Thursday, March 15, 2012

Arancini (Fork it over, Austin! - Part 18)

Austin has so many food trucks. Boston's growing food truck population barely even matches the number of Austin trucks present in one parking lot. One day, maybe. In any case, I was determined to hit up as many trucks as possible while in Austin, especially once the weather cleared up. There's just something so enjoyable about paying a few bucks for a hot, delicious meal that's ready quickly and perfect for an on-the-spot picnic.

As previously mentioned, on the fifth day, we ate lunch at the SXSW Foodspotting Street Food Fest (The Peached Tortilla and Hey Cupcake! for me). And then we also ate dinner there, this time at Arancini, a truck guessed it.

For the purposes of the fest, they were offering three types of arancini, and our group split two orders: duck ragu and sun-dried tomato with mozzarella. The wait felt incredibly long once we had ordered (I think they warned us that it would be about 10 minutes), so I can only assume they're cooking each one to order.

Both flavors were excellent, from the gooey rice on the inside to the fried breading on the outside. The size was substantial as well. Worth the wait? Perhaps. They were definitely tasty, but we did get very antsy while waiting. And beware: don't lose your receipt. A couple girls in front of us lost theirs, so their order was put at the end of the queue - and it seemed to keep getting pushed back even farther. Eventually, they had to leave, sadly without their arancini.

Other posts in the Fork it over, Austin! series:
Part 1: Whip In
Part 2: Foreign & Domestic
Part 3: Caffe Medici
Part 4: Walking Along SoCo and Lunching at Chi'Lantro
Part 5: The Capitol, UT Austin, and Lunching (Again) at Torchy's Tacos
Part 6: Museum of the Weird
Part 7: Uchi
Part 8: East Side King at The Grackle
Part 9: Franklin Barbecue
Part 10: Flagship Whole Foods and My First Green Smoothie
Part 11: Late Night Pizza at Via 313
Part 12: Kebabalicious
Part 13: My Robotic Kitchen Planned This Dinner Party
Part 14: Papi Tino's
Part 15: Annie's Cafe & Bar
Part 16: The Peached Tortilla
Part 17: Cupcake Quest: Hey Cupcake!
Part 19: The DeLorean, Boxing Robots, and Roller Derby Pillow Fights
Part 20: Second Bar + Kitchen
Part 21: Tia Kelly's Navajo Tacos
Part 22: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Part 23: Gourdough's
Part 24: The Ice Cream Social
Part 25: Walking to Barton Springs
Part 26: Izzos Tacos

I'm also posting daily recaps on the Tasted Menu blog, FOOD=LOVE:
Day 1: A First Taste of Austin
Day 2: Tons of Tacos, Sushi at Uchi, and a Late Night Trip to East Side King
Day 3: Early Morning Barbecue and Late Night Pizza
Day 4: Globetrotting: Kebabs, Enchiladas, Pommes Frites
Day 5-6: Meeting and Eating

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