue with pickled onions, yams with torched marshmallows: This ain't your mom's chow! (2209 E. Cesar Chavez.)

10) Short Bus Subs Brothers Eric and Dane Klusman and Ryan Campion have discovered the secret of the perfect sub sandwich: high-quality meats and cheeses, fresh local veggies, and homemade bread so good you want to eat loaves of it. Seek them out, and follow them around. (Locations vary, 535-SUBS.)

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