By Megan Giller | Zagat.com
It’s safe to say the trailer trend has caught on. When East Side King first started serving its famous fried beets a few years ago, it was only one of a few in town. Now you can find trailers behind almost every bar and on every corner. So what’s a discerning foodie to do? Follow our list of 10 trailers to try immediately, of course.
This Vietnamese trailer on South Lamar is an oldie but goodie. Think banh mi sandwiches with decadently bready baguettes, rich lemongrass pork and fresh herbs, as well as excellent summer rolls and Vietnamese coffee. If the weather’s nice sit at the lawn chairs under the welcoming trees.
2113 S. Lamar Blvd.; 512-921-4828
Austin is still a taco town, and no place embodies this ethos more than Veracruz. The homemade corn tortillas are so thick they’ll remind you of your abuela’s kitchen, even if you never had an abuela. Treat yourself to a migas taco immediately.
1704 E. Cesar Chavez; 512-981-1760
Good luck with that diet. Coolhaus’ enormous ice cream sandwiches are too much for anyone to resist. The mini-chain has locations in New York, L.A. and a few other places too, all housed in vintage postal trucks. Try unusual flavors like chocolate chunk pretzel cookies with pistachio truffle ice cream for the ultimate sugar high.
Location varies; 512-994-2616
The word “puccia” might be a little awkward, but you’ll forget all about it when you bit into the wood-fired bread (a specialty of the Puglia province in Italy, where Lucky is from). The Puccia Arrostita, with roast beef, mozzarella, arugula and tomato-walnut spread, makes a great lunch. Don’t forget the Puccia Nutella (add peanut butter!) for dessert.
817 W. Fifth St.; 512-739-8785
Whether you want falafel for a quick lunch or a late-night snack, Kebabalicious has you covered. The famous Austin trailer is still one of the best in town, and you’ll often see long lines to prove that point. Also try the chicken kabob with extra tzatziki.
450 E. Seventh St.; 512-468-1065
Philly cheesesteaks are no joke here: The trailer flies parbaked rolls from Amoroso Baking Company in Philadelphia for the authentic experience. Next time you’re in the mood for a hefty yet delicious lunch, head to the Waller Street trailer park. You won’t be disappointed.
1104 E. Sixth St.; 512-771-6969
Before Wurst Tex the only game in town was Best Wurst (which we still love, by the way). But the sausage sandwiches here reign supreme. Meat eaters should try the classic pork bratwurst, made with Live Oak beer, and vegetarians will be satisfied with the Veggiano, with eggplant, red bell peppers, fennel and garlic.
1603 S. Congress Ave.; 512-827-8566
Let’s call this one a stand instead of a trailer; technically there are four walls, but it’s not quite a brick-and-mortar. Try the massive grilled sandwiches like the Who Dat (mortadella, ham, capicola, olive salad, provolone, and aioli) and the Pineapple Express (chicken, ham, pineapple-ginger salsa, Swiss, Monterey Jack and ranch with a kick). Also venture next door to the Wet Whistle for local groceries and vegan sweets.
1900 MLK Blvd.; 512-828-6463
West African food meets East Austin at this cute trailer, housed inside the old Big Red Sun complex. The plethora of plants make for a nice atmosphere, and the Boy Dakar lamb burger with Brie is worth the sometimes lengthy wait.
1102 E. Cesar Chavez; 512-487-7222
The best tapas in town are from an unassuming trailer. Try the classic tortilla española, made with fresh farm eggs or the bite-size albóndigas and Easy Tiger bread. Everything on the diverse menu is beautifully presented and satisfying for a full dinner or a late-night snack.
75 Rainey St., 512-658-6498; behind Weather Up, 1808 E. Cesar Chavez, 512-658-6498