Austin’s Top 50 Food Trucks to Eat At – 2019 Best List Edition

The city of Austin is alive with captivating entertainment, scrumptious cuisine, and exciting outdoor dining options. Home to more than 250 arts scenery and music venues, it’s not called the “Live Music Capital of the World” for nothing. As you may already know, the streets of Austin are also bustling with hundreds of food trucks ready to satisfy any mobile craving.

Breaking the stereotype, the Austin street food scene offers way more than Mexican delicacies. In fact, the city of Austin has a lot to offer, whether you’re craving for Greek Gyros or Asian cuisines, you’ll can find food that satisfies your craving.

In today’s post, we run down the top 50 best food trucks the city of Austin has to offer in 2019. In this guide you’ll find everything from deserts to tacos to burgers, ranked in no particular order. This is your guide to eating at Austin’s most popular food trucks serving the city whether you’re a full-time resident or planning a short visit. Enjoy!

Hey Cupcake!

A Scrumptious Treat From Hey Cupcake!

Description: One of Austin’s food trucks which offer dessert in its menu, Hey Cupcake! gives its customers an assortment of creamy and fluffy cupcakes. From the Classic Vanilla Cake Chocolate Buttercream top to the 24 Carrot Carrot Cake cream Cheese top, each cupcake is made delectable as the next. Other than their scrumptious cupcakes, they also offer a selection of different ice cream flavors in pre-packed, 4oz. to-go cups.

Featured Menu Item: Try their newest treat, the Cherry Bomb! A cherry cake with chocolate cream cheese, topped with a fresh chocolate dipped cherry.

Reviews Online: There are cupcakes and then there are “Hey Cupcakes”. This was a whole new level of yummy.    – Justin Forgey, Facebook

Link: heycupcake.com

Garbo’s Lobster

Description: Garbo’s Lobster takes inspiration from its owner, Heidi. She was born and raised in the northeast coast where her family started the Garbo Lobster Enterprise. She eventually started her own food trailer, Garbo’s Grill, where she was recognized and gained local fame for it. Heidi moved to Austin when she got married, still carrying her passion creating lobster cuisine. In 2013, she opened Garbo’s Lobster in Austin, serving sumptuous New England delicacies with an Austin twist as they say. They offer Oysters for $3.25 each, $19.50 on half a dozen and $39 for a dozen. They also offer a variety of plated meals from Fish & Chips to their Lobster Grilled Cheese, served in white cheddar, smoked gouda, bacon, cherry tomato & tomato soup.

Featured Menu Item: Don’t leave the truck without trying Heidi’s specialty, the Garbo Lobster Roll. Served in warm butter or in mayonnaise, celery & lemon, with fries or subside salad, you’re surely in for a treat with this dish.

Reviews Online: I would recommend this restaurant to absolutely any seafood lover. You will not be disappointed and will without a doubt leave full, but wanting more.    – Victoria Samuelson, Facebook

Link: garboslobsteratx.com

Evil Weiner

Description: A brainchild of chef Roger, the Evil Weiner’s idea was conceived way back in 2010. While working at a local joint, Roger had the idea of a food truck and knew it would take a lot of work to pull it off. Having been a veteran of the Marine Corps for 20 years, Roger is no stranger with hard work, so he started to conceptualize. He crafted the menu, bought the truck then built it to start his unique venture. His concept for the menu was simple; take the classic American hot dog and do creative ways of making and presenting it to its customers. A simple concept turned creative by making ordinary weiners into something out of the ordinary.

Featured Menu Item: Try their version of the chili dog, the Tex Mex. Presented in cheese, jalapeño relish, Roger’s special Carne Guisada, green onions, and hot sauce for $5.25. Their Pickle Chips is also worth a try, presented in crispy spicy battered pickle chips, served with creamy ranch dressing, a truly delectable treat at $5.00.

Reviews Online: So following you guys after today. Been looking for a delicious dog at a great price point. Found my Zen!    – Grant Sonnenberg, Facebook

Link: theevilwiener.com

Cafe Ybor Food Bus

Description: Cafe Ybor’s humble beginnings started with a goal. Mike and Eunice Coughlin wanted to break away from the “corporate world” and start building on their dream food truck. Mike left his day job and created the food truck, “Molly Lu” in Florida. Though putting up a food truck in Austin was never an afterthought when they were still conceiving their plan.

They had family in Central Texas and the place had a strong appeal to them since they believed that just like NYC if you can’t make it there, you can’t make it elsewhere. So they gave up everything in Florida and moved to Austin, and the rest was history. Cafe Ybor offers Florida and Texas-inspired specialty sandwiches, salads, as wells as desserts in their menu. They also offer catering services in which they showcase their yummy treats in different presentations.

Featured Menu Item: The Beef and Cheddar – 2 Ways! is a must try. A combination of Florida-inspired roast beef and cheddar on a toasted onion roll with mayo and a Texas-inspired kick with a large bacon and their very own – Pico de gallo. But hurry, this sandwich is on their special menu which has limited availability!

Reviews Online: The consistency each time, the flavor, and the quick service are great! Highly recommend giving any sandwich a try! Keep up the good work!    – Brandon Maldonado, Facebook

Link: cafeybor.com

Salsa and Kimchi

Description: The food truck’s name speaks for itself. Offering a taste of both worlds, Salsa & Kimchi serves a fusion of Korean and Mexican food. Dishes like the Chicken Kotsu Taco and the Rib Eye Bulgogi Taco present the unique blending of Korean and Mexican flavors. One of Austin’s food trucks offering a distinct Asian cuisine, look for them parked at 11444 Manchaca Road.

Featured Menu Item: Their Rib Eye Bulgogi Taco is a must try! Served as a stacked Rib Eye steak taco in thinly sliced and marinated Juicy Rib Eye meat. It also comes in sprinkled onions and cilantro but you have to schedule your craving – this meal is served on Tuesdays only.

Reviews Online: Superb meats…spicy & delicious sauce…affordable prices… – Alexandro Correa, Facebook

Link: facebook.com/salsakimchi/

Fullhouse BBQ

Description: Roaming around the streets of Georgetown, Fullhouse BBQ serves a variety of grilled grubs from hamburgers, sausages, and ribs. Look for them around the Georgetown area to grab a bite of their mouth-watering bites, A true taste of Texas BBQ.

Featured Menu Item: Try their beef ribs, sausages, and brisket; just some of the top recommendations from their customers.

Quote from Owner: This place is awesome!!!! I had a sampling of the sausage, ribs and (yummy) brisket!!!! Out if this world. I highly recommend the food and the owner is especially personable. Get experience…. this is the real deal in Texas BBQ!!!! Enjoy!    – Marjorie Morris, Facebook

Link: facebook.com/FullhouseBBQ/

The Hot Box Diner

Description: The Hot Box Diner is a creative concept of owner-chef Robert Joseph Sharp offering Flatbread Pizzas, Macaroni Bowls, Wings, Sliders, and a lot more. Their location offers plenty of dining space around the food truck where you can bring your friends, even for a large party. The food truck is located at 805 Stark Street, just off Koenig and Lamar down the street from McCallum High School. The Hot Box Diner also host Free Movie Nights on their 12-foot screen out at the back. They are also located near Piper’s Upscale Resale so you can also shop before or after you dine with them. It’s fun and dining all in one location!

Featured Menu Item: Try their slider combos, two Hawaiian rolls filled with your choice of the following. All slider combos are served with fries and a house-made pickle spear. They have the Pork Slider, BBQ Chicken Sliders, and the Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders.

Reviews Online: The Mac N Cheese w/ Pulled Pork was amazing!! I can’t wait to try more items, but must have the mac n cheese again first…….mmmmm!    – Kristi Tees, Facebook 

Link: thehotboxdiner.com

Stony’s Pizza

Description: Stony’s Pizza started in 2007 by father and son, Steven and Anthony Cohn. Coming from Boston by way of Hawaii and California, they have been serving some of the best NY style pizzas on the streets of Austin. Other than their outdoor food truck stint, they also do catering, deliveries, and event food hosting. They serve adult face size pizza slices, so what are you waiting for? catch them parked at Rainey & Driskill streets from Monday through Friday at 11am-2pm and 9pm-230am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Featured Menu Item: Try any of their adult face sized pizza slices with your choice of toppings; from Cheese, Pepperoni, and Vegetable for a really tummy-filling treat.

Reviews Online: definitely one of the top pizza places to try in Austin. one of my faves.    – Frank Fury J. Anaya, Facebook

Link: stonysatx.com

Juana Taco

Description: Prior to moving to Austin, Juana Taco was formerly located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Juana Taco offers genuine Mexican dishes using fresh and palatable ingredients. The company prides itself of preparing their menu fresh daily and a variety of veggie options for their customers. Other than their takeout counters, they also offer catering services for events as well as corporate lunches. Juana Taco is also about giving back as they donate proceeds of their income to chosen charities in and outside the city of Austin. They offer a variety of Mexican delicacies from Tacos, Tortas, Guacamole, and Quesadilla just to name a few.

Featured Menu Item: Their signature dish is a must try. The Juana Taco is presented in homemade flour, corn tortilla, beef fajita, Oaxaca cheese, and avocado. Dressed with cilantro and onions, with lime and grilled onions on one side, this dish is truly a delectable Mexican delicacy!

Reviews Online: Great tacos, grilled tortillas are an excellent touch. I’ve only had the breakfast tacos, but they absolutely hit the spot and are generous in size.    – Alan Y., Yelp

Link: juanatacoatx.com

Biscuits & Groovy

Description: Biscuits & Groovy is known for their throwback-themed menu named after renowned musicians. Their menu is basically made up of freshly baked biscuits, topped with a combination of their signature tasty creations. Name these after famous musicians, and you know where they derived the name of their food truck. Located at Hyde Park between 51st and Duval, you’ll surely get a hang on “The Donna Summer”, “The Village Biscuits”, and a personal fave, “The M.C. Hammer”.

Featured Menu Item: The Gloria Gaynor is a must try! This best seller is served with three scrambled eggs, thick sliced peppered maple bacon, jalapeños, and Colby jack cheese. Just make sure to specify the number of your jalapeños, else, the default is medium.

Quote from Owner:

Reviews Online: Omg. It is soooooo good. I get the Aretha Franklin and it’s perfection for me. The biscuits are so soft and fluffy and the gravy is just peppery enough. Mmmm    – Dallas Tillman, Facebook

Link: iwantbiscuits.com

Smokey Denmark’s BBQ Food Truck

Demand the Best: Eat at Smokey Denmark’s BBQ Food Truck in Austin.

Description: Established in 1964 by Albert C. “Smokey” Denmark, the company started its humble beginnings creating sausages. As the founder, Mr. Denmark believed that creating sausages using quality ingredients is the only standard, no one should cut corners, ever. The same values are carried on to their food truck business. They offer a wide variety of sausage flavors that will surely satisfy your meat cravings. Pitmaster Bill Dumas started the concept of bringing the company’s signature meats to the masses a few years ago. He’s accompanied in the truck by DJ, formerly of John Mueller Meat Co. Other than their beloved sausages, they also offer pork ribs and pulled pork into their BBQ venture. Located at 3505 E. Fifth St., don’t miss this food truck where their smoked meats are sure-fire hits.

Featured Menu Item: Try the Pit-Smoked Brisket, it’s gloriously made for 15 hours of slow-rolling Post Oak smoke. It’s sold by the pound or as a whole brisket.

Reviews Online: Did someone say #TacoTuesday? I could eat all of these from The Peached Tortilla and wouldn’t hesitate on the Hainan Chicken! The ginger scallion sauce is incredible.  – Natalie Paramore, Facebook

Link: smokeydenmark.com

The Peached Tortilla

Description: The Peached Tortilla is a full-service caterer, mortar restaurant, and food truck serving a fusion of Asian and Southern cuisine. The company started in 2010 as a food truck roaming the streets of Austin serving Asian and Southern-style tacos and sliders. Over time, they had grown their business into several food trucks, then into a full-service catering company and a brick and mortar restaurant. The food trucks travel around the city of Austin offering lunch service, events, and festivals which include Sound & Cinema, Trailer Food Tuesdays, and the SXSW at the Convention Center. Founder Eric Silverstein grew up in Tokyo where he was heavily influenced by several Asian cuisines, and when he moved to Atlanta, Georgia at age 10, it was there he learned traditional Southern cuisine.

Featured Menu Item: Try the Bahn Mi bowl, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich with its ingredients served in a bowl. Vietnamese braised pork belly, pickled daikon carrot, sriracha mayo, cilantro, cilantro lime rice, served with a 45-minute egg.

Reviews Online: For an experience to be remembered, I definitely recommend visiting The Peached Tortilla. Fantastic atmosphere and interesting delicious dishes. We will be back for sure!    – Mark P., Yelp

Link: thepeachedtortilla.com

La Barbecue

Description: La Barbecue is all about meat. Located at Quickie Pickie building, La Barbecue serves Central Texas with barbecue using recipes only La Barbecue can offer. Owner LeAnn Mueller’s German roots have a heavy influence on La Barbecue’s menu. LeAnn is not into the sweet stuff so most of their menu includes special blends of salty and savory rubs, with no sugar added to anything on the menu. La Barbecue prides itself of sourcing its beef from a local ranch which naturally feeds its livestock. They serve a variety of meats from beef, turkey, to pork and sausages. They also serve sandwiches with their meats as well as sides to complement each dish.

Featured Menu Item: The Bobby Dawg is a house made Jalapeño sausage, with a choice of pulled pork or brisket, cheese, beans, onions, jalapeños, and mustard on Martin’s hotdog bun.

Reviews Online: Damn good barbecue in the Austin area that stands up to the competition of other well known Texas barbecue establishments.    – Stephen C., Yelp

Link: labarbecue.com

Nuha’s Sinful Deserts

Description: Nuha’s is one of the few food trucks in the city which offer desserts. Established in 2013, Nuha’s Sinful Deserts’ goal is to provide decadently delicious deserts to the residents of Austin. The company prides itself of using only the finest ingredients for their cookies which is prepared fresh every morning at the trailer. Their main deserts are truly sinful, given these are named after the seven deadly sins; Pride, Gluttony, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Lust, and Envy. They also offer the Death By Chocolate Brownie, the A La Mode; an added scoop of AMY’s Mexican Vanilla or Belgian Chocolate ice cream, and their Ice Cream Float. Located on Barton Springs Road, Nuha’s Sinful Deserts are worth a trip for your craving sweet tooth.

Featured Menu Item: The Devil’s Dozen is the best way to taste all of the seven sinful deserts, plus more! It’s a choice of any thirteen cookies, buy twelve and get the thirteenth sinful cookie for free

Reviews Online: This was amazing! Honestly the best cookies I’ve ever had! You won’t be disappointed. The service was exceptional.     – Madeline S., Yelp

Link: nuhassinfuldesserts.com

The Mighty Cone

Description: The Mighty Cone’s humble beginnings started when the Austin City Limits Music Festival contacted Hudson’s owner, chef Jeff Blank, to entice local restaurateurs to join the festival. The aim was to create festival food which would replicate the unique history of Austin cuisine. The idea came from Hudson’s Hot N’ Crunchy Trout, which was a best seller in the restaurant for some time. The chefs experimented on the dish’s breading and applied it to other foods like chicken. This proved to be a festival-friendly food and relatively inexpensive to create compared to Trouts or Pheasants. They wrapped the breaded chicken in a tortilla and put it in a paper cone to make it easier for festival-goers to hold the food container. They topped it with ancho sauce and mango-jalapeño slaw, and the Hot N’ Crunchy Chicken was born. The food truck is located at Barton Springs Road where it all started, at The Picnic.

Featured Menu Item: The Mighty Cone is, and always be the star of the menu. Their signature breaded chicken wrapped in a tortilla, topped with mango-jalapeño slaw and ancho sauce.

Reviews Online: Barton Springs is a huge tourist hotspot, if you decide to check it out then make sure you stop by the food truck picnic area to try out The Mighty Cone! You will not be disappointed 🙂    – Lina T., Yelp

Link: mightycone.com

Way South Philly

Description: Way South Philly brings the Northeast comfort with genuine Philly Cheese Steaks to the city of Austin. The original trailer located on the East 6th and Waller started in 2011, and according to them, served around one billion customers until last year. Now located at 5222 Burnett Road, the food truck continues to serve authentic Philly Cheese Steaks. Other than serving customers in their trailer, they also offer online orders to serve customers who have no time to visit the trailer. Way South Philly’s menu is unique because it’s named after the characters of the film, “Rocky”.

Featured Menu Item: “The Balboa” welcomes you to South Philly. Served with a generous portion of a seasoned grilled Philly Steak, sauteed with steamed onions then topped with “Cheeze Whiz”.

Reviews Online: Way South Philly, you “get” me. Philly style cheesesteaks in Austin? My prayers have been answered!    – Jade H., Yelp

Link: waysouthphilly.com

Artessano

Description: Artessano serves traditional Colombian cuisine like Arepas, Tacos, Empanadas, and a lot more. Started in November of 2014 by Carlos Quitian, the food trailer is known for serving delectable Arepas as well as other appetizing Colombian treats. The trailer is located at 1211 East Sixth Street also offers cooling ice pops and tasty authentic Empanadas. When you’re in Austin and want a taste of authentic local Colombian food, then Artessano is where you want to be.

Featured Menu Item: Arepas is the part of the menu you’ll surely want to take a bite of. Their Arepas are available in Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Pulled Pork. They also offer a full Arepa which includes avocado, beans, cheese, and salsa. There’s also a vegetarian variant which includes salad.

Reviews Online: Very good Colombian street food. Arepas, empanadas, Colombian tacos and more. Everything was very authentic and tasty.    – Paul K., Yelp

Link: facebook.com/atxartessano/

Bua Loy Thai Cuisine

Description: Bua Loy Thai Cuisine is one of the few food trucks in Austin offering authentic Asian cuisine. Bua Loy Thai is a family owned and operated food truck started by Buaphan from Thailand. She met her husband Jim, an Air Force cadet from Tennessee in Thailand and soon they marry and move to the United States to start their family. Buaphan is passionate about her cooking that she used to provide meals to the monks in a Temple. She also taught her children and grandchildren to cook Thai cuisine so that they could also give their family delicious, home-cooked Thai cuisine. In 2014, with the help of their family, Jim and Buaphan were able to put up their own food truck to provide the city of Austin, authentic delectable Thai home cooked cuisine.

Featured Menu Item: Pad Thai is an authentic Thai delicacy which the couple made into one of the food trucks best sellers. It is presented in thin stir-fried rice noodle with egg, green onions. Served with bean sprouts and topped with crushed peanuts.

Reviews Online: My partner and I ate here for dinner and got the Pad Thai and the Pad Kee Maow. Both were delicious and had good-sized portions. The owners are so friendly too. The food truck is also in a cute little area on east sixth st. – Kelli-Anne – Website review

Link: bualoythaicuisine.com

Masala Medley

Description: Masala Medley is a food truck in Austin offering authentic Indian cuisine to its customers. The menu includes appetizers, bread, rice meals, veggie, and non-veggie meals, as well as meal combos and desserts. The food truck opened last January of 2017 offering new and fresh ingredients located East Sixth street in Austin.

Featured Menu Item: The Saag Paneer is an authentic Indian delicacy you can eat fresh here at Masala Medley. Presented in Spinach and homemade fried cheese blocks cooked in mild sauces and masala.

Reviews Online: For 3 years in Austin there has barely been an Indian food place I get excited abt. MM opened 2 months ago and I visited it 3 days ago. And went back again 2 days ago. And yesterday. Food is authentic with the right flavor profile! Yummy but not westernized. Saag Paneer and Tikka masala FTW. The rice is also just the right amt sticky.  Raja Rajavel – May 2017 – Facebook

Link: masalamedley.com

Baton Creole

Description: Baton Creole is the creation of Lynzy “Pub” Moran who hails from Houma, Louisiana. Cajun and Creole cuisine is her forte obtaining influences from Italian, French, Spanish, and African cuisine. After making creative Cajun cuisine for her friends and family for years, she decided to open Baton Creole amongst a diverse food truck in the city of Austin. Pub offers a variety of authentic Cajun style dishes which is rare among food trucks operating in Texas. Since then, she has expanded her venture into a second trailer then into catering. She even landed onto television and was regarded as Austin’s Best Food Trailer for two years from Austin’s A-List. Baton Creole is located at Shangri-La Patio at 1016 E.6th, just a walking distance from the E. 6th bars.

Featured Menu Item: Her signature dish, the Jambalaya Baton is the one everyone’s talking about. It’s a non-traditional approach to a classic Cajun dish. Presented in rice smothered down with the Holy Trinity of Cajun vegetables, garlic, and tomatoes. It’s then dipped fried on a stick and drizzled with Remoulade sauce.

Reviews Online: What’s not to love about this place?!? Love the jambalaya on a stick! What a great concept! We will be coming here for years to come! – Brandi G. from Austin A-List Cityvoter

Link: batoncreole.com

Paperboy

The Paperboy in Austin Delivers.

Description: Paperboy was created out of a passion for unrivaled hospitality and making delicious breakfast food and coffee. Paperboy’s two locations in Austin offer a seasonal and a combined menu with fresh produce and dairy from local farms, juices, bread, syrups, and sauces which are all made in-house. They also offer hot and cold brewed coffee from Tweed Coffee Roasters. Paperboy can be found at East 11th st. and at Manchaca Rd.

Featured Menu Item: The Texas Hash is one of Paperboy’s delicious treats from their brunch menu. It is presented in sweet potato, pork shoulder, poached egg, onion, peppers, and almond romesco.

Reviews Online: Loved loved this place! With all the food trucks in Austin, this one was my fav. Great breakfast sandwich, amazing coffee, love the location and the guys were super friendly!   – Amy Fluent, Facebook

Link: paperboyaustin.com

Big Fat Greek Gyros

Description: Chef and owner Emmanuel Papadakis started Big Fat Greek Gyros when he immigrated to the U.S. way back in 2011. He’s a fan of Texas BBQ and he wanted to share the taste of Greek cuisine with his friends in Austin. Making use of his grandma’s recipes, he made Greek salad and baked spanakopita and moussaka. He also shared his Greek customs where his friends had enjoyed doing. This is when he decided to put up his food truck so he would be able to share his Greek background to the city of Austin. Big Fat Greek Gyros was eventually featured in the November Food issue of Austin monthly.

Featured Menu Item: Try his version of Spanakopita, served in Spinach pie with feta in filo pastry along with a mini Greek salad.

Reviews Online: BEST GREEK FOOD IN AUSTIN! I will follow Emmanuel ‘s truck for years to come!  – Ryan Philpott, Facebook

Link: bigfatgreekgyros.com

Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts

Description: Little Lucy’s humble beginnings start with a little boy’s frequent visit to a shop in San Francisco’s Pier 39 to have his favorite treat; mini-donuts. When he became an adult, he brought along this same passion for the mini-donut, bringing along a friend who had the same passion and would, later on, become his business partner. Soon after, they started a mini-donut food truck at home, Austin, Texas, and named it after his puppy which became their inspiration. Little Lucy offers their signature donuts with different toppings and sauces to choose from. You can find the food truck with their yummy treats along Rainey St.

Featured Menu Item: Try their Schnauzer, it’s a Pistachio, Lavender & Vanilla flavored mini-donut you’ll surely love.

Reviews Online: I just got this donuts first time and it is amazing! The donuts are fresh and so soft…melting in my mouth. The donuts are not too sweet (I do not like typical American donuts, they are too sweet for me.) and good with cold brew coffee, too. The staff is friendly and gave additional donuts because we are the first time customers. – Kie Sakai, Facebook

Link: littlelucys.com

Cow Bells

Description: Cow Bells prides itself of preparing their burgers with fresh ingredients and their attention to detail. They buy their beef and produce, daily at a local market to ensure the freshness of their ingredients. Their burgers are oozing with goodness, from the melted cheese, mayo, to the egg yolk on their Rise N’ Shine burger. They make sure you get the tastiest and delicious burger experience. You can find Cow Bells at 1919 E Riverside Dr.

Featured Menu Item: The Woody Harrelson is a sure knockout, a black bean burger dressed in honey mustard, avocado, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion. All these served in a whole-wheat bun.

Quote from Owner:

Reviews Online: Their burgers on a gluten-free bun are TO DIE FOR!!! We never go to Austin without grabbing a burger! I’d rather go here than a fancy restaurant any day. – Sharmaine Zamora, Facebook

Link: cowbells512.com

Kebabalicious

Description: Kebabalicious’ started in the early 2000’s when friends, Kristian, and Chris from Texas, decided to spend their summer at Zurich, Switzerland. They happened to stumble upon a street vendor called Doner Kebabs. Kristian and Chris were inspired by the aroma of flame-kissed beef, lamb, and chicken coming from large cones of meat. They thought of bringing this back to Texas, and so the idea was born. They started their first trailer way back in 2006 and the rest they say was history. Today, they continue to serve the city of Austin with authentic Mediterranean dishes in their location at 3rd & Congress and their storefront at 7th & Navasota.

Featured Menu Item: The Spoiled Brat is truly a delicious combination of beef, chicken, and lamb. It is served in beef & lamb, chicken, falafel & hummus w/ lettuce, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce, spicy red sauce, feta, all wrapped in a nice pita bread.

Reviews Online: We went to their store location and placed our orders at the front. I got the lamb bowl and it was super flavorful! I loved every bite. The lamb was juicy and the toppings were plentiful. I was definitely stuffed by the end of it. My boyfriend had the lamb pita and also remarked that he enjoyed it. – Steph W., Yelp

Link: austinkebab.com

Trudy’s

Description: Trudy’s offers authentic Texan and Mexican cuisine. An Austin icon since 1977, they serve natural and fresh Tex-Mex dishes with their signature flavors. Some of their popular grubs include the Zingo Nachos, Cholula Honey Chicken, Migas, Stuffed Avocado, and their Mexican Martini. You can find them at the following locations: 8820 Burnet Road, 409 West 30th Street, 901-C Little Texas Lane, and at 13059 Four Star Blvd. You can also visit their cafe at 1600 South Congress Avenue.

Featured Menu Item: Try their Blackened Shrimp Fajitas, it is a six jumbo shrimp tossed with bell peppers and onion on a hot iron skillet. Served with guacamole, mixed cheese, mango pico de gallo and sour cream with Spanish rice and your choice of beans and choice of tortillas.

Reviews Online: The best Chicken Fajita Tacos with homemade soft corn tortillas! – Dana Mason-Reel, Facebook.

Link: trudys.com

Acai Hut

Description: Acai Hut was founded by siblings Rodolfo, Rodrigo, and Angelica Cid all of whom were born in Brazil. Brazil is also where the fruit Acai is abundant, where the siblings frequented local acai cafes when they spent time at Brazil’s beautiful beaches. Rodrigo moved to Austin in 2007 and was captivated by what the city had to offer. His dream was to share a piece of Brazil with the residents of Austin, the Brazilian Acai. In 2016, his sister Angelica made a life-changing decision to move to Austin, where his twin brother also recently moved last 2015. Angelica proposed putting up a food truck offering yummy Brazilian Acai treats and in June of 2016, they opened at the South Congress area. They eventually relocated at the Picnic at Barton Springs where their sales skyrocketed. They eventually opened a brick and mortar place at the Mueller development at Aldrich street in June of 2018.

Featured Menu Item: Try their entree, the Life Boat. It’s full of yummy and healthy fruits which include a good amount of kiwis, bananas, strawberries, and of course acais.

Reviews Online: Acai Hut comes loaded with smoothies and bowls    – Erin Russell, Austin Eater

Link: acaihut.com

Steel City Pops

Description: One of the few food trucks in Austin which offer gourmet popsicles, their story started when the family went into Nashville for a vacation in 2002. They stumbled upon a store which offered sweet Mexican paletas, the Las Paletas. They were captivated by its taste and healthy ingredients that they wanted everyone back home to have a taste of this yummy treat. After 9 years, Jim Watkins was unhappy with his job and wanted a career change.

He wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning and operating a restaurant. With the help of his family, they were able to put up their first store in Homewood, Alabama in 2012. Their business eventually expanded and now has 23 locations across the southeast. Steel City Pops offer a variety of popsicle flavors such as pineapple jalapeño, blood orange, and strawberry lemonade as well as creamy pops in chocolate, coconut, coffee and lemon cream.

Featured Menu Item: Try their Pumpkin Creamy pop, which is cream, organic pumpkin puree, raw turbinado sugar, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla bean, and sea salt. A truly healthy and fun delight.

Reviews Online: Delicious pops, quick service and a perfect outdoor space for the kiddos. – Lauren Hiser, Facebook

Link: steelcitypops.com

The Big Kahuna

Description: The Big Kahuna offers a great variety of Hawaiian dishes and is a cornerstone of the Austin community. They present delicious dining and takeout and prides itself of excellent service and its friendly staff. The Big Kahuna takes a modern approach to traditional dishes and uses on the freshest ingredients for their cuisine.

Featured Menu Item: Try their famous Big Kahuna Burger, a 1/3 lb. beef patty, topped with kalua pork and served with a side of spicy lava sauce.

Reviews Online: “They use Hawaiian Sweet Bread Buns instead of generic seed buns for the burger, and top it off with the Kahlua pork.” – Yelp

Link: bigkahunaaustin.com

Jew Boy Burgers

A BIG Jew Boys Burger.

Description: A combination of two distinct cuisines, Jew Boy Burgers blends the flavors of the East coast with the rich taste of Latino cuisine. Owner Mo Pittle was born in the East Coast and was raised in El Paso, Texas which describes the fusion of both cultures in his menu. Jew Boy burger is a Mexican diner which uses freshly ground USDA primed and served on a hot potato roll. The East Coast-inspired potato and the Queso bring about the best of both cultures. If you want the eccentric combination of these two distinct cultures, look for them at 5000 Burnet Road.

Featured Menu Item: You can start with what’s everyone talking about, The Yenta. It’s a JewBoy with a latke of your choice placed directly on the burger.

Reviews Online: As a self-proclaimed burger connoisseur, I have to say Jew Burgers was awesome. A very large juicy patty on a fresh soft potato roll add some queso and you have hit it out of the park!  – Douglas Scheiner, Facebook

Link: jewboyburgers.com

Dock & Roll Diner

Description: Considered as Austin’s purveyors of original lobster rolls, Dock & Roll Diner mainly serves their famous lobster rolls as well as tacos, and salads. They also have appetizers which go along with your rolls, tacos, and salads. They also have a kids menu which serves hot dogs, shrimp basket, and grilled cheese which kids will surely love.

Featured Menu Item: Start with their spicy signature lobster roll which comes best with their award-winning homemade Habanero sauce.

Reviews Online: The Lobster Rolls at Dock and Roll are my little “trip back to New England” every time I have the chance. Their Lobster Rolls are in every way on par with the ones I get in Kittery. Great job. – Jerry Eldred, Facebook

Link: dockandrolldiner.com

Conscious Cravings

Description: As you may have already recognized from its name, Conscious Cravings is all about health-conscious cuisine. Their signature vegan wraps are infused with a mix of herbs and spices from around the world. Conscious Cravings homemade sauces like the seitan chimichurri, pan seared tofu, as well as their fresh fruit smoothies are packed with Omega 3 which is known to be good for cardiovascular health. He Seitan is a traditional super-food eaten by Chinese and Japanese Buddhists for thousands of years. They maintain the unprocessed way of preparing the dish which packs 26 grams of protein in a 4 oz. portion. If you’re craving for a healthy meal, look for them at S. 1st Street, Austin.

Featured Menu Item: You can start with one of their signature wraps, the Chimichurri Seitan. It’s presented with their house-made wheat protein nuggets, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, and chimichurri sauce.

Reviews Online: Conscious Cravings truck on S 1st is hands down the BEST Vegan food in Austin!! Best lunch for that matter, whether you’re Vegan or not! If you’re scared of Tofu this is the place to try it and love it…or if you love it already, you’ll love it even more! Their blackened Tofu wrap is amazing!    – Olivia Toepfer, Facebook

Link: consciouscravingsaustin.com

Holy Cacao

Description: Taken from the expression, “Holy Cow”, it offers exquisite desserts as well as their different coffee blends. Holy cacao was established by Ellen Kinsey and John Spillyard way back in 2009. Ellen had an inspiration of recreating the rich, thick, velvety chocolate drink from a small Bakery in the Bronx. In 2013, when Ellen decided to pursue other ventures, she sold the business to the Doherty brothers: Joe, Matthew, and JohnPaul. The Doherty’s bring years of experience in the professional food industry, and they fused this with Holy Cacao, one of the pioneers in the food truck innovation. You can find them at 1311 S. 1st Street.

Featured Menu Item: Start with their signature, Frozen Hot Chocolate. It’s a rich chocolate base blended with chocolate ice cream and ice. They also offer these with a shot of peppermint or spicy Mexican syrup.

Reviews Online: If you’re a chocoholic, you *MUST* visit this place. Their hot chocolate is the creamiest, best-tasting drink ever — even on a hot day! – Daniel Kadosh, Facebook

Link: theholycacao.com

Mellizoz

Description: Mellizoz, pronounced as may-E-so, came from the Spanish word mellizo meaning fraternal twins. They presently have 9 sets of Mellizoz in the family. Mellizoz was conceptualized way back in 2006, and up to before 2008, the family honed their menu concepts. Finally, in 2008, they were able to set up shop on South First Street with the help of family and friends. Mellizoz is one of the pioneers in the Austin food truck scene and prides itself of making fresh Tacos, made to order guacamole, and hand-cut garlic fries among other great Tex-Mex cuisines. You can still find them at South First Street.

Featured Menu Item: Try the B.A.T. or the Big Azz Taco. It’s a taco with egg, potato, bean, bacon, cheddar on two tortillas.

Reviews Online: I know good food and THIS FOOD far exceeded my expectations and the staff is equally awesome! I will definitely pass this on to my UBER riders!    – Anita R Marshall, Facebook

Link: mellizoztacos.com

Mmmpanadas

Description: Mmmpanadas was created by husband and wife, Cody and Kristen Fields. Cody was inspired by his love for empanadas when he worked at Costa Rica. Cody met Kristen in 2006 at Austin and together, they started making an assortment of empanadas which they distributed to local bars and coffee shops. With the help of some friends, they were able to put up a food truck and began their dream of feeding the city of Austin with their signature empanadas. As one of the pioneers in the Austin food truck scene, the couple is not all about profits though. They have made it a mission to give back to the community by supporting various local and national charitable organizations. Look for their yummy empanadas at Barton Springs Rd. and at different locations from time to time.

Featured Menu Item: Start with their BBQ Chopped Beef. It’s Texas BBQ meets its match in a delicate empanada crust. Chopped beef with onion is a little bit of down-home lovin’ and a little bit of dough perfection.

Reviews Online: Incredible food and service too!! My favorite is the green chile chicken!! – Alison Victor Zickuhr, Facebook

Link: mmmpanadas.com

Song LA

Description: Located just next to the UT campus, Song La is the first to offer authentic and inexpensive Taiwanese street food to the city of Austin. If you’re looking for new flavors from the usual taco, burger, BBQ food truck, this is the place you should consider to visit. Founded by musicians working in the locale, they offer regular meal discounts to musicians. They also conduct small music festivals which focus on local acts and special promos which include meals in exchange for music. Their menu includes Braised Pork Rice, a braised pork belly, slow-cooked in classic Taiwanese style, and the Veggie Bento Box, crispy tofu fries, over sushi-grade rice, with grilled broccoli, Taiwanese cabbage, Taiwanese kimchi, and pickled daikon. If you’re craving for authentic Taiwanese cuisine, visit them at W 23rd Street.

Featured Menu Item: You should try the Chicken Bites Bento Box, a classic Taiwanese style chicken bites with Thai basil, over sushi-grade rice, with grilled broccoli, Taiwanese cabbage, savory tofu, and pickled daikon.

Reviews Online: My favorite place to eat in West Campus! This food truck is REALLY GOOD and the place to go if you wanna get authentic Taiwanese food. If you’ve never tried braised pork rice before you should definitely give it a try at Song La. – Errol M., Yelp

Link: songlafood.com

SAPERLIPOPETTE!

Description: Founded by Brittany expatriate, Jean-Baptiste Thouénon, Saperlipopette! offers authentic French crepes made the Brittania way. Jean-Baptiste though adds an American twist to his recipes by sourcing local ingredients which is similar to the original recipe. Saperlipopette! offers Galettes which are savory crepes made with buckwheat flour and the traditional sweet crepes to satisfy those sweet teeth. If you want to taste a fusion of French and American crepes, look for them at 1207 S. 1st Street.

Featured Menu Item: The La Super complète is definitely a starter which has a little bit of everything. It is served in egg, ham, cheese, tomatoes fondue, and onions.

Reviews Online: I cannot recommend Saperlipopette enough. It really is a little slice of Brittany right here in Austin. The chef is a delight to talk to and watching him make a beautiful and perfect crepe right in front of you is such a delight.    – Coby Chase, Facebook

Link: saperlipopette-atx.com

Bombay Dhaba

Description: Bombay Dhaba is one of the pioneers in the Austin food truck scene. It has been in existence for the past 20 years serving exceptional Indian cuisine. Executive chef and owner Prabhakar Reddy brings his homeland’s heritage and cuisine with every exquisite dish he prepares. The chef’s specialty includes the Chicken Tikka Kebab, a rich marinade applied with traditional Indian recipe over grilled chicken and the Chicken 65, a boneless chicken baked using skewers in a clay-based oven. You can find them at 1207 South 1st street.

Featured Menu Item: The Lamb / Goat Curry is a good starter. It’s a goat or lamb (Bone in) cooked in onion gravy and exotic Indian Masala, an Aromatic Indian Spice.

Reviews Online: All of the dishes are prepared fresh and with fresh meats and veggies. Everything is so good I can’t even pick a favorite. – Susan & Bob, website

Link: bombaydhabaaustin.com

Gyros GR Authentic Greek Food

Description: Another one of Austin’s food truck offering authentic Greek food. They pride themselves in offering the best gyro pita in town as well as some of Greece’s traditional cuisine. The menu includes Souvlaki Pork/Chicken, Greek salad, Dolmas, and Spinach pie among others. You can find them at 7800 South 1st Street.

Featured Menu Item: Their specialty, Pyta Gyro is a good way to start munching on their authentic Greek cuisine.

Reviews Online: Delicious !! I ordered the gyro sandwich (comes with fries inside) and it was amazing. Homemade tzatziki sauce is to die for!! The owner is super nice and makes everything with love! Definitely my new favorite gyro spot in Austin!  – Olivia D., Yelp

Link: yelp.com/biz/gyros-gr-authentic-greek-food-austin

Bistro Vonish

Description: Bistro Vonish has been serving the city of Austin vegan cuisine since 2013. Chef and owner started his career as a mechanical engineer focusing on manufacturing and materials science. He moved to Texas when the recession hit and his entire division was laid off. He turned to his other passion which was cooking vegan cuisine. In 2009, he was already he was already managing his own restaurant kitchen. In 2013, he started a monthly Supper Club as his initial step in creating the current menus that they offer. By 2015, he moved into a trailer on E 53rd Street in order to expand his business and eventually set up a brick & mortar restaurant. Today, the menu includes exquisitely made sandwiches, as well as Arepas and salads which are sure to make your healthy cravings satisfied.

Featured Menu Item: The Black Garlic Bruschetta is a good way to start – served with roasted tomato and basil.

Reviews Online: This is the kind of place that makes you think “ok, maybe I could be vegan if I had these folks cook for me all the time.” – Elizabeth Green, Facebook

Link: bistrovonish.com

Quickie Pickie

Description: Another one of the pioneers in the Austin food truck scene, Quickie Pickie has been part of locale for the past 25 years. Quickie Pickie is a unique food trailer since it is part cafe, part grocery shop, and part beer joint. It suits the community the way the bar-tabacs of Paris and Marseille and the packed little colmados of Latin America uniquely suit to theirs. The food truck offers Tex-Mex cuisine and of course, beer. Whether you want to chill out or hang out a bit, Quickie Pickie is the place to be.

Featured Menu Item: If you’re there during lunchtime, you can try one of their hot sandwiches which are served in a baguette or GF bread.

Reviews Online: Great food and perfect East Austin vibe. Great wine and beer selection. – Cinco Cocke, Facebook

Link: quickiepickieaustin.com

Bohemian Barbeque

Description: Bohemian Barbeque is one of Austin’s food trucks which offer Texan style BBQ on the go. Applying traditional recipes from Bohemian pit masters across Central Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast, Bohemian Barbeque prides itself of using quality meats and smoking methods which brings out their true taste. They also cook for non-profit events in the area to raise awareness and funding of some charitable institutions. The menu includes plated meals such as St. Louis Style Ribs. Smoked, wrapped, and finished with their famous Honey-Cholula glaze as well a variety of burger dishes. If you’re craving for Traditional Texas cuisine, you can find them at 11370 Mountain Top Cir Jonestown, Texas.

Featured Menu Item: The Bohemian BBQ Sundae is a must try. This mountain of goodness begins with a base of beans, covered with a layer of pork and brisket, and topped with a couple of scoops of our twice baked potato salad and sausage! You dress it up from there.

Reviews Online: “Everything on the plate was amazing! Potato salad to die for. “I could eat a bucket full of that,” says my husband. Jalapeno sausage was fantastic. Pork sliders…yummy! Can’t wait to see them again!!”    – Michele Wieckowski, website

Link: bohemianbarbecue.com

The Naughty Texan

Description: The Naughty Texan is a mobile food truck roaming around the Central Texas Area. Previously under the name D & R Bar-B-Que, they decided to change to its present name last September of 2016 and they’ve taken off since then. They are known for their slow smoked BBQ and other distinctive items in their menu.

Featured Menu Item: The Naughty Mac Bowl is a starter. It’s a brisket over macaroni.

Reviews Online: Tried The Naughty Texan out today with a group and we were not disappointed! Brisket quesadillas and pulled pork tacos are awesome. Definitely coming back. – Sherman W., Yelp

Link: facebook.com/NTexan22

Torchy’s Tacos

Description: Torchy’s Tacos was established by chef/owner Mike Rypka after a stint as an executive chef. After stretching his finances to chase his dream, he was able to purchase a food trailer and a red Vespa scooter and opened shop at South 1st at Bouldin Creek. At first, he struggled to sell his green chile pork, fajitas and a lot on his unique menu. Mike made use of his red Vespa and started offering his salsa and chips in the area to entice people to come to his food trailer. The rest, as they say, is history. Torchy’s continues to offer its customers its unique Tacos, all day all the time. Torchy’s Tacos is also known as one of Austin’s food truck which gives back to its community. You can find them at several locations in Austin and around the Southwest area.

Featured Menu Item: The Tailgater Taco is a must try. It’s a panko fried chicken tender on a bed of crispy bacon covered in Torchy’s award-winning Green Chile Queso & Diablo Wing Sauce with Poblano Ranch slaw, blue cheese crumbles & a drizzle of honey on a flour tortilla.

Reviews Online: Hands down the best thing I ate in Austin: Torchy’s Tacos. – Sierra R., Yelp

Link: torchystacos.com

Wholly Cow Burgers

Description: Wholly Cow Burgers prides itself of using hormone and chemical-free grass fed beef along with locally-grown organic produce on their menu. They serve beef burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, Reubens, chili, and more. Wholly Cow Burgers also serve a very scrumptious breakfast menu that’ll surely keep you coming back for more. They are also not just about profit on its menu, they also give back to the community of Austin. Just visit their site to keep up with their food truck in the area.

Featured Menu Item: Their signature Wholly Cow “Grass-fed” Burger is a must try. These burgers come fully dressed in fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mustard, mayo, and ketchup.

Reviews Online: Grass-fed burger between 2 grilled portabella mushrooms!? Thank you Wholly Cow Burgers! – Joe Carr, Facebook

Link: whollycowburgers.com

Be More Pacific

Description: Be More Pacific is a Filipino Kitchen and Bar food truck based in the city of Austin. They started offering this uncommon dish way back in 2011 to know if the people of Austin would like it. The response was an overwhelming yes as their customers were fascinated with their unique cuisine. Six years later, they eventually opened a brick & mortar restaurant and showcase the different flavors of Filipino food. They offer traditional Filipino dishes like the Adobo, Sisig, Longganisa, and deserts like Turon and Halo Halo. You can find them at 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd.

Featured Menu Item: Adobo is a favorite dish among Filipinos which you’ll surely love. It’s chicken leg quarters braised in a tangy savory marinade of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, & pepper. Fingerling potatoes, boiled egg, green onion garnish, with steamed white rice.

Reviews Online: Celebrated my birthday and had a great time. Rooftop patio seating, large portions, and great flavor!!! Tell all your friends! – Cyril Artil, Facebook

Link: bemorepacifickitchenandbar.com

Gourdoughs

Description: Housed in a vintage Airstream, Gourdough’s offers a variety of big yummy donuts. Their flavors are uniquely different from your usual donut shop. The Mother Clucker is a donut with fried chicken strips with honey butter while the Flying Pig is the one with bacon with maple syrup icing. Other than these two, you’ll certainly crave for their donuts, especially when you’re a sweet tooth. You can find them at South 1st Street, Burnet Road, and soon at Riverside Drive.

Featured Menu Item: If you’re looking for a different type of donut, you should definitely try the Mother Clucker and the Flying Pig.

Reviews Online: Hands down the best donuts I’ve ever had. – Jennifer Thibault, Facebook

Link: gourdoughs.com

Dee Dee Northern Thai Street Food

Description: Dee Dee Northern Thai Street Food is one of the few food trucks in Austin which offers authentic Thai cuisine. The food truck was established by husband and wife, Justin and chef Lakana. Dee Dee which means “good good” in Thai, offers Northern Thai street-food straight from Thailand’s countryside. Lakana grew up to a family of farmers, giving her the knowledge of how to pick the freshest ingredients. She also learned the different cuisine Northern Thailand has to offer. Dishes like the Pad Kaprow and the Om Gai give them a unique edge among other regular Thai joints. You can catch them at E. 6th Street from Wednesdays to Fridays and on weekends.

Featured Menu Item: The Pad Kaprow is a scrumptious entree. It’s a Spicy stir-fried pork w/ Thai basil, sauteed in a homemade chili paste. Comes w/ jasmine rice, a fried egg and fried basil with a side of cucumber & “Pik Nam Pla”.

Reviews Online: This husband and wife duo are serving up some of the best Thai food in Austin. DEE DEE food trailer has only been open for 4 months and they are certainly creating a name for themselves.    – Best Food Austin

Link: deedeeatx.com

Toaster

Toaster is legit.

Description: Toaster was founded in 2015 by chef Hannah Love, an Austin native with six years of experience in the culinary and pastry industry. Chef Hannah’s objective is to the version of “home-cooked” meals to satisfy every palate. The menu includes crunchy pulled pork tacos, the buffalo chicken sammie, and the baked mac ***. Look for them at 1910 E Cesar Chavez.

Featured Menu Item: You can start with the Crunchy pulled pork tacos. It’s a blackberry sriracha glazed pulled pork, crispy candied jalapenos, avocado cilantro crema, cabbage & apple slaw.

Reviews Online: Toaster is off the hook crazy good, grilled cheese tomato soup sandwich is delicious, Hanna I don’t know how you do it but that sandwich is awesome.    – Dodi Randy Seely, Facebook

Link: toasterfoodtruck.wixsite.com

Ice Cream 2U

Description: Ice cream 2U is one of the few trucks roaming the city of Austin offering this delightful frozen treats. It was the brainchild of Robert Ferguson, a retired federal manager of the Bergstrom International Airport in Austin. He wanted to relive everyone’s childhood craving, which is eating ice cream! The food truck’s motto is to deliver childhood memories to each and every one of its customers. Other than their different yummy ice cream flavors, they also offer a variety of these tasty treats; from ice cream sandwiches, Popsicle, drumsticks, frozen yogurt, and fudge bars among others. Look for them at the corner of West 6th and Lavaca Streets.

Featured Menu Item: Their Chips Galore is a great way to start. It’s an ice cream sandwiched by two chocolate chip cookies and of course, there are lots of chocolate chips

Reviews Online: Extremely professional, punctual and outstanding selection! Will use and recommend all ways!  – A.G.T., Yelp

Link: icecream2u.net

Are there any epic Austin based food trucks we missed on our top-50 list? Let us know if the comments below. 

About Patrick Limdico

Patrick Limdico is a Brand Journalist at FoodTruckEmpire.com.