The well-known Kogi BBQ Taco Truck started the food truck craze in Los Angeles and now the region is filled with incredible mobile dining options. Here is a look at five of the best foodie trucks around.
1. Nom Nom Truck – Vietnamese Inspired Food
This truck may sound familiar even if you are not in Los Angeles if you watch Food Network as they were recently featured on the reality show, The Great Food Truck Race. Nom Nom serves delicious Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches and other Vietnamese inspired dishes, which have become a hit with foodies all over the United States.
Owners Misa and Jen have created a perfect way to make Vietnamese food approachable and accessible to everyone in the Los Angeles area. Check them out on the Nom Nom website and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook to track that Nom Nom truck down!
2. Grilled Cheese Truck
It is pretty easy to figure out what this food truck’s specialty is. The Grilled Cheese Truck was founded by Michele Grant and Chef Dave Danhi. The inspiration for the truck came after the 2009 Grilled Cheese Invitational cook-off that drew over 5,000 attendees. The menu focuses on showcasing the classic favorite, with a few unique offerings.
Try the Brie Melt (on cranberry walnut bread) with double cream brie, sliced pears, and honey or a Harvest Melt with roasted butternut squash, sauteed leeks, and balsamic and agave syrups. There is even a Dessert Melt with roasted banana puree, Nutella, and marshmallow.
3. Border Grill Truck – Mexican Food
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, are celebrity chefs known as the “Too Hot Tamales” and owners of the popular Border Grill restaurants and Ciudad. It is not surprising their gourmet approach to Mexican food would lead them to delve into the food truck craze as well.
They’ve brought popular Border Grill menu items to the truck, including carne asada tacos and green corn tamales. They also have some new creations you can only get on the Border Grill Truck, like avocado tacos and delicious churro tots for dessert.
4. Frysmith – Gourmet Fries
Erik Cho is the creative mind behind Frysmith. His food truck is based solely on fries — with lots of innovative toppings. He starts with Kennebec potatoes that are double fried in canola oil to maintain that extra crunch.
Menu items include expected offerings like chili cheese to really unique items like Rajas fries that are topped with shawarma marinated steak, caramelized onions, jack cheese, and poblano chiles. His inspiration comes from his own roots and pays homage to the combination of Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisines he grew up with in Baldwin Park, California. Cho is Korean and even has Kimchi fries on his menu — be sure to try them with cheese!
5. India Jones Chow Truck – Northern Indian Cuisine
Sumant Pardal is serving up some creative and delicious Northern Indian cuisine from his India Jones Chow Truck. Pardal is no newbie to the foodie world as he’s owned 12 restaurants during his 27 years in Los Angeles, including the popular East India Grill chain.
The India Jones Chow Truck features a rotating menu of four curries, paratha, samosa spring rolls, and frankies, a Mumbai street food. Be sure to try a fan favorite, the Butter Chicken Curry.