In East Austin, the breakfast taco is about to get some new competition. Chef Rouha Sadighi is bringing her cult Los Angeles breakfast burritos to the 1606 East Food Trailer Park on May 26.
The Californian chef made a name for herself at lauded restaurants like the Michelen-starred Joe’s on Abbot Kenney and the Beverly Hills location of Thomas Keller’s Bochon. Food Network fans might also recognize her as a competitor on Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped, the latter of which saw her facing off against Uchi chef Angela Majko.
In 2016, she branched out on her own to open The Rooster Truck, which quickly became an L.A. favorite. Now she is bringing her egg-obsessed concept to 1606 E. Sixth St., the same food truck lot that hosts Tamale Vital and Austin Halal.
The centerpiece of the operation is the Rico Suave, named after the Gerardo hit. The monster breakfast burrito is stuffed with eggs, bacon, tater tots, avocado, a cheddar and cotija blend, house salsa, and cilantro cream. Other items include the Basic Bitch (brioche avocado toast topped with an egg) and the Bodega (a bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich on ciabatta).
The Austin location will also work with local purveyors for some ATX-only treats like Texas French Bread toast with seasonal preserves and cold brew from Cuvee Coffee. Each month, area chefs will collaborate with the Rooster team to offer a “resident taco” special.
“[We're] excited to come to Austin … it’s an amazing city that has its own cool vibe with tons of food culture and music which is so much part of us and The Rooster Truck brand," Sadighi told CultureMap. "We’re excited to be able to bring Los Angeles flavors and style to Austin, and develop and grow it for the locals.”
That doesn’t mean she's giving up her SoCal roots. When Alfred Coffee opens inside The Line ATX hotel, expect to find grab-and-go versions of the Rico Suave in Alfred Coffee, the first Austin location of the popular Southern California chain.