Omni Views welcomes TravelUpdate.com blogger Barbara Delollis this week as she shares her 3 part series on why travelers choose Austin, TX for live music and food trucks. For information on accommodations, please explore our Omni Austin Hotels.
A visit to Austin wouldn’t be complete without eating at one of its many food trucks that serve up everything from spicy Thai fusion to Brussels sprouts to doughnuts.
Austinites love food trucks for the experience, the flavors and the chefs’ willingness to take risks, said Erin Quinn-Kong, editor-in-chief of Austin’s official magazine, Austin Monthly.
“What makes Austin so cool is that everyone’s super laid back, but everyone has this entrepreneurial spirit,” Quinn-Kong said. During the six years that she’s lived in Austin, she’s witnessed the food truck scene “explode.”
Austin’s food truck scene may not be the newest thing in town, yet it shows no signs of slowing down. In August, one of the city’s newer eateries on wheels made a splash on the national foodie scene by making the final cut on Bon Appétit magazine’s 2014 list of the 10 Best New Restaurants in the USA.”
That means you can now expect longer lines at Thai-Kun, which is parked behind the Wonderland bar and part of East Side Kings group of food trucks. Bon Appétit raved about Thai-Kun’s “incendiary food” and textures such as crunchy peanuts, celery and sleek rice noodles.
Before the final 10 were announced, another Austin food truck – Odd Duck – made Bon Appétit’s list of Top 50 finalists so expect a longer line there, too.
Some of the food trucks develop such a following that the chefs can make the leap from trailer to bricks and mortar, Quinn-Kong said.
“They’re really a jumping off point for young chefs who try something new, grow an audience and eventually can open up a restaurant,” she said. “A lot of them have said that they’re shocked at how quickly they’re able to put money together for a restaurant based on their trailer.”
Her own personal favorite: Torchy’s Tacos, which has one trailer but several restaurants.
Prices vary, but at the East Side Kings food trucks, Quinn-Kong said to expect to pay roughly $7 per dish. Two dishes are typically considered a meal.
There are a range of other flavors to try, including desert, says devoted Texas foodie Deya Campos, who’s sampled practically all of them. Some of her favorites:
* Gourdoughs Specialty Doughnuts – “Even if you don’t like donuts, you’ll like these.”
* Sonora Hot Dogs – “The hottest dogs in midtown Austin.”
* Tapas Bravas – “Try the Brussel sprouts, they’re the best in Austin.”
* Burro Cheese Kitchen – “From basic to fancy grilled cheese sandwiches that include pear and brie.”
* La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana – “An Austin favorite.”
|About Barbara Delollis
An accomplished newspaper journalist, Barbara Delollis has extensive experience in the travel industry (USA TODAY staff 2002-2013) covering topics like the opening of new hotels, pet peeves of consumers and business travelers, the impact of Millennials, and the growing influence of social media marketing. Now, Delollis is the founder of the Travel Update with Barb Delollis blog, which officially launched in May 2014. In July, Travel Update partnered with BoardingArea.com, the leading content platform for frequent travelers, to expand reach and improve content. As an expert storyteller, Delollis has a track record of creating engaging stories/photo galleries/videos for a sophisticated audience.