South By Southwest is once again upon us, and as tens of thousands of festival goers descend upon the Live Music Capital of the World, tens of thousands of locals shutter themselves inside to avoid the crowd. See you March 20, Austinites! Ask anyone who’s been around the block: proper diet, or at least something resembling it, is key to a successful SXSW experience.
So, to keep you fueled up for the next showcase, secret show, after party or recovery day, here are 10 Austin food trucks you’ll definitely want to put on your list, in no particular order because they’re all deserving in their own right .
1. Micklethwait Craft Meats
1309 Rosewood Ave.
Tucked away in Austin’s east side, Micklethwait Craft Meats is a relative newcomer to the Austin barbecue scene — Tom Micklethwait founded it in 2012 — but it’s made a big splash in a short time.
Micklethwait serves up the finest meats — pork ribs, sausage, barbacoa, beef strip loin, smoked chicken and more — along with some spectacular sides (think Brisket Frito Pie) from a vintage Comet trailer on Rosewood Avenue.
Micklethwait is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until it’s all gone. Get there early.
2. Peached Tortilla
5520 Burnet Road, Suite 100
The Peached Tortilla combines Southern comfort foods with Asian flair; think Banh Mi sliders and burritos, Chinese BBQ chicken or pork belly, pad thai and bacon jam fries — Belgian-style fries loaded with house-made bacon jam, monterey jack cheese, fried egg, sriracha mayo and green onions, with your choice of peach or Japanese BBQ sauce or wasabi mayo for dipping.
The brick-and-mortar location is located at 5520 Burnet Road, Suite 100, and the truck will keep heavy presence downtown during the festival — stay up on their location here.
3. Baton Creole
1016 E. 6th St. (at Shangri-La)
Baton Creole serves up the classic tastes of Cajun and Creole cuisines on Austin’s East Side, turning it into a mini New Orleans. Owner Lynzy “Pub” Moran hails from Louisiana, where French, Italian, African and Spanish cultures and flavors mingled to create these beloved regional styles.
The menu features dishes like Creole-style Crawfish Etouffee, spicy green bean casserole, Cajun Poutine fries with brie, Crab Boil Potato Salad and the Jambalaya Baton — Jambalaya deep fried and on a stick. When on menu, the fried chicken is divine.
Find Baton Creole on the beautiful back patio of Shangri-La, 1016 E. 6th St., but during SXSW, it will be at the Grackle on 1700 E 6th St
4. Via 313
6705 Highway 290
3016 Guadalupe St., Suite 100
1111 E. 6th St. (at Violet Crown Social Club)
61 Rainey St. (at Craft Pride)
With four locations around Austin — two full-service and two trucks — Via 313 brings the best, if not only, genuine Detroit-style pizza to Texas.
Brothers Zane and Brandon Hunt opened the first Via 313 location out of a small, nondescript trailer at the corner of Sixth Street and Waller Street on Austin’s hip east side, where it remains today.
Grab a quick slice at either of Via 313’s trucks, or stop in to either brick-and-mortar location for a full-service meal.
5. The Mighty Cone
1720 Barton Springs Road
The Mighty Cone was born in 2002 at Austin City Limits music festival when Hudson’s on the Bend owner and chef Jeff Blank was tapped to create festival food with a unique Austin twist.
The perfect food truck serves a variety of dishes in paper cones for easy on-the-go snacking.
6. The Best Wurst
6th and Brazos St. (Wednesday through Sunday)
6th and Red River Road (Friday and Saturday)
1327 South Congress Ave.
4112 Medical Parkway (at Draught House Pub)
The Best Wurst has been serving some of the best grilled sausage sandwiches in Austin for more than 20 years as the first and longest-running mobile food vendor in the city.
With four food trailers around town — two of which are downtown on Sixth street — no trip to Austin is complete without a hot, savory link or two.
With two mobile locations moving each day, it’s worth a trip to track down Garbo’s. The trucks serve up fresh Maine lobster and New England cuisine with a Texas twist.
The menu includes fare like lobster bisque, clam chowder, fish and chips and the renowned lobster grilled cheese sandwich, made with white cheddar, smoked gouda, bacon and cherry tomatoes with tomato soup for dipping.
Find Garbo’s truck schedule here.
8. Veracruz All Natural
1704 E. Cesar Chavez
4208 Manchaca Road (at Radio Coffee & Beer)
2711 La Frontera Blvd. Suite 320
What began as a small smoothie and snow cone truck on Austin’s East Side has blossomed into one of the city’s best food trucks.
Veracruz serves fresh, authentic tacos and salsas and homemade tortillas and tortilla chips using the freshest ingredients around.
2307 Manor Road
Located inside the courtyard of the Vortex Theater, Patrizi’s is another Austin institution, dating all the way back to the 1940s.
They serve fresh, flavorful Italian classics made from decades-old family recipes, passed down over generations. A few favorites are the Pomodoro pasta, Carbonara Alexandra and Karah’s Sausage Sandwich.
10. La Barbecue
1906 E. Cesar Chavez St.
La Barbecue is bred of some of some legendary Texas barbecue stock; co-owner and founder LeAnn Mueller is the daughter of Bobby Mueller, whose Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas, made the Mueller name nearly synonymous with some of the best of Texas barbecue.
Located in the East Cesar Chavez area of Austin, La Barbecue is a consistent contender on best-of BBQ lists year in and out. If you miss your chance during SXSW, La Barbecue will make its way to Los Angeles in the coming months.