I remember when the first handful of food trailers popped up on the Austin food scene. I was a tad skeptical because my experience with food served in trailer form was limited to hot dogs, tacos and construction sites - not the most gourmet visual image. Over the past few years, I've been pleasantly surprised by the creativity and quality of food that our now HUGE trailer scene has to offer. The only problem is, with so many new trailers popping up each month, how is a girl to try them all and know which ones are worth it? I wish I had multiple stomachs like a cow...
I've had The Peached Tortilla on my to-try list for quite some time now due to Michelle of Foodie is the New Forty's post and constant tweets about pork belly and Nutella wontons. I was also intrigued by the owner, Eric Silverstein, who hung-up his lawyer suit to pursue his passion for food. Personally, I know how hard it is to change careers paths and the criticsm that follows. For this reason, I'm a big supporter of people who decide to follow their hearts in lieu of prestigious jobs, social status and expectations - because what is life really, if you're not happy?
They offer an Asian fusion menu with items such as pad thai tacos, brisket sliders and pimento cheese fries. With so many saliva-inducing options to pick from, I decided to tweet the executive chef, Lou, for recommendations: banh mi sliders, fish tacos and sweet potato fries with peach mint dipping sauce - done and done!
Luckily, I was in close proximity to their downtown location behind Star Bar that eveing for my friend's birthday celebration. The birthday boy told me he reads my blog, so I can't pass up a shout out (FYI: ladies, he's 27, single and absolutely adorable):
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELLIOTT!
Random sidenote: I forgot to announce that we have a winner for the husband's blog name.... LIONEL! Sigh. The hubs is delighted with his new name. It's going to take me some getting used to... And no, I'm not going to name my first son, Lionel.
*Warning: the following pictures were taken late at night with an iPhone after some drinking... Sorry in advance.
You can also kind of see Eric behind the partition.
L to R: Banh mi slider (braised pork belly (drool) with pickled daikon and carrot salad, sriracha mayo and cilantro on a sweet Hawaiian roll), sweet potato fries w/peach mint dipping sauce, Crunchy Catfish tacos (spiced cornmeal encrusted catfish with creamy slaw, spicy mayo and purple cabbage garnish on corn tortillas)
I attempted to take pictures of my Banh Mi sliders and Lionel's Cruncy Catfish tacos - the top two. They didn't turn out so well, so I also included pictures provided by PT so you can get a beter idea.
Lionel and I agreed that the Banh Mi slider is where it's at. The pork belly is SO tender and flavorful, and when paired with the pickled veggies... Oh my. One thing I'd like to note about the pickled vegetables - they're not too pickled, which I like. You can still taste the freshness of the veggies and they're not overpowered by vinegar. Also, the sweet Hawaiian roll seals the deal. You get salty, tangy and sweet in one fantastic little slider that packs a punch of flavor.
*If you haven't had Hawaiian rolls, you're seriously missing out. My mom and I recently bought the mega pack from Costco and managed to eat half of it in one day. Soft, buttery, slightly sweet - they're like little heavenly pillows in your mouth.
The crunchy catfish taco was delicious as well, we just personally preferred the pork belly - but c'mon, how can you go wrong with pork belly?!
And then we have the sweet potato fries... I am a SUCKER for anything sweet potato and this was no exception. The only thing I wasn't 100% about was the peach mint dipping sauce. The mint flavor is strong - something I wasn't expecting, but it paired well with sweet potato. The flavor of the dipping sauce grew on me, but I could see how it wouldn't be for everyone - like Lionel, who preferred the peach BBQ sauce.