As anyone who’s been living in Austin for the past 5 or so years has seen, there’s been an explosion in the number of food trailers around the area. With clever and playful titles like Coat and Thai, Flip Happy Crepes, and Kebabalicious , colorful signs, and the ever-so noticeable tin trailer glinting in the sunlight, it’s a small wonder why these trailers have permeated the Austin atmosphere and most importantly, fit right in.
Even though I’m an Austinite myself, I can’t really say (can anyone?) when these trailers first started to pop up all along the downtown area, but I remember the first such trailer I saw was Flip Happy Crepes, near South Lamar and Barton Springs Road. I initially thought that these were small temporary food stands made for some charity purpose, but with the arrival of such hits like Hey Cupcake! and most recently, G’Raj Mahal, I soon came to realize that these trailers were here to stay.
What made these trailers so appealing? I originally had somewhat of an aversion to these, as I thought they were more flashy and less of quality that other more traditional restaurants. A cupcake from Hey Cupcake, bratwurst from Best Wurst, and a doughnut from Gourdough’s instantly changed my mind. I have now grown to love the food trailers around Austin, as being an essential (and thankfully eccentric) part of the city. As anyone who’s been to ACL or any big day event downtown, food trailers serve as vital food supply stops, and most have pretty flexible times, that is from mid-morning to sundown. If you’re looking for some, most trailers tend to congregate all up and down South Lamar, 1st Street, South Congress, and the Barton Springs Road area; though driving anywhere around town will yield some results.
So what are you all’s opinions here on the food trailers of Austin? Any memorable cuisines or especially excellent places to share? And what do you think is the future for these brave happy little businesses?
Here’s the best to the food trailers of Austin!
Some great links to check out:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=food+trailers+austin&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&um=1&hl=en&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&wrapid=tlif130550122017610&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=vl (Map of many food trailers in the Austin area)
http://www.foodtrailersaustin.com/ (A guide to Austin food trailers, food carts, food trucks and any other mobile eatery that graces Austin, Texas. Find a quick summary of trailers, their location, hours menu, prices and even directions)