Restaurant Wednesday: Around the World on South Lamar
South Congress has long been a food trailer haven, but this summer, our eyes are set on its westerly neighbor, South Lamar. Behind longtime staple Red’s Porch is the South Lamar Trailer Bazaar, complete with a bandstand, honky tonk dance floor and playground—not to mention a selection of five, unique trailers, each serving up cuisine from a different part of the world. So whether you’re in the mood for hot dogs or a spicy Tom Kha soup, you can be sure the park has something for every palate.
For a classic burger, Collie’s Real Serious Burgers certainly lives up to its name with half-pound patties and topped with fresh, local ingredients. Opt for the signature cheeseburger or dress it up with butter-sautéed crimini mushrooms, blue cheese, pico and more. The trailer’s coup de theatre, however, is the Mason Fargason, a three-patty, six slices of cheese behemoth of a burger—a challenge only for the brave and ravenous. But whether you go big or small, be sure to end your meal on a sweet note with a funnel cake, drizzled in chocolate or cinnamon-sugar syrup.
Collie’s neighbor, Trai Mai Thai, is right next door but serves up cuisine from the other side of the globe. An array of savory dishes, from the noodle salad to Tom Kha soup, blossom with the aromatic flavors of lemongrass, coconut milk and more. Trai Mai Thai’s selection of handmade dumplings and rangoons offer the perfect complement to any meal.
For the Francophiles at heart, however, head over to Boxcar Bistro at the far end of the bazaar, which offers a selection of hearty sandwiches, like the classic Croque Monsieur and a vegetarian counterpart, the Croque Italien. Pair it with a French onion soup and wash it all down with a hand-squeezed lemonade. It’s simple bistro fare at its best, served in unfussy, Austin style.
Of course, this wouldn’t be Texas without some Tex-Mex thrown into the bazaar’s international mix: Tacos La Guera whips up a menu of piping hot tacos for both the omnivore and the vegetarian. Taco purists can opt for a flavorful Al Pastor, while the breakfast taco fanatics get their morning fix. Tacos La Guera is the elder sibling of the bunch and has been serving up fresh, made-to-order tacos to hungry Austinites for four years.
Rounding out the bazaar is Honky Tonk Hot Dogs, a tribute to the swinging days of honky tonk in Texas—and a fitting one at that, as it’s only a short walk from the renowned Broken Spoke. The owner, Scott Angle—a restaurateur by day and a musician by night—grew up listening to that unmistakable country twang and has brought the experience to the South Lamar Trailer Bazaar. Enjoy over ten different hot dogs, each one named for and inspired by a honky tonk legend, from Dale Watson to Weldon Henson. Honky Tonk whips up the classics, like the All-American and the Texas Chili Dog, in addition to tasty twists, like the Cotija and Chicken Sausage Dogs. Afterward, head over to the wooden dance floor and dance the night away!
South Lamar Trailer Bazaar
3600 S. Lamar Blvd.
(512) 785 5813