CEDAR PARK, TX – The popularity of food trailers in Austin has continued to grow, allowing foodies to sample cuisine ranging from Korean BBQ, Mediterranean kebabs and southwestern tacos. Some food trailers have done so well that they have expanded into their own brick and mortar restaurants such as Odd Duck, Gourdough’s and Franklin Barbecue.

Two BBQ-related food trucks, the aforementioned Franklin’s, along with Micklethwait Craft Meats — which operates out of a 1960 Comet trailer located on Rosewood Avenue in East Austin — are credited by many national food critics with helping to shift the focus of the Texas BBQ landscape away from places like Lockhart and Elgin to the Capital of the Lone Star State.

The Cedar Park City Council is now considering whether food trailers make sense for Cedar Park, and is looking at how the city should handle requests from prospective food trailer applicants. Assistant City Manager Josh Selleck said the city has received an increasing number of inquiries from food trailer owners and so the item was listed for discussion at the council’s July 10 city council meeting.

“As the popularity of food trucks has increased in our region, we have received inquiries from a variety of different types of mobile food vendors,” Selleck said.

Following the July 10 meeting, Council Member Corbin Van Arsdale conducted an informal e-mail poll among a group of Cedar Park citizens and community leaders to gauge interest. He said he received a large response and that a considerable majority expressed support for allowing food trailers in the city — with restrictions — mostly along of the lines of location, health regulations and appearance.

Van Arsdale said he personally likes the food trailer concept.

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