Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?
1720 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX (512) 296-3547
It’s the question on everyone’s lips: “Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?” And if you’re at the Hey! You Gonna Eat or What? Truck, the answer is clearly a resounding “Yes!” The Shiner Bock Monte Cristo is an award-winning sandie made with cheddar, provolone, mesquite-smoked turkey, and pit-smoked ham, all fried up in Shiner Bock batter. You may never eat a sandwich again.
Veracruz All Natural
1704 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX, (512) 981-1760
If you’re looking for some great Mexican food in Austin, there’s no beating this truck de tacos. It began in 2008 selling snow cones but quickly became one of the town’s taco kings. The handmade tortillas are exceptionally delicious, as are the ingredients they throw in the middle. You really can’t go wrong here--well, except by not going here.
Red Star Southern
1104 East 6th Street, Austin, TX, (512) 962-3674
East Coast Southern food sound good? Yes. Always. This may be the best place for Tennessee Hot Chicken outside of Tennessee. If you’ve never had some Tennessee Hot Chicken, you’re missing out. Don’t be chicken, make your way over to Red Star Southern.
Micklethewait Craft Meats
1309 Rosewood Ave., Austin, TX (512) 791-5961
Austin is a town definted by BBQ, but the best smoked meats don’t necessarily come from a brick and mortar. Everything at Micklethewait is worth the price of admission. They’re known for their brisket, a Texas staple, but the secret best item on the menu is clearly their take on the Frito Pie (which is topped with lamb-chorizo sausages so good they’ll make you head spin around).
The Mighty Cone
1720 Barton Springs Rd., Ausitn, TX (512) 383-9609
Thrown into a paper drink cone, the delicious “Hot & Crunchy” food concoctions of the Mighty Cone will make you a conehead for life. The Hot & Crunchy Chicken Cone is the original, and it’s the real deal, but the Hot & Crunchy Shrimp and Hot & Crunchy Avocado options won’t disappoint either.
Ms. P’s Electric Cock
1101 S Congress Ave., Austin, TX (512) 912-7778 Yes, that's seriously the name or the truck. Laugh not but skip this truck and you'll regret it. Serving some of the city’s best crispy fried chicken, Ms. P’s Electric Cock will do ya right. Get a bucket or some chicken and waffles or a chicken taco--whatever you get will be some Southern greatness.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
7612 Brodie Ln., Austin, TX (512) 221-4248
If you come to Texas, you better leave having had two things: some Tex Mex and some BBQ. Here at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, you get the best of both worlds with their phenomenal smoked meats and legit Tex Mex creations.
1511 S Congress Ave., Austin, TX (516) 476-2253
Hey Cupcake! is an old classic that helped solidify the silver airstream trailer as an Austin staple. Whether you get a “Michael Jackson” or a “Vanilla Dream,” a “Coco Loco” or a classic Red Velvet, sweet tooth satisfaction is guaranteed.
Cow Tipping Creamery
2512 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX (512) 538-4039
Get a stacker (a layered sundae) from this purveyor of dairy delights and it’ll have you over the moon. Our favorites are the “From Texas, With Love” (which features a soft serve flavor of your choice with Dr. Pepper chocolate sauce, honey-dusted pecans, southern cracker candy, and UT sugar crystals) and the “At the Ritz” (which features a soft serve flavor of your choice with brown sugar hot fudge, boozy caramel, and brown butter Ritz crunch).
1502 S 1st St., Austin, TX (512) 645-0255
Gourdough’s donuts are muy gordo but also muy delicioso. For a classic big fat donut, grab a Flying Pig donut (it’s topped with maple glaze and bacon strips). But there are also great options like “Mama’s Cake,” “Granny’s Pie,” and “Black Out.” If you love donuts like we do, you really won’t find anything here that isn’t to your liking.