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“Wild” new food truck Lo Salvaje will serve up Mexican-inspired food with a twist

The power team behind Lo Salvaje includes (from left to right) Josh Crumpton, Stephanie Stackhouse, and Jesse Griffiths. | Photo by Matt Henry, Desert Door

The power team behind Lo Salvaje includes (from left to right) Josh Crumpton, Stephanie Stackhouse, and Jesse Griffiths. | Photo by Matt Henry, Desert Door

Hey Austinites, ever tried wild boar? If not — don’t worry, us neither — you can soon at Lo Salvaje, a new food truck opening in Driftwood next week.

The power team behind the new spot is none other than chefs Jesse Griffiths + Stephanie Stackhouse of Dai Due fame, and Spoke Hollow Outfitters founder Josh Crumpton.

The name for the food truck loosely translates to “The Wild. It’s an apt title, considering the truck will offer wild game — like the aforementioned boar burgers — with roots in Mexican cuisine.

The food truck will launch with a "Wild Card" dinner featuring a wild boar hamburguesa. | Photo provided by Giant Noise

The food truck will launch with a “Wild Card” dinner featuring a wild boar hamburguesa. | Photo by Matt Henry, Desert Door

When it opens, the menu will feature dishes such as:

  • “Street beets” with cotija, lime, cilantro, and morita mayonnaise
  • Hanburguesas with Nilgai antelope and bacon patties, queso Americano, escabeche, onions, and sauce especial
  • Fried quail sandwich with cabbage, salsa ranchas, and escabeche

Lo Salvaje owners have said guests can also expect future dishes such as duck tinga tacos, wild boar chorizo, and cabbage + cotija on corn tortillas.

The truck is located at Desert Door Distillery, which was named the No. 1 specialty craft distillery in America in 2019.

The distillery hand-crafts Sotol, a spirit similar to tequila made from a desert plant of the same name. Sip it solo or spice it up with a cocktail like the Seasonal River Rita, which includes cranberry juice, lime, and agave.

The food truck opens at 211 Darden Hill Rd. on Tues., April 19 with a limited menu “WILD CARD Dinner” featuring a wild boar hamburguesa. Wild boar is invasive in Texas — read why chef Griffiths thinks more people should be eating more of them.

Tickets for the opening dinner are $14, and guests can RSVP here. As a bonus, some proceeds from specialty cocktails at Desert Door will be donated to the National Parks Conservation Association.

If you can’t make it out this Tuesday, don’t worry — Lo Salvaje will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at varying times. Check out the hours + menu here.