College towns are usually a hip place, with all the latest trends showing up. At Texas State University in San Marcos, the hip and the hungry go to The Hitch -A Trailer Food Mobile Eatery.
Located just two blocks from the San Marcos downtown square, on a chunk of slab foundation from some long ago building, there were four food trailers the day Tastes Like Travel visited. Joined by the college student daughter, we checked out every food trailer. Each had a specialty and all sounded so good we decided to try something from every one except the dessert food trailer. That was only because we were full after our meal, and not because it didn’t look good!
We went first to St. Pita’s, the dark blue food trailer with the artwork on top. Everything is served on it’s namesake. Since I have developed a serious jones for fried avocado, we ordered one of their fried avocado pitas. The pita was soft and warm, the avocado was fresh and the batter crispy, and the side of hummus was tasty.
Next we went to Wanderlust food trailer. After reading about the porchetta we had to have some on ciabatta. With caramelized onions and red peppers and the best ciabatta bread in town, the pork roast was juicy and of course filled with flavors.
Final stop was at the Caboose food trailer. Although everything is fried, they have the science of frying down. We ordered the crab cakes and they were so crisp on the outside and moist and tender on the inside that you didn’t realize they were fried. That is perfectly fried food. The fries and hush puppies were also perfectly cooked. And the owners were so nice they get their own article!
And to work off the calories, one of the ‘trucks’ is a place to rent canoes and paddle-boards to use to float on the San Marcos river, lessons too. Ask for the student discount!
Food trailers are cool. And towns that work with food trucks and food trailers owners are cool. Food trailers need more than just a slab of concrete to operate on though. They need support from their chamber of commerce and their economic development corporation. San Marcos, you have a diamond in the rough here at the Hitch. Help the food trucks and food trailers and everyone wins!