Fly Wheels: Summer's Best Food Trucks

By Layne Lynch  |  June 4, 2014

The streets of Austin are being invaded — by food trucks. We scoured the city to discover what's new (and soon-to-open) in the mobile food universe. Here's our list of the best and brightest. Get ready to rev your engines!

  • Credit: Red Star Southern

    Red Star Southern

    Status: Former Congress pastry chef Erica Waksmunski announced her food trailer this week, and we're already foaming at the mouth to sample the Southern comfort. Sadly, we'll have to wait till late this summer.

    Why to Try: Waksmunski’s new trailer will be parked outside popular Downtown bar The Grackle offering an assortment of Southern must-haves, including crunchy fried chicken, mile-high pulled pork, home-baked bread, creamy pimento cheese and memory-inducing biscuits and gravy. The multifaceted chef will utilize seasonal goods from locals farms like Springdale Farm and Johnson’s Backyard Garden.

    1700 E 6th St

  • The Hot Box Diner

    Status: This bright red trailer – which sells signature "hot boxes" composed of varied meats, rice and plantains — opened in mid-April.

    Why to Try: Latin American cuisine. Need we say more? This city is filled to the brim with Tex-Mex, so it's nice to see a slightly different take on our favorite culinary region. Sample traditional savory dishes, including meat and veggie tacos, massive deep-fried flautas, and soft plantains.

    805 Stark St.

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    Black's BBQ Truck

    Status: The original Black's BBQ in Lockhart is currently working on an Austin restaurant, and the owners confirmed in a recent tweet that a local food truck is also coming. 

    Why to Try: Anyone familiar with the Black's family legacy knows what they're in for (smoked meat!). No menus have been teased, but we imagine pounds of poultry, bovine and swine — including shiny, wood-smoked brisket — await when this food truck revs its engine.

    3110 Guadalupe St.

  • T-Loc's Sonora Hot Dogs

    Status: The family-owned wheels popped up out of nowhere in early April, garnering fans from near and far.

    Why to Try: T-Loc serves its dogs Sonora-style, meaning bacon-wrapped weenies and soft buns piled with pinto beans, raw onions, fresh tomatoes, mustard, jalapeno peppers, and mayonnaise. And while the dog is king, don't miss other dishes like the gooey bean-and-cheese burrito or bold carne asada.

    5715 Burnet Rd

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    GoodLife Food Park

    Status: The East Austin food park has been the talk of the town since plans were announced in early March. While still finalizing tenants, the owners plan to host a soft opening in June.

    Why to Try: The foodie's paradise will house myriad food truck favorites as well as a number of newcomers. Already on board: HeyCupcake!, Chi-Lantro, Full House BBQ, Southside Flying Pizza and Korean Komfort. And that’s just a handful of the much-anticipated participants. 

    900 E. Cesar Chavez

  • The Feed Store at Lone Star Court

    Status: The Lone Star Court Hotel debuted its very own food truck in early April.

    Why to Try: Those who populate The Domain won't have to drive as far anymore for their mobile food fix. True to the hotel's name, the truck focuses on Southern fare, such as spicy sausage gumbo, fruit cobblers, breakfast burritos, Cajun potatoes and gooey Frito pie — prepped in the retro orange and aluminum kitchen. 

    10901 Domain Dr

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