Austin Rocks: South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery

Trailer park eats at Torchy's (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

(Part of the Austin Rocks series of posts by a local about things to do and see in Austin, Texas) 

The whole food trailer/food truck phenomenon has been going on for awhile in Austin and other cities, but a drive around town last weekend showed me just how many portable places there are now to buy good food at a decent price.

It’s often tough to find a spot to sit and eat around trailers, but that seems secondary to the experience.

We tried the South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery on South 1st Street….home to (on our visit day) Torchy’s Tacos, Man Bites Dog hot dogs and Holy Cacao chocolate goodies.

It wasn’t too crowded and parking was OK….but I can see it filling up very quickly, so be prepared to look around nearby to find a parking spot on the street.

The Eatery has places to sit and tables, too, including some under shade trees (yay!)

Food trailer eats at South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

My family and I tried a little of everything: Torchy’s “Mr. Pink” taco with seared Ahi tuna – washed down with an original-formula Dublin Dr Pepper – an “Old School Dog” and a Holy Cacao chocolate “Cake Shake” which is a chocolate milkshake with, yes, cake in it. Oddly grainy and very good.

Another obvious choice is the “Trailer Park”….

“Fried chicken, green chilies, lettuce, pico de gallo and cheese on a flour tortilla with poblano sauce. ‘Get it Trashy’ – take off the lettuce and add queso.”

As local tech guy Aaron Brazell tweeted, the Eatery is “A piece of heaven.”

Keep on the lookout for many new and bigger trailer/truck offerings around Austin, most a bit south of downtown.  There are a batch  of them right near the trendy SoCo shopping area on South Congress Avenue, and some reside north of Lady Bird Lake, also on Congress Avenue near 2nd Street.

For more locations and information:’s Austin food trailers and trucks.

There’s also an app for that:  Austin food trailer finder iPhone app.

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  1. Hal Amen January 29, 2011
  2. Sheila January 29, 2011
  3. Andarin February 2, 2011
    • Sheila February 2, 2011

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