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Best food truck in Austin?

gtbaum Sep 28, 2010 04:41 PM

Hey all,

I'm an east-coaster that's on his way with some friends to Austin for ACL in a couple of weeks. We've got most of our food plans mapped out, but I was hoping to try one or two of the best that Austin has to offer with it's many food trucks!

I did a few searches on the Austin boards on this subject, but since the food truck industry seems to always be in flux, I was hoping to get some responses with trucks that are currently in business and serving great food! Thanks in advance for your advice!


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  1. malarkey RE: gtbaum Sep 28, 2010 08:32 PM

    Odd Duck.

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      amysuehere RE: malarkey Sep 30, 2010 05:48 AM

      Mine's a toss-up between Odd Duck and Franklin's. I would have to go with Odd Duck, because of the incredible wait you'll endure at Franklin's (likely 45+ minutes). Dang it. The bbq is really, really good and very "Texas" though....If you were in town for something other than the ACL, I'd say take an afternoon and go to New Braunfels and go to Coopers and go play in the water, but I digress.

      Odd Duck will impress you.

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        tummoi RE: amysuehere Sep 30, 2010 10:19 AM

        And the wait at Odd Duck isn't incredible? I've tried twice now to eat there, once just last night on a Wednesday, and the wait was 45+ minutes both times.

        Odd Duck. They may be mobile but they're not fast.

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          amysuehere RE: tummoi Sep 30, 2010 02:07 PM

          I've never had to wait more than just a few minutes and I usually go on Saturday night. Granted, I go somewhere between 5:30 and 6...

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            puddles RE: amysuehere Sep 30, 2010 06:17 PM

            I've never waited more than 15-20. Odd Duck is amazing, but it's fairly close to Zilker and the stoner hordes will be rampaging through Gourdoughs right next door

            1. re: puddles
              amysuehere RE: puddles Oct 1, 2010 05:27 AM

              ah, good point. I basically steer clear of downtown/South Austin completely during ACL. It's basically like a small island when a cruise ship lands. I'm afraid anywhere you go down there during that time is going to be a crush of humanity.

    2. agoodbite RE: gtbaum Sep 28, 2010 09:42 PM

      Search "trailer" and you will get more information than you ever wanted to know on this much covered topic.

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        DavidD RE: gtbaum Sep 29, 2010 03:11 AM

        If you're an east coaster I would try for something you just don't see up North. Lucky J's Chicken and Waffles has some of the best fried chicken I've had anywhere and with waffles and syrup, just something you have to try at least once.

        1. donnaaries RE: gtbaum Sep 29, 2010 05:28 PM

          Get in line with everyone else at Franklin's BBQ. That is great brisket (possibly the best in Texas) coming out of a trailer.

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            achtungpv RE: donnaaries Oct 2, 2010 05:58 AM

            Seriously, Franklin's is a must. The brisket is consistently superior to any other place in Central Texas (haven't tried Snow's yet though).

            Get there at 10:45. It'll only be a 15 minute wait when they open the gate at 11. If you arrive after 11am, you can gauge the wait by the awning. The end of the awning equals about 30 minutes. If you arrive at 11:45 or later, they'll most likely be out of brisket and ribs by the time you get to order.

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              citizen Able RE: donnaaries Oct 13, 2010 10:33 AM

              I may not be the most reliable reporter because I'm "meat-drunk." I just came from Franklin's and had some truly outstanding brisket and pork ribs. I got the lean brisket and it was moist and flavorful.

              The guy sitting across from me shared a bite of sausage and it was merely good.

              The guy next to me had the pulled pork and gave it a thumbs up.

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              taliesin15 RE: gtbaum Oct 13, 2010 09:53 AM

              Odd Duck and Tacos El Rico
              Heard great things about Franklin's but haven't been there yet

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                JackWood RE: gtbaum Oct 24, 2010 01:31 PM

                Sushi A Go Go. Great sushi at great prices.

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                  LaraP RE: gtbaum May 16, 2012 09:54 AM

                  Is Shorty's any good? I ask b/c it's literally topping this (longish) list of the best food trucks in Austin. Wasn't sure. Ms. P’s Electric Cock is second. Can anyone tell me if this is kind of right? Curious, and hungry...


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                  1. re: LaraP
                    mkfoodie RE: LaraP May 16, 2012 10:21 AM

                    That list is not close to up to date or correct [IMHO]. Some of those trucks don't exist any more, some have changed names, etc. If you want to check out the trailer scene in Austin there are a couple websites devoted specifically to that. Also check out the Austin Food Bloggers City Guide for 2012 which has several pieces on trailers written by the experts. Shorty's is okay for burgers but there are much better in Austin.

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                      LaraP RE: mkfoodie May 16, 2012 12:35 PM

                      Checking the Bloggers guide out -- excellent, and thank you!!!!

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                        NWLarry RE: mkfoodie May 21, 2012 06:37 AM

                        Besides yours? Link?
                        MK is too modest to talk about his site, but it's the most up to date and has the best map.
                        Taco Journalism is also excellent.

                      2. re: LaraP
                        Alan Sudo RE: LaraP May 16, 2012 12:24 PM

                        Let's see, the link has Austin's BEST food trailers listed as #1 Shorty's Hamburgers, #2 Ms. P's, #3 Banananrchy, #4 Tenderland and #5 Gourdoughs.

                        That's not even close. Maybe they meant Austin's greasiest food trailers?

                        Don't get me wrong, I do love me some fried pork sandwiches at Tenderland. They are huge, tasty and really hit the spot when I'm craving fried stuff, but none of these places represent the best in Austin today.

                        In fact, it's hard to name "the best", but any such discussion should at least include a few names from the following list. If you don't hear any of these trailers mentioned, keep on moving on.

                        East Side Kings, Three Little Pigs, Pachamama's Peruvian, Lulu B's, The Peached Tortilla, Conscious Cravings, Coolhaus, Way South Philly, La Boite Cafe, Rosita's Al Pastor, El Taco Rico, Verts, Dock and Roll, Spartan Pizza, the Best Wurst, G'Raj Mahal, Osmos Kitchen, Reggie's.

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                          LaraP RE: Alan Sudo May 16, 2012 12:35 PM

                          Hi Alan, thanks! I'm furiously scribbling down all the places you just mentioned (and I'm so, so hungry).

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                            NirvRush RE: LaraP May 16, 2012 01:18 PM

                            Previ I lineously Odd Duck would have been my choice for #1, too bad you missed it! But def East Side Kings, the flavors are awesome. And I love Flip Happy crepes. Went there on Saturday, its prob been 8mos to a year since I'd been. I really think their crepes are bigger than when they first opened...that never happens. Pleasant surprise.

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                            Rene RE: Alan Sudo May 21, 2012 07:26 AM

                            Dock and Roll is outstanding and I can't wait for my next visit from the far NW burbs later this week, I also noticed a storefront VERTS opening up at Volente Plaza between Torchys and How Do You Roll.... really looking forward to the new options up north.

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                              knightro98 RE: Alan Sudo May 22, 2012 10:33 AM

                              Just tried Way South Philly. Amazing! Highly recommended if you need a good cheesesteak fix.

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                            austineatsworld RE: gtbaum May 18, 2012 06:35 AM

                            I think The Seedling Truck deserves mention as one of the best trailers in town. I would say their concept resembles that which used to be found at Odd Duck. The offerings change regularly, but everything I have had has been top notch.

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                              knightro98 RE: gtbaum May 20, 2012 08:57 PM

                              East Side King and The Texas Cuban.

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                                surffink RE: gtbaum Sep 12, 2012 06:12 PM

                                Go to the Bouldin Creek Food Park on South First St. The best assortment is found there. Wasota African Cuisine (Western African/Nigerian), Soco to Go (southern comfort), Little Thai (my favorite Thai), and Phatso's Cheesesteaks (the real deal).

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