After completing the classics, I had a list of new food items I wanted to try while in Austin. With little persuasion, my mom, sister and niece were on board. So as soon as we woke up, we were off on our search. I have always heard about the puffy tacos in Texas and was determined to try them on this trip. Through the internet grape vine, I found Vivo and their puffy tacos. The puffy tacos and their prickly pear margaritas did not disappoint.
Also on my food list was the mobile food carts, street food trucks, and corrugated steel huts on wheels. Whatever works right? Just before I left, I was lucky enough to catch Anthony Bourdain’s show on Middle America food. He featured a few Austin street food vendors on the show and I couldn’t wait to go on my trip. There are some street food vendors that move every day so you have to find them on Twitter or Facebook. I will have to do that next trip! Since we were short on time we headed to South Congress where we knew a few would be located. We decided to fulfill our afternoon sweet tooth by sampling pies, cupcakes and snowcones. It was definitely a guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the actually cupcakes and pies because we were vultures. It wasn’t a pretty sight. At the end, my niece was covered in chocolate fighting off the bees. Ohhh but how we love food carts!
Across from the food vendors on South Congress street are a few great shops worth popping into if you have the time. Tesoros Trading Company has wonderful fair trade gifts. For funky finds, Uncommon Objects is a great place. It is like your grandma’s antique mall but better with a helpful and nice staff too! We also had to stop in Allens Boots. You can’t go to Texas without taking some time to try on a pair of boots. Allens Boots has a huge selection with character.
It was wonderful spending the day in Austin eating ourselves silly but the really Texas test is BBQ. The next post is on famous Lockhart, Texas BBQ! Are you ready to have your mouth watering for brisket?