Adrian Davila, son of family patriarch Edward, is entering the food truck business. The Eagle Ford Shale oil boom in south Texas is going to be his focus…for now.
From the Seguin Gazette “The oil field lent itself to opportunity and I had a spot in Kenedy at 181 and 72 last summer. We used it to take our brand to another part of South Texas and have a play in the Eagle Ford Shale and sort of harness what was going on in Kenedy, which is a lot.”
Every major magazine has seemingly been down to Kenedy in the past year to document the oil boom and the resultant problems the community is facing. Housing and food prices have shot up as rough necks from all over North America have been brought in to work in the suddenly hot petroleum industry.
Mobile home rent has tripled and the price of a torta has went through the roof. Businesses are having a hard time staying staffed and restaurant workers who may earn $7.25 per hour in Austin can command double that in the Kenedy area.
But then you’d have to live in Kenedy.
I have a deep love of Davila’s barbecue. The hot guts belt of Central Texas is famous for the quality of the sausage and the Seguin outfit is as good as any you’ll find. The last plate of brisket I had was as good as any you’d find in Travis County.
But it’s not the same ol same ol for the younger Davila and his food truck “We take a limited menu and feature po’ boys, tacos, and a blue plate special of one or two plates. For the competitions, we do items like tricked-out brisket tacos to a coffee-rubbed short rib tacos with a chipotle horseradish. We can really play with it.”
I can think of a spot in Austin that could host Davila’s truck and do big business. The currently empty parking lot where Franklin Barbecue used to sit. Wheel that truck in there and start putting out some top flight brisket and short rib tacos and the French Place neighborhood would go berserk.
Regarding 50+ years of business, Davila had this to say “We don’t just rely on what we are doing on the truck, we are able to continue our day to day operations with the restaurant. It is to our advantage, because when we go somewhere people are either familiar with our brand or they see ‘Serving since 1959’ and it is an automatic hook.”
That’s what drew me in. I’d heard rumor of an ancient barbecue house in Seguin and drove down for further investigation. The rich history of the old joint made me completely mark out but I could give a fig if the food couldn’t back up the cool, old school vibe.
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380 N. 123 Bypass,
418 W Kingsbury St
Seguin, TX 78155