El Paso’s vegan Mexican street food restaurant Lick it Up drives to Austin, headed by the head chef of the popular vegan Mexican truck, Cool Beans. Lick it Up opens on Friday August 21st at the Spider House Cafe and Ballroom at 2908 Fruth Street on the West Campus.
Lick It Up chef Edgar Delfin serves his version of the vegan comfort food. That means carne asada fries (with seitan steak and vegan queso), flautas, tacos (seitan steak, adobada, seitan milanesa or mushroom chorizo), tortas and burgers with Beyond Meat patties. The restaurant is particularly known for the Milanesa Torta.
The native Mexican from Ciudad Juárez is a punk rock singer who became a chef. He earned his job at the El Paso Eloise restaurant owned by Jim Ward, co-founder of the hardcore band At the Drive-In. Delfin opened Lick it Up in 2017 as a food truck in a pub. After gaining recognition and a contribution to Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Lick it Up opened a restaurant in another El Paso bar.
This truck will be the first location outside of El Paso – Delfin moved to Austin as a musician – and Delfin plans to open a restaurant in Austin as well.
Cool Beans’ Rolando Garza will operate the Lick it Up facility in Austin. The truck will take the place of Cool Beans in the Spider House. This also means that Cool Bean’s truck, which has been closed since late 2019, will stay that way, but Garza will continue to offer catering and special events under the name.
Lick it Up is open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. In order to follow COVID-19 security guidelines, Lick it Up only accepts online orders and is cashless. The truck also offers delivery via Favor. The terrace of the Spider House is also open for dining.