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East Side King

Food Truck
1618 1/2 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, United States
Hours:
Closed until 4:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 4:00 PM–1:45 AM
Price:
$$$$
Drinks:
Beer
Credit Cards:
No
9.1/10

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    Melon L.
    "Beet fries, tori meshi, pork belly buns and a guaranteed good time."(10 Tips)
    Hew
    "... go wrong. We had the tongue buns, pork belly buns, and the beet fries and..."(9 Tips)
    Dallas D.
    "Pork belly buns upset my sromach...soooo fat and greasy blehhh."(5 Tips)
    Janine D.
    "Brussels sprouts salad is change-your-life delicious."(7 Tips)
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  • pork belly
  • brussel sprouts salad
  • tori meshi
  • buns
  • good for a late night
  • trendy
  • chicken
  • beets
  • great value
  • outdoor seating
  • good for a quick meal
  • spicy food
  • kimchi
  • good for groups
  • famous chefs
  • casual
  • cold brew coffee
  • curry
  • beer
  • Asian food
  • Austin Chronicle

    This trailer, on the back patio at Liberty, is an Asian fusion treasure. The gourmet yet budget-friendly menu includes the Poor Qui’s Buns and Fried Brussels Sprout Salad. We bow to the beet fries.

    Austin Chronicle · June 18, 2013
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  • Frances 미라

    The beet home fries were a bit salty, but still a must-try if you love beets. The tori meshi (chicken karage) was so yummy as was the brussel sprout salad. Omg that salad was so amazing.

    Frances 미라 · October 16, 2014
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  • Eater

    The cash-only first location of this stand behind Liberty has become a bit of an East Sixth legend, counting Anthony Bourdain among the many fans of its Asian-inspired street food. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · January 14, 2011
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  • Boris J.

    This place is seriously delicious! The menu is an explosive Asian/American fusion. Great for vegans too! I found it here on supper: http://supper.mx/places/east-side-king-the-liberty-austin/

    Boris Jones · March 16, 2015
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  • Hew

    This is the kind of place where it is nigh impossible to go wrong. We had the tongue buns, pork belly buns, and the beet fries and they were all outstanding. Lives up to the hype--go now!

    Hew · July 14, 2013
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  • Serious Eats

    Poor Qui's Buns: The most standard item on the menu, but executed flawlessly. Tender slabs of pork belly seared on the griddle until crisp, stuffed into a bun with hoisin sauce and pickled cucumbers.

    Serious Eats · February 19, 2013
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  • Bravo

    When a couple of Uchi alums wanted to put out some fun Asian food, East Side Kings was born. Located on the back patio of the Liberty Bar, you’ve got to be in the know about this food trailer; their s

    Bravo · December 2, 2010
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  • Scion Advisor

    This is the spot that both Food Network and Travel Channel chose to feature when they filmed in Austin! We like the unique flavor of the tongue buns and the cheap prices across the board. Read more

    Scion Advisor · July 27, 2011
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  • Elliot J.

    Get the fried beets with the sriracha mayo. Or the peanut butter curry. You won't be disappointed with any of the creative offerings. I hear the fried brussel sprouts are good too. Next visit :)

    Elliot Jackson · May 2, 2010
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  • Nom Nom PR

    BEST Asian food truck in town - hands down. Try the beet fries, brussel sprout salad and poor qui buns for a party in your mouth and wash it all down with a cold brew from the bar!

    Nom Nom PR · June 5, 2012
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  • exfm

    This is the original flagship location, but you can find a more low key set up over at The Grackle at 6th and Chambers. This is truly the end all be all when it comes to Asian fusion.

    exfm · February 24, 2012
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  • Samantha S.

    Chicken and Brussels sprouts are the best bet. Beets are decent too. Skip the pork bun. Also recommend the Party Rattler from the bar inside (staff favorite)

    Samantha Smith · August 25, 2014
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  • Sheyla C.

    Believe the hype. This place makes some excellent food. To get in you have to get through the Liberty first. Try the Chicken Buns. You won't regret it.

    Sheyla Concepcion · October 17, 2015
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  • Lauren M.

    I was surprised about the hype this place gets. The pork buns are pricey for the portions. Cute outdoor area, but I wouldn't call it an Austin must-do.

    Lauren Mac · July 18, 2015
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  • Leah J.

    Tongue bun will melt in your mouth. Fried chicken & mint cilantro rice was delish. Fried beet cubes are over-rated unless you are a beet fan.

    Leah Johnson · July 27, 2014
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  • Allison K.

    The pork belly dish and Brussel sprout salad are to die for!! Love the concept of this place and the food truck in the back patio

    Allison Kaminski · January 7
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  • John L.

    Try the tongue bun. Perfect balance of crisp exterior and tender inside, bursting with flavor! They also accept credit cards now.

    John Lowe · September 3, 2012
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  • Theda S.

    Try the Fried Beets - I know beets are an acquired taste so if you are on the fence about beets, do yourself a favor try this dish.

    Theda Sandiford · June 29, 2011
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  • Kathryn Y.

    The crispy pork belly buns are too hard to eat. Try something else, like the brussels sprouts or the karaage chicken with rice.

    Kathryn Yu · March 23, 2011
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  • Kyle B.

    You can't go wrong with any of the East Side King locations...definitely Austin's food truck all-stars. The Chicken Karaage knocks it out of the park.

    Kyle Bunch · August 16, 2011
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  • J Catherine T.

    The curry buns -- with peanut butter curry -- are phenomenal. Also try Derek's Favorite Chicken Buns and the Por Qui Buns.

    J Catherine Thompson · September 18, 2011
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  • Jeff B.

    Get the tongue (#10) and the beet fries. Every time. Everyone will love you, you will love yourself. Every time.

    Jeff Bobula · October 24, 2012
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  • Zach M.

    Tori meshi and beats homefries, well really everything, but these two are the pillars of the food castle.

    Zach Meyer · February 6, 2013
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  • Andres C.

    Best fried chicken in town! Can't get over the fact that they pack the place thanks to ESK and not bar regulars

    Andres Calles Weill · April 8, 2011
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  • Dawn B.

    If you have a baby & you REALLY want to eat here; TO BAD! Cause the blondie bartendress will NOT let you WALK THROUGH to get to the food trailer!!

    Dawn Byrd · July 19, 2014
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  • Sarah T.

    Order one of everything on the menu - you will not be disappointed

    Sarah Thomas · February 22, 2015
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  • Sou S.

    Try the Twice Cooked Pork Belly, Apple, Tare, Kimchee On Rice, And Gochujang - So good!

    Sou Seuasingnouane · May 18, 2012
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  • Felipe L.

    found this place thanks to Bourdain and honestly these guys along with Me so Hungry are reason enough to live in east Austin.

    Felipe Lobon · November 1, 2011
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  • Bethany P.

    Eat the tori meshi. If you don't, you will have to live with that regret your whole life.

    Bethany Parker · April 12, 2013
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  • Megan S.

    The curry buns are delicious, but near the end can get to be a bit sweet!

    Megan Sherer · November 11, 2015
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  • Melon L.

    Beet fries, tori meshi, pork belly buns and a guaranteed good time.

    Melon L · September 9, 2015
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  • Penny K.

    Don't go here unless you want to be denied service and entry if you're here for SXSW. They don't take kindly to outsiders.

    Penny Kim · March 10, 2013
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  • Jim F.

    Brussel sprout salad is killer! Pork belly is a fine choice too.

    Jim Fazzone · December 1, 2015
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  • Mashable

    "Beet Fries, Veggie Meshi (you've never really tried brussels sprouts til you have them this way)." - Kenneth Macias Read more

    Mashable · July 29, 2011
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  • Niki Katherine H.

    Get the fried beets. With extra mayo. Mix a little sriracha into mayo. Eat.

    Niki Katherine Holmes · February 8, 2010
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  • Official smart USA

    This late night hang out has some epically awesome eats like the local favorite, beet fries.

    Official smart USA · April 5, 2013
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  • smartUSA

    This late night hang out has some epically awesome eats like the local favorite, beet fries.

    smartUSA · March 8, 2013
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  • Amirah I.

    Freaking amazing! No. 1 through 4 amazing. Perfect for late night cravings.

    Amirah Islam · April 28, 2013
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  • Dallas D.

    Pork belly buns upset my sromach...soooo fat and greasy blehhh. Ruined the rest of my delicious meal :/

    Dallas Diaz · August 15, 2013
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  • Alice G.

    Great food especially the fried beets funky atmosphere true Austin

    Alice Gardiner · September 29, 2011
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  • Madelyn M.

    Beet fries and chicken buns are killer!

    Madelyn Morgan · September 22, 2013
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  • Anna W.

    Good for lunch or late night - ramen shop belonging to the dude who won Top Chef

    Anna Weiss · December 12, 2014
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  • kati l.

    pt 1) eat the beets! pt 2) remember not to freak out when they turn your #2 red the next day!

    kati llewellyn · March 18, 2011
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  • Shawn F.

    The pork bun is killer. Get it. Now.

    Shawn Fogarty · February 15, 2015
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  • Austin American-Statesman

    It sounds odds, but you have to try the deep-fried beets with kewpie mayo. Read more

    Austin American-Statesman · April 5, 2011
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  • Isaac J.

    Tongue buns! Tongue buns!! Tongue buns!!! Got it? Get it! Yum!!!

    Isaac Johnson · March 25, 2011
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  • Jack M.

    This location is no longer cash only. There is a CC minimum of $10 though.

    Jack Minardi · August 8, 2012
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  • David B.

    Amazing food, you'll be thinking about the next day.

    David B · December 27, 2014
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  • Janine D.

    Brussels sprouts salad is change-your-life delicious.

    Janine Duffy · October 13, 2014
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  • Will F.

    Anything with the Chicken Kar-ragé is money

    Will Flaherty · March 12, 2014
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  • Patrick H.

    The fried beets are pretty good.

    Patrick Haley · August 17, 2014
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  • Kate K.

    ESK makes Brussels sprouts taste good! Didn't know it was possible.

    Kate Kniejski · September 15, 2014
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  • Roz T.

    Have the pork belly buns.

    Roz Thomas · November 8, 2014
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  • Koven S.

    The chicken buns were outta sight.

    Koven Smith · February 26, 2014
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  • Matt

    Thai chicken and fried beets were amazing!

    Matt · June 29, 2013
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  • K S.

    The beets are ridiculously tasty

    K S · April 16, 2012
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  • Rachael

    The fried brussel sprouts! Just TRY them

    Rachael · March 10, 2012
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  • Colin

    Never have beets and Brussels sprouts tasted so good

    Colin · August 6, 2014
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  • Parker S.

    Try the beef tongue steamed bun.

    Parker Short · September 21, 2010
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  • Softub

    This is an after party munch destination. Get those carbs working on absorbing some of that liquid.

    Softub · October 8, 2012
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  • Adam L.

    Pork buns are better than Momofuku's.

    Adam Laiacano · October 16, 2014
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  • David S.

    Relax. Your food will be ready soon(ish).

    David Strasser · October 20, 2014
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  • Sophia C.

    The cashier who took our order was an asshole. I hope the food is worth it...

    Sophia C · August 4, 2012
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  • VelvetCrate

    The best late-night food in Austin.

    VelvetCrate · August 29, 2014
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  • VIP

    Beef Tongue & Beet Fries!!!!!....

    VIP · April 26, 2014
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  • cyn k.

    tongue buns and brussel sprout salad.

    cyn k · March 12, 2013
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  • Lesley R.

    Voted #1 Food Truck in Austin

    Lesley Robinson · December 29, 2015
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  • Jmie C.

    Everything

    Jmie Cee · August 7, 2014
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  • Stephen M.

    Brussel sprouts and pork belly

    Stephen Mangan · August 23, 2015
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  • Whitney

    Dying to try Paul's food here!

    Whitney · February 6, 2010
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  • Kevin S.

    Yummy! Get the beets.

    Kevin Stary · May 12, 2014
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  • Sou S.

    Try the Live Oak Hefeweizen

    Sou Seuasingnouane · May 18, 2012
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  • Chris S.

    Beet homefries...

    Chris Sweet · March 13, 2015
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  • Patrick T.

    Get ready to wait.....

    Patrick Tang · October 17, 2010
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  • Sandy B.

    tongue bun!!!!

    Sandy Bowie · October 7, 2010
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  • Erin P.

    Poor Qui Buns

    Erin Prill · November 10, 2014
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  • Jacki B.

    meet for Beets!!!

    Jacki Brinker · October 10, 2010
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  • Hanna D.

    Having beers

    Hanna D · August 16, 2014
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