Spare your wallet while dining at these spots around East Austin.
Though they started as a single food trailer, these Asian-fusion outposts are now “growing like crazy and for a reason” into five locations around town; fans line up for “tasty”, “inventive” snacks like pork and curry buns, ramen and beet fries “to die for”; P.S. all but the South Lamar location are open late.
“Quit reading and run to Via” say fans of this food-truck duo (with an Oak Hill brick-and-mortar), specializing in Detroit-style pizza baked in square, steel automotive-parts pans to create crust that is “thick, crispy and buttery” and topped with “tangy” sauce, cheese and ingredients ranging from pepperoni to prosciutto, arugula and Parmesan; trucks are parked outside the Violet Crown Social Club and Craft Pride, meaning a late-night bite of this “slamming” pie has “prevented many a hangover.”
This East Austinite, which many claim has "the best pies" in town, serves "specialty" thin-crust pizzas with "unique topping combinations" made with "veggies and meats from local farms" and ranches; the original "charming hole-in-the-wall" location may be "small on space" – the only seating is outdoor picnic tables – but you can "bring your own beer and wine."
Tucked into a small East Austin lot, this red shipping container-turned-food stand prepares banh mi, vermicelli bowls and spring and egg rolls, as well as sweet, potent Vietnamese iced coffees. A compact kitchen tucked behind a wooden front counter closes when supplies run out, and seating is first-come, first-served at casual benches on the adjoining patio.
Rice bowls, curries, stir-fries and crowd-pleasing bibimbop and bubble teas are on offer at this Downtown Asian, an affordable, health-oriented (and often vegan and gluten-free) option amid the area’s myriad fast-food outlets. The homey interior has gingham-checked tablecloths and ample natural light courtesy of large picture windows, plus outdoor seating on an expansive side porch.
The vegan comfort food ranges from seitan-stuffed tacos to BBQ soy burgers at this hip food-trailer duo also serving sweet potato fries, tots and beer. The bright-blue vehicles are parked outside of East Austin's Cheer Up Charlie's and South Austin's Radio Coffee & Beer, and picnic-table seating draws late-night crowds.