In recent times, Los Angeles has been home to gourmet trucks wandering the streets featuring anything from delectable deserts to international gourmet delights. To date, LA has around 65 food mobiles roaming the streets. The cuisine ranges from fusions such as Mexican-Korean and Korean-Brazilian, BBQ, hot dogs, all natural, Philly Cheese steaks, Burgers and much more. Check out your guide to these fine on-the-go feasts here:
Kogi BBQ came on the scene with a bang and started the run-around-LA-for-your-food trend. With a creative menu of Korean short rib tacos, Kim-Chi Quesadillas and Kogi Sliders, Koji gave LA just what they were looking for. Chef Roy is constantly coming up with daily specials, keeping Angelinos coming back for more. Their 3 trucks roam LA, with updates posted to twitter and their website. If wandering LA looking for your food doesn’t sound so appealing, check out the limited menu at the Culver City Alibi Room.
Let’s face it, as Pinkberry inspired the trend in frozen yogurt, The Kogi BBQ truck inspired Calbi BBQ. The next up in the Korean-Mexican food category, Calbi has 2 trucks to cover the Los Angeles area. This truck frequently shows up in the Westside and boosts and assortment of tacos, burritos and quesadillas.
Bool BBQ mixes Korean-Brazilian flavors with the popular menu items of Korean BBQ tacos and Pastels (a Brazilian, fried turnover).
The Grilled Cheese Truck- For those Angelinos that want gourmet melts are soon to be in heaven. Check out the Cheesy Mac and Rib Melt (southern macaroni and cheese with home smoked BBQ pork and caramelized onions) or the Caprese Melt (fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and basil).
Marked 5 is a new face on the streets featuring Japanese-style burgers. Exotic concoctions of beef/pork/salmon or tofu on a rice bun with special sauces and fresh veggies are the main attraction, brought to you by five friends to enchant your five senses…hence, Marked 5. Japanese specialty snacks and drinks are also available.
Don Chow Tacos adds another spin on tacos, this time with a Chinese flair. The menu has traditional Mexican, along with fusion Kung Pao Chicken, Soy-Ginger shrimp and Chinese BBQ Pork Tacos.
You can’t miss the bright red truck of Let’s be Frank. Gourmet grass fed beef hot dogs, sausages and brats stop regularly in Silver Lake and Culver City. The company works with local artisans and producers, and their food is free of hormones, antibiotics and nitrates.
For those wanting a healthier meal, on the run, look for the Green Truck on the Go. This truck only serves local, organic foods such as their signature organic vegan burger, falafel wrap and fresh melon fresca. Committed to the environment all around, they use solar power, biodegradable packaging, environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies and the trucks run off of recycled vegetable oil.
The famous Barbie’s Q has been serving finger-licking good ole BBQ receipts in Santa Monica for years. They took it mobile to better distribute their mouth-watering BBQ ribs, brisket, pork-pulled sandwiches and sliders.
The LA BBQ Guy is a mobile version of the Spring Street Smokehouse in LA. The truck menu includes BBQ sandwiches, sliders, wings and links with 3 different sides (baked beans, coleslaw, hush puppies) and 2 deserts (bourbon bread pudding and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies).
The pretty-in-pink Flying Pig truck offers “the perfect blend of Asian and Pacific Rim flavors with French Technique”. The truck features buns, tacos and snacks such as a crab ball and flying pig fries.
Komodo Food is billed as “dangerously good food”. The menu is made up of several kinds of burritos (cheeseburger, Cobb salad, spicy shrimp, breakfast, BBQ) with yummy sides like truffle fries and meatballs.
The Border Grill Truck from famed “Too Hot Tamales” Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, comes a mobile menu of ultra-gourmet tacos, mouth-watering quesadillas and delectible cerviches.
Putting a spot on the map for Indian food is the Dosa Truck. Dubbed “Slumdog Street Food with a California Twist”, the Dosa truck serves up made to order homemade chutneys, dosa, mango lassis and homemade ginger limeade.
Fish Lips Sushi specializes in yummy rolls from everything to the special fish lips roll (Soy sheet, Avocado, Cucumber, Asparagus, Crab meat, Tuna, White Tuna, White fish, Salmon, Tamari-Sauce, Hot-Sauce, Mayonnaise) to the standard California Roll (Avocado, Cucumber, Crab meat, Mayonnaise, Sesame).
Fresh on the scene is the Vietnamese food truck Nom Nom Truck that specializes in Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. Traditionally served with charcuterie and pickled vegetables on French bread, this meal also can come with a side of spring rolls or lemongrass tacos.
Del’s Lemonade is based in Venice, CA and has started roaming the beach cities bringing Rhode Island’s soft famous frozen Italian ice. Yummy fruity flavors include lemon, lemon-lite, watermelon, cherry, peach-mango, blueberry, grapefruit and pomegranate.
The Sprinkles Cupcake Van took the Beverly Hills hot spot mobile with their brown van to spread the love of sweet butter cream and bittersweet Belgium chocolate.
More sweet stuff comes your way with the Coolhaus Truck. Freya and Natasha are two female architects that came up with the idea for the perfectly constructed organic ice cream sandwiches in tasty “prefab” flavors like oatmeal cinnamoneo and Richard Meyer Lemon Ginger.
Get Shaved Shave Ice brings you SoCal’s finest shaved ice in 26 different flavors such as strawberry, pink lemonade and passion fruit. Combos such as Island Breeze (Mango, Coconut and Guava shaved ice over Vanilla Ice Cream) make a sweet treat.
King Kone Ice Cream This soft yellow fashionable ice cream truck specializes in shaved ice, sundaes, milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches. A family run business that serves all of Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
The Sweets Truck
The latest in the desert lineup, The Sweets Truck brings you the best of the best in LA deserts. Think PB&J Sandwich Crispy Treat from Milk & Krunchies, Ginger Molasses Cookie Sandwich from Cookie Casa and truffles from Madame Chocolat in Beverly Hills. Always on tap will be Jones coffee and espresso and loose leaf teas for your sipping pleasure.
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