The Five Best Food Trucks on South First Street in Austin

Austin is quickly earning a reputation for being one of the finest food cities in the country. And rightfully so. From fancy schmancy gourmet restaurants, to charmingly quirky food trucks, there’s simply too much great food in this city to waste time on meals that are just ok. In the spirit of eating only the very best, we’ve rounded up the top 5 food trucks on South First Street serving up some of the tastiest meals on four wheels. So next time you find yourself wandering around in search of the perfect lunch, stop by the trucks on this list so you can spend less time searching, and more time stuffing your face.

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Photo by Jay A.

Tommy Want Wingy

First up on my list is Tommy Want Wingy, where they fry up the best chicken wings in town, tossed in some of the tastiest sauces and dry rubs that have ever passed my lips. I don’t know what kind of sorcery they’re using inside of that little trailer, but these perfectly cooked beauties are some of the crispiest, juiciest wings I’ve had.

At Tommy’s (I gave them that nickname, because best friends need nicknames, and anyone who makes a chicken wing this sinfully good is best friend material), they make their wings lollipop style. They cut all but one tendon so the meat slides down the bone to create a chicken lollipop that’s way easier to eat than a regular old wing. That means that unlike most wings, you can eat these bad boys in record time without looking like you just walked off the set of True Blood when you’re done. Plus, it minimizes wastage, so you don’t have to worry about leaving any precious pieces behind on the bone, because there’s nothing more shameful than leaving chicken behind on the bone. Say it out loud: NO chicken left behind.

Order like a pro: Spicy Pineapple wings, Ranch on Fire wings, and a side of tots, because duh. Oh, and don’t forget to BYOB!

Tommy Want Wingy
603 W Live Oak
Austin, TX 78704

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Photo by Anna C.

Gourdough’s Big. Fat. Doughnuts.

I couldn’t bring myself to write a list of the best food trucks on South First without mentioning Gourdough’s, because like every other human being who’s ever set foot in this city, I’ve eaten there. A lot. And the doughnuts are delicious. Dangerously delicious.

Gourdough’s claim to fame are freshly-made, piping hot doughnuts piled high with enough decadent toppings to bring a grown man to his knees. From sweet and savory concoctions, like the Mother Clucker, a crowd favorite served with fried chicken and honey butter, to more traditional treats like the strawberry-adorned Miss Shortcake, you’re sure to find a doughnut at Gourdough’s that calls your name. Just be warned. If you go all in on your own doughnut, you’re going to want to clear your schedule, because you will, without a doubt, spend the rest of your day trapped in the best food coma of your life.

Order like a pro: Granny’s Pie. Because you just can’t go wrong with caramel, pecans, bananas and graham crackers. And if you’re feeling especially naughty, order some Cherry Bombs while you’re at it. You can thank us later.

Gourdough’s Big. Fat. Donuts.
1503 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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Mellizoz Tacos

The taco game at Mellizoz is strong. Really strong. First of all, they have an impressive menu chock full of delicious meaty taco creations like The Padre, with ancho braised pork, avocado, sautéed pineapple, and salsa fresca; and The Slowrider, starring braised beef, caramelized onions, cotija, and cilantro. Second of all, they offer a lot of great options for the vegetarians out there. We especially love The Shroom, which is loaded high with portabello mushrooms, baby spinach, tomato, and chipotle aioli; and the Fried Avocado, with tempura battered avocado, arugula, tomato, cotija, chipotle sherry vinaigrette. And third of all, they use fresh ingredients and salsas made from scratch. What it boils down to is this: Mellizoz Tacos are some of the best in the hood. Do yourself a favor and try one. Or two. No. Three.

Order like a pro: A Padre Taco and a Shroom Taco, both on flour. And wash it down with an order of queso for good measure.

Mellizoz Tacos
1503 S 1st St
Austin, TX, 78704

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Dock & Roll Diner

For those days when you’re craving a taste of the great state of Maine, Dock & Roll Diner has you covered. In butter, most likely. But covered nonetheless.

Serving up some of the best lobster rolls arund, Dock & Roll is known for their decadent sandwiches overflowing with big ole chunks of freshly picked lobster meat, and their tater tots, which we can only assume are made with taters and magic. They have a long list of specialty sandwiches to choose from, offering unique takes on the lobster roll – some with hoisin and ginger-garlic sauces, others with chicken fried bacon. If you ask us, though, you really can’t go wrong with the classic: The Maine Event. Brought to you on a freshly baked, slightly sweet, buttery roll, this sandwich is packed with perfectly seasoned lobster claw and knuckle meat, and is served chilled with their house mayo. And for those out there who can handle a little more heat, The Austin is a winner too. It’s the Maine Event + homemade habanero sauce. Yum.

Order like a pro: The Maine Event (or the Austin) and an order of tots with Vaquero Sauce and Angry Red.

Dock & Roll Diner
1503 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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Bananarchy

What better way to round out this list than with a food truck that specializes in refreshing, frozen desserts that you can eat guilt-free? Hey, they’re bananas! And bananas are fruit. And fruit is healthy. So what if it’s dipped in chocolate, and rolled in Reese’s Pieces? These frozen treats are basically Weight Watchers on a spoon. Right?

Bananarchy is a magical little food truck that serves frozen bananas dipped in decadent sauces and rolled in all sorts of toppings. They serve half bananas, whole bananas, and one double banana masterpiece called The Gob. It’s two whole bananas, stuck together, double-dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts. Excessive? Maybe. Absolutely amazing? YES. They have a great menu full of bananas designed by the experts, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can go rogue and create your own. Whatever you do, though, don’t get the half. You’ll just have to take a walk of shame back to the food truck thirty seconds later when you’re out of banana and jonesin’ for seconds.

Order like a pro: The Afternoon Delight. Because when you’re deciding between chocolate, vanilla, and peanut butter, there’s only one right choice: all three. 

Bananarchy
603 W Live Oak
Austin, TX 78704

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