SouthBites Food Truck Court – Austin, Texas
The SouthBites Food Truck Court popped up in an empty lot at the corner of Rainey and Driskill Streets in Austin, Texas for SXSW only. The perimeter of this court was all food trucks curated by Austin Star Chef and owner of Austin’s East Side King trailers, Paul Qui. In the middle of the trucks were tents where you could escape the sun as well as a full bar to ensure you could keep your buzz going throughout your day at SXSW.
Foreign & Domestic
The Foreign & Domestic food truck was one of my first stops. I couldn’t resist the Frito Pie on the menu. It is made vegetarian, but you can ask for it to be Vegan and they will simply leave off the cheese, creme fraiche and horseradish cream. Sure enough the Frito Pie was served up in the Frito bag itself with a hearty slathering of smoked vegetables on top. It was awesome.
The style of food served at Cazamance was very unique and I have come to find out that all dishes are influenced by the Chef & Co-Owners West African upbringing. For dinner, after my Frito Pie appetizer, I tried the special they had on their menu – Vegan Peanut Butter Coconut Stew. They served this over cous cous for me – incredibly filling, flavorful and as an added bonus, they are healthy and local.
Between shows one day we came back to SouthBites for lunch. I had eyed Phamily Bites on my first trip to the Food Truck Court so I decided to give it a whirl on my second trip. It was hot out and although I was tempted to get the special Vegan Pho they had on the menu that day, I went for the Banh Mi sandwich instead. The Vegan Baguette was stuffed with Lemongrass Tofu, pickled carrots, cilantro, cucumber, Maggi seasoning & some jalapeños for some heat. To Veganize this dish just ask for it without the Mayo, however they offer many other sauces that you can use in place of the Mayo; I went for the spicy red pepper sauce.
Not Pictured: I also tried the iced coffee with soy milk from the pop-up down under coffee trailer. Very refreshing on a hot day – for the non-vegans you should try an Australian Iced Coffee sometime which I learned comes with a scoop of ice cream in it…yowzah!