15 of the Best Food Trucks in Austin

Austin, TX leads the country in food truck growth, going from 648 in 2006 to 1,265 in 2016. Any menu item you can possibly imagine can be found on wheels somewhere in the city proper. We’ve compiled an alphabetical list of 15 of our favorite spots to grab a bite in Austin. Plus, with the Food Moves mobile app launching soon, you’ll be able to track these trucks, find food trucks near you, see their most up-to-date menus (including daily specials), and get exclusive deals on hot items. All for free!

Anyway, on to 15 of our favorite Austin food trucks!

 

 

 
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Baton Creole

The top slinger of creole fare in East Austin is a hot-pink truck with warm spice aromas wafting out at all times. The specialty recipe is a smoked pork sausage and rice dish packed with flavor from vegetables and seasoning that is then deep-fried on a stick and doused with spicy, tangy remoulade sauce. It’s the trademarked “Jamabalaya Baton”, and it’s something to behold. Plus, if you want a vegetarian alternative, you can replace the pork with spicy tofu. Want something a little less fried-on-a-stick? They’ve got classic gumbos, crawfish étouffee, Cajun-style poutine, rotating specials, delicious beignets served piping hot with powdered sugar, and more. Send your taste buds on a trip to New Orleans and get over to Baton Creole.

Chi'lantro serves up some the most inventive, consistently acclaimed Korean/Mexican fusion. Think tacos with spicy marinated chicken, or the sweet rib-eye bulgogi. Or a burrito with spicy tofu and soy vinaigrette salad, fried egg, cheese, and their signature magic sauce. Or a quesadilla with caramelized kimchi, cilantro, cheeses, and your choice of filling. And don't forget the renowned kimchi fries: delicious, crispy fries topped with a mountain of kimchi, cheese, cilantro, onions, Sriracha, sesame seeds, and magic sauce. Catch them Mon-Fri at 823 Congress Avenue.

 

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Doggie Style

Some may call them sacrilege, some may call them genius. Most just call them delicious. Doggie Style is a food trailer in South Austin that dishes out house made, vegan hot dogs in multiple, inventive styles. Try one with freshly made cream cheese and sweet pickles, or with crispy fries and tangy coleslaw, or a Chicago style dog with mustard pickles, peppers, relish, tomato, and celery salt. Oh, and maybe add on some nachos or the Stacked Fries, with chili sauce, queso, jalapenos, and ranch dressing. Doggie Style can be found on 603 West Live Oak Street, Tuesday-Friday for lunch and dinner, and on Saturdays from 12PM-8PM.

If haven’t tried Venezuelan food, this family-owned fleet of trucks is a pretty great place to start. Arepas, sandwiches, pork and chicken bowls, sweet plantains, Venezuelan cheese sticks, sweet corncakes, and plenty more. The bold flavors, great service, and great prices are sure to put these Venezuelan delicacies into your regular meal rotation. You can find their three trucks in South Austin, Downtown Austin, and by Space24Twenty near UT Austin, and here are the hours for each truck.

Happy Lobster

Prepare yourself for a generous portion of fresh Maine lobster piled on a fresh-baked, butter-toasted bun. When you’ve prepared yourself for that, then prepare yourself for the Happy Lobster Roll’s special seasoning blend, or if you can handle the heat, for the Angry Lobster Roll’s spicy mayo and hot pepper relish. On top of that, you’ve got immaculately fried haddock sandwiches, fish tacos, lobster grilled cheeses, hand-cut fries, and the can’t-miss fried lobster mac ‘n cheese bites. These lobster roll maestros can be found roaming the Downtown area of Austin.

Hit the Midway Food Park and you’ll find this funky, bright red food trailer. They mix in daily specials, but the real appeal is in the sandwiches. This truck takes some classic sandwiches and transforms them with delicious, gourmet twists. Take the Shiner Monte Cristo, for example. A classic Monte Cristo is amped up with pit-smoked ham and turkey, and homemade cherry/fig jelly. Then, it’s absolutely flipped on it’s head by being dipped in a Shiner Bock beer batter and deep fried. The Lonestar BLT incorporates thick cut, Applewood-smoked bacon, fried green tomatoes, and a homemade poblano pepper aioli. Not to mention the spicy brisket sandwich to the right. These are some serious eats, and should be near the top of everyone’s to-eat list.

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Little Lucy’s

Little Lucy’s, named for the founder’s adorable puppy, Lucy,  takes donuts to the next level. There are two base options: a $5 bag of 6 mini donuts, or a $7 bag of 12. From there, you can choose from a range of sugars and dipping sauces: cinnamon-sugar, lavender pistachio, white chocolate dip, honey, Nutella dip, and many, many more. Plus, during the winter months enjoy a seasonal apple cider or hot chocolate with your perfect, fluffy, mouth-watering donuts. Little Lucy’s can usually be found at 74 Rainey St open until 12:30 AM on weekdays, 2:30 AM on weekends, making for the perfect late-night treat.

Llama’s serves up a huge menu filled with wickedly good Peruvian food that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Austin. Twice-cooked pork belly, lime-marinated chicken, beef sausages, fresh Mahi Mahi ceviche, vegan stir fry, steamed buns, and local ice cream made from the tough-to-find Lucuma fruit. Many dishes offer vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free versions as well. Chef Julio-Cesar Florez grew up cooking in Lima, Peru, brought his passion to the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program, and is now preparing these delicious dishes near 7th and Trinity for your gastronomic pleasure.

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Longhorn Chicken

Southern fried chicken the way Grandma used to make. A spiced cornmeal and flour dredge for a perfect crunch. High-quality, Halal-certified chicken. House-made sauces. Oh, and signature, made-from-scratch waffles. Try the fried chicken, spicy or original, or maybe one of their five flavors of wings, or the smoked chicken platter, or the pulled pork sandwich. You can’t go wrong at Longhorn. Dig in at 2512 Rio Grande Street.

Who doesn’t love a gourmet quesadilla or a breakfast taco? This quesadillas are no joke; you can choose from barbacoa, BBQ beef brisket, chicken, veggies, cheese, or even their secret meatloaf recipes, which has been refined and perfected over the past 40 years. Add in a wide selection of cheeses and dipping sauces, and you’ve got your new favorite quesadilla. You can find the truck on 7th and Trinity, Tuesday-Saturday from 7PM until 3AM.

Nuha’s Sinful Desserts

Feeling sinful? This is the place for you. Nuha’s bakes a cookie for each of the seven deadly sins, and each of the cookies is deadly delicious. From the classic chocolate chip “Pride”, to the red velvet and buttermilk “Lust”, the menu consistently delivers. Don’t miss the graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow “Greed” cookie, it’ll have you asking for s’more. Plus, check out ice cream floats and death-by-chocolate brownies a la mode. Nuha’s must have made a deal with the devil to be this delicious. Find ‘em on Barton Springs Road.

Tostadas, Tacos, Tortas, Ceviche, Bowls, and refreshing housemade beverages in a few unique flavors! This Mexican food truck is packing some serious flavor. The meats are marinated overnight, braised, and then pulled for use in tacos, tortas, or tostadas. Toppings like tangy pickled red onions, queso fresco, sour cream, and melted cheese tie every dish together perfectly. Looking for something a little lighter? The shrimp cevice is beautifully prepared with top-quality Gulf of Mexico shrimp, lime juice, pico de gallo, cucumbers, and  guacamole, plus a side of warm, crispy tortilla chips. And don’t miss the Horchata, Tamarind agua fresca, and loose-leaf tea.

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Picnik

The Picknik trailer, an expansion of a brick-and-mortar, serves up delicious, healthy meals. Plus, they are very conscious of dietary restrictions and boast a 100% gluten, corn, peanut, and soy free menu. Try out some delicious shakes and teas, soups, quinoa bowls, and grab-and-go breakfast options like chorizo frittatas or bacon and eggs breakfast tacos. And if you need a little boost for the rest of your day, try a signature butter coffee, with grass-fed butter, organic coffee beans, MCT coconut oil, and wood-fired maple syrup. These creamy, sweet treats give you a lasting energy boost with no crash. Find them at 1700 S. Lamar Boulevard daily from 7 AM to 3 PM.

Brisket. Ribs. Pulled Pork. Sausages, Turkey, and more. Combo plates, sandwiches, sides of potato salad, cream corn, pinto beans, coleslaw. This BBQ truck has it all. Sweet, spicy, smoky tangy. Make sure you have time to take a nap after visiting Scotty’s, you’ll need it. This is some prime BBQ. Make sure to check out the Dr. Pepper Sauce. Find ‘em at 2730 E Cesar Chavez, in East Austin. Get there quick, the best cuts sell fast.

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Shawarma Point

After opening up in 2013, Shawarma Point has made a name for itself as some of the best Mediterranean cuisine in the Austin. This family-owned eatery sources the freshest ingredients, highest-quality meats, and serves up some of the tastiest, homemade pita wraps. Check out the chicken shawarma, beef/lamb gyro, and falafel. Your taste buds will thank you. Find them near University of Texas on 2011 Whitis Ave, or Downtown on 519 E 7th Street.

 

Is your favorite ATX food truck missing from this list? We’d love to try it, shoot us an email!

FoodMoves will be available in Austin SOON! Are you ready to find the best food trucks and freshest farmers’ markets in your area? Join the waitlist here and we’ll email as soon as the app is launched. Until then, try some of these out and let us know how you like ‘em!

Sam Beck