Eat St. On Location: Awesome Austin

Austin may only be the fourth largest city in Texas, but it’s head and shoulders above the rest of the Lone Star State when it comes to its sheer number of food trucks, carts and trailers. From traditional BBQ carts to innovative vegan food trucks, CapCity’s mobile vendors serve up a dizzying array of curbside cuisine. Join us as we amble into Austin to check out six of the city’s most talked about food trucks.

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The Vegan Nom

Date: Friday, October 11

Location: 120 East North Loop Boulevard

Filming time: 9:00 a.m.

A vegan food truck may not seem like a natural fit in the heart of BBQ country, but The Vegan Nom has been winning over Austinites on a daily basis with their 100% vegan tacos, nachos and handmade vegan chili con queso. Their dishes are 100% animal free and are cooked with grapeseed and safflower oil. Oh, and they’re also delicious, which helps to explain why vegans and carnivores alike have been flocking to The Vegan Nom since they first opened for business.

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What they will cook for us:

Maple-Miso Taco: Sweet potato is marinated in a maple-miso mix blending sweet, salty and savoury flavours together for an autumn slumber in your mouth. Topped with generous slices of avocado, red onions and cilantro.

The Vegan Jalisco: Vegan gluten-free chicken faux-jitas topped with caramelized onions, bell peppers, vegan pepper jack cheese, fresh lime wedge and cilantro on a fresh corn tortilla.

The Three Amigos: Vegan country sausage (housemade with quinoa and brown rice), topped with tofu scramble and vegan cheddar (the three amigos). Want more amigos? Add roasted peppers. This breakfast taco classic is one of their most popular dishes!

Vegan Del Ray: Breaded gluten-free lemon pepper mock fish topped with fresh cabbage, avocado and their signature cilantro-lime crema sauce on a warm corn tortilla.

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The Peached Tortilla

Date: Saturday, October 12

Location: Cedar Park Farmers Market (11200 Lakeline Mall Drive)

Filming time: 9:00 a.m.

You’d be hard pressed to find a more critically-acclaimed food truck than The Peached Tortilla. An Austin institution since 2010, this tantalizing truck was named the 2011 Eater Food Truck of the Year, they were Austin Food Blogger’s Best New Trailer of 2012 and they recently appeared on the Daily Meal’s list of the Top 101 Food Trucks in America. Their sensational Southern/Asian influenced food has also landed them on a number of TV shows including Bite This with Nadia G and Taste in Translation.

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What they will cook for us:

Pad Thai Taco: Their signature dish! Marinated chicken finds its eternal resting place in a hot bed of scrambled eggs, shrimp, mushrooms, green onions, cilantro, crushed peanuts and traditional pad thai sauce, topped with a lime wedge!

Banh Mi Slider: Vietnamese braised pork belly, pickled daikon carrot, sriracha mayo and cilantro pack a mouth-watering punch!

BBQ Brisket Taco: Southern dry-rubbed brisket meets creamy apple slaw and The Peached Tortillaʼs famous smoky roasted peach BBQ sauce. This taco is designed to keep you coming back again and again.

Bacon Jam Fries: Belgian fries tossed with signature house-made bacon jam on the fryer, topped with a quick-fried egg and doused with sriracha mayo and green onions!

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Pretty Thai for a White Guy

Date: Monday, October 14

Location: Native South Food Park 10106 Manchaca Road

Filming time: 5:00 p.m.

It takes a lot to stand out in Austin’s busy street food scene, but Pretty Thai for a White Guy has managed to do just that with a truly hilarious moniker and truly inspired cuisine. Operated by a trio of grads from from Le Cordon Bleu Austin, this “Magic Bus” serves authentic Thai and Thai Inspired dishes like Sweet Chili Peanut Chicken, Thai Nachos and an authentic Pad Thai that will knock your socks off. Come for the name, stay for the food!

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What they will cook for us:

Green Curry Wagyu Burger: Half a pound of the very best Wagyu beef in Texas is not even the best part of this burger. Itʼs stuffed with their housemade green curry and served with shitake mushrooms, smoked gouda, thai basil, tomoto, spinach and a citrus mayo.

Thai Nachos: Chicken and caramelized onions, serrano peppers, smoked gouda and Thai basil rest atop toasted tortilla chips drizzled with sriracha and dunked in citrus sour cream.

Sweet Chili Peanut Chicken: This is by far their most popular dish! Sweet chili sauce mixed with roasted peanuts, Thai basil, mint, cilantro, brussels sprout, pickled fennel with ginger, and fried banana served on seasonal rice.

Authentic Pad Thai: Thin rice noodles, shallots, egg, bean sprouts, chinese chives, roasted peanuts, thai chili powder, lime and tamarind sauce, served with chicken.

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Biscuits + Groovy

Date: Tuesday, October 15

Location: On 51st street, on the property of 5015 Duval St.

Filming time: 9:30 a.m.

Biscuits + Groovy go through ten gallons of gravy every Sunday. That’s right: TEN GALLONS. Thatʼs because Austinites can’t get enough of their fresh new take on baked biscuits and homemade gravy. Chef Jon and his team have been keeping it groovy since 2010, but have really hit their stride in the past couple of years after adding meat to their menu. Serious Eats ranked them among their Top 10 Austin trucks this year and we’re sure you’ll do the same after sampling their mouthwatering menu.

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What they will cook for us:

The Gloria Gaynor: A whopping three fresh-made biscuits are smothered in gravy, and topped with three scrambled eggs, two cheeses, bacon, sausage, chives and a hearty helping of jalapenos before getting a spot- blast in the cheese-melting oven.

Biscuits + Groovy: The original dish that spawned the trailer! Fresh-made biscuits smothered in your choice of white pepper gravy or ale gravy, topped with sausage and chives.

The Vegan Johnny Hash: Flaky vegan biscuits drowned in gravy, with house-made vegan sausage, vegan bacon and vegan cheese with home-fry-style potatoes. While youʼre at it, why not add some tofu scramble for $1.

Bourbon Biscuit Bread Pudding: Milk-soaked leftover biscuits are added to a custard of eggs, sugar and vanilla, with bourbon and bourbon-soaked raisins added before baking. Served warm with a sugar-butter-bourbon sauce.

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Spartan Pizza

Date: Wednesday, October 16

Location: 1104 E6th St & Waller St.

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Intriguing and delicious: Those are the two words that serve as the guiding principles for all of Spartan Pizza’s recipes. From their spicy Hades pizza to their BBQ-inspired Agamemnon pizza, each one of their creations combine a dash of innovation with a generous helping of fresh ingredients. Spartan Pizza’s dough is hand-made and slow-rises overnight and is then hand tossed and made to order. It’s pure pizza perfection, any way you slice it!

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What they will cook for us:

The Zeus: Roasted garlic olive oil, bacon, fresh spinach, fresh tomato and fresh milk mozzarella.

The Medusa: Roasted garlic spread, caramelized onion, bacon and blue cheese.

The Agamemnon: Cilantro pesto, chicken tossed with Salt Lick BBQ sauce, red onion and jalapenos.

The Hades: Tomato sauce, Italian sausage, green olives, herbed ricotta and red pepper flakes.

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Micklethwait Craft Meats

Date: Thursday, October 17

Location: 1309 Rosewood Ave.

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Looking for a little Texas Hill Country Style BBQ? Look no further than Micklethwait Craft Meats. This fabulous food truck has been doing a brisk business in brisket and other assorted BBQ meats since opening this year. Their sausages, in particular, are among the most creative and complex in the biz and recently earned Micklethwait Craft Meats an honourable mention in Texas Monthly’s list of the 50 best BBQ joints in the world.

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What they will cook for us:

Pork Belly Andouille: The Pork Belly Andouille is salt-cured for two days before being smoked and hand diced.

Lamb Sausage: The Lamb Sausage has Aleppo Chili and tangerine zest.

Brisket: Smoked over post oak (in the tradition of Texas Hill Country) for over 10 hours, this brisket is fall-off-the-bone (then roll over and die) delicious!

Moon Pie: Made entirely by hand, these Tennessee classics are made with homemade graham crackers and homemade marshmallow layered multiple times before being completely coated in tempered chocolate!