You Gotta Try This: Mister Fruitcup
Trailer is inspired by Mexican snack of fruits tossed with lime, chile
Justin Avalos is taking back the fruit cup.
For too many years, we’ve associated the term “fruit cup” with the shelf-stable plastic cups filled with syrupy sweet liquid and mushy “fruit cocktail,” but at his Mister FruitCup food trailer at 415 Jessie St., Avalos is showing just how creative you can get with fruit salads that happen to be served in a cup.
Inspired by the Mexican street food snack of fruits such as mango, pineapple, melons and jicama tossed with lime juice, chile and a hint of salt, Avalos started experimenting to create his own combinations of sweet, tart, sour and maybe even salty and spicy.
Avalos saw a business opportunity in his newfound discoveries, so he got to work on what is now a little cart just behind Thom’s Market on Barton Springs Road.
He recently released his fall menu, which includes items such as the Vermont cup with red and green apples, dried apricots, pecans, cheddar cheese and maple balsamic vinegar, and a vegan Masala cup with apples, pears, strawberries and masalaspiced yogurt.
My 5-year-old was thrilled to find a fruit cup with sprinkles and whipped cream (homemade whipped cream!), and I was delighted with the flavors and textures of the Thai cup: banana, watermelon, cantaloupe, orange and cucumber tossed with a chili lime spice mixture, lime juice and coconut flakes.
Another surprise was a cup simply called “winter,” with pears, apples, dried pineapple rings, pistachios and pomegranate lemon vinaigrette.
In addition to the fruit cups, which come in two sizes ($6.50 to $7.50), you can order fruit cup and cheese plates and larger fruit salads and trays that would be perfect to bring to a potluck or holiday party.
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Mister FruitCup is a trailer that sells upscale fruit salads, including seasonal varieties. Owner Justin Avalos sells big batches of the fruit mixes that are great for bringing to parties and potlucks.