17 May 8 Vegetarian-Friendly Food Trucks in Austin You Need To Try
Austin is the land of meat. BBQ is practically its middle name. Also, its food trucks are as famous as acai bowls in SoCal. “The best in the country,” some say. So, when we set out on our 24 hour drive from Orange County to the capital of Texas, we were a little concerned that we wouldn’t find a lot of vegetarian options, and that we would have to miss out on all the food truck fun.
Luckily, we were wrong.
We found plenty of vegetarian options and what’s more, they were absolutely incredible. Not once did we feel like we were missing out on the fabulous food Austin has to offer.
So, here are the best vegetarian food truck options in Austin you need to try.
This Korean + Mexican fusion (winner just right there) food truck prides itself on being the home of the original kimchi fries (God, where had they been all my life?)
Their dishes are bold, portions big, and flavors smooth and clean. Tofu is one of their staple proteins so you can have any item on the menu. Tacos, quesadillas, burgers, burritos…
A bowl with rice, beans, soy vinaigrette salad, cheese, magic sauce, and sesame seeds with perfectly pressed and cooked tofu? Any day, any time.
Must try: The Kimchi fries. Nothing can beat that. Well, nothing except taking the mount of crispy fries topped with caramelized kimchi, melted cheese, magic sauce, and sriracha, adding tofu, and wrapping it all in a warm flour tortilla. After you’ve had a kimchi fries burrito, nothing will ever be the same.
Big. Fat. Donuts.
No need to say more.
You can pick one from the menu, or make your own. Be creative. How do you feel that day? Like cream cheese icing with fresh cut strawberries, or more like yellow cake batter filling with chocolate fudge icing? Or something more like peach filling, cinnamon, sugar and cake mix topping?
Must try: Naughty & Nice (sugar & cinammon) because classic is always a good idea, and Granny’s Pie (caramel, pecans, bananas & Graham Cracker) because…really?
Yes. Donuts again, because there’s no such thing as too much donuts. These bite-size donuts will fill a hole in you, you didn’t even know you had. They’re crispy, and puffy, and sweet, and they melt in your mouth.
Must try: Cinnamon and sugar. You can ask for a dipping sauce, but they’re perfect au naturale. It has been proven that eating your weigh in those isn’t even a challenge.
After all those donuts, you probably need something more on the healthy-side, and just as yummy. Enter Conscious Cravings.
This food truck serves only vegetarian food and smoothies. A complete spin on what food trucks are supposed to be, and with items like cayenne tortilla, it works.
They use only home-made sauces and dressings, and Texas-made tofu and tortillas, and they promise to change they way you think about food, and with items like cayenne tortillas, it works.
Must try: Black bean wrap with vegan Daiya cheese. Conscious never tasted so good.
Admit it. Your favorite food is still grilled cheese, and it probably will always be. Restaurants know this and that’s why the’ve come up with the idea of “grown up” grilled cheese. But the truth is it’s the same melty deliciousness, but the name makes you feel better about eating them.
Burro Kitchen has upped the game even more, and this food truck serves “Artisan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.”
Your mouth should be watering right now. I know mine is.
Must Try: Via 206. Cheddar, Gouda and balsamic apricot fig in artisanal sourdough. It’ll make you want to sing.
Tacos in Austin, although hardly authentic, are still look-away-cause-i’mabout-to lick-my-fingers good. It would be self punishment not to try at least one taco spot in town. Don’t fret, we know it’s not always easy to find vegetarian tacos, but Torchy’s got us covered. This food truck does salsas and guacamole like no other.
Must try: Fried avocado tacos. They’re served on a corn tortilla, with vegetarian black beans, chile poblano sauce, and salsa roja. Avocado and poblano? Who said greens couldn’t taste great?
7) Hey Cupcake!
This trailer will seduce you whether you want to or not. It’s not only its classic trailer look that makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time, or the jumbo delicious-looking cupcake on its hood, but also the smell. That sweet, fresh out of the oven smell that makes us weak in the knees.
Must try: Red Velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. It’s a little on the too-sweet side, so one’s perfect for sharing. Unless of course you have a sweet tooth, then one large, moist, buttery cupcake will not be enough.
This food truck specializes in raw cold-pressed juices and made-to-order smoothies, but it also serves vegan meals. It’s organic, refreshing, and delicious.Whoever said vegan food can’t taste amazing hasn’t eaten at a place like Skinny Limits.
Must try: Tomato Basil soup with cashew cream. Don’t even bother to ask for it heated up, cold is glorious. Wash it down with a Watermelon Aguafresca. It’s exactly what you need on a hot Austin day.
If you’re heading to Austin, or live there and you’ve steered clear of vegetarian food, be prepared to be amazed by some meat-free deliciousness.
Tip: There’s a place called Barton Springs Picnic, which is basically a food trailer court. They’ve got restrooms, picnic tables, and a cool Austin vibe going on. Try to catch one of these food trucks there and make an experience out of it.
What are your favorite food truck dishes in Austin? Did we miss any? What are some other vegetarian-friendly food trucks in other cities?
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