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The city of Austin is alive with captivating entertainment, scrumptious cuisine, and exciting outdoor dining options. Home to more than 250 arts scenery and music venues, it’s not called the “Live Music Capital of the World” for nothing. As you may already know, the streets of Austin are also bustling with hundreds of food trucks ready to satisfy any mobile craving.
Breaking the stereotype, the Austin street food scene offers way more than Mexican delicacies. In fact, the city of Austin has a lot to offer, whether you’re craving for Greek Gyros or Asian cuisines, you’ll can find food that satisfies your craving.
In today’s post, we run down the top 50 best food trucks the city of Austin has to offer in 2019. In this guide you’ll find everything from deserts to tacos to burgers, ranked in no particular order. This is your guide to eating at Austin’s most popular food trucks serving the city whether you’re a full-time resident or planning a short visit. Enjoy!
Description: One of Austin’s food trucks which offer dessert in its menu, Hey Cupcake! gives its customers an assortment of creamy and fluffy cupcakes. From the Classic Vanilla Cake Chocolate Buttercream top to the 24 Carrot Carrot Cake cream Cheese top, each cupcake is made delectable as the next. Other than their scrumptious cupcakes, they also offer a selection of different ice cream flavors in pre-packed, 4oz. to-go cups.
Featured Menu Item: Try their newest treat, the Cherry Bomb! A cherry cake with chocolate cream cheese, topped with a fresh chocolate dipped cherry.
Reviews Online: There are cupcakes and then there are “Hey Cupcakes”. This was a whole new level of yummy. – Justin Forgey, Facebook
Description: Garbo’s Lobster takes inspiration from its owner, Heidi. She was born and raised in the northeast coast where her family started the Garbo Lobster Enterprise. She eventually started her own food trailer, Garbo’s Grill, where she was recognized and gained local fame for it. Heidi moved to Austin when she got married, still carrying her passion creating lobster cuisine. In 2013, she opened Garbo’s Lobster in Austin, serving sumptuous New England delicacies with an Austin twist as they say. They offer Oysters for $3.25 each, $19.50 on half a dozen and $39 for a dozen. They also offer a variety of plated meals from Fish & Chips to their Lobster Grilled Cheese, served in white cheddar, smoked gouda, bacon, cherry tomato & tomato soup.
Featured Menu Item: Don’t leave the truck without trying Heidi’s specialty, the Garbo Lobster Roll. Served in warm butter or in mayonnaise, celery & lemon, with fries or subside salad, you’re surely in for a treat with this dish.
Reviews Online: I would recommend this restaurant to absolutely any seafood lover. You will not be disappointed and will without a doubt leave full, but wanting more. – Victoria Samuelson, Facebook
Description: A brainchild of chef Roger, the Evil Weiner’s idea was conceived way back in 2010. While working at a local joint, Roger had the idea of a food truck and knew it would take a lot of work to pull it off. Having been a veteran of the Marine Corps for 20 years, Roger is no stranger with hard work, so he started to conceptualize. He crafted the menu, bought the truck then built it to start his unique venture. His concept for the menu was simple; take the classic American hot dog and do creative ways of making and presenting it to its customers. A simple concept turned creative by making ordinary weiners into something out of the ordinary.
Featured Menu Item: Try their version of the chili dog, the Tex Mex. Presented in cheese, jalapeño relish, Roger’s special Carne Guisada, green onions, and hot sauce for $5.25. Their Pickle Chips is also worth a try, presented in crispy spicy battered pickle chips, served with creamy ranch dressing, a truly delectable treat at $5.00.
Reviews Online: So following you guys after today. Been looking for a delicious dog at a great price point. Found my Zen! – Grant Sonnenberg, Facebook
CAFE YBOR FOOD BUS
Description: Cafe Ybor’s humble beginnings started with a goal. Mike and Eunice Coughlin wanted to break away from the “corporate world” and start building on their dream food truck. Mike left his day job and created the food truck, “Molly Lu” in Florida. Though putting up a food truck in Austin was never an afterthought when they were still conceiving their plan.
They had family in Central Texas and the place had a strong appeal to them since they believed that just like NYC if you can’t make it there, you can’t make it elsewhere. So they gave up everything in Florida and moved to Austin, and the rest was history. Cafe Ybor offers Florida and Texas-inspired specialty sandwiches, salads, as wells as desserts in their menu. They also offer catering services in which they showcase their yummy treats in different presentations.
Featured Menu Item: The Beef and Cheddar – 2 Ways! is a must try. A combination of Florida-inspired roast beef and cheddar on a toasted onion roll with mayo and a Texas-inspired kick with a large bacon and their very own – Pico de gallo. But hurry, this sandwich is on their special menu which has limited availability!
Reviews Online: The consistency each time, the flavor, and the quick service are great! Highly recommend giving any sandwich a try! Keep up the good work! – Brandon Maldonado, Facebook
SALSA AND KIMCHI
Description: The food truck’s name speaks for itself. Offering a taste of both worlds, Salsa & Kimchi serves a fusion of Korean and Mexican food. Dishes like the Chicken Kotsu Taco and the Rib Eye Bulgogi Taco present the unique blending of Korean and Mexican flavors. One of Austin’s food trucks offering a distinct Asian cuisine, look for them parked at 11444 Manchaca Road.
Featured Menu Item: Their Rib Eye Bulgogi Taco is a must try! Served as a stacked Rib Eye steak taco in thinly sliced and marinated Juicy Rib Eye meat. It also comes in sprinkled onions and cilantro but you have to schedule your craving – this meal is served on Tuesdays only.
Reviews Online: Superb meats…spicy & delicious sauce…affordable prices… – Alexandro Correa, Facebook
Description: Roaming around the streets of Georgetown, Fullhouse BBQ serves a variety of grilled grubs from hamburgers, sausages, and ribs. Look for them around the Georgetown area to grab a bite of their mouth-watering bites, A true taste of Texas BBQ.
Featured Menu Item: Try their beef ribs, sausages, and brisket; just some of the top recommendations from their customers.
Quote from Owner: This place is awesome!!!! I had a sampling of the sausage, ribs and (yummy) brisket!!!! Out if this world. I highly recommend the food and the owner is especially personable. Get experience…. this is the real deal in Texas BBQ!!!! Enjoy! – Marjorie Morris, Facebook
THE HOT BOX DINER
Description: The Hot Box Diner is a creative concept of owner-chef Robert Joseph Sharp offering Flatbread Pizzas, Macaroni Bowls, Wings, Sliders, and a lot more. Their location offers plenty of dining space around the food truck where you can bring your friends, even for a large party. The food truck is located at 805 Stark Street, just off Koenig and Lamar down the street from McCallum High School. The Hot Box Diner also host Free Movie Nights on their 12-foot screen out at the back. They are also located near Piper’s Upscale Resale so you can also shop before or after you dine with them. It’s fun and dining all in one location!
Featured Menu Item: Try their slider combos, two Hawaiian rolls filled with your choice of the following. All slider combos are served with fries and a house-made pickle spear. They have the Pork Slider, BBQ Chicken Sliders, and the Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders.
Reviews Online: The Mac N Cheese w/ Pulled Pork was amazing!! I can’t wait to try more items, but must have the mac n cheese again first…….mmmmm! – Kristi Tees, Facebook
Description: Stony’s Pizza started in 2007 by father and son, Steven and Anthony Cohn. Coming from Boston by way of Hawaii and California, they have been serving some of the best NY style pizzas on the streets of Austin. Other than their outdoor food truck stint, they also do catering, deliveries, and event food hosting. They serve adult face size pizza slices, so what are you waiting for? catch them parked at Rainey & Driskill streets from Monday through Friday at 11am-2pm and 9pm-230am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Featured Menu Item: Try any of their adult face sized pizza slices with your choice of toppings; from Cheese, Pepperoni, and Vegetable for a really tummy-filling treat.
Reviews Online: definitely one of the top pizza places to try in Austin. one of my faves. – Frank Fury J. Anaya, Facebook
Description: Prior to moving to Austin, Juana Taco was formerly located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Juana Taco offers genuine Mexican dishes using fresh and palatable ingredients. The company prides itself of preparing their menu fresh daily and a variety of veggie options for their customers. Other than their takeout counters, they also offer catering services for events as well as corporate lunches. Juana Taco is also about giving back as they donate proceeds of their income to chosen charities in and outside the city of Austin. They offer a variety of Mexican delicacies from Tacos, Tortas, Guacamole, and Quesadilla just to name a few.
Featured Menu Item: Their signature dish is a must try. The Juana Taco is presented in homemade flour, corn tortilla, beef fajita, Oaxaca cheese, and avocado. Dressed with cilantro and onions, with lime and grilled onions on one side, this dish is truly a delectable Mexican delicacy!
Reviews Online: Great tacos, grilled tortillas are an excellent touch. I’ve only had the breakfast tacos, but they absolutely hit the spot and are generous in size. – Alan Y., Yelp
BISCUITS & GROOVY
Description: Biscuits & Groovy is known for their throwback-themed menu named after renowned musicians. Their menu is basically made up of freshly baked biscuits, topped with a combination of their signature tasty creations. Name these after famous musicians, and you know where they derived the name of their food truck. Located at Hyde Park between 51st and Duval, you’ll surely get a hang on “The Donna Summer”, “The Village Biscuits”, and a personal fave, “The M.C. Hammer”.
Featured Menu Item: The Gloria Gaynor is a must try! This best seller is served with three scrambled eggs, thick sliced peppered maple bacon, jalapeños, and Colby jack cheese. Just make sure to specify the number of your jalapeños, else, the default is medium.
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Reviews Online: Omg. It is soooooo good. I get the Aretha Franklin and it’s perfection for me. The biscuits are so soft and fluffy and the gravy is just peppery enough. Mmmm – Dallas Tillman, Facebook
SMOKEY DENMARK’S BBQ FOOD TRUCK
Description: Established in 1964 by Albert C. “Smokey” Denmark, the company started its humble beginnings creating sausages. As the founder, Mr. Denmark believed that creating sausages using quality ingredients is the only standard, no one should cut corners, ever. The same values are carried on to their food truck business. They offer a wide variety of sausage flavors that will surely satisfy your meat cravings. Pitmaster Bill Dumas started the concept of bringing the company’s signature meats to the masses a few years ago. He’s accompanied in the truck by DJ, formerly of John Mueller Meat Co. Other than their beloved sausages, they also offer pork ribs and pulled pork into their BBQ venture. Located at 3505 E. Fifth St., don’t miss this food truck where their smoked meats are sure-fire hits.
Featured Menu Item: Try the Pit-Smoked Brisket, it’s gloriously made for 15 hours of slow-rolling Post Oak smoke. It’s sold by the pound or as a whole brisket.
Reviews Online: Did someone say #TacoTuesday? I could eat all of these from The Peached Tortilla and wouldn’t hesitate on the Hainan Chicken! The ginger scallion sauce is incredible. – Natalie Paramore, Facebook
THE PEACHED TORTILLA
Description: The Peached Tortilla is a full-service caterer, mortar restaurant, and food truck serving a fusion of Asian and Southern cuisine. The company started in 2010 as a food truck roaming the streets of Austin serving Asian and Southern-style tacos and sliders. Over time, they had grown their business into several food trucks, then into a full-service catering company and a brick and mortar restaurant. The food trucks travel around the city of Austin offering lunch service, events, and festivals which include Sound & Cinema, Trailer Food Tuesdays, and the SXSW at the Convention Center. Founder Eric Silverstein grew up in Tokyo where he was heavily influenced by several Asian cuisines, and when he moved to Atlanta, Georgia at age 10, it was there he learned traditional Southern cuisine.
Featured Menu Item: Try the Bahn Mi bowl, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich with its ingredients served in a bowl. Vietnamese braised pork belly, pickled daikon carrot, sriracha mayo, cilantro, cilantro lime rice, served with a 45-minute egg.
Reviews Online: For an experience to be remembered, I definitely recommend visiting The Peached Tortilla. Fantastic atmosphere and interesting delicious dishes. We will be back for sure! – Mark P., Yelp
Description: La Barbecue is all about meat. Located at Quickie Pickie building, La Barbecue serves Central Texas with barbecue using recipes only La Barbecue can offer. Owner LeAnn Mueller’s German roots have a heavy influence on La Barbecue’s menu. LeAnn is not into the sweet stuff so most of their menu includes special blends of salty and savory rubs, with no sugar added to anything on the menu. La Barbecue prides itself of sourcing its beef from a local ranch which naturally feeds its livestock. They serve a variety of meats from beef, turkey, to pork and sausages. They also serve sandwiches with their meats as well as sides to complement each dish.
Featured Menu Item: The Bobby Dawg is a house made Jalapeño sausage, with a choice of pulled pork or brisket, cheese, beans, onions, jalapeños, and mustard on Martin’s hotdog bun.
Reviews Online: Damn good barbecue in the Austin area that stands up to the competition of other well known Texas barbecue establishments. – Stephen C., Yelp
NUHA’S SINFUL DESERTS
Description: Nuha’s is one of the few food trucks in the city which offer desserts. Established in 2013, Nuha’s Sinful Deserts’ goal is to provide decadently delicious deserts to the residents of Austin. The company prides itself of using only the finest ingredients for their cookies which is prepared fresh every morning at the trailer. Their main deserts are truly sinful, given these are named after the seven deadly sins; Pride, Gluttony, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Lust, and Envy. They also offer the Death By Chocolate Brownie, the A La Mode; an added scoop of AMY’s Mexican Vanilla or Belgian Chocolate ice cream, and their Ice Cream Float. Located on Barton Springs Road, Nuha’s Sinful Deserts are worth a trip for your craving sweet tooth.
Featured Menu Item: The Devil’s Dozen is the best way to taste all of the seven sinful deserts, plus more! It’s a choice of any thirteen cookies, buy twelve and get the thirteenth sinful cookie for free
Reviews Online: This was amazing! Honestly the best cookies I’ve ever had! You won’t be disappointed. The service was exceptional. – Madeline S., Yelp
THE MIGHTY CONE
Description: The Mighty Cone’s humble beginnings started when the Austin City Limits Music Festival contacted Hudson’s owner, chef Jeff Blank, to entice local restaurateurs to join the festival. The aim was to create festival food which would replicate the unique history of Austin cuisine. The idea came from Hudson’s Hot N’ Crunchy Trout, which was a best seller in the restaurant for some time. The chefs experimented on the dish’s breading and applied it to other foods like chicken. This proved to be a festival-friendly food and relatively inexpensive to create compared to Trouts or Pheasants. They wrapped the breaded chicken in a tortilla and put it in a paper cone to make it easier for festival-goers to hold the food container. They topped it with ancho sauce and mango-jalapeño slaw, and the Hot N’ Crunchy Chicken was born. The food truck is located at Barton Springs Road where it all started, at The Picnic.
Featured Menu Item: The Mighty Cone is, and always be the star of the menu. Their signature breaded chicken wrapped in a tortilla, topped with mango-jalapeño slaw and ancho sauce.
Reviews Online: Barton Springs is a huge tourist hotspot, if you decide to check it out then make sure you stop by the food truck picnic area to try out The Mighty Cone! You will not be disappointed <img class="emoji" draggable="false" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/svg/1f642.svg" alt="