Austin City Guide 2012 – Downtown Trailers
February 28th, 2012 by MikeK

AFBA city guide 2012

So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re
Downtown – don’t wait a minute for
Downtown – everything’s waiting for you

Downtown, downtown, downtown, downtown …

From “Downtown” by Petula Clark

2012 Austin Food Bloggers Alliance City Guide

Downtown, the hub of Austin’s daytime business activities also provides entertainment at night for both partiers and gastronomists alike.  If you are looking for trailer food, downtown Austin has a bountiful selection for you to choose from, and being Austin, you’ll be able to sample from a wide variety of trailers since they generally hub at single locations.

Let’s orient ourselves, shall we.  For our purposes let’s assume that Downtown is defined as Lamar on the west and I-35 on the east.  North let’s use the UT Campus (19th) and the river as the southern border.  p.s. check out the other Trailer Austin City Guides: East AustinSouth Austin, New Trailers and the full 2012 City Guide.

Here is a list of areas and some of my favorites in no particular order (caveat, where the actual location is better gained from Twitter, I will note this, also note during festivals like ACL and SXSW the carts may be moved for particular events).  For a mobile guide to all of Austin’s Food Carts check out my iPhone App.

Rainey Street

  • G’Raj Mahal -if you have a hankerin’ for Indian food in a great atmsophere, G’Raj Mahal is the place to eat.  Great spicy Indian food (I’m partial to the Rejard Marsala).  Grab your own beer or wine before you come and watch the world walk by.
  • El Naranjo – owned by the renowned CIA instructor Iliana de la Vega (of Oaxaca, Mexico fame) this is where you can find genuine Oaxacan food.

5th and Congress Food Trailers

5th and Colorado

2nd and Congress Food Trailers

2nd and Congress

Roving Trucks

Roving trucks mean just that.  These guys got wheels and often visit the downtown areas.  Check before you go.

  • Chi’Lantro -the one, the only.  Okay, I admit it, I have a french fry problem.  I eat them all.  That said, the Kimchi Fries or the Spicy Fries are not to be missed.  Add a Bulgogi Taco and I’m in heaven.  Check Chi’Lantro Twitter to be sure where they are.
  • Coolhaus – yes, we do have dessert trucks in Austin.  Pick, your cookie, pick your ice cream and voila, a sandwich made in heaven.  I”m big on the double chocolate cookie filled with either Dirty Mint Chip or Sea Salt Carmel.  Never know where they may turn up so check  Coolhaus Twitter.
  • Coreanos – tacos or burritos with pork belly or short rib are top on my list.  Lunch often 4th and Congress, dinner at 24th and Rio Grande and late night 7th and Neches. Suprise  check Coreanos Twitter to find them.
  • Peached Tortilla – can you say “Bahn Mi Slider”?  Come on, i know you can.  How bout a Pad Thai Taco?  You get me? Often found late night behind the Star Bar check out Peached Twitter to find them.
  • Verts – I would say “look for them and you’ll find them” but hey, a food truck in the back of a smart car?  Only in Austin! Here you find the Döner Kebap, a great sandwich.  Beef, lamb, chicken.  Add sauce, enjoy. 4th and Congress, 2nd and Trinity, you never know where they might be.  Check Verts Twitter.
  • Yumé Burger – the latest from the Peached crew, Japanese inspired burgers.  Check the Yume Twitter to find them.


  • Colibri Cuisine – located on West 6th St. in the bar district.  Quesadilla’s are the deal.
  • The Jalopy Rotisserie and Press – love these guys.  Little out of the way at 15th and San Antonio, but well worth the trip.  Great sandwiches, chicken or veggie!  I”m partial to the Song Hong myself.
  • Lucky’s Puccias – wood fired sandwiches at 5th near Lamar.  I like the Lucky but try your own luck with the Austin…pick your own ingredients.
  • One Taco – found next to Woodrow’s at 6th and Nueces they serve one mean taco.  Al Pastor baby.
  • Boss Hogs Kitchen – just a shade outside the area on 5th just West of Lamar, i give them the benefit of the doubt.  Fusion BBQ?  Smoked turkey and gouda is the ticket.

5 Responses  
  • AustinFoodCarts the Original Guide to Austin's Mobile Food | AustinFoodCarts writes:
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  • Shef writes:
    August 18th, 20122:00 amat

    Nice list! like the geographical organization. thanks!

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