Ms P's Electric Cock food trailer in Austin. Photo courtesy of Robert and Cathy.
There’s hardly a better city for burgeoning food trailers than Austin. The trendy, urban and creative feel of food trailers fits in perfectly with the culture of the city. Although the spread of development in and around downtown Austin has caused the demise of several beloved food trailer parks, locals can find their favorite trailers at a new home just south of downtown. Named The Picnic, this park will feature eight food trailer vendors on three acres of prime South Austin real estate on Barton Springs Road. The park will be flanked by Austin original Chuy’s and the new Coldwater apartments. This location is also just minutes away from Zilker Park. Many Austinites will recognize the location as the site of a former RV park.
The eight food trailers that will fill The Picnic are all established Austin favorites. The current trailers are The Mighty Cone, Hey!.. You Gonna Eat or What?, Skinny Limits Juice, Ms. P’s Electric Cock, Hey Cupcake!, The Seedling Truck, Tapas Bravas and Turf N’ Surf Po’Boy. These trucks all represent different cuisines, from authentic Spanish dishes to down-home Southern cooking, presented in unique ways. These food trailers are also known for their farm-fresh, locally-sourced and often homemade ingredients. Each trailer is unique to Austin and many have several different locations all around the city.
A few large corporate chains had their eye on the vacant lot and its prime location near Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park, but the developers felt food trailers were better suited to the hip vibe of South Austin. However, The Picnic is quite unlike any other food trailer park in Austin. Plans show an area dedicated to 80 parking spaces, which will help bring relief to crowded Barton Springs Road. With its air-conditioned restrooms, huge covered dining pavilion and large fans, The Picnic is sure to become a popular place during scorching Austin summers. The park is also green thanks to the solar panels attached to the dining pavilions. The Picnic is expected to open in March. Austinites can get all the latest updates on the park’s Facebook page.