Austin chilaquiles rankings, part 1

This is a post in my series ranking all of the chilaquiles in Austin. It is not a serious endeavor because they’re all good chilaquiles, Brent.

What are chilaquiles? They are a Mexican “use up all the leftovers” dish usually served for breakfast in Tex-Mex restaurants. Tortilla chips are cooked in salsa and topped with cheese and eggs. 

Chilaquiles coated in cheese
Los Altos Taqueria

Los Altos

These are the chilaquiles that started it all for me. They weren’t the first I ever fell in love with, but they were so good they set me on the quest to see if there could possibly be any better in Austin. The salsa roja is just spicy enough and it douses the chips in just the right quantity. The refried beans are not a requirement of chilaquiles, but they are my favorite accompaniment. At Los Altos, they give you plenty of rich refried pintos. The whole plate is topped off with a large dollop of sour cream that provides the tartness needed to cut through the rich beans. What really earns these chilaquiles top rank, however, is the cheese. Los Altos uses a creamy Oaxacan that melts completely onto the chips. It’s chilaquiles perfection.

Fried egg over chilaquiles
Gloria’s Chilaquiles from Eldorado Cafe

Eldorado Cafe

Eldorado Cafe veers slightly from traditional Tex-Mex in order to be a little more hip. Usually that solicits a side-eye, but here it really works. Like Los Altos, they have creamy melty cheese and sour cream. Their salsas here are amazing so whichever you choose for your chilaquiles will be delicious. You can pick your sides according to the menu, but I seem to remember them just giving me beans and potatoes without asking. That’s fine; I love beans! Usually I can do without breakfast potatoes, but these were “three potato hash,” with tiny bites of sweet potato and rajas mixed in. Every component on the plate shows attention to detail and flavor.

flattened steak on top of chilaquiles and beans
Veracruz All Natural

Veracruz All Natural

I had the chilaquiles at Veracruz’s brick-and-mortar location off of Research. Publications like Texas Monthly have called Veracruz  tacos “best of Austin,” so I was disappointed with the chilaquiles. They make their own corn tortillas and fry them for the chilaquiles, which actully works against them here. Chips made from tortilla tend to be than the chips that usually add the crunch to chilaquiles in restaurants. There were are also several inconsistencies and service errors that prevented us from fully enjoying our chilaquiles. We ordered two plates and one was drenched in salsa while the ther had barely enough to even distinguish the dish from a pile of chips. The eggs were cooked differently in each dish too, with one dish having eggs that were well overcooked. Maybe it was an off day; we were sharing a table with strangers because the restaurant was packed and our companions complained about their dishes too. As for sides, it came topped with steak and sides of beans and maduros. I LOVE maduros–sweet plantains–so my eyes turned heart-shaped when I saw them on the menu. The steak however… I don’t really eat meat, so I ordered the chilaquiles vegetarian but still had to pay the same price. When I finally got my plate after a long wait, sure enough, there it was.

Chilaquiles on a metal tray
El Tacorrido

El Tacorrido

Of all of the chilaquiles I’ve tried in Austin, these were the most fast food-like but I really enjoyed them Full disclosure: I was absolutely ravenous so my judgement was impaired by the sheer pleasure of eating. The chips were crunchy, and the beans were basic in a good way. With beans, you don’t need to get fancy. The potatoes were basic in what I would consider a bad way. They were potatoes, that’s the best that could be said for them. One unique element was the eggs. These were the only chilaquiles I’ve had in Austin where the egg was scrambled. This is the more traditional Mexican way, but given a choice, I always ask for my eggs fried or over easy. Maybe the traditional Mexican way is better though; the scrambled eggs interlace with the chips, giving a good proportion of each item per bite. The only cheese was cotija, though, which is my least favorite cheese. Overall, a solid offering.

Current ranking:

  1. Los Altos
  2. Eldorado Cafe
  3. El Tacorrido
  4. Veracruz All Natural

Things I don’t know how I lived without (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I wrote about the things I didn’t know how I lived without. This week is less dramatic. I could certainly live without these things, but I am going to recommend them anyway because they have made my life marginally better.

As an example of how frivolous but great some of these things are, the first thing I’m going to recommend is a bag of sugar cubes. Not only sugar cubes but ~*~fancy~*~ sugar cubes. I popped into our local Whole Foods competitor for some item I could only get there and, like always, I ended up walking away with a handful of unnecessary things like jade rice and a bag of fancy sugar cubes. I think I mostly wanted to see what made a fancy sugar cube fancy (spoiler: I am still not sure). That was over a year ago, and despite using them pretty regularly, I still have a lot. What I’ve discovered is that they can be used to turn a bottle of Andre’ into champagne cocktails. Put a fancy sugar cube in a champagne flute. Sprinkle on some bitters. When you pour in the champagne, the sugar cube fizzes up like a science experiment. Guests find it delightful and it requires no mixing skills. Also think how hard core you look when you make your guests an Old Fashioned. It’s like you just morphed from one of the non-David Beckham-banging Spices into Posh Spice.

My next suggestion is decidedly un-Posh, though. (Bye-bye, David Beckham). I think everyone should have a supply of paper plates. You don’t want to have a reason to hesitate about having your friends over. If you’re worried about the environment, let me put it this way: if you have so many friends over for dinner that it actually affects climate change, you are probably also bringing a great amount of joy into the world.

Speaking of joy, let me introduce you to my salt pig.

A ceramic container of salt shaped like a pig

Anything that makes it easier to properly salt your food is worth it. I’m not going to lie and pretend that I would like this as much if it didn’t look like a cute little pig. In programming, we have a concept called “rubber duck debugging”. The idea is that you can talk your problem through with anyone, even an actual rubber duckie like the one I have on my desk, and the process of talking it through helps you solve it. In my kitchen, instead of a rubber duck, I have Salt Pig. I complain to him about how my dish just doesn’t taste right and I’m worried. He always suggests the same solution: “add more salt.”

My last life recommendation is to buy a knife sharpener. We’ve all heard that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one. I’m personally a little skeptical, but I will heartily agree that a dull knife is less enjoyable. Even when I barely cooked for myself at all, I understood the value of a knife sharpener, I just grew up poor and was not a person who was in the habit of buying things. See my entry on pot holders if you need further proof of the lengths I go to to avoid buying things. In addition to it costing money, adding a knife sharpener had an difficulty level because you had to know how to use it, I thought. Turns out that I was confusing a knife sharpener with a honing steel, which is used to straighten the blade. A knife sharpener, instead, is generally simple to use and you can even get automatic ones. The one I had cost $5 and was worth it for the sheer amount of frustration it removed from my life.

Alright, comments are open. What item did you put off buying for a ridiculously long time only to discover what a fool you were?

Things I’ve Eaten Lately

Just a quick list of things I’ve eaten lately:

creamy drink
El Equinox

I finally visited the new El Tacorrido that popped up in Brentwood. It’s way better than I expected for a fast food taco spot. The best part is that they have a drink called El Equinox that’s horchata with a shot of espresso.

cookies drying on a rack
Sparkled Ginger Cookies

We just returned from a trip to the U.K. and I bought myself an adorable tea towel and wanted to have a legit afternoon tea just so I could incorporate it somehow. This meant having a tea snack, so I made cookies, specifically the Sparkled Ginger Cookies from Vegan With a Vengeance. They were easy to make, but my dough ended up too wet so I had to add extra flour and keep my hands floured to shape the cookies. They ended up being the perfect cookies to have with tea.

bowl of bulgogi tots and bowl of dumplings
Bulgogi tots and dumplings

We finally tried out 101 by Teahaus and it was fantastic. I got a rice bowl with fried basil tofu and the house sauce. It’s basically a fresher version of bibimbap. The house sauce is similar to the gochujang that’s usually served with bibimbap, but a bit sweeter and thinner. The toppings, except for the tofu, are all raw, and I added avocado, so it had a rather Southern California-feel to it. German got the bulgogi tots which looked amazing, like Chilantro’s kimchi fries but with tots instead of fries. He also got dumplings, which were pretty basic dumplings, but even a basic dumpling is a good dumpling!

package of frozen crawfish tailsI found some frozen crawfish tails at HEB that actually looked o.k. for frozen crawfish that’s imported from China, so I’m going to make a crawfish etouffee for dinner tonight. If all goes well, I’ll post the recipe to this blog soon.

Things I don’t know how I lived without (Part 1 of 2)

My boyfriend and I live what some would term a “bachelor lifestyle”. Or if you are a millennial, if you looked at our apartment you might say we are having problems “adulting”. This is mostly because we are childless and can live our lives in any ridiculous manner we choose, not because we are irresponsible. Our living room may be decorated with month-old party decorations and our towels don’t match, but trust me, we have our shit together where it matters. And that includes kitchen tools.

Every now and then something new enters your life and you wonder how the heck you lived without it. I have several of those items in the kitchen, and today I would like to share my years of experience with them in case they haven’t entered your life yet. The best part is that each of these alone is pretty cheap. Cheap in the way that if you put them on your wedding registry, these are the items all your underpaid millennial friends will rush to buy.

The author wearing two potholders.
I just realized I am wearing the same dress in the only other photo of me on this blog. I swear I have more than one outfit.

The first is a potholder, and preferably an oven mitt. Although I cut my crafting teeth as a child sewing and crocheting potholders, as a young adult they seemed frivolous. Why was I wearing a shirt if not to use for any task that required fabric, such as wiping my nose or grabbing burning items from an oven? I wish I had been self-aware enough to write down a list of all of the extremely dangerous ways I have moved hot objects in the kitchen, but if I were that self-aware, I would have just bought a damned potholder. Suffice it to say, my attempts were both creative and terrible in an America’s Funniest Home Videos-type of way.

In my family, most  Christmas gifts come with the label “as seen on tv,” so I have also used an Ove Glove and a silicone oven mitt. I still prefer the traditional quilted oven mitts that you can get for $3 new or .50 from Goodwill, lightly singed. The Ove Glove has individual fingers, which feels weirdly unsafe to me, despite what the label says. Silicone oven mitts have the opposite problem; it feels like you’re trying to perform a delicate task in a Stay Puft suit. Nope, nothing beats a good old-fashioned fabric potholder, not even your shirt.

The next item I’m going to recommend is a bag clip, preferably a million of them. If you can see your photos under all of the magnetic clips on your fridge, you are doing it wrong. Similar to not owning a potholder, not having bag clips handy forces you to use up all of your creativity in useless places. You could be the next Picasso, dammit, if it weren’t for your ill-equipped kitchen.

A bag of tostadas with a binder clip and a bag of brown sugar with a rubberband.
Neither of these count as bag clips.

The most expensive item on my must-own list is a Magic Bullet. Remember how I said that all of my Christmas presents come from infomercials? This is the only infomercial product I’ve ever owned that does exactly what it says it does. I actually own its slightly higher-end cousin the Nutribullet, which is what I would recommend for vegans who are chopping lots of cashews. The Vitamix is always described as the vegan holy grail, but I’ve never encountered a recipe in which my Nutribullet didn’t perform the task at least well-enough. I use it any time a recipe calls for a blender, a food processor, or a grinder. I am going to have to write an entire other series about how I use my Nutribullet because I could talk about it all day.

Ok, just one more example. My ultimate quick dinner is to boil some pasta, and while it’s boiling, I throw whatever is laying around into the Nutribullet to make a sauce. Peppers and miso, cashews and nutritional yeast, avocado and basil, microwave-steamed cauliflower and practically anything. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Done.

My last suggestion for must-have kitchen tool is an electric tea kettle. Yes my fellow apple-pie-blooded, baseball cap saluting Americans, I am talking to you. You don’t realize how much hot water you really need in the kitchen until it’s easily available to you. Think of all the times you’ve let the tap run just to get your water slightly warmer than tepid. You can do better.

Well that’s it for now. I’m going to see if I can do a hypnosis session and get back to you with my repressed memories of kitchen tragedies that happened from using forks to remove hot items from the oven.

Red Bull Organic Waters

I’m drinking some Red Bull organic sparkling water because that’s a thing now. If you ever thought, “what if I could get the great taste of Red Bull without the caffeine,” then this drink is for you. Like literally for you. You are the only person who wants this.

The line is called Red Bull Organics and they are made with all “natural” ingredients and contain neither taureine or vitamin-C, aka caffeine. They don’t even throw any extraneous vitamins in there just to make it worth your while. They are making it solely to jump onto the La Croix trend and you are drinking it solely because you enjoy punishing yourself.

The line only launched in San Diego and North Carolina, and yet there is a giant bin of them for free on campus here, sponsored by Amazon. The simplest explanation is that they are giving them away free for promotional reasons, but I prefer to think that they are being automatically delivered by the Autofac from the show Electric Dreams. No human consciousness is involved in them appearing here on campus, yet here they are.

The line consists of four flavors, much like the pretty terrible new Diet Coke flavor line. In the case of Red Bull, the new flavors are Simply Cola, Bitter Lemon, Ginger Ale and Tonic Water. Tonic Water seems the most passable, but I was only able to get my hands on Bitter Lemon and Ginger Ale. The Bitter Lemon tastes like they invented Sprite, but then had to add a twist, bitterness, to not make it a complete rip off. The bitterness is very bitter, almost like lemon pith. It tastes a bit like a vodka soda. After drinking it, my lips smelled like rubbing alcohol. The flavor is so medicinal that I can see it becoming the kind of thing you hate but then become psychologically addicted to.

The Ginger Ale flavor is safer. Ginger Ale is ginger ale, and they aren’t claiming to do any cute twists on it like the “bitter” in the lemon.

Unfortunately, it looks like it would be $20 plus shipping to get the flavors I’m missing. I’m going to stop short of using the American health care system to pay for my work, so I’m not going to set up a GoFundMe. Instead I’ll leave the Soda Pop Shop tab open in the background until the day I drunkenly decide it’s worth it. This is the tried and true method that got me a rose gold karaoke microphone and a money gun. I guess what I’m saying is, if you want to see further soda reviews, buy me a drink.


Simple Thai Food

This review is by request from my boyfriend. As part of Food 52’s Cookbook Club, I spent April cooking almost exclusively from Leela Punyaratabandhu’’s Simple Thai Food (STF), and my boyfriend loved it. He’s usually reluctant when I go on a cookbook binge because it quickly becomes “too much of the same” or the beautiful photos convince me that this time we’re going to actually enjoy beets. After STF, he wasn’t looking for excuses to splurge on a fun restaurant or to ignore leftovers. “Are you going to write a review of this book?” he asked. “Because you really, really should.”

More signs that this book is special:

I found myself cooking more after long days at work because recipes rarely took me over 20 minutes and were restaurant quality. When we did order takeout, we would throw out the dipping sauces that it came with and use the Satay and Sweet Chili Sauce we had leftover from STF instead. One day I microwaved all the scraggly vegetables I had wilting in the fridge and put them on the table next to a bowl of the STF satay sauce. All the vegetables were devoured before I finished cooking the rest of the meal.

cucumber and red onion
Cucumber Relish

My boyfriend was right; this book deserves my words and the small bit of promotion that I can give it by talking about it on this blog. Not that it needs them; Punyaratabandhu is already food-Internet-famous from running for almost a decade. Simple Thai Food was her first cookbook, featuring the kind of easy things that she cooks at home on a weeknight as well as the Thai favorites that her U.S. readers are familiar with from their local restaurants. It maintains the delicate balance between “authentic” and flyover state friendly, assuming that readers in the flyover states can find lemongrass and magroot leaves.  She demands that a home chef follow the recipe exactly if you want to do it right, but experience has shown me that the recipes are flexible enough to accommodate changes no matter what she says. My enormous local Asian market didn’t have galangal, which is integral to the sour Tom Kha Gai. It may not have been authentic, but the enthusiastic slurping around my kitchen table that night demonstrated that no one minded.

noodle stir-fry in a wok
Drunkard’s Noodles

If it weren’t as flexible, I would not have stuck to it with the level of dedication that I did. One of the initial drawbacks of the book, for me, was that the book appears extremely meat-heavy. There’s one non-meat mushroom stir-fry and the headnote makes it sound like she only added it a special concession to vegetarians. After experimenting, I learned that in most recipes, the protein can easily be swapped out. She may eat only chicken in her Rice Noodles “Drunkard’s Style,” but the chicken contributes so little that tofu works just as well, maybe even better since it sponges up the flavor. You’ll definitely want something like tofu to mop up the flavor in the restaurant favorite Chicken-Cashew Stir-Fry because the sweet brown sauce that the thin crescents of onion and fried cashews are tossed in is phenomenal. In the Phanaeng Curry with Chicken and Kabocha Squash, the chicken can’t compete with the sweet richness of the pumpkin or the herbaceous sauce. If I make it again, I might swap the protein out entirely for bamboo shoots which are as toothsome as the pumpkin is soft. It might not be as “authentic”, a word that Punyaratabandhu tosses around quite often in the headnotes, but it would not be unrecognizable and will still certainly be delicious.

There, I did it. I can tell my boyfriend that I reviewed the book and without taking up so much time that I can’t step into the kitchen and whip up another stir-fry tonight.

Where to Eat on the Drag – Spring 2018

The Drag, the strip of Guadalupe that passes by the UT campus, has an unwarranted bad reputation in the Austin food world. Some of my favorite lunch spots are or were along the Drag, but few stay because of high rent and obscurity. Food carts pop up so unexpectedly that they don’t have time to get traction in the local food scene before they disappear again. Plus there are the challenges that come with the seasonal nature of the area. Either there are so many students that outsiders don’t want to bother stopping by or the students leave for the summer and there’s not enough business left to stay afloat. It’s harsh, and I feel lucky to work close by and be able to visit these restaurants while they exist.

As a Drag local, here are my recommendations for places to check out before they disappear:


Burrito Factory

I know it’s in the Dobie, but hear me out–the Burrito Factory is the best Tex-mex/Mexican in the area. Their salsa roja is actually spicy, they use rich creams and cheese, and they have tortas. TORTAS! That’s so rare around here, and when you can get one, for some reason it usually takes forever for them to make it. Burrito Factory delivers quality food with the speed of a mall food court restaurant, which it is.


China’s Family Restaurant

Eat here fast because nothing that moves into this location, behind the old Veggie Heaven spot, lasts long. China’s Family Restaurant is the newest attempt to make that spot successful. It’s definitely the best restaurant that will deliver to my north-central apartment. Yelp reviews concur that the way to go is the fish fillet in oil and the eggplant dish. Their American takeout style dishes aren’t as great, but meat-and-potatoes types really enjoy the Crispy Chicken. All dishes are served family style, so be prepared for monstrous portions.

bento plate
Veggie bento with fried tofu, rice, and vegetables

Song La

Song La is famous for their chicken bites with basil, but I love them for the amount of vegetables that they serve. You can even get a box of just their vegetables and rice for $5. The photo above is their veggie bento box which comes with rice, fried tofu, a slew of cooked and pickled vegetables, and two sauces. One is a kind of spicy mayo with honey while the other is Sichuan ma la chili oil.

The last time I visited, there was no covered seating. They do, however, validate parking in the University Co-op garage.

mac and cheese with a red bean chili


I have been in love with Arlo’s for ages, so I squeed when I learned that they were taking over the Hole in the Wall restaurant spot. I have never had a veggie burger as great as theirs, and I’ve had fancy burgers, Impossible burgers, made-with-love burgers. Arlo’s is simply the best. I tricked my team into eating there recently and the omnivores ordered the Chipotle “Chicken” sandwich and loved it. I had chili mac and it was so rich and delicious. I had that battle with myself where I can’t possibly finish it in one sitting but it tastes so good that I really want to, so I keep pushing it away from me then pulling it back and eating it some more. So good. Plus they have tots. My kingdom for a fried potato.


The Pizza Press

The Pizza Press is a chain that lets you create a pizza with unlimited toppings of your choice. You want a vegan pie piled with veggies, topped with fresh herbs and a balsamic swirl? Done. Want to go the other route and use four types of cheese? Got it. If this doesn’t excite you, I really don’t know how I can help.

Lala’s Little Nugget

This is a guest post by my bestie Jason. Enjoy!

So…I have a confession to make, I hated this place for years and yet I’m here at Lala’s Little Nugget at 2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX. I didn’t like the drink selection, I didn’t like the year- round Christmas decorations (more on that later), I didn’t like the crowd, I didn’t like how my friends were crazy about this bar. Being an asshole, I chalked it up to my hipster friends simply being hipsters. Fast forward to 2016: I had just moved back to Austin with a shiny new job and a strange new neighborhood, and Hell did I ever need a drink.

Drink with a curl of orange

Founded in 1972, there are several rumors concerning the origin of the Christmas theme. The story that I heard was that the original owners put up the decorations in celebration of their son’s return from the war for Christmas. Unfortunately like many other brave souls, he never came home. As a result the decorations never came down. Now, is this the real deal reason? I don’t know, but I can remember hearing that story when I first came here and being horrified. I’ve done a lot of growing since then though. I’ve been knocked around, heartbroken, humbled, driven into the mud and as a result…polished, sharpened. I’ve come to appreciate Lala’s…no, deeper than that…I see the beauty of this bar.

I suspect the same thing happened to the old timers that have been here since the 70’s, same with the slightly younger ones that I imagine made it through the S&L crisis thanks to a heavy pour and Christmas cheer, same with the even younger ones that I imagine made and later lost eFortunes with elves looking on and then there’s me…trashed in front of Santa, and as nice as I’ve ever been, honest.

Pink drink in a champagne flute

It’s currently summer in ATX, so Lalas has brought out their Summer cocktail menu which is still very much sprinkled with holiday cheer. Rudolfo’s Rita kisses you with tequila, verde chile poblano liqueur and a spiced ring around the rim. The New Orleans Christmas is a carol of whiskey, brandy and Benedictine liqueur. The Love Child is like unwrapping a strawberry Nintendo. These cocktails along with a healthy selection of beer are served up by men and women that truly know their craft and no, they aren’t wearing costumes. These are professionals we’re talking about here.

Oh and if you take anything from this review let it be this…the jukebox is lit. Merry Christmas LaLa’s. -Jason

“I made the mistake of ordering dessert at Cain’s”

A group text set at Cain and Abel’s on a Tuesday night,  during their $1 beer special.

R: I made the mistake of ordering dessert at Cain’s.

J: Chef Ramsey over here at Cain’s did some mad swirling.

J: Like a chocolate spirograph.



J: This is called a “molten chocolate cake” on the menu. No molten present.


R: We think they ran to Wag-A-Bag real quick for the components.

J: The molt is everywhere.

R: Deconstructed molten cake.

M: That cherry is delightful.

R: Ron Howard: It was not in fact delightful.


Where to Eat on the Drag – Fall 2017

The Drag, the strip of Guadalupe that passes by the UT campus, has an unwarranted bad reputation in the Austin food world. Some of my favorite lunch spots are or were along the Drag, but few stay because of high rent and obscurity. Food carts pop up so unexpectedly that they don’t have time to get traction in the local food scene before they disappear again. Plus there are the challenges that come with the seasonal nature of the area. Either there are so many students that outsiders don’t want to bother stopping by or the students leave for the summer and there’s not enough business left to stay afloat. It’s harsh, and I feel lucky to work close by and be able to visit these restaurants while they exist.

As a Drag local, here are my recommendations for places to check out this fall before they disappear:

Salad with tempeh, sauces, and pickled red onions

Revolución Tacos Y Tortas

2247 Guadalupe St, (inside the UT student union)

After over a year-long wait, Revolución showed up to take the place of Taco Bell as the Union’s taco purveyor. It could not be more different from the fast food chain. All of their ingredients are fresh and high quality–the one complaint I hear most about this place is that it’s “too flavorful”. Every item is uniquely cooked and flavored, from the red chili pork, to the fabulous tempeh, to even the pico, so if you combine too many together you get a flavor clash. They also won’t all fit in your taco, but that’s fine because their power green bowls and rice bowls are the way to go anyway. I recommend skipping the salsas and scooting yourself down to their crema section. They have truffle poblano crema, roasted tomato crema, cotija lime cream, and more. Enjoying this place is all about making judicious decisions you’ll because you’ll want to try all of it.



11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

1910 Guadalupe St

CoCo’s is the oldest restaurant on this list. I have been visiting it for 7+ years and the peppercorn tofu is still one of my favorite dishes in Austin. Delicately fried tofu cubes are piled high with fresh jalapenos, garlic, cilantro, and scallions. Rice and sweet pickled vegetables are served along side to balance out the bite of the jalapenos. The same dish is offered with chicken and tofu and probably accounts for half of all of their food sales.

banh mi

Bon Bon Banh Mi

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

2207 San Antonio St  (behind the UT Co-op)

Do you like your banh mi without frills? Then Bon Bon Banh Mi is for you. Homemade bread, homemade mayo, and everything comes with pate unless otherwise requested. $8 will get you a sandwich, a bag of Lay’s, and a soda, making it a one-stop shop for lunch.


Don Japanese

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

2716 Guadalupe St

I previously reviewed Don when their food truck closed, and they had not yet opened their new brick and mortar. Now they have a permanent spot at 28th and Guadalupe, the old Magic Wok/Daito spot that’s notorious for having a parking lot that you cannot use unless you want to be towed. The food is still worth the trouble though, especially now that they’ve expanded their menu to include things like Don fries, waffle fries topped with the teriyaki Don sauce and spicy mayo.


Four Brothers

2420 Guadalupe St, in Urban Outfitters courtyard

Four Brothers is a Venezuelan food truck with multiple locations around town, including one in Space 24, the courtyard full of awesomeness that’s hidden behind Urban Outfitters. I highly recommend the arepas, sandwiches made with griddle corn cakes instead of bread. As a dessert or an appetizer, try the cachapas. It’s a sweeter corn cake stuffed with a salty cheese, so it works equally well for any part of the meal. Share one with a friend so that you keep enough room in your belly for all of the avocado you’re going to eat.