Austin, TX: SXSW Austin Food Truck Guide

By Jeanine | Love and Lemons

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South by Southwest starts today, so I thought I’d share some of our food truck favorites for any of you that’ll be passing through town. There are a lota trucks, so I narrowed it down to  just the ones we think are the very best…


East Side King

Paul Qui’s asian street food trucks will make you feel like you’re not in Texas anymore. Each truck has a different menu so we like to do these food-crawl style (3 of them are all on east 6th). So many of my favorite ingredients… miso, bonito, kewpie. Be still, my heart.

Also check out South Bites, a selection of trucks Paul has curated especially for sxsw.

location: 3 on the east side, 1 near campus, South Bites is on Rainey St.
what to order: anything, you can’t really go wrong.
when to go: late night, but not too late, they sometimes run out of food
(picture 4 above: avocado bun with spicy mayo, crispy shallots, cilantro and green onion)


Nomad Dosa

Indian dosa truck (thin crepes made out of a lentil batter). I probably eat at this truck the most, I’m kind of obsessed.

location: South Congress
what to order: Mumbai Mash-ala (Spiced potatoes and onions, green beans, peas and bell peppers in tomato curry), or the Kerala Kokonut (Butternut squash, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, cauliflower in coconut curry).
when to go: lunch


Lulu B’s

Vietnamese sandwich truck. Jack would eat one every day if he could.

location: South Lamar & Oltorf
what to order: Lemongrass Tofu (or Pork), either in the ban mi or on noodles
when to go: lunch


Dock & Roll

We initially questioned the idea of lobster from a truck too… but their lobster rolls are amazing. Try it, believe it. We spend quite a few Sunday afternoons here.

location: South 1st and Elizabeth
what to order:
 the “Maine” Event (the lobster roll – pictured above)
when to go: lunch

Lucky’s Puccias
Italian flatbread sandwiches. They bake the bread to order in a wood-burning oven inside the truck.

location: near 5th and Lamar, across from Whole Foods, within the Tiniest Bar in Texas
what to order: I get the Puccia Vegetariana which is made with avocado, fontina and artichoke pesto. We haven’t tried the Puccia Nutella… maybe one day when we’ve been extra good.
when to go: lunch or dinner, check hours before you go


Kebabalicious

Before food trucks were a thing, this truck was here. I don’t think many things in life are worth waiting in line for, but I waited one whole hour for a falafel wrap last weekend at the kite fest and did not regret it. The bread is fresh baked daily from Phoenicia, and the sauces, including the tzatziki are to die for.

what to order: the Falafel
location: check the website, they move often
when to go: late night, or in the afternoon during festivals.


The Peached Tortilla

Pad Thai taco, Bahn Mi sliders… need I say more? It’s interesting food in fairly small bites so you can try a bunch of things. I just noticed a “pulled” squash bbq taco with roasted spaghetti squash and  peach bbq sauce that’s new(er) on the menu that I’ll have to go try.

location: Rainy Street at SouthBites during sxsw
what to order: whatever strikes your fancy
when to go: 11:30am – 2:30am during sxsw


Burro Cheese Kitchen

This one’s technically not a truck, but a shipping container with a nicely designed seating space and good typography. Oh, and the grilled cheeses are good too. Choose your own cheese (choice of 9, most are local), bread, and spread.

location: South Congress
what to order: whatever you want, but our favorite so far was the Redneck Cheddar on beer bread (made fresh from Easy Tiger), with balsamic apricot fig spread.
when to go: lunch

(note that trucks frequently change hours & locations, be sure to check with each before you go. Many only take cash, some only take credit card).

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