Terrific Texas Trucks
Have all your bases covered and ready to go the food-truck route? Here are nine of our favorites.
Bite Street Bistro, San Antonio
Thinking of hiring a few trucks—a trailer food court of sorts? Joseph Pedraza of Bite Street Bistro can make it happen without having to coordinate multiple contacts. His truck empire, which also includes Nanditos and Yao, spans three cuisines: French-Chilean, traditional Tex-Mex, and pan-Asian. Each truck serves modern casual fare that’s easy to eat on
Bola Pizza, Austin
Bola’s giant wood-fired oven on wheels makes quite the dramatic sideshow at weddings. The company’s stellar pies are made with cold-fermented dough, organic sauce, hormone-free cheese, and locally sourced veggies. Bola began catering weddings in 2010 with what co-owner Jamie Bowers describes as a naïve approach: “We simply had a passion for making pizzas for friends at home, so we didn’t approach things in terms of what was most cost-effective. We only used ingredients we would personally eat—I’m a big label reader—and we are lucky it worked out!” Guests love watching the baking process, from prepping ingredients to pulling pies from the flame. It’s a conversation, not just putting food on the plate.
Chocollazo, San Antonio
This sweet-treat trolley focuses on all things chocolate, from the traditional to the unexpected: chocolate-covered bacon, chipotle English toffee, and even chocolate-infused beer. Owner Mary Collazo can also work with you to design custom desserts, like tantalizing s’mores-chocolate-caramel apples and Nutella silk pie.
Easy Slider, Dallas
Easy Slider has garnered plenty of buzz for its delicious gourmet-sliders, and as a kitchen on wheels, it will travel to Austin, Houston, or wherever the party happens to be. Recent brides Sara and Whitney Bollinger are big fans, having booked the lesbian-owned on-the-go eatery for their wedding. “We chose a traditional beef burger, a turkey burger, and a Portobello burger, so our guests could mix and match. All three were a hit—it gave our reception a delightful, unique twist.”
Though it seems like this cult favorite appears at every cool event in town, Frank has only one truck, a 1971 treasure. The simple but popular culinary approach translates to whatever vibe you’re going for at your wedding. Go casual with Lone Star beer and Texas bratwursts, or scale things up with craft cocktails and artisan sausages topped with lobster mac-and-cheese or fire-roasted poblanos.
Lick Honest Ice Creams, Austin
This artisan ice cream operation, which has three brick-and-mortar shops and one truck, sources all milk and cream from Mill-King Creamery, a 150-head ranch outside of Waco. Owners and life partners Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier are committed to serving scoops that reflect a relationship with local purveyors. Their wildly imaginative flavors (roasted beet–and–fresh mint, plum jam–and–gin cake) rotate according to seasonal availability, with every ingredient made by hand, including sauces and syrups.
Melange Creperie, Houston
In the six years that he’s operated his Parisian-style creperie stand in Montrose, Sean Carroll estimates that he’s come up with more than 400 variations, both sweet and savory (strawberry–lemon curd, ratatouille–goat cheese). It’s a wonderfully versatile food for weddings. His mobile operation can whip up 40 crepes per hour, which makes Melange a great plan for cocktail snacks and casual appetizers, but only for small seated dinners.
Oh My Gogi! BBQ, Houston
This Houston crowd favorite slings Korean Mexican fusion fare, such as burgers in ramen-noodle buns and bulgogi beef–kimchi quesadillas. It has been catering weddings since opening in 2011, using three lavishly outfitted trucks that can stream movies and music on built-in TVs—a nice way to entertain guests while they wait for their victuals. The owner’s newest truck, LiLu’s Cuban Press, hits the scene this spring.
Peached Tortilla, Austin
One of Austin’s most celebrated roving restaurants, the Peached Tortilla doles out delicious Southern-inflected Asian cuisine, from braised brisket with rice noodles to peach-pickled cauliflower. For weddings, it offers an expanded menu and can provide anything from truck window service to fully plated sit-down meals.