Friday Food Trucks: The Mighty Cone

This is part of our new weekly series: Friday Food Trucks – join us every week with a new review from around Austin!

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Imagine a taco… inside a snow cone cup. This little “add-on” is just part of what makes The Mighty Cone so awesome. A little bit of ingenuity and I don’t have to worry about scooping half of my taco off my lap or scooping it from the foil into my mouth with my fingers. Add in an almond, sesame seed, chili flake, and corn flake fry crust and you have my attention.

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When Austin City Limits approached Chef Jeff Blank about helping them create a food court focused around Austin-themed restaurants, this Hudson on the Bend chef created the original chicken cone. Fried in their signature fry, wrapped in a tortilla and thrown in a drink cone for portability, sales went through the roof. In order to make the cones available all year around, The Mighty Cone was opened in 2009 and has established itself as an influential food truck in Austin.

They also have found a way to my heart (almost literally) with the following slogan:

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Shaun went with the original cone – a deep sauteed chicken tender with mango slaw, an ancho sauce that will blow your mind, all contained within the gloriousness of a flour tortilla… in a cone.

I went with the deep sauteed shrimp with an additional bit of avocado (also deep sauteed). While it was pretty damn awesome, I think that Shaun’s took the cake. Maybe I’m just a sucker for fried chicken. Honestly, I don’t care – it went into my stomach faster than you can say “this is healthy, right?”.

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In great southern fusion tradition, we added an order of deep fried pickles with a jalapeno ranch dipping sauce. Everything is slathered in ranch ‘round these parts and I expected no different from the guys of Hudson on the Bend. Shaun was a little weirded out with the taste of the dipping sauce but I found it to be rather delicious (which is great because for $1.95 you get 3 pickle spears and that just makes it awkward with the 2 of us).

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Grab your forks and napkins ladies and gents, this is about to get a little messy.

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Score: 4/5
Cost: <$20
Ordered: 2 Mexican Cokes, 1 Chicken Cone, 1 Shrimp and Avocado Cone, and Fried Pickles
Favorite thing: The Fry and the Slaw
Least favorite thing: Jalapeno Dipping Sauce
Type of food: Southern Fusion, Fried Awesomeness



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19 Responses to “Friday Food Trucks: The Mighty Cone”

  1. Amanda @ Adventure Year July 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I am in love with food trucks. Thankfully Philadelphia has a bunch of them (although looks like you have a Philly one, too. ;)) ! I don’t think we have a taco-cone though, which is very sad!

    • Erica August 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      We do and we plan on visiting it for sure. I’m still kinda “meh” on cheesesteaks so I’m hoping my mind will be blown at one point.

  2. Naomi July 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Just had a typically massive Bolivian menu del dia but this is making me so hungry! Loving your Friday food truck series!

    • Erica August 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      I love menus del dia. NOMNOMNOM

      But I would rather have a food truck any day. I got a bit tired of rice, beans, meat for a year. <3

  3. Heather July 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    YUM. I wish we had food trucks in Cville. Can’t wait to see what else you try during the challenge. I’ll live vicariously through your photos.

    • Erica August 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      Maybe soon? Is there anywhere close to you that has them?

  4. jasmine jean July 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    yummmm. yummmm. yummmmm

  5. Tricia July 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Nice Friday feature – now I want a taco cone. I was going to do something similar in Portland when we were there, which also has a ridiculous number of food trucks, but then I decided it would be embarrassing to admit how often I really ate out in that city. 🙂 Let’s just say it wasn’t once a week. Look forward to your future friday posts!

    • Erica August 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      We’re heading to Portland soon and I can’t wait to do an interim Food Truck Friday! 😀

  6. Maria July 27, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Deeply Sauteed – love the phrase and the images it produces and I think you made the right choice of cones. 🙂

    • Erica August 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

      RIGHT? We were laughing so hard when we saw that sign. So perfect and “health conscious”.

  7. Naomi July 28, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Ha, deep sauteed! Ultimate win.

  8. Hogga July 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    mmmm cones

  9. Ashley August 11, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    These look absolutely droolworthy Thank goodness it was already in my plan to eat tacos today or I would be more jealous than I already am! I look forward to reading the rest of your Food Truck Challenge Posts. Enjoy!!

    • Erica August 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      There are plenty more to come! Thanks for stopping by! <3

  10. Sofie @ Wonderful Wanderings August 20, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    That looks absolutely delicious!
    I’m wondering: did you guys eat everything with your hands?:)

  11. Vanessa (@Turnipseeds) October 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Oh, this looks so awesome! I have yet to visit a single food truck in my home base (Ottawa) and you have inspired me! All this eating is in the name of travel research, right?

    • Erica October 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Always. I tell that to the extra *grumble* pounds I’ve gained since being back in the States!

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