June 26, 2022



Houston’s Art Car Parade is back. Here’s the food you can eat along the parade route.

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The Houston Art Car Parade showcases the most creative, outlandish automobiles you'll ever see.

The Houston Art Car Parade showcases the most creative, outlandish automobiles you’ll ever see.

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After two years of canceled festivities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Art Car Parade returns to Houston April 7-10.
It’s the 35th iteration of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art’s annual event, which showcases more than 250 decked-out art cars to impress crowds gathered downtown for the parade, among other activities during the four-day shindig.
The weekend, presented by local auto retailer Team Gillman, will feature workshops, parties, an awards ceremony and public viewings across the city, as well as the actual parade on April 9.
Of course, there’ll be plenty of food along the way for spectators of the parade on Saturday.
The Starting Line Party—which begins at 11 a.m. at Allen Parkway and Heiner Street ahead of the 2 p.m. parade—will feature live music and a slew of food trucks to indulge in while you pick a spot to watch the art cars go by.
An Art Car Parade spokesperson said there will be about 20 food trucks on the route and shared some of the confirmed participants.
Among the biggest names are the Waffle Bus and Burger Joint, Houston favorites for carb-loading comfort food. With two locations in Houston, the Burger Joint offers some of the most celebrated burgers in the city. Its juicy creations include a Mexican burger with queso fresco, avocado, jalapeños and chipotle mayo; and a Korean barbecue-style burger with kimchi and a fried egg.
Waffle Bus started as a food truck 10 years ago and just opened its second brick and mortar in Montrose at the end of last year. It returns in its original form at the Art Car Parade with its waffle-themed eats such as the signature fryders, which are sliders with waffle fries as a bun.

Benny's Dawgs is one of the food truck vendors at the 2022 Houston Art Car Parade.

Benny’s Dawgs is one of the food truck vendors at the 2022 Houston Art Car Parade.

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

The fried food doesn’t end there. The Fry Guys are showing up with their extensive loaded fries menu, which boasts Bayou fries with sautéed shrimp, cream sauce and chives; Texas fries topped with chopped brisket and barbecue sauce; Nashville hot fries à la Nashville hot chicken; New York Pizza fries with pepperoni, marinara sauce and mozzarella; and more “simple” items like truffle-parmesan and chili-cheddar fries.
Other food trucks include Venezuelan-Mexican fusion Mi Patio, Benny’s Dawgs for hot dogs, Best Street Tacos and catering company Ujima Unique Cuisine. Desserts will be provided by Friohana Shave Ice, Carey’s Frozen Delights and Good Pops.
For those wanting to go all out, the VIPit Experience is a viewing party at Hermann Square in front of City Hall that includes lunch from local restaurants, cocktails, pre-parade entertainment and reserved parking. It starts at noon on April 9 and is a great vantage point to watch the art cars roll through downtown.
Saint Arnold Brewing will provide both food and beer at the VIPit Experience. As Houstonians know, the local brewery is a big fan of the parade: They make an Art Car IPA and have a handful of art cars displayed at their facility north of downtown.
Picos, Arnaldo Richards’ Upper Kirby restaurant celebrating Mexico’s seven distinct regions, will also be at the VIPit Experience, along with Heights Thai restaurant Kin Dee, recently opened East Downtown barbecue joint J-Bar-M, banh mi specialist Roostar Vietnamese Grill, Rice Village Italian restaurant Roma, beloved sandwich shop Antone’s, and cafe and market Local Foods.
A particularly interesting concept at the VIPit Experience will be Sesanoodle, a collaboration between acclaimed East End Thai restaurant Street to Kitchen and the Urban Harvest Farmers Market.
Winnie’s will be serving drinks — the Midtown hotspot is not only known for its po’ boys but also its excellent cocktails. If that’s not your speed, Katz’s Coffee and Raising Cane’s will be providing caffeine and lemonade, respectively.

Tickets to the VIPit Experience start at $175. More details on vendors at Hermann Square and along the route will be announced closer to the event.

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