Visiting the Famous Food Trailers in Austin, Texas

Hey Cupcake!, Austin Texas

Guest Post by Logan B

In the past few years, Austin, Texas has been on the top of almost every best cities list. Many consider it one of the best places in the U.S. to find a job, start your own business, make new friends, and raise a family. Austin is known around the world as an up-and-coming tech hub. Facebook, Google, and have all set up offices in Austin, and the city is home to countless other tech companies and startups. The vibrant capital of Texas is also considered the “Live Music Capital of the World,” thanks to all of its live music venues and all the opportunities local, national, and international musical artists have to play at those venues.

Austin Skyline from the Long Center; Austin Texas

Austin is known for many things, and it’s the perfect place in the U.S. to take a short trip. You can just hop on a plane or a jet charter and then take a fifteen-minute taxi ride from the airport to the heart of downtown Austin, where you’ll find countless restaurants, bars, shops, and music venues. Once you get tired of sightseeing and enjoying all of the entertainment Austin has to offer, you should consider grabbing a bite to eat at one of Austin’s many famous food trailers.

Austin was one of the first cities in the U.S. to embrace food trailers. Since 2006, food trailers serving all different kinds of food have been popping up all over the city. The food trailers in Austin serve everything from Thai food to gourmet donuts, and the food trailer options seem to grow everyday. If you’re taking a short trip to Austin, you should consider stopping by these five highly rated food trailers:

1. Torchy’s

Torchy's Trailer Park

This food trailer is located on S. 1st Street, a few minutes south of downtown by car. Torchy’s offers all different kinds of taco options, including several different kinds of breakfast taco and fajita taco options. If you’re feeling bold, you might want to sample their fried avocado taco, which is all the rage among locals.

2. Hey Cupcake!

Hey Cupcake!

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, you should head over to Hey Cupcake! This food trailer is located on South Congress Avenue in the popular SoCo shopping area, which is in walking or biking distance from downtown Austin. Hey Cupcake! offers a slew of delectable, gigantic cupcake options, including a red velvet cupcake that melts in your mouth and warms your heart.

3. Osmo’s Kitchen

 This Cajun food trailer is located about two minutes (driving time) east of downtown on E. 12th Street. If you’re in the mood for an Authentic New Orleans style fried seafood po’boy for dinner or beignet for breakfast, this is the trailer for you. Its owners lived in New Orleans their whole lives before moving to Austin a few years ago. So, they know exactly how to deliver New Orleans flavor at an affordable Texas price.

4. G’Raj Mahal


In the mood for some spicy Indian food? Stop by G’Raj Mahal on Red River Street in downtown Austin. This food trailer is definitely the most affordable way to eat Indian food when you’re visiting Austin, since other Indian restaurants in the area tend to be a little bit pricey. Fortunately, you won’t have to sacrifice taste because you paid a little bit less. The vindaloo, biryani, and tikka masala are all favorites at G’Raj Mahal among Austinites.

5. Gourdough’s  


This trailer is a donut lover’s haven. Located on S. Lamar Boulevard, about ten minutes in the car from downtown, Gordough’s takes donuts to a whole other level. All of their donuts are fresh-baked from scratch and smothered in the toppings of your choice. You can order a donut topped in whipped cream and strawberries, ice cream and caramel, peanut butter chips and jelly, and just about any other delicious combination you can imagination.

So, take a trip to Austin, Texas and satisfy your cravings at one of the city’s best food trailers!

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