Two Bay Area restaurants – the roast specialist Man vs Fries and the Chicken as Cluck chicken sandwich shop – have opened as ghost kitchens (takeaway or takeaway only) in Austin. Man vs Fries has opened a food truck in the far south of Austin at 11410 Manchaca Road. Two more openings are planned by the end of the year in Holly at 2714 East Cesar Chavez Street and in South Austin at 7814 South First Street. Chicken as Cluck is open in the North Loop on 5610 North Interstate Highway 35.
The Man vs Fries menu includes carne asada fries, burritos with fries and flamin ‘hot cheetos, nachos, quesadillas, and Texan products (available in spring). There are also desserts like fried cheesecake and fried oreo.
Man vs Fries owner William Bonhorst describes his menu as “the max version of french fries,” with a vision of the fried potato stick as the main attraction of a dish rather than a side dish. His business was inspired by the Texas State Fair, a notorious center for fried foods. He opened his first restaurant in Oakland in 2018 and is expanding rapidly in the United States
Man vs Fries can be picked up (guests can order online on the truck using a QR code) or delivered via most major platforms (DoorDash offers free delivery as Man vs Fries is a black owned company). The location on Manchaca Road is open from 4:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. while the other two locations are open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The chicken pieces from Chicken as Cluck Chicken as Cluck / Facebook
In North Austin, Chicken as Cluck focuses on pressure-fried chicken in sandwiches or “chunks”. There are also starters like french fries, coleslaw and jalapeño poppers, as well as a menu that changes every week (this week there are burritos, cheesecake, corn bread and more).
Chicken as Cluck owner Bua Vanitsthian opened the restaurant in San Francisco in 2019. Austin is their second location (it opened December 1) with a third planned for Dallas in 2021. According to a press release, she wanted a restaurant that would hold out “thick and thin” and opted for a ghost kitchen to get rid of the front-line operations.
Chicken as Cluck can be ordered or delivered online via DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub and Favor. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.