5 Black-Owned Food Trucks in Austin You Must Try

Gooey, cheese fries, tender brisket, and “itis-inducing” soul food are just a few items you can find at some of Austin’s Black-owned food trucks. To support and promote Black-owned food trucks, the Greater Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second annual Food Truck Friday.

Food Truck Friday is happening Friday, May 12, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. in the open lot next door the Chamber’s offices at 912 E. 11th St. Attendees can taste delicious dishes from the various vendors and tour an artist exhibition in the Historic Dedrick-Hamilton House. Be sure to make plans to attend the event, and if you want to explore more Black-owned food trucks in Austin in preparation, here are five (in no particular order) trucks to try.

Chili Cheese Fries

Originally from Detroit, owners Brent Pollard, Winston Johnson, and Casey Cadwell, opened the truck in January 2016. They started out cooking Coney dogs for friends when they felt homesick, and this eventually inspired the truck.

Location: 1716 W. Howard Lane
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 7-10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
On the Menu: Brisket, burgers, chili cheese fries, macaroni, baked beans, sausage, smoked chicken wings, and more
People Rave About: Chili cheese fries or catfish and shrimp combo
More info »

Deep-fried Chicken and Dressing

Watching “Big Mama” in the kitchen, preparing her own dishes since she was 9, and seeing other thriving food trucks in Austin, Kunstance Dawson was thrilled to open her soul food truck in September 2015.

Location: 1716 W. Howard Lane
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and first and third Sunday 1-5 p.m.
On the Menu: Slow-braised oxtails, deep-fried chicken and dressing, fried ribs, collard greens, bourbon chicken and waffle sandwich, and more soul food
People rave about: Smothered pork chops
More info »

Honey BBQ Wings

Born and raised in New Orleans, Darrell Owens opened his Cajun food truck in June 2016. The name is inspired by his mother, Lady Magnolia, and his recipes come from the generation of women in his family.

Location: 1106 East 11th Street
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. then 6-10 p.m and Saturday 2-11 p.m.
On the Menu: Wings, po-boys, red beans and rice, beignets, fried fish, and more
People Rave About: Keelaks Special: fried fish, fried shrimp and fries
More info »

Firecracker Fries

Willie Showels, Jr., Willie Showels III, and Dymica Quiller opened the truck in February 2012 with a passion for cooking good food and making customers happy. Open late nights, The Grub House is the perfect post-party refuel stop after a rowdy night out downtown.

Location: 519 East 7th Street
Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m.
On the Menu: Philly cheesesteaks, tacos, wings, and more
People Rave About: Firecracker fries
More info »

Chicken and Waffle Pizza

Bryan Mitchell has a love for expressing creativity through food. He opened his gourmet pizza operation in June 2016. While his truck will be opening mid-summer, Da Slice is currently delivering pizzas.

Location: Delivery only
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-10 p.m.
On the Menu: A variety of hand-crafted pizzas and wings
People Rave About: Chicken and Waffle pizza
More info »

For an even wider array of food truck goodness – make plans to attend the annual Trailer Food Tuesdays event that happens in June, July and August at The Long Center downtown,


  • This was kind of a bust. Arrived at 7pm and only two trucks were left, Krab Kingz and Good eats and Bits. Good eats and Bits closed as I was getting out of the car, although several other people arrived after me, but I guess they didn’t care. Thank you to Krab Kingz for staying open and having really good seafood. Won’t bother going next time.

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