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Paul Qui and SXSW New ‘South By South Bites’

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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.






Emily Stringer is a San Antonio blogger and freelance writer. Contact her at

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