trailer food diaries
We know food trucks and ‘trailer food’ are hot, but what is the spiciest? Most folks South of the Mason Dixon can take the heat, but these trailers are packing a palette punch that gives you something to write home about. I dare you to give these hot eats a try this summer.
Torchy’s Tacos (Austin/Dallas/Houston, TX) – Diablo Sauce
Torchy’s is an Austin icon that begs you to ‘be a devil’s advocate’ by trying their mouth watering menu created by Chef Mike Rypka. The Diablo sauce, served out of a flask-shaped bottle, contains fire-roasted habanero chilies blended with vinegar, spices and tomatoes. It gets the four flame rank (the hottest among the other sauces on their menu), although it was their salsa verde that won third prize at the last Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival.
It comes as a side on any taco you like, or you can buy a commercial bottle for $6.95 and use it at your home-cheffing discretion.
G’Raj Mahal (Austin, TX) – Curry
Mike Krell of Austin Food Carts suggested anyone with affection for hot and spicy dining swing by the infamous family owned and operated G’Raj Mahal Indian food trailer found in the Rainey Street District. One of the most fun trailers to dine at, G’Raj Mahal, has an al fresco setting under tents that leaves nothing to be desired. Great service, authentic food, and a ‘yummm… ouch!... yummmm’ effect of their delicious curry makes them a must-stop for those seeking the full spicy trailer package.
The curry can be matched with your choice of chicken, beef, paneer, vegetable, lamb, fish or shrimp.
Curry Up Now (San Francisco, CA) – Desi Sauce
When I called Curry Up Now by recommendation of Janet K. Tandy of Circle the Wagons, owner Akash Kapoor happened to be at the truck. “I can’t believe you called. I just posted a picture of our Desi (pronounced they-see) sauce we have bottled and are starting to sell not more than 30 seconds ago.” The sauce is recognized as one of the hottest and most memorable in the Bay area and can be used on any dish Curry Up Now serves.The spiciest thing on the menu is the chicken masala burrito with the desi sauce. Other street food fans may wish to try the traditional deconstructed samosa (the chicken is the best-seller).
You can check out their signature sauce on their site.