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East Side King

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  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
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  • Melon L.
    "Beet fries, tori meshi, pork belly buns and a guaranteed good time."(11 Tips)
    Hew
    "... go wrong. We had the tongue buns, pork belly buns, and the beet fries and..."(9 Tips)
    PureWow
    "... Thai fried chicken and pork belly buns to beet fries and crispy soy Brussels..."(6 Tips)
    Zach M.
    "Tori meshi and beats homefries"(4 Tips)
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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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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: http://supper.mx/places/east-side-king-the-liberty-austin/
  • 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!
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Melon L.
    Melon LSeptember 9, 2015
    Beet fries, tori meshi, pork belly buns and a guaranteed good time.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • Mark L.
    Try the chicken katsu meshi, unless you're vegetarian, in which case the vegetarian mashi is pretty great, too.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneMay 18, 2012
    Try the Twice Cooked Pork Belly, Apple, Tare, Kimchee On Rice, And Gochujang - So good!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Amirah I.
    Amirah IslamApril 28, 2013
    Freaking amazing! No. 1 through 4 amazing. Perfect for late night cravings.
  • Jim F.
    Jim FazzoneDecember 1, 2015
    Brussel sprout salad is killer! Pork belly is a fine choice too.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateAugust 29, 2014
    The best late-night food in Austin.
  • 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
    DavidDecember 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.
  • Kate K.
    Kate KniejskiSeptember 15, 2014
    ESK makes Brussels sprouts taste good! Didn't know it was possible.
  • 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!
  • Isaac J.
    Isaac JohnsonMarch 25, 2011
    Tongue buns! Tongue buns!! Tongue buns!!! Got it? Get it! Yum!!!
  • Will F.
    Will FlahertyMarch 12, 2014
    Anything with the Chicken Kar-ragé is money
  • Colin
    ColinAugust 6, 2014
    Never have beets and Brussels sprouts tasted so good
  • Roz T.
    Roz ThomasNovember 8, 2014
    Have the pork belly buns.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleyAugust 17, 2014
    The fried beets are pretty good.
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • David S.
    David StrasserOctober 20, 2014
    Relax. Your food will be ready soon(ish).
  • Adam L.
    Adam LaiacanoOctober 16, 2014
    Pork buns are better than Momofuku's.
  • Austin American-Statesman
    It sounds odds, but you have to try the deep-fried beets with kewpie mayo. Read more
  • Koven S.
    Koven SmithFebruary 26, 2014
    The chicken buns were outta sight.
  • Rachael
    RachaelMarch 10, 2012
    The fried brussel sprouts! Just TRY them
  • Kristie S.
    Kristie SarkarApril 16, 2012
    The beets are ridiculously tasty
  • Lesley R.
    Lesley RobinsonDecember 29, 2015
    Voted #1 Food Truck in Austin
  • Softub
    SoftubOctober 8, 2012
    This is an after party munch destination. Get those carbs working on absorbing some of that liquid.
  • Niki Katherine H.
    Niki Katherine HolmesFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the fried beets. With extra mayo. Mix a little sriracha into mayo. Eat.
  • Shannon h.
    Soulfood! Its cool & ppl are awesome
  • Jmie C.
    Jmie CeeAugust 7, 2014
    Everything
  • Vonia
    VoniaApril 26, 2014
    Beef Tongue & Beet Fries!!!!!....
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurMay 31, 2016
    Best food truck in Austin.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kMarch 12, 2013
    tongue buns and brussel sprout salad.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin StaryMay 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy! Get the beets.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen ManganAugust 23, 2015
    Brussel sprouts and pork belly
  • 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
  • Jack M.
    Jack MinardiAugust 8, 2012
    This location is no longer cash only. There is a CC minimum of $10 though.
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneMay 18, 2012
    Try the Live Oak Hefeweizen
  • Chris S.
    Chris SweetMarch 13, 2015
    Beet homefries...
  • Parker S.
    Parker ShortSeptember 21, 2010
    Try the beef tongue steamed bun.
  • Hanna D.
    Hanna DAugust 16, 2014
    Having beers
  • Penny K.
    Penny KimMarch 10, 2013
    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.
  • Whitney
    WhitneyFebruary 6, 2010
    Dying to try Paul's food here!
  • Jacki B.
    Jacki BrinkerOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    meet for Beets!!!
  • Sophia C.
    Sophia CAugust 4, 2012
    The cashier who took our order was an asshole. I hope the food is worth it...
  • Patrick T.
    Patrick TangOctober 17, 2010
    Get ready to wait.....
  • Sandy B.
    Sandy BowieOctober 7, 2010
    tongue bun!!!!
  • Erin P.
    Erin PrillNovember 10, 2014
    Poor Qui Buns
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