SoCo Trailer Diaspora
Where did all the South Congress food trailers go?
After developers signed a 99-year lease to take over the dusty lot on South Congress Avenue between Monroe and Milton Streets, the dozen trailers that had occupied the space for nearly three years were asked to leave. After throwing a goodbye party on Memorial Day, many of them seemed just to disappear. That had us wondering: Where did they end up? Where could we get our Mighty Cone fix? Was there a still a place offering french-fry-stuffed pitas?
We needed answers. So, we tracked them down. While a couple have closed up shop, most just rolled into a new location.
The Mighty Cone
Where it is now: The West Campus trailer park located at 2512 Rio Grande Street (on the corner of Rio Grande and West 26th streets)
Why you should track it down: Fried chicken in a cone, of course.
Where it is now: Just down the street from the original SoCo lot at 1221 South Congress Avenue (across from the Austin Motel)
Why you should track it down: Whether you're craving savory or sweet, these artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches are the ultimate indulgence. While it is a bit pricey ($11.00), the Croque Madame rivals any in town.
The Original New Orleans Po-boy and Gumbo Shop
Where it is now: A new brick and mortar with sit-down dining opened up this summer at 1701 East Cesar Chavez Street. Still looking for the trailer experience? Head to the West Campus trailer lot (2512 Rio Grande Street) or 1503 South First Street (near the Gourdoughs trailer), which staff tells CultureMap will be opening very soon.
Why you should track it down: Chef Darold Gordon serves up some of the best po-boys west of New Orleans. Look for big portions and an authentic experience.
Though they briefly set up in the West Campus lot, Nomad Dosa remains closed due to unforeseen circumstances. Sources say the business has been sold, but CultureMap was unable to confirm.
Where it is now: The good ol' West Campus lot (2512 Rio Grande Street)
Why you should track it down: Want to be a little adventurous with your artisanal sausage? Pick up an order of Predator and Prey (a rattlesnake and rabbit combo). You will also find decent vegetarian options and delicious truffle fries on the menu.
Coat & Thai
Where it is now: Barton Springs Neighborhood Food Court at 415 Jessie Street (behind Thom's Market on Barton Springs Road)
Why you should track it down: This stand has its fair share of critics but also a large, loyal following. The food can be hit-or-miss, but Coat & Thai is good for satisfying that Pad Thai craving in a pinch. In fact, it was fielding questions about where this trailer ended up that sent CultureMap on the journey to document the SoCo trailer park diaspora.
Where it is now: While the South Congress bus ended up at 801 Barton Springs Road (next to MamboBerry and Sno Beach), you can also get your sandwich fix at the West Campus lot or in the Mueller development at 4209 Airport Boulevard.
Why you should track it down: Hot Teacher is one of the most sought-after veggie sandwiches in town, while The Principal features just about every deli meat possible. Add in the fact that it's served on fresh bread, and you have yourself a winner.
Where it is now: Like Nomad Dosa, it looks like PitaLicious has yet to find a permanent home. Oh 'Licious, we miss your chicken and french fries with extra spicy sauce all rolled into one delicious pita. Come back to us soon.
Where it is now: 2323 South Lamar Boulevard (at Bluebonnet)
Why you should track it down: Simple menu, good prices and great ingredients. The fish tacos are always a hit, and don't forget to try some spicy coleslaw.
Where is now: 2323 South Lamar Boulevard (next to Taco Baby)
Why you should track it down: Who doesn't love fried food? Order some delicious sweet potato fries or stick to the classics and pick up a batch of waffle fries in a creamy homemade cheese sauce. We're partial to the fish and chips.
Where it is now: 1707 Barton Springs Road (next to Barton Springs Bike Rental) and 2323 South Lamar Boulevard (at Bluebonnet); the stand is already closed for the season, but owner Dominic Gonzalez says it will reopen for SXSW in March 2014.
Why you should track it down: Full disclosure: The author of this article worked her way through graduate school staffing this trailer, which is arguably one of the most underrated snow cone stands in town. Organic cane sugar syrups, dozens of flavors, fresh chopped pickles for the bottom, and chamoy, cream or chili salt for the top. Order up a classic Tiger's Blood or be adventurous and get a pickle cone.
Where it is now: The trailer is now at 1511 South Congress Avenue (just one block north of the original lot, at the corner of Monroe Street), and the brick and mortar remains at 5530 Burnet Road.
Why you should go: If you put a spinning cupcake on an airstream trailer, the masses will come. Customers can now enjoy their Hey Cupcake! on its own pink-painted patio, with even more seating. The Michael Jackson is always a hit, but our personal favorite is the seasonal Pumpkinator.