The Peached Tortilla isn’t new to the Austin food scene, but the opening of their new brick and mortar location was one event I couldn’t pass up writing about.
MJ and I are quite familiar with The Peached Tortilla as their food truck is a regular at our farmers market. Oftentimes while MJ is searching for that particular vegetable she’s gonna try to sneak past me, I wander by the mobile kitchen to see what scrumptious special they’re serving that day. And if the stars are aligned just right and MJ succumbs to my puppy dog face, I indulge in a breakfast taco or slider…or both! Over the past few years, we’ve seen the accolades roll in – Food & Wine’s Best Sliders in the U.S., The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Food Trucks in America, Live! with Kelly & Michael’s Top 10 Food Trucks in America, and the list goes on.
As I followed the progress of the restaurant on Instagram, I found myself getting more and more excited. Some people have THEIR cleaner or THEIR barber shop…well, this was MY food truck and I had to know exactly how their menu of handheld snacks would translate or be transformed into a full dinner menu. I’m sure I reminded MJ on more than one occasion that we absolutely had to visit when they opened. The hints must’ve worked…
I wish we could’ve spent more time soaking in the menu, but we were in a race with the setting sun and trailing (natural light = delicious pictures). Everything sounded amazing, so we came to a consensus on a few dishes and put in our order as quickly as we could. Thanks to our server, Thuy, and the entire waitstaff, our food came out piping hot and just in the nick of time. To start we had Mom’s Toast – mini bread slices topped with chopped shrimp, ground pork and a gochujang chili sauce. Honestly, this was my favorite of the night. Not because the other food was lacking, but because this dish was just that good.
We had intended on staying with the new sections of the menu (Plates and Shareables), but we couldn’t resist ordering their classic tacos. The highlight here was definitely the BBQ Brisket Taco with creamy apple slaw and peach BBQ sauce. It’s actually my taco of choice at the truck. Throw on a scrambled egg and its flavor is tough to rival. Sweet, sour salty, smoky, and all working in perfect harmony. I wish they’d also offer a slider trio because as tasty as the Banh Mi Taco is, it’s even better as a slider.
Initially, I wanted to order the JapaJam Burger (the very first thing I ever ate from The Peached Tortilla!) for my main but knew I should fight my usual burger urge. I then started leaning towards the Southern Fun (braised brisket, kale, bean sprouts with wide rice noodles), a fusion variation of classic beef chow fun, but MJ opened my eyes and my taste buds to the Malaysian Laksa Bowl (poached shrimp, Japanese noodles, curry seafood broth, bean sprouts, 45 minute egg).
The bowl was so beautifully assembled, I just had to sit back and admire the presentation for a bit. The broth had a vibrant color that was matched by an equally vibrant flavor. The 45 minute egg thickened up the broth and gave it additional body. The individual components did not become muddled but fit together like intricately cut pieces of a puzzle.
From the moment we walked in to the time we left, the crew at The Peached Tortilla truly made us feel like friends that had been invited over for dinner. The new restaurant has such a cool, laid back vibe that MJ and I hope to stop by again to enjoy a little social hour at the bar. A special thanks to Gilberto who stopped by to say hi and to make sure that we were enjoying the experience. For all of you have the opportunity, be sure to #getpeached! You won’t regret it.
The Peached Tortilla
5520 Burnet Rd, Suite 100, Austin TX 78756
With the food scene being so exciting in Austin right now, I’ve created a list of the newer restaurants that I have to try, a bucket list if you will. Over the next couple of months MJ and I are committed to checking out these establishments and sharing our experiences. It’s gonna be fun so stay tuned!! Here they are in no particular order…
6) Dai Due
7) St. Philip
8) Dang Banh Mi
9) Noble Sandwich Co.
10) Sawyer and Co.