American singer-songwriter, David Dondero, is reporting in his meals from his current tour. He’s living my dream of playing music and eating on the road. Here’s Dave at Izzoz Tacos in Austin, Texas.
Austin, TX is one of my favorite towns on this planet to eat. Breakfast tacos are very popular and can be found pretty much anywhere around the city. In the past several years the food trailer trend has taken off like so many other places around the country. On South 1st, my favorite trailer had recently moved to a new location. They always blast terrible alternative modern rock like Puddle of Mud or some other similar shit. They have the best tacos though so it’s worth suffering through their horrible musical taste. Even better than Torchies.
They have a taco called the Bac Spin. It’s scrambled eggs, bacon bits and spinach on a flour tortilla. Their salsa is really distinctive with a more smokey flavor. The price is cheap. One taco fills me up for $2.25. Their queso is also great. That’s only if i’m really hungry.
I ordered the bac spin again and sat underneath a shade tree in the 105 degree heat. This time i ordered 2 of them and was only able to finish 1 and a half. I like Topo Chico sparkling Mexican mineral water to wash it down. A nice way to start the day. I wait at least 30 minutes before diving into Barton Springs.
Izzoz Tacos - 1503 S 1st St. Austin, TX 78704
David Dondero is one of the hardest working touring folk singers in America. Once named one of the Best Living Songwriters by NPR, alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Paul McCartney. It’s a privilege to have him part of Me So Hungry.
Dang. Long lines when Kimchi Taco Truck parks behind my work at 24th St and Broadway. No lines when Bongo Brothers parks there. Both look very similar to me –somewhat new, modern/trendy food truck, selling interesting ethnic food, similar pricing, (over?)use of social media. It’s not that Kimchi Taco has amazing reviews on Yelp. Presumably like Bongo Brothers, I suspected the parking location was hot …but it probably has to do with some Kogi (LA) effect. If you’re going to follow the food truck formula, might as well sell the same stuff.
Anyway, I’m a big fan of no lines. I ordered the Cubano sandwich ($7). Came out quick. Bread was a little chewy, Pork was a little too salty (but in such a way I don’t think it’s normally like that). Overall a decent sandwich.
I’m trying to root for Bongo Brothers. I wonder what would happen if they sold Korean tacos.
Check their website/twitter for their mobile location.
I like the look of this Ecuadorian food truck parked in Midtown. I tried to order the Fish Bollo (fish tamale), but it was sold out. Then I ordered the Combination Platter. The guy was about to make it, but turned back to ask me something. I couldn’t figure out what he was saying. I thought it had to do with what type of rice I wanted. He got some guy standing next to me to translate. Turns out he wanted to make sure I knew that the Combination Platter cost $15. That’s too rich for my blood for lunch from a truck.
I then asked about the Goat Stew …but it was $12. I couldn’t decide, so I told the guy who helped translate that he could go ahead and order. But he said it was alright. He was like “this place is too expensive.” Then I went with the hen stew ($8) and headed back to work. Turns out the that translator guy actually worked for the truck. I don’t know what I got. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t hen.
El Guayaquileño food truck – Northwest corner of 37th St at 6th Ave. New York, NY 10018
At first, I thought this Torta looked too cleaned cut. Then I found a couple of cubes of pig fat and smiled. The fat wasn’t chewy at all, but melted like Jell-O. I was happy with this pork torta.
The sandwich was $6, even though the menu says $5. Maybe getting it with everything (jalapeno, cheese, etc) makes it more.
The Super Truck – mostly on the Southeast corner of Park Ave & E 25th St. NY 10010 on weekdays during lunch
Does anyone else have this problem where you can’t decide what to eat for lunch and end up walking around for an hour? I guess with so many choices, it’s a good problem to have.
I ended up trying this halal truck on the southeast corner of 32nd Street and Park Ave, Manhattan. There’s a couple of halal carts in that area that seem to competing with the whole Rafiqi style toppings bar. I asked for everything on my lamb over spicy rice platter, which included chickpeas, black beans, corn, olives, cilantro, both grilled and raw onions, lettuce, tomato, a slice of pickle, white sauce, hot sauce. That hot sauce is the spiciest I’ve ever had from a cart or truck. Crazy good if you’re into the heat. Make sure you get the spicy rice too. I was sweating so much eating it in the park, I had to take it back to my cold AC office to finish up.
Only thing was that the lamb tasted like a salty hot dog. But pluses go to the two older guys in the truck. One of them smiled and thanked me genuinely. I’m not sure if he had teeth.
R&Z Halal Truck – southeast corner of 32nd Street & Park Ave, NYC 10016
I met up with Suraj for lunch in the Financial District to give him his developer’s mobile phone he asked me to buy. I had met him at the Social Media Conference. It did seem a little sketchy to get a message via Twitter asking if I had an American credit card to buy a phone through a site I never heard of for a guy in Singapore that I had only met once. Phishing scams be damned. I did it. I don’t recommend anyone else doing this. I’m a trained fool.
Anyway, he came back into town and we got food from this Halal truck serving up African style Chicken Stew, Beef Stew, Tilapia Fish over rice and with salad and curried vegetables. Each between $5.50-6.50 a tray. I was able to get half chicken and half beef. Really nice flavors. I liked the chicken more because it was tender. The fish looked really good. I wish there were African style Halal carts/trucks up in my work area.
Kiflu’s Lunch Truck – Ann St & Nassau St. (Financial District) New York, NY 10038
I wanted a quick bite and got a Pork Pita from the Souvlaki GR truck. A small little guy for $4, but tasted pretty good. Had french fries in it. A lot more sandwiches should have french fries in it!
Souvlaki GR – a lot of times at the NW corner of 21st St & 6th Ave. New York 10010. Check their Twitter for where they’re at.
I’ve seen this Empanada food truck a couple of times off and on at the corner of 26th St and 6th Ave. $2 Empanadas, Argentinian style. Thick, doughy and very greasy. The filling is very onion-y. I like it.
They also have steak sandwiches and roast chicken platters.