Dateline: Austin Texas.
After Tony Bourdain's visit to East Side King,the upstart Austin food cart featuring Asian street food, he had this to say:
"Come, all ye hipsters, with your mutant mash-up food, your strange and wondrous treats, to my neighborhood. And soon."
Well, the old reputation of East Austin as being a haven for drug dealing and prostitution is slowly being replaced by it's new reputation as the side of town to eat Asian street food, drink craft beer and stroll around in your brand new New York Dolls t shirts.
Last nights visit to East Side King's new location in the parking lot of the Grackle, formerly Primo's ice house, found the little cart bustling with business.
They had sold out of a few items [it was 1:30 am] so we contented ourselves with a small tray of pork belly and a separate order of crispy chicken thighs.
Everything was delicious if slightly expensive at $15 dollars for two small plates of food. Each plate featured 4-6 ounces of meat and a large portion of perfectly prepared rice.
The food reminded me of classic Izagaya small plates with plentiful green onions and Kewpie mayonnaise. Bottle of Sriracha and Kikkoman Soy Sauce stood sentry at the trailer's window if you needed to amp up the heat or umami levels.
East Side King provides a nice break from the normal and prevalent trailer food options of Mexican and Tex Mex. The men running the booth are pleasant, the food good and their sage decision to stay open til 1:45 or so am means they'll definitely see more of my late night food money.
1700 E 6th St
In the parking lot of the Grackle
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