Spider House weaves quite a web for lovers of vegan cuisine. In recent years, veggie and vegan-oriented restaurants such as Arlo’s, Always Hungry and even the 100 percent plant-based Milky Way Shakes have been welcomed in the café and bar on campus.
The newest member of the Veggie family is Lick It Up, an El Paso food trailer that opens its first location in Austin on August 21st. In the kitchen, plant-based Mexican street foods such as burritos, tacos, flautas and gorditas are served with a selection of plant-based proteins such as mushroom chorizo and vegan adobada.
Lick It Up’s menu also features funky twists on classic bar dishes like “carne asada” fries and nachos, both of which are topped with seitan, a soy-free protein made from chickpea flour.
“My team and I have been trying for some time to bring a touch of our good comfort food from our El Paso home to Austin,” said Edgar Delfin, founder of Lick It Up, in a press release. I want to build a strong community in this city like we did at home. “
In building this community, Lick It Up has recruited Austin’s long-time vegan chef, Rolando Garza, to run the new trailer. (Garza is no stranger to Spider House; his vegan truck Cool Beans used to be outside.)
“Garza has proven … that he is dedicated and passionate about continuing to cook plant-based foods [tying] his Mexican heritage to every dish, “said the restaurant.
Garza has quite a legacy to keep here in Austin. Lick It Up was founded in 2017 as a food truck and has already opened a stationary operation in downtown El Paso. It was also featured in Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Austin guests will have the opportunity to try it for themselves when the trailer opens at 2908 Fruth Street later this month. Once Lick It Up is up and running, it’s open every day from 12 noon to 8 p.m.