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For the Love of Food Trailers

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[ Editor’s note: Food trailers open up, close down, or move locations fairly regularly. This post has been moved to the guides section, which we periodically update as things change, so go to the Red Hot Vegans Guide to Austin Vegetarian and Vegan Food Trailers for the most up-to-date listing. ]

Having spent the majority of my life in Pennsylvania, the concept of food trailers was foreign to me until I moved to Austin 2 years ago. Since then, I have grown to love food trailers for two reasons: 1) they offer aspiring business owners a goal more easily obtained than opening up a brick and mortar and 2) the low overhead cost of trailers keeps food prices affordable for patrons.

Although there has been an explosion of food trailers nationally in recent years, this type of business structure has a few unique requirements to ensure success. Agreeable weather, high population density, and a culture in favor of local business are needed to bring patrons to trailer windows. And Austin has all three to offer.

According to an article on KXAN, the City of Austin has over 1,600 mobile food establishments, but the exact number of trailers is unknown. AustinFoodCarts.com and FoodTrailersAustin.com profile several hundred trailers and their whereabouts in Austin.

Living in such a vegan-friendly town, many food trailers offer vegan and vegetarian fare, even if there’s only one option. While the gesture is much appreciated, today’s post is dedicated to those food trailers that are purely vegan or vegetarian.

Guide to Vegan and Vegetarian Food Trailers in Austin

North Austin

  • Portabello Burger and Veganized Mac and Cheeze from Good to GoGood to Go: This veggie burger joint is the newest all-vegetarian trailer in town. Located in the North Anderson Trailer Yard (NATY), Good to Go offers 5 types of burger patties with lots of different topping options including veganaise, Daiya cheese, hummus and soyrizo chili. Try a veganized mac and cheeze or a frito pie on the side.
  • Vegan Jalisco from The Vegan NomThe Vegan Nom: Austin’s first all-vegan taco trailer. Having opened only 6 months ago, the Vegan Nom has already carved quite a name for itself in the Austin vegan scene. I once heard someone proclaim, “What angel blessed us with the Vegan Nom?” I’m in total agreement. With homemade salsas and killer ingredient combinations, the Vegan Nom is not to be missed. I recommend starting with the Rockin Vegan Migas Taco.

HydePark/ University

  • Cinnamon Rolls from Capital City BakeryCapital City Bakery: This all-vegan bakery is one of the best/worst things that has ever happened to vegans in Austin. Go and try one of everything: cupcakes, mini pies, cinnamon rolls, whoopie pies, cookies, cookie sandwiches, brownies, cake slices, and mini bundt cakes!
  • Moses Falafel Trailer in the Longhorn Food CourtMoses Falafel: My fiance, who grew up in the middle east, has declared Moses Falafel to have the best falafel in town. And I agree. If you want to eat a falafel pita like a real Israeli, don’t order a side of fries. Rather, ask for your fries in your pita.

East Austin

  • Bac'n Cheezeburger from Arlo'sArlo’s: The bac’n cheeze burger at Arlo’s is hailed as one of the best veggie burgers not only in town, but possibly ever. Yes, it’s that good. Once you’ve sampled this delicious treat, try out one of the 7 other menu options Arlo’s has to offer–they are good, too!
  • Veganized Reuben from SchmaltzSchmaltz: Jewish deli style food options? Yes, please! Take a recommendation from Yelp and order the Seitan Pastrami Reuben. Just hold the swiss to make it vegan.
  • Breakfast Sandwich from The Vegan YachtVegan Yacht: One of the oldest vegan trailers in Austin, the Vegan Yacht serves up sandwiches, wraps and “freeto” pie in East Austin. As for what to try, just follow the website’s instructions: “Close your eyes, point, then order. It will be tasty.”

South Austin

  • The Gob from BananarchyBananarchy: I recently watched all three seasons of Arrested Development (thanks to Carrie) and therefore am in love with all of the fun TV show references on Banarachy’s menu. Try the Gob dipped in vegan chocolate. Don’t forget, there’s money in the banana stand.  
  • Vegan Fruitcup Trio from Mister FruitCupMister FruitCup: Looking for a healthy dessert? Head over to Mister FruitCup. Their varieties of fruit salads include herbs, chilies, nuts, vegan whipped cream and waffle crumbles. Check out Marie’s recent post on Mister FruitCup for more info.
  • Vegan Dosa from Nomad DosaNomad Dosa: This Airstream offers amazing, freshly made dosas (kind of like a crepe) filled with delicious Indian curries. Definitely try the mango lassi–it’s vegan!

Multiple Locations

  • Chimichurri Seitan Wrap and Hibiscus Tea from Conscious Cravings Conscious Cravings (University and South Austin): Hot wraps, cold salads, freshly made juices, and rosemary baked fries. Everything on the Conscious Cravings menu can be made vegan. My personal favorite: the pan-seared tofu.


So, what’s your favorite all-vegan or vegetarian food trailer?

Vegan Eats on the Drag

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If you are at or near UT Austin and looking to grab a bite to eat, head on over to the Drag — where Guadalupe Street borders campus. The Drag offers a mix of American, Asian, and Tex-Mex cuisines at prices even a college student can afford!

Vegan Breakfast Platter at Kerbey Lane

Kerbey Lane Cafe: Gotta love a 24-hour diner! Try the vegan queso (small $6.05), daily vegan pancakes (full stack $5.95), or the hippy burger ($5.75).  Vegan menu available online.

Madam Mam’s: Vegan options at Madam Mam’s are scarce (most dishes contain fish oil); however, they mark what’s vegan on the bottom of their online menu. Stick with the madam rolls ($3.50), tofu spring rolls ($4.50), noodle lord ($6.95), and pad macaroni with tofu ($6.95).

Mellow Mushroom: We highlighted Mellow Mushroom in our vegan pizza round-up. Try a mega-veggie specialty pizza (small $12.99) and sub in some Daiya.

The DragNoodles & Company: Noodles & Company is the newest vegan-friendly joint on the Drag. Order any bowl ($5.35) and add on some organic tofu ($2.39). My personal favorite is the Japanese pan noodles. Vegan options are listed at the bottom of their nutritional guide.

Pita Pit: Staying late on campus? Pita Pit is open till 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. They offer 4 different vegan pitas: garden, falafel, hummus, and spicy black bean ($5-6 each). Choose from their big selection of vegan toppings to create the perfect late night snack.

Austin’s Pizza: Austin’s Pizza serves vegan crust and sauce but you’ll have to eat it cheeseless, as their soy cheese contains dairy. Order a personal size pizza ($8.29) and jazz it up with 20 different vegetable toppings.

Jamba Juice: So many smoothies ($4-6) to choose from! Pair an apple cinnamon pretzel with a smoothie of your choice! Quick, delicious breakfast. Vegan menu available online.

Chipotle: Grab a veggie burrito, bowl, taco or salad ($6.25) and add guacamole to your order for free. Just avoid the pinto beans (contains pork) and the chipotle-honey dressing.

Hoa Hoa: Located inside the Dobie Mall, Hoa Hoa offers a variety of tofu and vegetarian entrees, many of which are vegan. I highly recommend the sesame tofu ($6.50).

Hai Ky Cafe: I love when restaurants indicate vegan options on their menus. Thanks Hai Ky! The #83 Bun Goi Cuon Tofu ($7.25) is awesome and big enough to share with a friend.

Veggie Heaven: Last, but certainly not least, is Veggie Heaven. Almost everything on the menu is vegan and entrees range from $5-$8. The service is pretty quick for sit-down or take out. Enjoy your meal with a flavored bubble tea with soy milk ($2.50).

The Best/Worst Thing Ever

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S'more Sundae from Sweet Ritual

I often joke that having access to so many vegan dessert options in Austin is the best/worst thing ever. The best part is that I can purchase vegan donuts, soft serve, and cupcakes whenever I want. The worst part is that I can purchase vegan donuts, soft serve, and cupcakes whenever I want.

Lucky for you, today I’m leaning towards best thing ever and therefore I share with you…

The Guide to Vegan Treats in Austin:

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