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East Side King

Food Truck$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
  • Melon L.
    "Beet fries, tori meshi, pork belly buns and a guaranteed good time."(11 Tips)
    "... go wrong. We had the tongue buns, pork belly buns, and the beet fries and..."(9 Tips)
    "... Thai fried chicken and pork belly buns to beet fries and crispy soy Brussels..."(6 Tips)
    Janine D.
    "Brussels sprouts salad is change-your-life delicious."(7 Tips)
80 Tips and reviews
  • pork belly
  • tori meshi
  • brussel sprouts salad
  • buns
  • good for a late night
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  • Frances 미라
    Frances 미라October 16, 2014
    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.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 18, 2013
    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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowSeptember 6, 2016
    The truck has expanded into five locations around the city, but you can still taste everything from Thai fried chicken and pork belly buns to beet fries and crispy soy Brussels sprouts at the truck. Read more
  • Hew
    HewJuly 14, 2013
    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!
  • Boris J.
    Boris JonesMarch 16, 2015
    This place is seriously delicious! The menu is an explosive Asian/American fusion. Great for vegans too! I found it here on supper:
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 14, 2011
    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
  • Nom Nom PR
    Nom Nom PRJune 5, 2012
    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!
  • Scion Advisor
    Scion AdvisorJuly 27, 2011
    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
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    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
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SmithAugust 25, 2014
    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)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 19, 2013
    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.
  • Sheyla C.
    Sheyla ConcepcionOctober 17, 2015
    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.
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonJuly 27, 2014
    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.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 7, 2016
    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
  • Bethany P.
    Bethany ParkerApril 12, 2013
    Eat the tori meshi. If you don't, you will have to live with that regret your whole life.
  • John L.
    John LoweSeptember 3, 2012
    Try the tongue bun. Perfect balance of crisp exterior and tender inside, bursting with flavor! They also accept credit cards now.
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 24, 2012
    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.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LSeptember 9, 2015
    Beet fries, tori meshi, pork belly buns and a guaranteed good time.
  • Elliot J.
    Elliot JacksonMay 2, 2010
    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 :)
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BobulaOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the tongue (#10) and the beet fries. Every time. Everyone will love you, you will love yourself. Every time.
  • Theda S.
    Theda SandifordJune 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchAugust 16, 2011
    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.
  • J Catherine T.
    J Catherine ThompsonSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The curry buns -- with peanut butter curry -- are phenomenal. Also try Derek's Favorite Chicken Buns and the Por Qui Buns.
  • Zach M.
    Zach MeyerFebruary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tori meshi and beats homefries, well really everything, but these two are the pillars of the food castle.
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah ThomasFebruary 22, 2015
    Order one of everything on the menu - you will not be disappointed
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneMay 18, 2012
    Try the Twice Cooked Pork Belly, Apple, Tare, Kimchee On Rice, And Gochujang - So good!
  • Felipe L.
    Felipe LobonNovember 1, 2011
    found this place thanks to Bourdain and honestly these guys along with Me so Hungry are reason enough to live in east Austin.
  • smartUSA
    smartUSAMarch 8, 2013
    This late night hang out has some epically awesome eats like the local favorite, beet fries.
  • Official smart USA
    Official smart USAApril 5, 2013
    This late night hang out has some epically awesome eats like the local favorite, beet fries.
  • Anna W.
    Anna WeissDecember 12, 2014
    Good for lunch or late night - ramen shop belonging to the dude who won Top Chef
  • Megan S.
    Megan ShererNovember 11, 2015
    The curry buns are delicious, but near the end can get to be a bit sweet!
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuMarch 23, 2011
    The crispy pork belly buns are too hard to eat. Try something else, like the brussels sprouts or the karaage chicken with rice.
  • Amirah I.
    Amirah IslamApril 28, 2013
    Freaking amazing! No. 1 through 4 amazing. Perfect for late night cravings.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 18, 2015
    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.
  • Jim F.
    Jim FazzoneDecember 1, 2015
    Brussel sprout salad is killer! Pork belly is a fine choice too.
  • Andres C.
    Andres Calles WeillApril 8, 2011
    Best fried chicken in town! Can't get over the fact that they pack the place thanks to ESK and not bar regulars
  • Madelyn M.
    Madelyn MorganSeptember 22, 2013
    Beet fries and chicken buns are killer!
  • Mashable
    MashableJuly 29, 2011
    "Beet Fries, Veggie Meshi (you've never really tried brussels sprouts til you have them this way)." - Kenneth Macias Read more
  • Alice G.
    Alice GardinerSeptember 29, 2011
    Great food especially the fried beets funky atmosphere true Austin
  • Shawn F.
    Shawn FogartyFebruary 15, 2015
    The pork bun is killer. Get it. Now.
  • David B.
    David BDecember 27, 2014
    Amazing food, you'll be thinking about the next day.
  • Janine D.
    Janine DuffyOctober 13, 2014
    Brussels sprouts salad is change-your-life delicious.
  • Dallas D.
    Dallas DiazAugust 15, 2013
    Pork belly buns upset my sromach...soooo fat and greasy blehhh. Ruined the rest of my delicious meal :/
  • Matt
    MattJune 29, 2013
    Thai chicken and fried beets were amazing!
  • Kate K.
    Kate KniejskiSeptember 15, 2014
    ESK makes Brussels sprouts taste good! Didn't know it was possible.
  • Isaac J.
    Isaac JohnsonMarch 25, 2011
    Tongue buns! Tongue buns!! Tongue buns!!! Got it? Get it! Yum!!!
  • Dawn B.
    Dawn ByrdJuly 19, 2014
    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!!
  • Will F.
    Will FlahertyMarch 12, 2014
    Anything with the Chicken Kar-ragé is money
  • kati l.
    kati llewellynMarch 18, 2011
    pt 1) eat the beets! pt 2) remember not to freak out when they turn your #2 red the next day!
  • Roz T.
    Roz ThomasNovember 8, 2014
    Have the pork belly buns.
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