7 Best SXSW Food Trailers

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7 BEST SXSW Food Trailers

Looking for a quick bite at SXSW in Austin? Step away from the chains and try these unique eats that make Austin a true food destination. Here’s 7 food trailers you don’t want to miss.

7 Best SXSW Food Trailers in Austin


Mother Clucker Gourdough's


Biggest and fattest doughnuts like you’ve never seen them before. The doughnuts are fried up with a moist rich and butter interior with a crispy exterior. Fried to order and piled high with whatever goodies you choose.

What To Order: The Mother Clucker, fat doughnut with a two deep-fried chicken strip and honey butter.

SXSW Location: 1503 S 1st. Featured food trailer on the Food Crawl.


La Barbecue

La Barbecue

Recently crowned one of GQ’s 25 best restaurants in America, La Barbecue serves up the best beef ribs that I’ve sank my teeth in. It’s melt-in-your-mouth tender with a crispy bark. Grab a free beer, jam out to the live music and get in line for some phenomenal barbecue. Photo credit: Hayden Walker

What To Order: Beef ribs and brisket.

SXSW Location: 1200 E 6th St. Featured food trailer on the Food Crawl.


Ms P's Electric Cock

Ms. P’s Electric Cock

The most flavorful, moist, crispy fried chicken that will ever pass your lips. Ms P only serves fresh, never frozen local free range chicken! Grab a 12 piece bucket of Ms. P’s spicy and juicy fried chicken made with electric love.

What To Order: Crispy fried chicken with waffles.

SXSW LocationSouth Bites & 1101 S. Congress Ave. Featured food trailer on the Food Crawl.


East Side King, Brussels Sprouts Salad

East Side King

Tucked behind the back of Austin’s Liberty Bar, East Side King serves up Pail’s Qui’s Japanese street bar snacks like Poor Qui Buns, beet fries, and crispy chicken karaage topped with lots of mint and basil.

What To Order: Chicken karaage & fried Brussels sprouts salad.

SXSW Location: South Bites & 1618 E. 6th St.


Burro Cheese Kitchen

Burro Cheese Kitchen

America’s favorite sandwich is taken to the next level at Burro Cheese Kitchen. Justin Burrow serves up artisan grilled cheese sandwiches with creative cheese choices like the Grilled Glory with peanut butter, balsamic apricot fig and chocolate sauce.

What To Order: Waylon & Willie, beer bread with redneck cheese, gruyere, caramelized onions, pepperocinis and spicy maple bacon.

SXSW Location: South Bites & 1221 S Congress Ave. Featured food trailer on the SXSW Food Crawl.


Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches


Modernist designed, artisan ice creams sandwiched between homemade cookies and presented in an edible wrapper.

Pro Tip: Coolhaus will be slinging out free ice cream sammies on March 10 at 96 Red River, thanks to Yodle!

What To Order: Salted caramel ice cream with butterscotch and potato chip cookie.

SXSW Location: Austin Convention Center


Torchy's Taco

Torchy’s Tacos

Must try trailer in Austin if you’re here for SXSW. This Austin-born taco chain has a cult-like following with the best tacos in Austin. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is The Republican (grilled jalapeno sausage) or The Democrat (shredded barbacoa). Feeling wild? Try the Trailer Park, a massive battered and fried hunk of chicken breast, topped with sautéed green chilies, lettuce, pico de gallo, and shredded mixed cheese on a flour tortilla. Ask to ‘get it trashy’ and they’ll replace the lettuce with cheese sauce.

What To Order: Baja Shrimp and The Democrat, shredded beef barbacoa topped with fresh avocado, queso fresco, cilantro, onions & a wedge of lime.

SXSW Location: 1311 S 1st St. Featured food trailer on the SXSW Food Crawl.


Looking for a fine dining spot at SXSW? Check out Qui on East Austin for an electric experience! Check out the Best SXSW Food Trucks and Best SXSW Free Food!

Are we missing your favorite SXSW Food Trailer? Leave a comment below!


  • Concerned Austinite

    You called queso “cheese sauce”… *twitch*

  • Wes duncan

    add to the list. Cow Bells trailer (E. Riverside). Hey You Gonna Eat or What (Gibson @ S. Congress), Lukes Inside Out (Gibson @ S. Lamar), Way South Philly (e 6th @ Waller), Valentina BBQ (west 6th in Star Bar)

  • Kelly Knapper

    Coolhaus will be at 102 Trinity AND 96 Red River for SXSW!

  • Jessica

    Is Food Crawl link supposed to go somewhere? http://www.atasteofkoko.com/sxsw-food-trailers/www.foodcrawl.co

  • court

    Fat Cactus Navajo Frybread tacos, Some of the best grub in town!

  • Enyaw Smada

    Handmade and delicious ravioli and gnocchi at Regal Ravioli on west Oltorf is one of my favorites

  • Garbo’s Lobster down at South Bites and Roaming around Austin. You can’t go wrong with either lobster choice

  • Tom burlingham

    Yeah, Luke’s Inside Out on South Lamar is where it’s at. No doubt.

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