Friday, January 2, 2009

Ausin Trailer Park and Eatery

I wasted away my undergrad years at UT not exploring Austin eateries because I didn't venture away from campus much. As chance would have it, I'm back in Austin getting my M.A. and have turned over a new leaf. I'm practically inhaling all the food that crosses my path. I comb through South Austin on a weekly basis for new food finds. Trailers have been popping up like crazy on S. 1st and S. Congress this year!

My first food trailer dabbling started Fall 2008 with Torchy's Tacos and Shuggie's Burgers & Shakes (when Shuggie's still had seafood) at the South Austin Trailer Park Eatery.
I love how Torchy's makes creative taco fillings. However, I wish they would cut down on the grease. I ordered to-go twice and both times I found the tacos dripping with oil. The tortillas were soaked! I absolutely love their queso, but the chips always come drenched in oil as well.

Baja Shrimp-battered shrimp, cabbage slaw, pickled onions, queso fresco, creamy chipotle sauce
Dirty Sanchez-scrambled eggs, guacamole, fried poblano chili, escabeche carrots, shredded cheese, poblano ranch sauce

green chile queso with guacamole, queso fresco, cilantro and diablo sauce

When Shuggie's first opened as a burgers and seafood joint, I had a big question mark in my head. Seafood from a food trailer in Austin, TX???---Gross! Thank heavens I was wrong. My catfish po-boy couldn't be better. It came with pineapple coleslaw and jalapeno-onion "chow-chow" on toasted philly roll. The fish was nice and crisp, and the slaw and chow made the fried concoction light and summery--a surprising 180 from Torchy's heavy-handed tacos.

Catfish Po-Boy- with pineapple coleslaw, jalapeno-onion chow-chow on toasted philly roll

Unfortunately Shuggie's nixed the seafood po-boys and have now concentrated on their burgers. I haven't been back since my honeymoon with the po-boy. I see they now have a weekend brunch menu with shrimp and grits...hmmm...I'll definitely make my way there this Saturday or Sunday!

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