Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave. Austin, TX 78702 • (512) 791-5961 craftmeatsaustin.com

food_mini1-2

There are several pockets of food truck restaurants throughout Austin, but some, like Michlethwait, are not your average bear. Meaning there is no brick and mortar location as back up. It’s just the truck. But even that isn’t entirely accurate either, because the truck is a permanent fixture on a pretty sizeable plot of land surrounded by picnic tables with an equally sizeable parking lot and a smokehouse with a trellis for shade overhead and a port-o-potty should nature call. So fancy it ain’t, but these are the kinds of places I love. No pomp and circumstance, locals only and off the beaten path.

So off, that it’s a bit out of the way, so if you don’t have a car, be sure to Lyft your way to and from. That, or maybe ride a bike to help burn off the gluttony. But however you choose to get here, it’s definitely worth the trek, especially if you’re in no mood to stand in line for eleven hours at Franklin’s for your BBQ. That’s not to say that there’s no line here, but it’s much more manageable, particularly before 1:00pm when things get more crowded.

For recommendations, I say go full on brisket. It is by far the most tender, moist brisket I have ever had, without having to rely on fattiness to get there. In fact, it’s so damn tender I think I might’ve teared up a little. So good, I would even forgo the bread and pickles and just go it alone with a drip or two of their crack sauce.

On the flip side, I found their pulled pork to be quite disappointing. Very dry and lacking flavor. I’ve had better at Salt Lick in the airport and Q in Westchester, NY. Yes, in Yankee Country! Them’s fightin’ words for sure, but I call it like I taste it.

The baked beans and lemon poppy coleslaw fell somewhere in the middle for me. Both definitely good, but I’ve also had better. For better beans try Daisy Mae’s in NYC or Sandfly in Savannah, GA. And for better slaw, I could go on for quite a while, but for shock effect, let me drop some knowledge on you about Fresh Direct’s spicy slaw. It’s killer with the Que.

For dessert, Mickle came back strong with one of the best pecan pies I’ve had since my best friend’s mother used to make it down in Florida (RIP). That and her spice cake were the stuff of gods. But now I’m starting to depress myself, so let’s get to the knife count…

3 teeth

Taïm Falafel and Smoothie Bar

222 Waverly Pl. New York, NY 10014(212) 691-1287taimfalafel.com taimmobile.com

284-blog_nyc-hotspot-find-taim-falafel-smoothie-bar2

I’ve only eaten from their food truck, so this review is technically not for the restaurant. Which means décor and service are relatively moot unless you really have a thing for black and green food trucks. But, as far as trucks go I will admit that it’s very nice looking, I suppose. My estimation of the food, however, should hold quite nicely for both, because if they can serve up holy shitters like this off a truck, just imagine what they can do in the kitchen of a full-on restaurant!

Well, fortunately you don’t have to imagine, because I’m about to tell you. For starters let’s give it up to the best falafel sandwich I’ve ever had, no contest. I’ve downed about a hundred of these over the last couple of years and I’m poised to down another hundred without batting an eye, it’s that good. Worth-standing-in-line-for good. So what makes it the messiah of fried chickpeas? First I’d say it’s because these aren’t merely your run of the mill falafels. Be sure to ask for the special falafel of the day and you’ll be taste budazzled by kalamata olive falafels, roasted red pepper falafels, harissa falafels and spinach too. But the awesome doesn’t stop there. These little overachievers go above and beyond, packing their pitas with a cornucopia of goodies that make this thing the size of your head, yet good as all get out.

And if by chance a head-sized falafel sandwich doesn’t sound filling enough for you, I also highly recommend their fries, served with an insanely addictive saffron aioli. So good you won’t know whether to eat it, snort it or shoot it into a vein.

Then, for a tasty beverage to wash it all down with, you can either go smoothie, or in my case, I favor the pomegranate, honey iced tea. Mainly because the other stuff is so damn filling that I couldn’t possibly cram a smoothie down my gullet as well, but also because the iced tea is really great.

So there it is. A falafel food truck worth chasing down like a kid to an ice cream truck.

5 teeth

Cinnamon Snail

Chelsea, Midtown West- New York, NY 10001 (862) 246-6431cinnamonsnail.com

Gochujang_HI_RES-e1345568505487

It’s pretty rare to see something get a FULL 5 stars on Yelp. And even more rare when there are over 400 reviews to back it up. Well, here are five knives to go with them.

Granted I was VERY skeptical the first time I stood there in line, but as soon as I got a peek through that window at one of their Gouchujang Burgers (pictured), my skepticism was washed away by a tidal wave of salivating anticipation.

This burger, topped with kimchi and sriracha, is a spice lover’s dream! And as far as veggie burgers go, easily the best I’ve ever had in my life. By a wide margin. And man is it filling. You won’t even miss the beefy absence for a second. Even the bun is exquisite. Just awesome.

But a one trick pony they are not. The maple pecan rice crispy treats are also killer! Probably the best rice crispy treat I’ve ever had.

There are few misses however. Their créme brulée donut pales in comparison to The Doughnut Plant. And while some of their other sandwiches are solid, nothing is at the level of the burger. Also, one small gripe. They charge $3.00 for squirt of lemonade that is essentially served in a small coffee cup. One of the cheapest beverages to make on the face of the Earth. That said, it wasn’t bad, but definitely not worth the money.

Consequently, I’d gladly pay double for the burger, because it is THAT good.

5 teeth

Korilla BBQ

Monday -25th Street & Broadway 10010korillabbq.com
IMG_0886

It’s a food truck, so no comments on decor, although the Bengal tiger stripes are definitely eye-catching. As for the service it’s a bit on the rushed side, which never makes a first-time experience pleasant. Especially when they’ve already run out of one of the ingredients you wanted by 12:30pm! Docking one knife for poor planning.

That said, my spicy pork, red kimchi burrito was pretty awesome, especially when you consider it was only seven bucks. Shit, it’s practically impossible to get a muffin in this city for under seven dollars. So, to be able to get something as filling and tasty as this- let’s just say they had me at, “hurry the fuck up.”

3 teeth

The Ultimate Veggie Burger

Gochujang_HI_RES-e1345568505487

Cinnamon Snail – New York, NY

While its name is a bit difficult to pronounce, “The Gouchujong Burger,” that’s about the only thing I can say bad about it. This vegetarian badass is so damn impressive it almost doesn’t even deserve the “veggie” qualifier, because I swear, one bite and you will never even think to ask yourself, “where’s the beef?”

They start with a hearty mixture of grains and beans and vegetables and put together what is probably the most substantial patty I’ve ever come across in the land of vegan. Then, they top it with some seriously spicy kimchi and place it on a multigrain bun so boss that it almost acts like an extension of the burger itself. I’m not messing around. This is one veggie burger you don’t want to fuck with. Bring your appetite or bring a doggie bag.

The Ultimate Falafel Sandwich

20121011-taim-opening-falafel-sandwich-innards

Taim – New York, NY

Leave it to the chosen people to create the chosen falafel sandwich. Sorry to get all religulous on you, but this sammie is biblical. Crammed to the gills, your pita will be literally hemorrhaging cabbage and hummus and peppers and tahini and about ten other things they manage to wedge in there.

It’s enough to make one worry that the falafel might get lost in that sea of accompaniments, but somehow they pull it off like epicurean pros. Perhaps by creating special falafel flavors you don’t see every day, like roasted red pepper, kalamata olive, harissa and spinach w/ feta.

This is all conjecture of course. Magic is always best left a mystery. I just can’t wait for their next trick.