Food Trucks/Trailers/Stands that aren't known for Tex-Mex
I wouldn't know where to look for a list like this, so I thought we'd create one. Write down some mobile or temporary restaurants that are known for something besides Tex-Mex food. We already have a good thread about taco trailers, but we don't have a thread about all the other food trailers/trucks/stands.
There are some very serious economic reasons why this is a growing trend. Part of it has to do with the rather insane price of real estate in Austin. One of my colleagues, (I work in the Food Service Industry) a pastry chef with 30+ years of experience, was looking to buy a building to start his own restaurant. One place he looked at, in a recently upwardly mobile neighborhood in South Austin, was being offered for $1 million. He didn't take it. I was kind of amazed, as there is a particularly skanky trailer park in walking distance.
The other part has to do with City of Austin regulations. Do you know how much it costs just to put in a grease trap that meets City code? One place where I worked ended up going out of business because the City made the owners put in a grease trap that they didn't need and still wouldn't give them the permits.
Possibly a third aspect is there are distinct advantages to running a small business, especially if you can pull it off with only one or two employees, or a family is running it. Austin is pretty far from seeing the crest of the wave of this trend, and I think in a few years, one is likely to see dozens more "taco truck" type businesses.
Papa's Pot sounds interesting. So do the miniburgers.
And to Chub512 - there's a Korean BBQ Sandwich trailer? My roommate is Korean on the inside (One day I'm going to come home and find out that he's traded his Dodge in for a Hyundai), so we'll have to go try it out.
What else, people? Are there any more like Papa's Pot that make quality sandwiches with locally-sourced ingredients?
my two favorites are:
Flip happy Crepes - 400 Jessie St
Tasty sweet and savory crepes. Beware, the wait is excruciatingly long.
Lulu B's - 2101 S Lamar Blvd
Yummy korean style bbq sandwhiches. Others have complained about the wait here as well, but I have never had a problem.