Each year thousands of visitors descend upon Austin for the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival, and most of them are hungry -- especially after dancing the days and nights away. To help those visitors find Austin's best food trucks, the Web site and app Foodspotting stepped up to the plate. In 2011, the food-finding company held its Street Food Festival in conjunction with SXSW to highlight Austin's many food truck vendors.
Missed the festival and can't make it next year? Not to worry.
You can find the participants all across town in a city that's like one giant festival for street vendors. Along Came a Slider is at 3600 S. Lamar St., and it serves up creatively named dishes like the Mother Shucker (sweet corn fritter, mayo, parmesan cheese, ancho chili powder, tortilla crisps) and the Wired and Drunk Pig (pecan coffee-rubbed pork shoulder, Texas pinot noir barbecue sauce, jalapeno slaw).
Boomerangs brings the cuisine of Down Under to 3110 Guadalupe with flaky "pies" filled with everything from steak and mushrooms to tofu and veggies. And what would street food in Texas be without barbecue? That's exactly what you'll find at the old yellow school bus at E. 6th and Waller (or wherever its Twitter feed says it is) known as Old School BBQ & Grill. Equally old school is neighboring Jucky J's Chicken and Waffles.