Forget what they say about Manhattan, if there’s a U.S. city designed specifically for night creatures, it’s Austin. Between the famed mass pilgrimage of bats that flocks out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset to the innumerable midnight concerts that light up 6th Street and the burgeoning foodie scene, this growing hipster hub is at its best after dark. This fall, while hitting up the Austin City Limits Festival and kicking it with the band Phoenix (see our interview), we couldn’t help helping ourselves to a little shopping at our local Austin Lucky Brand store and a lot of gnoshing at the local food trucks…well into the wee hours. After plenty of debate, we’ve narrowed down the city’s sidewalk smorgasbord to our favorite four.
Who says donuts are the stuff of breakfast? Or of dessert for that matter? The unconventional creations that come from this vintage airstream trailer defy the usual powdered sugar, chocolate éclair and sprinkled options. Take for example the “Mother Clucker,” a savory fried chicken and honey combo, or the “Sailor Jerry,” a rum-cake inspired concoction topped with crisp walnuts. It’s our pick for the perfect sleep-inducing stop at the end of long night of rocking and party hopping.
1503 South 1st Street, 78704
Mrs. P’s Electric Cock
We realize every stop in Austin is supposed to involve a BBQ fix at the Salt Lick, but we vote in stead for a fried chicken dinner with a side of farm frites (skinny fries laced with thyme). Did we mention the truffle mac and cheese? Rumor has it the tacos are delicious, too but we wouldn’t know because we’ve never been able to tear ourselves away from ordering the insanely spicy 8-piece bucket.
1101 South Congress Avenue, 78704
East Side King
The inspired brainchild of chefs Paul Qui and Moto Ustunomiya, this roving caravan is decked out in off-the-wall art by Japanese punk band Peelander Yellow. The menu is equally as irreverent, with exceptionally zingy curry buns and the locals’ favorite beer bacon miso ramen. Whatever you do, do not walk away without trying the beet fries.
Pop-up locations. Thursday/Friday: 4211 Medical Parkway
Anything dedicated entirely to artisan grilled cheese sandwiches is okay in our book. Best of all, this little yellow shack lets you build your own, from the beer bread levain boule to the lavender cheddar and balsamic apricot fig sauce, not to mention countless other options. We highly recommend their suggested styles too. In fact, we’ve never met a Croque Madame we loved as much as Burro’s sourdough and smoked ham set-up, topped with a fried egg, pesto aioli and a dollop of sinful dulce de leche.
1221 South Congress Avenue
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