A new ranking just landed Austin at the top of another list, declaring our city the “Food Truck Capital of America.” Restaurant supply shop Webrestaurantstore.com may be a mouthful to say, but we certainly appreciate their affections for our culinary offerings, and their background supplying food entrepreneurs all over the place. Clearly they have an idea of what they’re doing. They did pick Austin, after all.
We managed to beat out food truck megacenters like New York, Portland, and Los Angeles even though our volume is lower than these food truck heavy cities (a search on FoodTrailersAustin reveals just over 100 area food trucks). As they mention in the blog post, we “make up for it by producing some of the tastiest eats…there’s a variety of trucks just waiting to serve up food to tame any cravings visitors and locals may have.”
Like, say, a few of these amazing local eats…
We’ve got everything — even vegan trucks, a wing place called Tommy Want Wingy, and a biscuits and gravy trailer called Biscuits and Groovy, to name just a few. There’s even a Korean-Mexican fusion trailer (Chi’lantro) that got so popular the owners kicked off a storefront. And of course everybody knows about Torchy’s Tacos, one of Austin’s best-known exports and one of the top-rated taco restaurants in the country. Food trucks are now so much a part of the fabric of Austin that the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau uses them as a way to lure visitors into our city.
Then again, considering our crown jewel is that glorious, glorious BBQ, maybe it’s the smell that does it even better…
Mmmmm, La Barbecue…..
This isn’t the first time that Austin has topped food truck lists, as Outside Magazine gave us that #1 spot in last year’s “Best of Travel” list. Last year also saw four of Austin’s food trucks make The Daily Meal’s top 101 food truck list (keep your eyes peeled for this year’s list around August, as there will undoubtedly be even more on there).
What are some of your favorite local trailers? Let’s hear it in the comments below!