The first food trucks were pulled by horses, which often ate all the ingredients themselves and were forced to earn the money back by arranging fixed races with their friends. Gallop toward savory satisfaction with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of all natural juices, salads, wraps, and hot sandwiches at Gonzo Juice.
Gonzo Juice's brother-sister team squeezes sweet and savory juices, tosses fresh salads, and loads up inventive hot sandwiches within the cozy quarters of a culinary trailer. The popular establishment was featured on 365 Things to Do in Austin for its "refreshing" juice concoctions, such as orange, lemon-lime and watermelon or the jalapeño-, garlic-, and ginger-infused Barn Raiser ($4 for 12 oz. portion). The eponymous Gonzo sandwich ($6) slams turkey, provolone and fruit jam between two golden-brown slices of french toast. Any of the salads ($6 each) may be eaten from a bowl or rolled into a wrap for a hand-held meal that can be eaten on the go or thrown to an open receiever; lettuce laden options include the meat-free saddle bag with a slew of Southwest veggies, avocado, cotija cheese, Fritos, and ranch dressing. Ever-changing breakfast items range from $3 to $6 and are born in the mind of the 10-year veteran chef.
The first thing you notice while approaching Gonzo Juice is a giant rooster head perched atop a vintage 1949 trailer, which flashes multicolored feathers painted on its sides. The gargantuan bird and his towering coxcomb cast an imposing shadow over Gonzo's wooden picnic tables and grassy lawn. The food hut's eccentric façade hints at what to expect on its menu: either an inventive spin on classic American cuisine or an omelet made out of the world's largest rooster egg. Gonzo's chefs festoon made-to-order hot sandwiches, wraps, and salads with a variety of unique, all natural ingredients including slow-braised meats, tangy carrot slaw, fruit jam, and hawaiian rolls. Earning the spotlight of 365 Things to Do in Austin, Gonzo's freshly squeezed juices catch taste buds by surprise with a tasty blend of unexpected flavors such as ginger and jalapeño.