Regional Dining in Austin, Texas
No need to look for International Dining in Austin! Austin has enough character and culture to qualify for a Dining Blog Adventure.
But how to choose? On a clear and cool March morning, we would be crazy not to pick one of Austin's numerous outdoor dining spots. Food Trailers in SoCo! (That's South Congress for non-Texans) There's no better place to grab food and enjoy people watching! 3 bonus points for perfect weather!
Food Trailers vs. Food Trucks
This is a popular food trailer in SoCo. Who can resist a shiny Airstream with a giant cupcake on top?
In Houston we have a lot of food trucks. Trucks move around more. They often end up near construction sites. Houston is just beginning to catch onto the popularity of more permanent food trailers like Austin has enjoyed for years.
Need a Meal?
But cupcakes and ice cream do not make a meal. Luckily the trailers serve Thai food and BBQ and tacos and lots of real food. Since we were meeting our favorite Austinite... our daughter Heidi, we let her decide which trailer. Mighty Cone... with no hesitation. 4 bonus points for picnic tables designed to hold our funny cone shaped meals! Look at those odd looking, circular attachments!
People Encounter with History Lesson
Always have to include a little interaction with a stranger! I chatted with Andrew in the serving window, before the big line began to form. He's worked at Mighty Cone for a year and picked up enough history to tell me about how the trailer began.
In 2002, the food cone idea was created by a local restaurant owner as an easy way to serve and eat food at the Austin City Limits music festival. They had such success at ACL, they decided to serve the cones year round from a food trailer. Big hit!
3 bonus points for Andrew. Mostly because he sort of reminds me of my son, Scott...who is equally agreeable about smiling for my camera! (Scott never expects tips, though)
Food in a Cone!
Who wouldn't be excited about eating a meal out of a paper cone on a gorgeous day!
I've always insisted you can't eat an ice cream cone without enjoying the sights around you. I like to stroll with a cone in a park or while window shopping. We didn't stroll, but we took in the sights while cone-dining at a table on Congress Avenue. We watched the sidewalks fill with characters...while nibbling on spicy fried chicken and pulled pork . You can't beat that!
5 points for my Hot & Crunchy Chicken with Avocado! These pieces were breaded with almonds, sesame seeds, chili flakes, corn flakes and seasoning...then fried and wrapped in a tortilla and with mango-jalapeno slaw and drizzled with ancho sauce! Yum.
Okay, maybe they aren't calling us names. (with the sign that is between us) It really just tells us where to throw our trash. Austin is very green!
1 bonus point for a clever trash area
No extra bonus points for Heidi because she's been in the blog many a time.
But I'd say let's give an extra 5 points for CONE FOOD! A first for me!
TOTAL OF 21 POINTS for MIGHTY CONE!
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The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.