Heading to SXSW this year? You know, that massive music, film, and interactive conference in Austin this coming March? Did you know that Austin, Texas is known to have one of the most prolific food truck communities in the United States? Before putting bad quick food in your mouth, check out our “must eat” list of food trucks at SXSW so you know exactly what to consume during your time in the Live Music Capital of the World.
East Side King
While making your way through the super popular, hipster-laden east side Austin bar scene, make sure to head to East Side King to get your Asian fusion grub on. Located in the official SXSW music venue Liberty Bar, you will have no excuse not to put this fab food in your pie hole. You may also be surprised at a new way to get your veggies in. Some of the most popular (and I personally suggest them myself) things to order is the fried brussel sprouts salad (nom-a-licious), fried beet fries (put them in my mouth now) with kewpie mayo (OH YES), and the tongue buns (Don’t hate. I love me some lengua.).
I would consider this food truck to be a Austin TexMex taco institution. We take our tacos seriously here. But I give a word of warning – TexMex is NOT Mexican food. I wouldn’t even really put it in the same category. Expect a copious amount of fried, cheese, sour cream, and flour tortillas. If that sounds up your alley, you’ve come to the right place. With some of the best damn queso (melted cheesy goodness with green chilies) in town, making a taco decision is rather difficult. I like to get the Trailer Park ‘extra trashy’ (Fried Chicken, Green Chilies, Pico de Gallo, and Cheese on a Flour Tortilla with Poblano Sauce without Lettuce and plus Queso) but check out their Hidden Menu before heading out.
Did I mention we like fried things? Gourdough’s Donuts are not your ordinary doughnuts – they are the holy grail of fried awesomeness that may, in fact, give you a heart attack while eating it and sending you to the fried level of heaven we all aspire to go to. Fried up on the spot (none of this pre-made bullsh*t), you can experience savory, sweet, or a mix of the two. I’m a huge fan of the Son of a Peach (Peach Filling, Cinnamon, Sugar, and Cake Mix Topping) and Granny’s Pie (Caramel, Pecans, Bananas, and Graham Crackers). They take a while to make but they will be piping hot when you get them. If you get a chance, head to their brick-and-mortar restaurant Gourdough’s Public House and order a Ron Burgandy – or any of the other amazing hamburgers made with their doughnuts as the buns.
Ms. P’s Electric Cock
More fried! ALL THE THINGS! This locally sourced fried chicken establishment is freaking amazeballs. If you haven’t had southern fried chicken, for the love of all that is holy, you must try a couple of juicy bits of chicken over a bit of slaw. If you aren’t into bones, the chicken tender sliders are sublime. As they are made to order and fresh as can be, this isn’t a place to eat at if you’re in a rush. Take your time. Sit back. Watch all the gorgeous people walking down South Congress – because lord knows they will be watching you as you obscenely stuff your face with fried goodness.
Hey… You Gonna Eat or What?
This last trailer is listed as one of Austin’s Legendary Food Trucks – and for a good reason. These guys win almost every competition under the sun and offer… a fried sandwich. Their Shiner Bock Beer Battered Monte Cristo with homemade cherry and fig jelly will make you swoon. This ain’t no place for vegetarians (and they will let you know it!) so don’t expect anything without meat (sorry veggies!). Expect a visit from Chef Eric as he revels you in the delights you are about to consume. Some fab menu items include the Lonestar BLT (Fried green tomatoes and poblano pepper aioli? Yes please!) and the Smoked Ham and Brie.
It is no wonder I’ve been working out 5 days a week on a crazy diet! As I tell all my friends who visit, “Come to one of the fittest cities in America and expect to leave a few pounds heavier.”