Monday, May 30, 2011

Austin: Kebabalicious (Food Trailer)

During my recent time in Austin, I noticed their food truck culture is a little different from what I've seen in NY, Boston, and Providence and what I've read about in California.  For starters, they have trailers instead of trucks, and for another they are at least as often as not circled 3-7 in a little group of food trailers.  When they are alone, you might just as easily find one in a more neighborhood-y area than in the thoroughly commercial areas.  It seems like a really cool culture, which I intend to explore greatly when I move to Austin next year.  So far, I've just dined at one.

After a few beers at Black Sheep Lodge I was feeling a bit peckish, and I really wanted, in my attempt to be somewhat diet-conscious while drunk, was some meat without too many carbs.  My friend Tiffany suggested we go to Kebabalicious, so I thought I'd be going somewhere for a kebab, which would be perfect for my needs!  So a part of me was disappointed when I realized it would be more aptly named "Shawarmatastic" or perhaps "Shawarming the Soul" as they only serve the wraps and not kebabs, but then another huge part of my brain interjected, "Oh, mmmyesyesmmgoodgoodgood."  And now that I'm looking at the menu online, it seems that perhaps I could have chosen a salad, but I somehow do not remember noticing that as an option.

As it was, I got the "regular" sized (6 inches for $6.50, as opposed to the "large" at 12 inches at $8.25, which would be a great deal supposing you have someone to share it with, and Tiffany was only chaperoning my gluttony and not participating) Beef/Lamb Kebab (Shawarma).

Beef/Lamb Kebab: Mixed Shawarma with romaine lettuce, roma tomatoes, red onions, tzatziki and spicy red sauce
It was, of course, delicious.  I've never been the biggest fan of lamb, but I found the beef/lamb here to be "wonderful," according to my notes.  You might wonder why I didn't just order the chicken, which I might well have enjoyed more.  This is because I feel a compulsive curiosity about how I'm going to like their lamb, the desire to compare what would be considered the most Turkish-y thing they offer.  If it had been just lamb, I might not have done it, but it came with beef, so it was all good.  Now, if they'd offer a mixed beef and chicken shawarma...

If you take a look at the picture, you can see that the first sign of awesome food is present.  They call it red on the menu, but I was excited to see that it was actually the holiest of sauce hues: orange.  The spicy level was right on: not painful or overpowering but flavorful, leaving that pleasant  after burn in your mouth that reminds you you've just eaten something awesome.

The wrap was soft and held up fairly sturdily, so that I didn't have too much mess in the car, without being so thick that I got carbed out and too full to enjoy the thing.  Great balance guys!  Now if you could just start offering meat and vegetable skewers (you know, kebabs) with the orange "spicy red sauce" for me to dip it in, I'll be even happier.

In case you or your friends aren't craving shawarma, this was in one of the circles of covered food wagons, with, as I recall at least 2 or 3 other options.

Locations/Hours:
7th & Trinity: 9 AM - 3 AM on Thursdays - Saturdays
3rd & Congress: 11 AM - 3 AM on Tuesdays - Fridays

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