Some might argue that if you haven’t yet experienced food served right out of a trailer somewhere in Austin, you haven’t experienced Austin, period. If the sheer volume of choices has you wondering where to start, worry no more: on the last Tuesday of every month, Trailer Food Tuesdays takes over the lawn at the Long Center overlooking Town Lake in what can only be described as a food truck extravaganza. Make a meal of epic proportions by trying a few different trailers at once, and boom: you’ve officially experienced Austin.
5-9 pm, Last Tuesday of Every Month
Admission is free; food prices vary by truck
for live music schedule and details
East Side Glass Studio is exactly what it sounds like: a professional hot glass studio on Austin’s eastside. Known as much for its cool monthly demonstrations (which are free and open to the public) as it is for the actual art it produces, these artisans seriously know what they’re doing. This Saturday, though, the studio opens its doors for a special Christmas in July event, where guests can get hands-on and create their own works of art with guidance from the experts. Craft a holiday ornament or create a solid glass “space rock” and enjoy on-site brews from hops&grain and yummy bites from Yume Burger while you stand back and admire your artistic prowess; portions of the day’s proceeds will go to Community Glass House to benefit disadvantaged youth in the arts.
$30 per person, Saturday, July 28, 3-6 pm
507 Calles Street, on the eastside
Learn more about the studio here
“Cheesemongers are categorically zealous,” declares the website for beloved local cheese shop Antonelli’s, located next door to the Hyde Park Bar & Grill in none other than Hyde Park itself: “Their counters are their pulpits, and they live to share the gospel.” Thanks to the shop’s dizzying array of fromage — all heartily explained by the very friendly and uber-knowledgeable staff — and its chocolates, olives, charcuterie and fresh baked breads, their words are perfectly accurate: it’s practically a religious experience to walk through its doors and take in all the sights. Along with the many fine eateries around town who proudly serve Antonelli’s finest on their cheese boards, all we can say is: consider us converted.
4220 Duval Street (between Hyde Park Bar & Grill and Dolce Vita)
Open Tues-Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun noon – 5 pm
Visit the website for more info
We’re no strangers to food trailers around here, but until recently, we’ve had to venture south to get to some of the best ones. Now, however, North Austin has its very own food trailer yard, very aptly named… North Austin Trailer Yard, or NATY for short. Featuring the beef, chicken and pork sandwich specialties of Snarky’s MooBawkOink (again with the literal titles), the yard also boasts a mobile version of the nearby Genuine Joe coffee house (with its original location just a stone’s throw away, about a mile west on Anderson Lane), as well as a Greek food trailer, a hot dog vendor and a traditional Ramen truck. NATY also offers free wi-fi and shaded outdoor seating for those who need to stay connected while they nosh al fresco. Individual trailer hours vary.
1012 West Anderson Lane, near Lamar Blvd.
Visit the Facebook page for individual trailer hours & news
Austin is undoubtedly known for its food trailers and, of late, there’s been an ever-increasing array of them popping up in “parks” downtown, down south and on the Eastside; one trailer in particular, though, simply can’t be imitated, and it’s recently relocated to become neighbors with an instant classic. Gourdough’s is essentially a bastion of caloric excess, with its two dozen donuts slathered in everything from maple syrpu and bacon to berries and chocolate. Nestled next door to Izzoz Tacos on South First at the intersection of Monroe Street, this duo offers a one-two punch of salty and sweet, with Gourdough’s staying open late into the night to feed the concert-going masses in need of sugary sustenance on their way back home. Pro tip: during the day, start with a migas taco at Izzos and move on to the Dirty Berry next door; bonus points if you can get through the whole thing. Bon appetit!
South First Street at Monroe Street
See Izzoz and Gourdough’s websites for menus and hours