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