Top 10 Underrated Food Trucks in Austin

Emma Bittner

Food trucks covered the map in Austin before they were cool and trendy. Now that the food truck market has grown, so have the food truck parks in Austin. While there are nearly trucks on every corner, it is impossible to have tried them all. Here are some of my favorite underrated food trucks that deserve a little more Austin love.

Don Japanese Kitchen

Home to some of the best and most affordable Japanese food around. With their iconic Don meals (chicken, fish, pork) being only $5, it’s cheap and popular among students. Every day the line for Don stretches around the food truck park as customers eagerly wait for lunch as the delicious aromas of the truck waft by. When they run out of food, they close up for the day, so make sure to get there early.

Granny’s Tacos

Parked in an East Austin alleyway, Granny’s is unsuspecting. However, it is home to the best tacos I have ever eaten. On weekend wait times can be up to 40 minutes for tacos, but it is worth it. My personal favorite is the Rico, a taco with chicken, Mexican rice, and mole sauce.

Milky Way Shakes

I have always loved milkshakes, but after going dairy-free, I could never find a solid milkshake. That was until I stumbled upon Milky Way. Recently moved to a food truck lot on Cesar Chavez, Milky Way is home to many unique vegan milkshakes that never disappoint. In addition to their milkshakes, they also sell CBD caramels, regular chewy caramels, and meringues.

Longhorn Chicken

Another truck found in the middle of West Campus and loved by students. Longhorn Chicken is a staple in my diet. Bringing good ole southern food to the food truck scene, Longhorn Chicken is well known for its chicken and waffles and delicious biscuits. Open late; it is the perfect place to stop for a late-night snack.

The Vegan Nom

 If you are looking for a new addiction, The Vegan Nom is the place to go. I crave their vegan queso and fried pickles and can not get enough of them. Everything I’ve had at The Vegan Nom has been incredible and has never disappointed. Located on Cesar Chavez, this truck has a vast menu with tons of vegan options that are to die for.

The Happy Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and Happy Grilled Cheese has some of the best-grilled cheese I’ve ever eaten. Ranging from your basic grilled cheese to elaborate sandwiches, this truck always hits the spot and always has me coming back for more. Located on Burnet Road, Happy Grilled Cheese is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner to satisfy your cravings.

Pepe’s Tacos

A brand new food truck, Pepe’s Tacos, blew me away with their soft opening. They specialize in birria tacos and have some of the most mouthwatering meals I’ve ever had. With more updates to their menu coming soon, Pepe’s Tacos is going to be a big hit among Austinites.

Veracruz All Natural

With a handful of locations around Austin, Veracruz has incredible breakfast tacos, smoothies, and juices that I would get every morning if I could. They also have a delicious vegan quest that satisfies my queso craving every time. Scattered across Austin, Veracruz is well-loved by its loyal customers and seems never to disappoint.

Coat & Thai

Thai food is always my go-to because it never disappoints and Coat & Thai is one of the best. Located on Barton Springs, their pad thai and pineapple fried rice are two of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten, and I always crave them. Their truck is affordable and has incredible authentic Thai food. Their fried tofu appetizer is fantastic, and I love everything about this truck. 

Mmmpanadas

This is one of my favorite trucks parked on the UT campus, and I love enjoying an empanada between classes. Mmmpanadas has such a great menu from savory to breakfast to even some sweet dessert empanadas. My personal favorites are the pineapple cinnamon and asparagus prosciutto empanadas.  This is a great place to grab lunch and take a socially distanced walk on campus.