Jester King won as our favorite brewery, with a unanimous vote. It's so far from downtown Austin, we almost didn’t go. Thankfully, we did because Jester King has an amazing atmosphere, delicious pizza from the on-site Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza, a huge variety of beer and just lots of fun — period. The owner's passion for beer is so strong he left his law practice in Boston to come start this brewery.
If you have been to any breweries, you know they are mostly industrial, warehouse or retail spaces. Many of them boast modern decor, but they rarely have outdoor space like this.
La BBQ brisket here is cooked for 12 to 15 hours at about 275 degrees, and has a smoke ring of perfection. Like most BBQ trucks in Texas, they are open until they sell out. Get there at 11 a.m. when they open to guarantee yourself lunch. Come on the weekend, and there is free beer Friday through Sunday! The BBQ is amazing just the way it is, but try a little of their vinegar based sauce as well — icing on the cake!
Gordough’s specializes in made-to-order, decadent donuts with wild toppings. They have three locations now, but the trailer is our favorite. The line gets long after 10 a.m., so get there early. If you perfer a sit-down, indoor location, their other two nearby spots have full bars and bigger menus. Head to the location on South Lamar and have a Country Clucker. You can thank us later.
Torchy’s Tacos food was designed by the customers. Whenever Mike heard his customers holler, “Damn, these tacos are good!” they were added to the menu. Today, Torchy’s Tacos operates over 30 stores and a trailer park.
Bananarchy reminds us of hot days at the fair, waiting for a hand-dipped, chocolate-covered frozen banana. The only choices then were nuts or no nuts — we always got nuts. At Bananarchy, there are endless topping choices available, or you can create your own disaster concoction.
Cow Tipping Creamery has a huge menu filled with endless possibilities. Soft serve goes to another level with the ice cream trailer’s stackers, which layer everything that makes sundaes delicious, including house-made ingredients and including fresh fruit purees.
So, next time you are in Austin, enjoy these food trucks and sip on that amazing brew.
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