Eats

Best Food Trucks in Austin, TX Vol.1

November 15, 2017

Visit these best food trucks in Austin to try a new cuisine or new dish! Thai, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Tacos, Hot Chicken, and more!

One thing Austin is known for is food trucks. It’s such a normal part of my life now that I can’t remember the first food truck I tried or when it was. You can find them all over town featuring a variety of cuisines. Of course, I’ve got some favorites, so I’m happy to share some of them for the next time you visit Austin or want to eat somewhere new.

Dee Dee
I love this Thai food truck on the east side, and with their many awards in the past year, I’m not the only fan. They serve traditional Thai dishes that are full of spice and flavor. Om Gai is a non-spicy chicken dish and they also serve Pad Kapow and Larb Moo, two spicy pork dishes. Their popular sticky rice with mango is one of my favorites. Don’t forget a Thai iced tea!
Location: 1906 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX

Little Lucy’s
When it comes to dessert, Little Lucy’s is definitely one of my favorites. How do you say no to warm mini donuts? They have a variety of flavors but cinnamon sugar is still my favorite. Happiness comes warm in a little pink bag.
Location: 74 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701

Paperboy
Wake up early and enjoy Paperboy for breakfast. The Texas Potato Hash is my go-to, and they have two brioche sandwiches that you’ll love. They keep it simple with their menu but you can’t go wrong.
Locations: 1203 E 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702 AND 204 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX, 78704 (at Radio Coffee & Beer)

Patrizi’s
It’s incredible Italian food, and Patrizi’s recipes are over 50 years old! Fresh pasta and homemade sauces, it doesn’t get better than this. The Carbonara and classic Red Sauce are my favorites and you have to try the meatballs. Also ask about the seasonal desserts.
Location: 2307 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722 (at The Vortex and Butterfly Bar)

Saigon Le Vendeur
I love banh mi sandwiches and Saigon Le Vendeur makes a good one. I always go for the original with cold cuts and pate but they also have sandwiches with grilled pork or spicy chicken. You can also find vermicelli bowls here, which I’m also a fan of.
Location: 2404 E 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Song La
Have you ever had Taiwanese food? Song La is a great place to try it. Their bento boxes are humongous and I love that you can try a few dishes with it. Taiwanese chicken with Thai basil and tofu fries were my favorites, though you can’t go wrong with the pork belly bun and braised pork with rice. A couple of the dishes comes with cooked cabbage and while it may be simple, it’s so good. They also have boba tea.
Location: 411 W 23rd Street, Austin, Texas 78705 (at UT Co-Op Food Court)

Soursop
I’ve been starry eyed ever since trying Soursop. Their Asian fusion cuisine is worth the visit. The O.G. (original gai) chicken sandwich is a must-order for me. I also love the panang eggplant. They also have chicken wings and thighs on the menu.
Location: 440 E St. Elmo Road, Building G-2, Austin, Texas 78745 (at St. Elmo Brewing Company)

Tumble22
Nashville hot chicken! Tumble22 has brought the heat and the flavor to Austin. There are four levels of heat: Wimpy, Hot, Dang Hot, and Fire in the Hole. From what I hear, Fire in the Hole is crazy heat. I love the chicken oysters (dark meat) and the OG Classic Chicken Sandwich (breast) is good too. Since I’ve gone they’ve changed the shoestring fries to potato chips. They also offer coleslaw, potato salad, and BBQ beans for sides.
Location: 600 W 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701 (at Star Bar)

Valentina’s
This barbecue is unstoppable! The meat is juicy and whatever you order – sandwiches or tacos – will be loaded with it! The smoked brisket and smoked carnitas are my favorites. Get there early because there will be a line!
Location: 11500 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748

Wow, is anyone else hungry now? Yes, this is only Vol.1! There are PLENTY of great food trucks out there so stay tuned for more recommendations!

Do you have a favorite Austin food truck? Tell me in the comments below!

P.S. If you want to see my favorite ice cream or cold dessert food trucks, check out this list.

P.P.S. Need more Austin restaurant recommendations? Here’s my list of favorite Austin restaurants.

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  • Caitlin Johnson

    Love this list! Lucy’s is my personal favorite <3 I can never stop drive by without making a stop!

  • I love the variety! When food trucks first started in Richmond I feel like everyone just made tacos, but it’s gotten a little more diverse since then. We still need a good bahn mi, though!

    • ME TOO! It seems like you can find any cuisine in food truck form in Austin these days. I hope that makes it more approachable for people!