When I arrived at the gravel parking lot and spotted Flip Happy Crepes’ 1966 Avion Trailer, I was shocked to discover no wait, just a bunch of smiling customers luxuriating in the shade at red and blue tables. Was it really possible that a food truck that has garnered national attention would offer instant gratification? Of course not. The ordering window read, “Our wait is 45-55 MIN!” Thankfully, it was unseasonably cool and breezy, so the wait was pleasant enough. More importantly, when the crepes finally did arrive, they nearly matched the hype.
Nessa said Flip Happy’s turning point came when she and Andrea battled Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s “Throwdown.” Sales quadrupled. The Food Network “presented it as a special about ethnic cuisine. We expected it to be a one time thing.” When asked how they decided on the location, Nessa said they used to be located further south, but rented a space for the nearby Austin City Limits music festival and never left.
The blackboard menu featured several interesting options, including shredded pork with caramelized onions and Gruyere and roasted chicken with goat cheese, caramelized onions and garlic aioli.
Austin is known for barbecue, Tex-Mex and comfort food, so I was conflicted about eating from a crepe truck. It’s unlikely I’d wait another hour to eat crepes – anywhere – but on this day, it was worth it.