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Jun 23, 2011 08:26 AM

Need additional input for Austin itinerary

I've gotten plenty of exceptional advice from this board and I'm starting to run low on ideas, so I could use some help. Been in town all week long and have had a ton of amazing food. So far, have done Tacos El Rico, Uchiko (happy hour, twice), Odd Duck, Gourdough's, Lucky J's, Bananarchy, Frank, and beers at the Saucer, Draughthouse as well as happy hours at Peche and the Driskill.

East Side Showroom's trucks, East Side King (Grackle) and Franklin BBQ are in the pipeline, but I still need a few more ideas to round out my trip as I plan to stay until sunday. Are there any other noteworthy trucks that I've missed? Particularly interested in avoiding lines, so would really like to hear ones that haven't really caught much attention sort of like Not Your Mama's (which I really regret not visiting while here for SXSW). Shooting for food trucks or restaurants (preferably ethnic) doing high quality food at low-mid end pricing. Not interested in dressy/fine dining at all. Have a car, willing to drive wherever and there are no dietary restrictions.


208 W 4th Street, Austin, TX 07739

Odd Duck
1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

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  1. my brain is a little fuzzy so i may post some more recs later.

    here is a great website listing all the food trucks:

    although it's not ethnic, the dogwood and haddington's have gotten some love on this board.
    those might be good choices for "high quality food at low-mid end pricing".

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    1. re: dinaofdoom

      Thanks! I've got that site bookmarked as well as the Google Maps of every cart saved on my phone. I'm really looking to get more direct recommendations so I will look into Dogwood and Haddington's (and ethnic is just a preference; definitely not a requisite!). Both are basically pubs/bars doing elevated fare, right?

      Basically (and this is open to anyone), are there any trucks/restaurants you've been wanting to try that fit within that budget range, but for some reason or another haven't gotten the chance to do so? Really looking to get an idea of what you guys think sound promising and places that haven't really been talked about in blogs, the media, etc.

      1. re: air

        As long as you visit Arancini on south first street and Three Little Pigs on Rosewood you can consider the trip a success.

        My Arancini post got gobbled up but there's plenty info out there.

    2. I'd recommend Foreign & Domestic - it's not ethnic, but it's also pretty far off the beaten path.

      Foreign & Domestic
      306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

      1. Dogwood:

        The Dogwood burger did sound interesting, but didn't quite have the appetite for it. Pretty impressive chicken on the chicken/waffles. Really liked the juicy chicken, but the waffle was too cakey and fluffy and I was looking for more crisp (different, basically not my preference). Nicely fried chicken fried tomatoes and I was glad to see the crabmeat didn't dominate the tomato flavors. Good, but not great meal.

        1. For trucks, I'd definitely categorize Peached Tortilla as high quality food at low-mid end pricing. I also love G'raj Mahal, particularly their lamb chops and their beef kashmiri. Best to go on an off-hour to GM, though, as there tends to be a wait at peak times.

          For brick & mortar, Barley Swine is Odd Duck's sister restaurant (same chef/owner) and is excellent. I'll also second the Foreign & Domestic suggestion. Both are very casual, although not what I'd call cheap. If you go to Barley Swine, you need to go right when they open or late at night to avoid a wait.

          Barley Swine
          2024 S. Lamar, Austin, TX

          Odd Duck
          1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

          Foreign & Domestic
          306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

          1. Three Little Pigs, most definitely--Al Pastor's taco truck on East Riverside is an also ran--personally, I think Bombay Bistro is exceptional (the spices taste like they've been roasted and ground that day), I've only been to the Brodie Oaks location--some say the best Sunday brunch in town is still Fonda San Miguel (another place with bright fresh spices), but I haven't been there in 3 years--I'd echo many of the places folks are recommending--another brunch possibility is Pao's Mandarin House for Dim Sum, but like the Bombay Bistro reco, if yr from a big city like NYC or something, it might not impress you all that much--in any case, the best Vegan food I've had in my life is at Pao's, and I used to live in the Bay Area, so hopefully that's saying something

            Pao's Mandarin House
            2300 Lohmans Spur, Lakeway, TX 78734

            Bombay Bistro
            10710 Research Blvd Ste 126, Austin, TX 78759

            Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
            2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756