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Paul Qui and SXSW New ‘South By South Bites’

Paul Qui and SXSW New ‘South By South Bites’

By Emily Stringer

Food truck dining is the new fast food. It’s quick, delicious, and even our favorite “top chefs” have inspired some wheelie wonders. Such as, Austin based ‘Top Chef’ Season 9 winner, Paul Qui is known for his mark on Texas dining and winning ‘Top Chef Texas.’

He was executive chef at Uchiko and a food-culture standout — and is well known for his modernist approach to food and knowing no boundaries.

Paul Qui's outrageous Kimchi Fries.

Chi’lantro’s  outrageous Kimchi Fries.

Visiting Uchiko is reason enough to spring up to Austin for a day trip, however, why not have some South by Southwest music and a splash of Qui’s food truck, Eastside King’s?

Qui is the leading chef behind the newest food truck “cafeteria,” South by South Bites. He sprang the idea from a need — “You have to wait at restaurants for so long (to get in) during South by Southwest; I wanted to offer a food truck cafeteria,” said Qui.

And, with that, a combination of food tucks from all over Texas was born: Houston-based trucks, barbecue trucks like, Sugar Shack BBQ, and even a debut of Foreign Domestics’s food truck, and other Austin favorites such as: Qui’s Eastside Kings, Cazmance, and Chi’lantro, plus, the San Antonio-based food truck The DUK Truck, which flew up for a spring break.

The plan is for the truck park to spring into next year’s SXSW as well- so mark your calendars and even if you didn’t make it up to SXSW  — be sure to check out the food truck scene and report back to us.

Also, for more Austin-based flavors, chefs Jason Dady and Paul Qui will be featured at the Austin Food and Wine Festival, tickets are available here. The festival is April 26-28.

Paul Qui and Emily Stringer

Paul Qui, right, Austin chef, right, and freelancer Emily Stringer.






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SoFlo Market: Art, Tastes, Shopping Debuts April 13

SoFlo Market: Art, Tastes, Shopping Debuts April 13

SoflomarketThe new SoFlo Market is launching April 13 and will be open every second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.  at 1344 S. Flores St.

Food trucks from the local food scene will be there to feed your appetite, while the collection of art and unique handmade treasures and entertainment will the other big draws. The location is blocks from the Blue Start Contemporary Arts Center and within walking distance from some of the new urban living spaces such as the Steel House Lofts and Cevallos Lofts, Judson Candy Factory and the Camp Street Lofts.

Learn more about SoFlo Market on Facebook (

From their website: The SoFlo Market was born from the vision of Ruth Guajardo and Yolanda Reyes and inspired by their passion and love for the arts and artisan community. Friends for several years after meeting at an art show, they have traveled together selling their handmade creations in and around San Antonio. Together they are proud to be “starving artists” and have a vision of providing their fellow crafters and artists a platform to showcase their handmade creations.

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