As more and more well-established food trucks open brick and mortar locations in Houston, there's room in the market for new trucks to step up and find a following. One such contender is Gastro Punk.
This two-month old food truck bills itself as serving "American street food with a South Texas attitude." The eye catching design features a punk chicken and full sound system with a TV. More than looks, it takes great food to establish a truck, and Gastro Punk's owners have cooking chops to spare.
Schoenburg hesitates for a bit when asked to define his food but settles on "gastropub food" and "street food from everywhere."
"My wife and I are both fine dining chefs," owner Don Schoenburg tells CultureMap. When Schoenburg and his wife, pastry chef Christina Carter, moved back to Texas after a two-year stint in the British Virgin Islands, he says "I couldn't find anything I wanted to sink my teeth into." Carter encouraged him to open a food truck to do "my kind of food."
Schoenburg hesitates for a bit when asked to define his food but settles on "gastropub food" and "street food from everywhere" as descriptors. He and Carter make all of their own ingredients including barbecue sauce, salsa and pickles. For example, this week the truck will introduce a house-made wild boar bratwurst with homemade sauerkraut on a Slow Dough bun and a duck burger.
There are even a couple of healthy options in the form of an ahi tuna burger and watermelon salad. Also, thanks to Carter's skills, the truck serves its own desserts, which is rare to find in a truck with savory offerings.
In addition to the unusual ingredients, Schoenburg stresses that they cook everything to order. "The quality shows through in the food we serve," he says.
The truck can be found at a variety of spots around town, including dog park bar The Boneyard on Tuesday, Memorial Wine Cellar on Wednesday and Friday and the new food truck park in EaDo on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Follow Gastro Punk on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on times and locations.