I was down in Austin this weekend for a friend’s wedding, and spent the entire weekend in beautiful 75-degree weather reconnecting with Austin’s awesomeness.
The strip of outdoor cocktail lounges on Rainey Street, the beautiful running path along the Colorado River, and the line of craft fairs and antique shops on South Congress are enough to fill a weekend. But, the food trucks made the biggest impression on me. Unlike NYC where the food trucks are aplenty but typically organized into particular days or parking lots (think Smorgasburg), Austin’s food trucks are peppered throughout the city in the most accessible and delicious of fashion. While there are a lot of great restaurants in Austin, I was really digging the food truck culture that seems so rampant. Grab your food from a truck, grab your beer from a bar, and chill out on a picnic bench for the afternoon.
I only had so much time to make the most of the chill vibe, so I spent some time (perhaps more than I’m willing to admit!) finding the best food trucks in town. Here’s my newly developed cheat sheet.
Paperboy: My favorite, hands down. A simple and delicious breakfast menu with sunnyside up eggs, sweet potato hash and chorizo. A few picnic benches out front. Sunshine. Morning complete.
Gourdough’s Doughnuts: We were chasing this homage to all things doughnut all weekend, and made the mistake of thinking it would be a nice dessert to top off the evening. It’s more of a full meal — or two — but worth every calorie. I’ve got a savory palate, so I went with the Mother Clucker (fried chicken with honey butter) but each concoction on the menu looked delicious.
Masala Dhaba: On the popular Rainey street, Masala Dhaba is tucked inside a few of the craft breweries on the strip. Delicious authentic Indian food (order the goat curry and garlic naan) on the cheap.
I’m heading back to the east coast bright and early tomorrow morning and already having a little bit of separation anxiety – this food and this weather is going to be tough to leave.