Food allergies and sensitivities seem to be more prevalent (and recognized) in the modern American's diet than in years past. From gluten to dairy, grains, nuts, soy and eggs, many families find themselves spending more time avoiding food than indulging in it. But just because you have food sensitivities doesn’t mean you have to avoid trailer food in Austin, altogether.
Many view food trucks as purveyors of outlandish meals, loaded with calories. But in taking a closer look, you'll find several food trucks offer healthier solutions than their fast-food counter parts and many vendors have taken health into consideration while developing menus and business models.
Here are a few trailers around town offering gluten-free (gf), dairy-free (df) fare:
Via 313 offers Detroit-style pizza. They have a gf/df crust that retains the same square shape for authenticity's sake and the ability to use df cheese that melts to the edges of the pie. Currently located at East Sixth and Waller, they are open for dinner and glad to deliver in the ’02.
East Side King is a must-do trailer in the Austin community with three locations. At Liberty bar, they are known for their beet home fries, a naturally gf/df option. Equally gf/df is the chicken karaage, which can be found in the Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook: Austin Edition. The spicy edamame is a popular gf/df snack at their Shangri-la location.
Sun Farm Kitchens offers some delectable gf/df choices. Try their raw cashew cheesecake, the buckwheat crepes, or any of their salads next time you are on the East Side.
That’s Amore has a Vegan Caprese Panini (V-prese for short) that uses Daiya diary free cheese, vine ripened tomatoes and basil pesto. Remove the Panini bun to make it both gf/df. Visit them for lunch or dinners on East Riverside.
The Flying Carpet, in their new location on Oltorf and South First, offers more than a few naturally gf/df menu items. Their beef kefta served over sauce comes with a salad, a side of eggplant and French fries. Similarly, the chicken plate contains chicken with a side of eggplant, fries and a salad. Their chicken salad boasts organic greens, finely sliced purple onions, tomatoes, olives and cucumbers with chicken on top, cooked to order.