This week some epic elements are coming together to create a week of utter hedonism at SXSW. Music, art, free drinks and, of course, the city of Austin itself, which is famous for a stellar array of food truck eating options. We prefer to dine at these rolling restaurants because a) many pay homage to one of our favorite things - old vintage trailers. Hell, this is why we send Sailor Jerry Airstreams all over the country. And b) they help us save our cash so we can afford the pedi-cab we'll need late to race down 6th street in hopes of catching The Spits or NOBUNNY or King Tuff... really any of the awesome headliners we have playing our parties this week. To get your started, here's a little summary of our favorite places to nom, some of which are conveniently located within walking distance of the Sailor Jerry venue (1504 E 6th St - just commit it to memory already):
East Side King
This popular Asian-fusion eatery is multiplying by the minute, with 4 locations just off of East 6th street. Chefs Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya are gaining national recognition with what started as a modest eatery in the back of a local bar. Try a deliciously authentic pork bun, a shaved brussel sprout salad called Meshi, or their fried beets dish that smart people go out of their way for. Locations near Sailor Jerry: Liberty Bar: 1618 E. 6th St. * Shangri-Las: 1016 E. 6th St. * The Grackle: 1700 E. 6th St. (also at Hole in the Wall: 2538 Guadalupe St, near UT campus).
One of the oldest continually running mobile eateries in the famous 6th street bar district, Best Wurst is a truly old-school, no-frills staple of the Austin food truck scene. Stemming from a hotdog business starting in the early 90's, the small cart keeps it simple with a selection of 4 sausages, brats, and dogs with the most classic of toppings - including homemade brown mustard and curry ketchup. Locations: 6th & Brazos (Wed-Sun) * 6th & Red River (Fri & Sat)
(photo by swanksalot on Flickr)
Michael Rypka call's the tacos at Torchy's "damn good" - based on the reactions his food got from adoring fans when the truck made its first appearance. Now with multiple locations in cities across Texas, the famous joint offers uniquely inspired tacos and treats and one of a kind specials. Try the signature green chili pork taco for an authentic kick or the deep fried avocado which vegetarians kill for - even a carnivore would are wrestle you for one of these. Location:
1311 S 1st St.
"Big.Fat.Donuts" is the slogan of Gourdoughs, and man do they live up to it. Housed in a restored Airstream trailer, these guys dish out sweet and savory donuts with ridiculous flavors. From the "Boss Hog" topped with pulled pork, potato salad, and honey BBQ, to our personal favorite, the "Sailor Jerry", a frosted rum cake donut topped with icing and nuts.
Location: 1503 S. 1st St.
(photo by paul_lowry on Flickr)
Surf 'n' Turf Poboys
If you're looking for a take on the classic foods of New Orleans, then look no further than Suf 'n' Turf Poboys. For it's name sake they offer loads of poboy options - from blackened catfish to oysters - in HUGE portions. But the twist comes in the "Surf" part of their name - souther Cali cuisine staple, fish tacos. Whether you're looking to stay cool or spice it up, this trucks unique look and convenient location has got you covered. Location: 4th and Lavaca [Lavaca Street Bar]
(photo by tastytouring on Flickr)
Chefs Sidney and Anthony are seasoned chefs offering a taste of Indian out of a small truck. With a strong desire to source local ingredients, your meal here will be fresh and tasty. This is a great option for vans and vegetarians, with meat-free menu, and a list of sauces that do not contain cream.
Location: 91 Red River, Facing Davis
For a taste of some uniquely Austin cuisine, look no further than Mighty Cone. Fine dining establishment Hudson's on the Bend owner Chef Jeff Blank was seeking a way to bring the heritage of Austin food to the masses at Austin City Limits. So he birthed the Hot'n'Crunchy Chicken cone, wrapped in a tortilla and served in a convenient drink cone for easy eating. And the rest was history.
Location: 2512 Rio Grande