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12 Austin Food Trucks with Brick-and-Mortar Restaurants

January 18, 2018

Austin food trucks sometimes become brick-and-mortar restaurants. Here are some of my favorites!

It’s slightly funny to me that Austin is known for its food trucks. We usually have a short winter and a scorching hot summer, and winter and summer don’t provide the best weather for eating outside.Austin revels in the spring and fall for outdoor eating. Outside of spring and fall, I’d rather have a controlled environment that doesn’t involve sweating profusely, shooing away flies every 15 seconds, and getting eaten alive by mosquitos OR feeling a biting cold wind while eating as fast as I can so my food doesn’t get cold.

All of this is why I’m glad some of Austin’s favorite food trucks have brick-and-mortar restaurants! Food trucks usually cost less than a brick-and-mortar, so you could say these food trucks have “made it big.” It doesn’t make these restaurants less weird or cool but it certainly gives them more benefits. Usually, those benefits include more parking spots, more solid kitchens, more menu offerings, alcoholic beverages, consistent hours, and climate-controlled environments.

The great thing is, most of these food truck turned brick-and-mortar restaurants still have their trucks in action around town, in case you want to try the food truck.

Ready to eat? Here we go in alphabetical order: 12 Austin food trucks that have a brick-and-mortar restaurant!

Chi’lantro BBQ
The home of the original kimchi fries! These loaded fries and the sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken wings are some of my favorite dishes there. You can also choose from a rice bowl, noodle bowl, salad, burger, tacos, or burrito with your choice of protein.

Brick-and-Mortar: Four locations in Austin. See them here.
Trailer: 823 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

East Side King
I want to say East Side King is the OG of Asian fusion food trucks in Austin, or at least, their food truck was the go-to when my friends and I started a night out years ago. Brussels sprouts, Poor Qui’s Buns, and Thai chicken karaage were all must-orders. You can still find their Japanese street food at their food truck at Liberty but they also opened a brick-and-mortar on South Lamar with a handful more dishes on the menu.

Brick-and-Mortar: 2310 South Lamar Boulevard, Suite 101, Austin, TX 78704
Trailer: 1618 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Garbo’s
Thinking about Garbo’s makes me crave a lobster roll. I like the Maine style with mayo, celery, and spices but the Connecticut style with butter is classic. While their food truck offers an abbreviated menu focused on their lobster rolls, at their brick-and-mortar you’ll find a few more dishes like fried calamari and raw oysters. The brick-and-mortar also features a wine bar.

Brick-and-Mortar: 14735 Bratton Lane, Austin, TX 78728
Trailer: travels all around town and usually seen at breweries. Check their website for the schedule.

Gourdough’s
When it comes to Austin food that surprises and you can’t get anywhere else, Gourdough’s comes to mind. Their loaded donuts are sinful and heavenly. From savory to sweet, there’s a donut on their menu that’s calling you. Their restaurant features even more sinful creations like burgers with unglazed donuts as buns and loaded entrees of chicken fried steak and chicken and donut hole dumplings. Is it cheat day yet?

Brick-and-Mortar: 2700 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704
Two Trailers: 5000 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756 and 1503 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704

Halal Bros
No more eating Halal Bros sitting on the sidewalk at 2 a.m.! (Though that is totally ok. 😉 ) The chicken over rice is still my go-to order and I think the magic might be in the accompanying sauce. In addition to rice dishes, you can get wraps and sides like hummus.

Brick-and-Mortars:  2712 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas 78705 and 1910 West Braker Lane, Suite 800, Austin Texas 78758
Trailer: 419 East 7th Street, Austin Texas 78701

Hey Cupcake
When you go to Hey Cupcake, you know what you’re getting. Bakeries get creative with flavors and combinations but sometimes you want the good ole classic flavors. On the menu are carrot cake with cream cheese, red velvet, strawberry cake with cream cheese, and the combinations of chocolate and vanilla cake and buttercream. Seasonally they also have a pumpkin cupcake. Their iconic airstream with the cupcake on top is a tourist favorite and for good reason when you’re looking for a sweet treat!

Brick-and-Mortar: 5530 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756
Trailers: 1511 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704 and 1720 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704

Julie’s Noodles
The warm soup and dumplings will make you feel toasty on a cold day, and it’s even warmer eating them inside! Handmade noodles and dumplings are some of the best comfort food. You can even get soup dumplings here!

Brick-and-Mortar: 8557 Research Boulevard, Suite 110, Austin, TX 78758
Trailer: 2512 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX 78705

La Barbecue
Don’t be surprised. Of course, there is barbecue on this list! This restaurant is a little different than the rest because they are set up inside the East Cesar Chavez location of Quickie Pickie, a neighborhood grocery store. La Barbecue comes from the Mueller family (Louie Mueller Barbecue) and they are rightfully part of the list of top Austin barbecue joints.

Brick-and-Mortar: 2027 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
Trailer: is no more in Austin but is moving to Los Angeles

The Peached Tortilla
The Peached Tortilla is a shining example of elevating Asian food and making it more approachable. The fusion menu features combinations such as kimchi queso, bacon jam fries, and banh mi tacos. You’ll find a few similar dishes on their lunch, dinner, and brunch menus but the enticing specials will have you coming back for each service time. With Taco Tuesdays, Fried Chicken and Whiskey Wednesdays, Ramen Thursdays, and happy hour every day from 5-7pm, you could easily be eating here every day of the week!

Brick-and-Mortar: 5520 Burnet Road, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78756
Trailer: Special events only

Torchy’s Tacos
Just from looking at their logo you can see Torchy’s Tacos is a little on the rebellious side. If you’re in the mood for loaded, “damn good” tacos, head to Torchy’s. For breakfast, get the Wrangler (brisket, potato, and eggs) and for lunch, my go-to is the Independent (fried Portobello mushroom). Don’t forget the queso! Torchy’s now has over 30 (!!) locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. And it all started with a dream-chasing food trailer in Austin.

Brick-and-Mortar: 12 locations in Austin. See them here.
Trailer: 1311 South First Street, Austin, TX 78704

Veracruz All Natural
We can’t get enough tacos in Austin, and we are ok with that! Veracruz makes a pretty good migas taco and their chips are some of my favorites. They’ve also got a fine selection of aguas frescas and smoothies at their brick-and-mortar.

Brick-and-Mortars: 9003 Waterford Centre Boulevard, Suite 180, Austin, TX 78758 and 2711 La Frontera Boulevard, Suite 320, Round Rock, TX 78681
Trailers: 1704 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702 and 4208 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78704

Via313
Things shifted in Austin when Via313 brought Detroit-style pizza to our city. Caramelized cheese in the crust?! Say no more; where do I sign up? Expanding to a brick-and-mortar meant adding thin-style pizzas, appetizers like meatballs, and salads to the menu. Check out my Austin Eats feature on Via313 here.

Two Brick-and-Mortars: 3016 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78705 and 6705 Hwy 290, No.503, Austin, TX 78735
Two Trailers: 1111 East 6th, Austin, TX 78702 at Violet Crown Social Club and 61 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701 at Craft Pride

Stay warm when it’s cold and cool off when it’s hot. These brick-and-mortar restaurants have got you covered when you’re craving their food truck eats!

Which is your favorite restaurant from this list? Do you know any other food trucks that became a brick-and-mortar?

P.S. Want to know my favorite restaurants in Austin? You got it.

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  • Kelsey @SoMuchLife January 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I haven’t been to OR heard of Garbo’s, but now I want a lobster roll! I think my favorite part about brick and mortars is honestly just having the a/c… haha.

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations January 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      The lobster roll is a must-try! I have friends who refuse to eat outside when it’s hot outside, so this is a good in-between! haha

  • terra January 31, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    This whole food truck to brick and mortar thing has happened a few times with mixed success up here in Richmond, so it’s interesting to see how many places have done it in Austin. I feel like our food truck scene is still sort of new, but it’s definitely evolved in the past few years and it will be neat to see where it goes.

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations January 31, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      It’s definitely interesting to see. In Austin it depends on how much a food truck is growing, what areas they serve, and how much rent a brick-and-mortar spot costs. There are a handful of food trucks that seem to be staying that way because it’s working out well for them, as I’m sure overhead is lower! As long as we get to eat their food, I’m good with it!