• September 11, 2023
  • Lauren Critzer
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Eat Like a Local: Your Ultimate Guide to Austin’s Best Street Food

Dive into the culinary labyrinth of Austin’s dynamic food scene. Follow us on a mouthwatering journey through the city’s most tantalizing street food spots. Prepare your taste buds for a gastronomical adventure that’s truly unforgettable!

Unlocking Austin’s Street Food Scene

Nestled in the heart of Texas, the bustling city of Austin is widely recognized as the Live Music Capital of the World. But there’s a lot more to this dope city than its captivating murals, sparkling skyline, and pulsing live music scene. Holding center stage amidst all this is Austin’s incredibly diverse street food scene, an electrifying melting pot of cultures and flavors, a culinary kaleidoscope that has food enthusiasts drooling from miles away.

From the sprawling food truck parks to the animated downtown streets, you’ll find a cuisine flux that will tease your palate and spin a lifetime of delectable memories. So, let’s set off on this savory sojourn into Austin’s best street food scene.

In the Heart of Food Truck Culture

No exploration of Austin’s street food can start without immersing yourself in the city’s bustling food truck culture. Home to hundreds of food trucks, Austin offers a cornucopia of culinary delights from all corners of the globe.

  • Veracruz All Natural: A veritable institution on the Austin street food scene, Veracruz All Natural has secured its spot on the food connoisseur’s map with its coveted Migas Taco. This is not just food; it’s a hefty slice of the local cuisine. Imagine tortilla chips, ripe avocado, creamy cheese, and refreshing pico de gallo all enveloped in a tender homemade corn tortilla. This delight awaits you at various locations across the city. So, embrace the Austin way of life starting with Veracruz’s inviting spread.

  • Dee Dee: Living up to its name, which translates to “good good” in English, Dee Dee delivers an array of bright, traditional Northern Thai dishes. Try their “Som Tum,” a fiery green papaya salad, or the spectacular “Moo Ping,” marinated grilled pork crafted meticulously by the establishment’s owner, Lakana. This is not just a meal; it’s a cultural immersion.

When Barbecue is Religion

BBQ is not just a cooking technique in Texas; it’s a way of life that profoundly influences Austin’s bustling food landscape. And Austin’s BBQ trucks are no exception; offering massive plates of smoky, tender meat that will make your taste buds dance, these are a must-visit.

  • La Barbecue: Often identified as a monolith in Austin’s imposing BBQ landscape, La Barbecue offers a seductive array of smoky beef briskets, fiery sausages, and juicy ribs. Visit La Barbecue for more than just a tantalizing meal; immerse yourself in the quintessential Texan BBQ experience, buoyed by a lively atmosphere that’s as addictive as their menu.

  • Micklethwait Craft Meats: Riding high on the innovative food wave, this charming food trailer celebrates the perfect marriage of tradition and creativity. Feast on Texas BBQ staples like juicy beef brisket and succulent pulled pork, accompanied by out-of-the-box sides like lemon poppy seed coleslaw and jalapeno-cheese grits for an unexpected twist to your meal.

Vegan Haven in the Heart of Texas

Austin’s culinary diversity welcomes every palate and diet, ensuring vegetarians and vegans won’t feel left out. The city offers a generous spread of scrumptious plant-based street food options.

  • Arlo’s: Conveniently located in vibrant downtown Austin, Arlo’s food truck is a safe haven for vegans, providing 100% plant-based comfort food. Their Bac’n Cheeze Burger, made with a homemade seitan patty, is a savory delight that has reportedly converted countless meat-lovers into faithful Arlo’s patrons.

  • The Vegan Nom: Creating some of the most flavorful vegan tacos in the city, The Vegan Nom uses only the freshest ingredients and a generous infusion of Austin food culture to debunk the myth that vegan food is bland.

Where East Meets West: Fusion Food Trails

Austin’s food culture beautifully honors the East. The city’s street food landscape showcases innovative mixed cuisine vendors that blend Eastern and Western flavors in a tantalizing fusion.

  • Chilantro: Here, the smokiness of Korean BBQ intermingles with the zest of Mexican cuisine. Delight in their flavorful Kimchi Fries and Bulgogi beef tacos, tied together with a medley of indulgent flavors and unique textures.

  • East Side King: Guided by ‘Top Chef’ winner, Paul Qui, this star of Austin’s street food scene reinterprets Asian street food with a decided Austin flare. Indulge in the Brussels Sprout Salad and Thai Chicken Karaage — these gourmet bites are sure to sweep your taste buds off their feet.

Sweeter Side of the Street

Your street food conquest isn’t complete without partaking in the divine dessert scene.

  • Gourdough’s: Renowned for their “big fat donuts,” Gourdough’s provides a delightful assortment of sweet treats that burst with flavor. Why not try the sinfully rich Black Out doughnut? A gooey delight topped with brownie batter, chocolate fudge icing, and chocolate-covered brownie bites?

  • Churro Co.: Tailor-made for churro enthusiasts – their crafted churros, served with a range of sauces, quirky toppings, and irresistible ice cream – would make Saint Carmen of Madrid proud!

We’ve reached the end of our street food journey in Austin, but this is just the tip of the culinary iceberg. Each street, every corner of this city narrates a unique flavor tale waiting to be explored. Now, nothing should stop you from embarking on your epic culinary journey in Austin’s diverse street food arena!

For more tantalizing street food finds and hidden dining nooks in Austin, keep an eye on our website. Share your savory experiences, your drool-worthy clicks on social media – we’d love to join in your food revelations!

Embrace Austin’s food truck culture. Let it captivate you. Savor each bite and cherish the authentic street food experience this Texan city has to offer. Bon appetit!

Disclaimer: The street food industry is always vibrant and evolving, so vendor locations may change. Always make sure to check out the vendor’s website before visiting for the latest information.

Lauren Critzer

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and after college, I moved to San Francisco to explore new opportunities and broaden my horizons. I fell in love with the city's vibrant culture and unique atmosphere, but eventually, I moved again, this time to Austin, Texas.

As much as I loved living in different parts of the country, having a baby boy brought me back to my hometown in Charlottesville, where I now live with my husband, our little one, and two furry friends. I enjoy going to wineries, taking my pups everywhere, and spending quality time with my family.

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