August 31, 2011

Municipal Taste: Don't Mind if I Do

Location: 1817 S. Lamar Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-788-1517

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11a-7p

I'm going to go out on a limb here and coin their genre of food as "South Austin Bistro".  Their menu equals the quirkiness of 78704 plus industrial trailer with tight cuisine.  Although their pulled pork sandwich and lamb burgers came highly recommended, I went for the "Velvet Elvis": sliced bananas served on grilled sourdough with bacon, peanut butter, and habanero jelly.  Every bite was amazing.  It came out exactly as I would have made it if I were to have prepared it at home.  Crispy bacon.  Crispy toasted sourdough.  Fresh nanners.  The right amount of pb and j.  The habanero jelly makes it just Texas enough without wearing out it's welcome. 

So who are the guys behind the trailer?  Meet Keegan Archer and Philip Evans (thats one L, get it straight).  Formerly both in real estate, they found themselves 'gainfully unemployed', as Keegan tells the story.  They were cooking lunch socially one day when they decided to go into business for themselves with the Municipal Taste Trailer.  "We created low paying jobs for ourselves in comparison to what we were doing before, and we've never been happier.  Working in the trailer really helps you see the lack of value of money."  Well said, K-Arch.

They grow their own herbs, which you can see in an aluminum container in front of their trailer and are excited about the anticipated "Crossroads" bar opening up across the parking lot from them.  They give a nod to Odd Duck and East Side Kings as successful trailers that have proven models and eventually hope to open a brick and mortar version of their trailer.  

August 26, 2011

Trailer Food Under 500 Calories

Yes, it's possible to eat trailer food and stay slim - check out this article I wrote for Culture Map Austin and find some healthy choices at:
  • Sun Farm Kitchens
  • Mmmpanadas
  • Counter Culture
  • Holy Cacao
  • La Boite Cafe
  • Blenders and Bowls
  • Conscious Cravings
  • Mambo Berry
  • Fresh off the Truck

August 19, 2011

Back to school! Find the best trailer food on campus

Here is an article I recently wrote for on where to find trailer food if you're on campus in Austin, Texas.
Kate's Southern Comfort Gumbo - photo by Bill Lanier

August 13, 2011

Torchy's 5th bday / Scavenger Hunt Party TODAY

...Well, technically the birthday was Saturday, the 6th, but we can all pretend. Happy 5th Birthday, Torchy!

The first Torchy’s Birthday Crawl began at 8am on Saturday, the 13th. Thus far, we have 87 teams (of 2) registered and Crawlin'!   The 'Crawl' is a scavenger-hunt style competition across all of the 8 Torchy’s Tacos locations.

******The winning team is awarded 1-year of free tacos, a Torchy’s tee, bottle of Diablo Hot Sauce and official bragging rights. (Estimated Retail Value: $876.95/ea).   I'll report back with who you can congratulate (and hit up for tacos!)

August 6, 2011


Luis & Rachael are the only juicers in town using a special Cactus in their creations at the JuiceOver trailer.   Their original intent was to market this special variety of cactus (juice) as an all-natural hangover cure, but they soon transitioned out of the night life market and into the health market.  Their best seller is their original formula (and trailer's namesake).  It contains cactus with green apple, lemon, ginger and orange.  It is a wonderful detox drink and has a light, tart, citrus flavor.   Cactus, Luis tells me, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and the only plant that has all twenty-four anti-oxidants in it.  Their original formula has helped alleviate joint and arthritis issues for Luis, who is able to work in the trailer for 12-14 hours/day.  The JuiceOver trailer is in a newly developing park on West 5th, close to Black Swan Yoga.  So after you get your Om on, head over to the JuiceOver for some added detox.