Austin City Guide 2013 – Downtown Trailers
March 1st, 2013 by MikeK

Austin Food Bloggers 2013 City Guide

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

The Update for 2013, second verse, same as the first.

Variety is the spice of life, and for downtown Austin trailers, it seems to be a mantra.  Many changes since the 2012 Guide, and many things have remained the same.  As a caveat and reminder: If you are using this guide for SXSW be warned that trailers move and hours change.

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 25th Street [so we can include the Rio Rancho Eatery] and the river as the southern border.  p.s. check out the other Trailer Austin City Guides: North Austin, South Austin, East Austin, Vegetarian Trailers, New Food Trailers and the full 2013 City Guide.

Here is a list of areas and some of my favorites in no particular order 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.
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Big Fat Greek Gyro’s– name says it all baby.
  • Tapas Bravas – love this one.  BYOB wine and they have the rest for sangria.
  • Art of Tacos

5th and Colorado [also check across the street for mobile trucks during SXSW]

6th and Trinity

Rancho Rio Eatery – the new kid on the block

Located at 25th and Rio Grande the Rancho Rio Eatery opened in February of 2013.  Here’s a quick list of what’s in store for you at this location.  Many are so new I haven’t even been there yet!

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.
  • 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.


  • Patika – CAFFFFEEEEEN!
  • Kebabalicious – go for the beef/lamb and make sure to pile on the red sauce and tzatziki
  • Turf N Surf Po’ Boys – no question, fried shrimp Po Boy…okay, maybe the gumbo
  • 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.

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