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The best places to find authentic Korean food all seemed to be tethered to Lamar Boulevard.  There are a couple downtown worth noting, however North Austin keeps the best kimchi and bulgogi secrets.  Surprizingly, there are hardly any Korean themed restaurants south of downtown.  A few of the places recommended below cross into sushi territory but have notable Korean menu items. 

Downtown

Geisha Sushi & Grill (616 East 6th Street) Downtown fusion restaurant where bibimbab and bulgogi on the menu.  Geisha shares the block with El Sol y La Luna, a local Mexican restaurant, and is a short walk from Esther’s Follies if you like twisted political comedy shows (8pm start time).
Koriente Restaurant (621 East 7th Street) North from Geisha on Sabine Street you’ll find Koriente.  A quaint and cozy spot to enjoy vegan-friendly MSG-free Korean fare and bubble tea.  Nearby you will find Lipstick24 and Barbarella to get your groove on after dinner.

North Austin

Together Restaurant (9200 N. Lamar Blvd.) Nestled between a Mexican joint and a Pho place you’ll find Together.  The menu is full of authentic Korean dishes, some of which are only in Korean so you might have to ask what they are.  The decor is old and doesn’t really seem Korean, more like a collection of posters of places the owners might have been or want to go.  The Effiel Tower being among them.  The kimchi was fresh, crisp, and clean tasting.  I had the beef bulgogi which came in a bowl of sweet broth topped with carrot and onion slices.  Very affordable if you don’t mind the setting.

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Korea House (2700 West Anderson Lane #501) My favorite Korean restaurant in this area.  Often a lunch spot for traveling clients who want to try something other than BBQ or Mexican, this is at the top of the list.  Service can be curt but they are generally quick.  The lunch bento boxes are plenty of food and are great when you can’t decide what to order.  Prices are fair.

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Bento Box off the lunch menu at Korea House

Tous Les Jours (6808 N. Lamar Blvd) A French-Korean bakery chain that started in Korean in 1997 and opened thier first store in the USA in late 2000.  It smelled amazing in here!  Beware if you have nut allergies by reading the labels.  So many delicious pastries with almond cream that I could not test for you, but I did buy a chocolate croissant and a bean bun.  There are a few sandwiches if you’re looking for a light lunch with a juice or coffee.

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Manna Korean Restaurant (6808 N. Lamar Blvd) Manna shares the same plaza as Tous Les Jours, Rockin Rice, a Korean grocery store, Austin Karaoke, and a hair salon.  You are greeted with a smile by the waitress and hostess for the cozy Korean restaurant.  Clean design, Korean television, and a peek of the wizardry in the kitchen is visible from your table.  I had to try the Bi Bim Bap in Hot Stone!  I even took a video so you could hear the snap-crackle-pop of the rice in the blazing hot stone bowl.

Outskirts

Umiya (1540 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park) Usually pretty busy for dinner but worth the wait once you get in.  The Korean dishes are delicious and the sushi is reasonable with a fair quality.  A good place to eat if your night includes Cedar Park Center for a hockey game.

Here’s a handy map

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Thanks Michelle from Foodie Is The New Forty for some of the photos!

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If you haven’t noticed all the food trucks around Austin, Round Rock, and Pflugerville you must be holed up in a bunker.  Late last year, the City of Round Rock approved a pilot plot for food trailers.  Pflugerville and Georgetown are next on the list.  Besides downtown, South and East Austin, you can find trucks up north too!

Stand Alone Trailers

Hey Cupcake! (10931 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759) Every month there is a special flavor on the menu, you can also pre-order online.  One cupcake is $3.

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Melvin’s Deli Comfort (501 E 53rd St, Austin, Texas 78751)  Weekday (11 – 2pm) lunch truck serving up home cured deli meat sandwiches with homemade chips and pickles.

Biscuits and Groovy (5015 Duval Street Austin, TX 78751) Freshly prepared eggs on biscuits with a choice of two gravies, the Aretha Franklin looks so good!  M-F 9-2pm, Sat-Sun 8:30-2pm

Rock-A-Billy’s Park (5430 U.S. 79 Round Rock, TX 78665)  Snow Cones and Classic Cars.

Food Trailer Parks

NATY (North Austin Trailer Yard) (1012 West Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757)

More information on the website:  thenaty.com

Snarky’s Sandwiches & Gourmet Doughnuts – M-Sat 11-9, Sun 12-3

The Yogurt Experience – M-Sat 11:30-9

Johnny T’s BBQ – Mon 11:30-3, Tues-Sat 11:30-9

Louisiana Wild – Daily 11-9

Chilly Dogs ATX – 11:30-9, closed Tues & Sun

Good To Go – Daily 11:30 -9

Went for lunch the NATY and tried Good To Go’s Black Bean Burger and the home-made potato and beet chips.   The beets are sweet and crunchy, I was surprised.  I should have put a little mustard and mayo on my burger, other than that it was a satisfying vegan lunch.

Also sampled the Three Meat from Johnny T’s BBQ, where the turkey was very moist and the pork was tender, with a side of beans and potato salad it’s enough to share!

A good feature here is the little play area for the kids (not in the photos, but it’s next to Johnny T’s) and if you’re a member of Planet Fitness you can work out at the location that shares the same parking lot.

Round Rock Food Trailer Park (500 N. Mays Round Rock,TX 78664)

Dog friendly.  Thursday nights is Movie Night!

The FB Page lists all the trucks and operating hours, I’ve included it here for you:

Curly’s Perfect Pig –      Wed-Sun 11:30-7
Meat Up & Veg Out –     Tue-Fri 11:30-2:30, 5:30-8   Sat 11:30-8
New Orleans Po Boy And Gumbo Shop –    Tue-Sun 11-9
Sylvester’s Soft Serve – Closed until late Feb?
Dawn’s Thai Kitchen –    Tue-Sun 11:30-8
Beef Cake Shop –     Tue-Sat 11-8
Carnival Concessions –     Wed-Sat 11-9  Sun 12-6
Hey Cupcake –   Mon-Sun 11-9
Ms Js Soul Food –   Tue-Sun 11-8
Flavalicious – Tue-Sun 11-8
Full House BBQ – Tue-Fri 11-8 Sun 11-3
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Sylvester’s Soft Serve

Pflugerville Pfood Ranch (2205 West Pecan Pflugerville, TX 78660)

New for 2013 and open Saturdays 11 – 5pm.  Watch the FB page as they add more trailers.

Current offerings are:

Hey Cupcake

Hall of Flame BBQ

and various arts and crafts.  Dog friendly.

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Casey’s Food Court in Georgetown (near 903 Church Street Georgetown, TX 78626)

Coming April 1, 2013!  Should be rockin’ in time for the Poppy Festival.

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James wrote about Vegetarian Food Trailers for the city guide.

Veronica wrote about East Austin Trailers.

Mike rounded up the Downtown Trailers.

Suzanna covered South Austin Food Trailers.

Check out the other categories in the 2013 Austin City Guide!

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Time for a new round of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance city guide!  This year I’ve chosen Mexican as one of my topics.  There are several interpretations of Mexican food in Austin.  You can find interior Mexico at a few places, and I will point these out, but there’s a whole lotta TexMex here too.  The lines blur in a handful of fusion restaurants, where you might find kimchi in your burritos!
Are you hungry?  Let’s get started!

Fast, Local, Different

$ Tacodeli (12001 Burnet Rd.  & 4200 North Lamar Blvd.)  Accolades galore at Taco Deli!  One look at the menu and you’ll understand why: Akaushi Picadillo, Puerco Verde, and a vegetarian named The Heather! Ha!  One of the best parts is that they proudly use Non-GMO certified organic eggs.

$ Molca’s (8127 Mesa Drive Austin, TX ) Delicious tacos to suit anyone’s palate, including gluten-free friendly options.  I’ve tried the spinach enchiladas and the cochinita pibil tacos, both were fantastic and a very affordable lunch for around $5, including iced tea, chips and salsa on the side.

$ Torchy’s Tacos (4211 Spicewood Springs Road Austin, TX)  If you like creative trailer food, check out the brick and mortar location of Torchy’s Tacos.  The regulars rave about this hidden gem in the north.  Really the only thing Mexican about this place is that the dishes are put into a tortilla.  Spicy, as the name suggests, is the Diablo Sauce which goes beyond my tolerance level but you can try it while you’re there!

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The Dirty Sanchez & Love Puppy

$ Yummitaco (12518 Research Blvd Austin, TX) Fusion is the name of the game here!  The owner is Vietnamese-American and created his restaurant using tacos, migas, and kimchi.  Sounds odd until you try it!  Kimchi fries are awesome, albeit slightly off topic, but you can order them to accompany the BigTex Burrito.  Asian-Mexican food, who would have thought?

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Kimchi Fries at Yummitaco

$ Juarez (1701 S. Mays Round Rock, TX) “Bakery” does not exude images of dinner platters, chips and salsa, I know. The bakery bit is really just a bonus on top of all the other wonderful Mexican offerings. We normally come for brunch on Sundays, when the line is out the door – everyone hungrily waiting their turn to order barbacoa, huevos, and chorizo.

$ La Cocina Bar & Grill (602 McNeil Road Austin, TX)  The story behind the chef and owner of La Cocina is an interesting one.  He studied in Italy and created an interesting Mexican menu with touches of his past abroad and in California.  I’ve never been disappointed here despite some of the reviews online.  Last visit was with my father, who thoroughly enjoyed our meal and flan for dessert.  Stick to the Mexican offerings like carne el pastor, chicken enchiladas, and the queso.

The Better Chains

$$ Gloria’s (3309 Esperanza Crossing Austin, TX in the Domain Shopping Center) This may be further south of the border than other places on this list, Gloria’s features Salvadoran entrees and $4 happy hour margaritas (only the house variety not the $9 mango ones – lesson learned!). Being in the Domain, there is an upscale feel to the decor and presentations on the plate (read: smaller portions). You will find ample parking behind Macy’s which is around the corner from Gloria’s.
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$$ Manuel’s (10201 Jollyville Road Austin,TX) Interior Mexican is the focus of Manuel’s menu.  The tortilla soup was good here.  Sit out on the patio and hang out with a few drinks at happy hour, try the ceviche.
$$ Trudy’s North Star (8820 Burnet Road Austin, TX) Mexican-American fare with a decent drink selection for happy hour or late night gatherings after a day outside in the heat.  Weekend brunch is packed every time we try to go.  Stuffed Avocado comes highly rated (and pricy!).
$$$ Fonda San Miguel (2330 North Loop Boulevard West Austin, TX) Brunch option may be the best value here at a popular up-scale interior-Mexican restaurant with a great wine selection.  Meet up with friends at happy hour for a Silvercoin Margarita (watermelon infused tequilla) and Ceviche de Langosta y Mango (lobster and mango ceviche).
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Honorable Mentions

Jardin Corona (13233 Pond Springs Road #301 Austin, TX 78729) Pechuga Jardin Corona and the salsa verde come highly recommended.
Dos Batos Woodfired Tacos (2525 W. Anderson Ln Austin, TX 78757) Menu is short and sweet.  Smokey sirloin or Veggie tacos, tortas, carnitas, kid options, beer and Mexican coke.
Casa Chapala (3010 W. Anderson Ln Austin, TX 78757) Specializing in tequila and generations-old Mexican dishes.
Taquiera Taco More (9414 Parkfield Drive Austin, TX 78758) No website but they have consommé de cabrito (goat soup).
La Cocina de Consuelo (4516 Burnet Road Austin, TX 78756)
Chuy’s Panaderia (8716 Research Blvd Austin, TX 78757‎) Mexican street food and bakery, locally owned.
Alfredo’s (800 Pecan Street West Pflugerville, TX 78660) Breakfast platters are great and cheap too!
Taqueria Guadalajara Arandas (6534 N. Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78757) Houston-based franchise with several locations.
Morelia Grill (920 East Palm Valley Boulevard Round Rock, TX 78664) Always a crowd at dinner time!
Dos Salsas (1104 S. Main St. Georgetown, TX 78626) Tex Mex, Mexican, seafood, bar, Saturday night salsa lessons.
Taco Cabana (9605 Research Blvd,  and 12525 North Mopac Austin, TX and other locations) Bear with me a moment, I realize this is fast food and drive-thru, but it’s the best fast food where you can get breakfast platters, tacos, beef fajitas and guacamole served with freshly made tortillas that are pillowy and warm.  And if you decide to stop in they have a great fresh salsa bar.  Cheap and good food, period.
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