Though they didn’t originate in Austin, food trucks are a huge part of the local culinary scene. Since the early 1990s, the number of food trucks across the city has grown, making Austin, alongside the equally food obsessed Portland, one of the unofficial food truck capitals of the entire U.S. From cupcakes and hot dogs, to gourmet sandwiches and pizza, there is a food truck to satisfy almost any hunger. Here are just a few of the best food trucks across greater Austin – most of which are well worth any prerequisite traveling:
1. Kyoten: You wouldn’t think that high-end sushi and a food truck might mix, but that’s exactly what Kyoten offers up to customers from its spot in the heart of East 6th Street. The truck is the brain child of chefs Otto Phan and Leo Rodriguez, who have past experience at sushi restaurants across New York and Austin, including the world-famous Uchiko. Together the pair, alongside the company dog Baku, take a simple yet earnest approach to sushi, serving up a variety of rice bowls, rolls, traditional hosomaki and much more.
2. Ms. P’s Electric Cock: In Austin and across much of the South, fried chicken is a tried and true tradition, the hallmark of jovial get-togethers and fancy dinners alike. That staple finds new life at the food truck of Ms. P’s Electric Cock, located on scenic South Congress street. At Ms. P’s, the chicken is prepared with a two-step brining process and then seasoned with a proprietary blend of fresh herbs and 12 spices. Not in the mood for a bucket of chicken? Ms. P also serves up street tacos, like country sausage, chorizo and chicharron.
3. Micklethwait Craft Meats: In 2012, chef Tom Micklethwait first started serving up plates of barbecue from a vintage Comet trailer that he’d drive to Rosewood Avenue each day. Now, just a few years later, the same spot on Rosewood plays home to a whole barbecue empire, with both Micklethwait Craft Meats and Romanouskas’ Delicatessen serving up racks of ribs and pulled pork galore. Yet chef Micklethwait still approaches the art of barbecue with the same sense of integrity and good humor, making for a dining experience similar to a friendly cookout.
4. Veracruz All Natural: At one point, Veracruz had three trucks running simultaneously: the original truck located on Cesar Chavez; another truck located just outside of Radio Coffee & Beer; and a “filling station” on the East Side. While the third truck has since closed down, the remaining trucks are still running strong. Both menus include a number of all-natural Mexican dishes, including quesadillas, tortas, migas, breakfast tacos and more. Be sure to try one of Veracruz’s traditional dishes, like the vegetarian tacos, grilled talapia or the chicken mole.
5. OMG! Cheesecakery: Here is a true testament to just how popular OMG! Cheesecakery has become since it first opened back in the early 2010s. In recent years, the truck has had to cut its hours down to Thursday through Saturday in order to accommodate the sheer demand for outside catering gigs. Even with the limited hours of operation, OMG! is still worth a trip to South Lamar. The menu includes a multitude of scrumptious cheesecakes, like New York style, cinnamon chai, the sugar- and gluten-free Alma, dulce de leche, blueberry lavender, peanut butter and jelly, avocado, white chocolate and espresso.