Every once in a while, my internship turns into summer camp, and the interns get the afternoon off to play in Austin. This time, our afternoon off involved copious amounts of eating, because our company treated us to a Food Truck Tour.
We made five stops, starting with Micklethwait Craft Meats, AKA real Texas Barbecue (finally!). It’s located just around the corner from the world-famous Franklin BBQ, and from my understanding, it’s just as good, if not better. We sat outside under the trees, and were given brisket, ribs, and jalapeno cheese grits (insert heart eyes emoji face here). I ate all of it, though the brisket was my favorite. The skin was super salty and it wasn’t at all tough.
The next stop was East Side King, which is a famous food truck in Austin. We actually stopped at their storefront, where the guide ordered for us and we were able to sit inside in the air conditioning. He ordered Tori Meshi, which is Korean friend chicken. It was good, but not outstanding. What I really wanted to try were the Poor Qui’s buns, but we weren’t able to order any. Maybe next time? 🙂
Our last stop involved three different trucks at once, or as our guide called it, The Trifecta. We started with Regal Ravioli and their amazing garlic bread. Though I admit I may have really just been a fan of their Texas Toast-style garlic bread, this truck was great. Their raviolis were covered in Parmesan cheese, and I’m honestly sold on anything involving Parmesan cheese!
40 North Pizza is Regal Ravioli’s next door neighbor. By this point, I had very little room left for any food at all, and I will openly admit to being an elitist, New York pizza snob. However, when their fresh Margherita pie was brought over, looking amazing in all its homemade mozzarella glory, I caved and took a small piece. Not at all bad for Texas pizza…
And of course, we finished with cupcakes. The cupcakes were delivered to us, which in the Texas heat may not have been the best idea, but because they were Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop cupcakes, they were still the bomb.com. I had looked up their flavors while we were still at the office that morning, and had already pre-selected which one I wanted to try from their menu, which changes daily. The boxes were opened and the interns descended upon them, but not before I swooped in and grabbed one of the Odd Couple cupcakes.
Usually I’m not a chocolate cake girl, but the Odd Couple is basically a caramel, chocolate, and pretzel cupcake, so how could it really be wrong? It was a little melty from the heat, but all I’ve been thinking about for literally days is a Caramel Milkshake from the Smashburger right by my school in Manhattan, and the perfectly sugary, homemade caramel icing on the Odd Couple solved that problem (For now, anyway…).
I then had to surrender, as I had for sure hit food comatose, and needed a nap. Regardless, I promise I’m eating my way through Austin, slowly but surely!