I am currently sitting in my car with aching feet listening to the radio as my faithful friend, Jen, begins our long 5-6 hour trek back to Ardmore. I simply could not wait to write about the experiences I have had in Austin, Texas over the last 3 days. We have been to Austin many times before and enjoyed delicious food and beautiful sights and locations but this weekend was devoted entirely to food…..what a wonderful thing.

I am currently sitting in my car with aching feet listening to the radio as my faithful friend, Jen, begins our long 5-6 hour trek back to Ardmore.  I simply could not wait to write about the experiences I have had in Austin, Texas over the last 3 days.  We have been to Austin many times before and enjoyed delicious food and beautiful sights and locations but this weekend was devoted entirely to food…..what a wonderful thing.


We began our weekend with traffic.  I’m always the first-half driver of our road trips because frankly driving is just not my thing.  I’m the old lady with the line of cars behind me because of my ‘cautiousness.’  I just don’t understand why drivers are always in so much of a hurry.  Driving 60 mph is quite reasonable in my book.  You can enjoy the scenery, have deep discussions.


After checking into our hotel on the Northern outskirts of Austin, we decided to rest a little bit before seeking out food and fun.  I was tense from the drive…and traffic, and I’m sure Jen was weary from my sudden intakes of breath after each brush with death by semi-trucks.  I do NOT like semi-trucks on the highway.  They should only travel on weekdays….I digress….Food!


I have an obsession with food trucks.  I think they are the greatest invention since the wheel.  I enjoy the variety and the convenience and love being able to walk up to the window and order.  I also love that food trucks are so easily accessible online because most food trucks generate business by using the internet.  Korean barbecue has been something I have been interested in for years.  I first heard about it on a Food Network show long ago and began researching recipes and restaurants but just never got the chance to go out and try it.  Finally, I received that chance.  Jen and I found a food truck with the unusual name Chi’lantro.  It is a Korean-Mexican fusion truck specializing in tacos and it was due to set up not far from where we were staying.  We used Iphone maps and ended up in an Industrial area with big  brewery trucks and no idea where to go.  Jen went in the nearest building and found an entire room of people having a beer fest.  They indicated that the truck was set to arrive at any moment and we decided to drive around for a few minutes to kill time.  Just as we were about to pull away….a large truck with Chi’lantro emblazoned on the side turned the corner!


We cautiously walked up to the window and were instantly greeted by a smiling face to take our orders.  I had the Bulgogi Beef Taco.  Note: I am also obsessed with handheld food so I order a lot of tacos wherever I go. *Fish tacos are hard to find and good fish tacos are even harder to find….I found one, but that’s featured in a later entry…*


The Korean beef taco was served in a double layer of corn tortillas and was sweet, spicy, and salty all at the same time.  The tender beef had a sweetness to it, then romaine lettuce, cilantro, and onion topped it off with a soy vinaigrette. I ordered two tacos and a beverage for $6 and was thoroughly satisfied.  My friend Jen ordered a huge Seoul burrito and spicy fries, thick-cut fries with garlic salt and Korean pepper seasoning, she raved about her food and only shared a fry or two….I understood her desire to be stingy. A great way to start off a food-driven weekend.