Austin restaurants: Food trucks and food trailers

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The Sabor a Honduras trailer makes some of the best fried chicken in town.
The Sabor a Honduras trailer makes some of the best fried chicken in town.

The Sabor a Honduras trailer makes some of the best fried chicken in town.

Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: While the weather is nice, get out and enjoy some of Austin’s best food trucks and trailers. For more, visit austin360.com/thefeed, and for more restaurants by category, head to austin360.com/austinrestaurants.

(*This is not a comprehensive list. Don’t see one of your favorites below? Send me an email at modam@statesman.com and I will add it to our online listings.)

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40 North. 1502 S. First St. 40northpizza.com. Excellent bubbled and charred Neapolitan pies with quality ingredients. Make sure to try the Hot Honey, with its coppa salami and chili-spiked honey.

Bombay Dhaba. 1207 S. First St. bombaydhabaaustin.com. Veggie and meat curries make up the heart of this Indian trailer that offers great lunch combination deals.

Burro Cheese Kitchen. 1221 S. Congress Ave. burrocheesekitchen.com. Grilled cheese sandwiches with fancy ingredients like almond pesto aioli and spicy maple bacon sauce.

Dock & Roll. 1503 S. First St. and 1905 Loop 360. dockandrolldiner.com. Traditional lobster rolls and a few tricked-out ones, like the El Fuerte, which has a sauce made with jalapeno and habanero peppers.

East Side King. Multiple locations. eskaustin.com. Asian fusion dishes such as beef pho po’boys, fried chicken and pork belly hot dogs served at bars in the Red River District and behind the Liberty Bar on East Sixth Street.

Garbo’s. garboslobsteratx.com. This roving operation serves excellent lobster rolls stuffed with tail and knuckle meat. Best deal of any lobster roll in town. Check website for locations.

Julie’s Handmade Noodles. 2512 Rio Grande St. Beef noodle soup, with hand-pulled noodles, dumplings and more at this campus-area trailer.

Kebabalicious. 1720 Barton Springs Road and Congress Avenue at Seventh Street. austinkebab.com. Beef/lamb, chicken and falafel kebabs served in fluffy pitas with a variety of sauces at these two consistently solid trailers.

Korean Komfort. 2512 Rio Grande St. koreankomfort.com. Track down this trailer for Korean creations like bibimbap and kimchee fried rice.

Kyōten. 1211 E. Sixth St. kyotenaustin.com. The owner-operator has spent time in some of the country’s best sushi restaurants and delivers some of the best sushi in the city from his trailer in East Austin.

Llama’s Peruvian Creole. 611 Trinity St. llamasfoodtrailer.happytables.com. A roster of sandwiches stuffed with savory proteins like grilled pork and chicken serve as the centerpiece for this South American trailer that also serves good ceviche.

Lucky’s Puccias. 817 W. Fifth St. luckyspuccias.com. An Italian native serves fluffy sandwiches stuffed with ingredients like prosciutto, roasted red peppers and mozzarella.

Luke’s Inside Out. 1109 S. Lamar Blvd. lukesinsideout.com. Longtime Austin cooking veteran Luke Bibby serves up one of the best burgers in South Austin (along with nightly specials and sandwiches like a Korean barbecue rabbit) from his trailer outside the Gibson bar.

Melvin’s Deli Comfort. 501 E. 53rd St. melvinsdelicomfort.com. The best pastrami sandwich in the city comes on fluffy homemade bread. The roasted turkey is exceptional, as well.

Ms. P’s Electric Cock. 1101 S. Congress Ave. electriccock.com. Brined and fried chicken with a hint of spice from this silver trailer on South Congress.

Patakon. 1213 E. Sixth St. patakonaustin.com. This dinner-only trailer serves a small menu of Colombian dishes like chicken with hogao and plantains just east of Interstate 35.

Patrizi’s. 2307 Manor Road. patrizis.com. Quality handmade Italian food from a trailer that shares dining space with a theater? Believe it.

Peached Tortilla. thepeachedtortilla.com. This trailer spawned a brick-and-mortar restaurant on the strength of its burritos, bowls, tacos, etc. that hybridize Asian, Texan and Southern cuisines.

Red Star Southern. 1700 E. Sixth St. redstarsouthern.com. Southern comfort food like fried chicken and pulled pork sandwiches from a chef whose resume includes time at David Bull’s Congress.

Sabor a Honduras. 2538 Elmont Drive. facebook.com/saborahonduras. Pupusas might be an El Salvadoran specialty, but Sabor a Honduras makes a killer version, the soft corn pouches stuffed with a paste-like concoction of chicharrón and melted white cheese. The fried chicken at the trailer that opened in 2010 is some of my favorite in town, the sweet knobby crust covered in a tangy cream sauce.

Short Bus Subs. shortbussubs.com. Several permanent locations and one roving bus for this deli on wheels with the questionable name. Try the Bully, Short Bus’ take on an Italian grinder.

Svante’s Stuffed Burgers. svantesranchdirect.com. This roving food truck serves big, fat, flavorful burgers. That are stuffed. Obviously.

T-Loc’s Sonoran Hot Dogs. 5715 Burnet Road. tlocs.com. Take a hot dog, wrap it in bacon, grill it and top it with mustard and mayo. Sounds like a Southwestern recipe for success. Wash it down with a homemade agua fresca.

Tapas Bravas. tapasbravasaustin.com. There are three of these silver trucks emblazoned with the red and yellow of the Spanish flag located around town, serving Spanish dishes like pork meatballs and chicken-and-ham croquetas.

Thai-Kun. 1104 E. Sixth St. eskaustin.com. Located behind the Wonderland bar on East Sixth Street, this trailer from the East Side King family delivers traditional Thai dishes that have some serious kick. Bon Appetit magazine named it one of the 10 best new restaurants in America.

Three Little Pigs. 1209 Park Place. 3littlepigsaustin.com. Longtime Austin restaurant veteran chef Raymond Tatum serves up very good Asian-fusion comfort food from his trailer next to East End Wines.

Veracruz All-Natural. twitter.com/veracruztacos. This growing empire now has trucks on Manchaca Road, East Cesar Chavez Street and East Seventh Street that serve the best migas taco in town (and more).

Via 313. via313.com. Two brothers from Michigan operate the two trailers that serve thick, fluffy, cheesy squares of pizza. Try the Detroiter, and get ready for a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Oak Hill.

Wasota African Cuisine. 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. wasotacuisine.com. Lawrence Eguakun serves heaping plates of vegetable and meat platters that often feature mashed yams, plantains, jollof rice and spinach.


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