Battle of the Banh Mi, SXSW Style

9 Mar

SXSW is as much about technology, innovation, and inspiration as it is about food and local culture.

Last night we went to a Food + Tech happy hour at El Naranjo on Rainey St – a very cool section of town with shanty houses converted to bars and restaurants. On the way out, we passed a food truck with a Hannibal-wrapped Peached Tortilla food truck that drew us in.

Not to make a snap decision, we made a loop around to see what other goods may be available. Having consumed Peached Tortilla over the past few SXSWs, to I settled on Phamily Bites (truck from Houston).

I still can’t get over paying $8 for a pork banh mi, but for you, my readers, I bit the bullet. Oh, and throw and egg on that sucker for another dollar.


Half way through.


The verdict? Sadly not worth it. They don’t use or forgot the mayo and the bread was tough and dry. The meat, egg and veggies were great but dragged down by the poor foundation.

As SXSW serendipity goes, the next event we went to at Midnight Cowboy had the good people at Peached Tortilla serving their best. Redemption came in the form of their mouthwatering Pork Belly Banh Mi Slider. On the right is a squash taco with apple sauce – seriously so good.


If you’re ever I’m Austin, find them. Eat all the tacos and the Banh Mi Slider. Everything is better with pork belly.

They win. No contest.

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