The South Lamar Trailer Bazaar held a media event to kick off its relaunch in the parking lot just south of Red’s Porch on South Lamar. After two previously-failed attempts to build momentum around the trailer scene, the owner of the lot (who also owns Red’s) has jumped head first into it this time opening it in the middle of June. With newly-laid gravel, electricity for the trailers, and a small music stage for live music, you can see the investment in making a long-lasting food trailer park.
In the lot are five relatively new trailers that make up an eclectic mix of cuisines from around the world. From north to south, there’s burgers fromCollie’s Burgers, tacos from Tacos La Guera, Thai food from Trai Mai Thai, hot dogs from Honky Tonk Hot Dog, and French food from Boxcar Bistro. During the media event we were shown what each of these trailers has to offer. More importantly, we got to chat with the trailer owners to really get to know them and the inspiration behind their food. Each of them explained where the passion and energy comes from, ranging from “I couldn’t find a good croque monsieur in Austin, so I decided to make the best” [Ivo from Boxcar Bistro] to “I just love making people happy by feeding them” [Collie from Collie's Burgers].
It’s refreshing to see new life being breathed into the trailer scene. More than anything it demonstrates that food trailers are still part of the fabric of the Austin food scene and not just a fad (I’m looking at you, cupcakes). On the contrary, the South Lamar Trailer Bazaar offers the under-served South Austin community their own food trailer park to be proud of. The variety of cuisines, live music, and free beer (oh, did we forget to mention free beer?) should solidify the South Lamar Trailer Bazaar’s place in the Austin trailer food scene for a long time to come.
Originally posted on August 13, 2012