It’s no secret. I love to eat. In fact, one of the things I most enjoy about travel is the opportunity to eat local food. And it’s no different when I’m in my hometown of Los Angeles. So, what did I do over President’s Day weekend? I ate. A lot.
Warning: This post is liable to make you very hungry. If up close, in-your-face photos of delicious foods cause you to salivate uncontrollably then you just might better stop reading now or else…
There are tons of food trucks in Los Angeles and I’ve been to my fair share. Some are worth writing about. Some, unfortunately, are not. I’ll spare you the ones that don’t deliver the goods.
Here’s a list of my top 5 Food Trucks in LA:
5.) The Grilled Cheese Truck – I know, I know, a lot of websites rank this place number one and the crazy long lines certainly support that ranking, but in my opinion, they are squeakin’ in at number five. Still quite respectable.
The S’more melt with marshmallow cream, Nutella and crumbled graham crackers which looks so decadently inviting on their website is not worth the drive nor the $5 price tag. However, the Cheesy Mac and Rib is a real winner. The sweet BBQ pork and caramelized onions are the perfect counterpart to the gooey cheesy goodness of this sandwich.
4.) Buttermilk – If breakfast is your favorite meal (and it is mine!), you need to check this spot out. Heck, you can even have dessert for breakfast here. If you get the Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Pancake Bites, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. If that deliciousness isn’t enough for you, they also have Hawaiian Bread Cinnamon French Toast Sticks and Housemade Cake Donuts. I’m getting a sugar buzz and a carb high just writing this! If Savory is your thing, then the Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich is the way to go. With the yolk still runny, it’s the perfect egg sandwich.
3.) Grill ‘Em All – With a name like that, these guys better create some seriously rockin’ burgers. And they do! Do not come here without your appetite. This is not a place to have a light snack. These burgers are made with 7oz. patties and topped with heaps of crazy and delicious things. Nothing here is frozen or pre-made. These guys rock it out fresh every day.
Okay, I highly recommend “The Behemoth”. This thing is ridiculous and amazing and I was addicted after the first bite. What sort of madman conceived this masterpiece? I mean instead of using buns, this burger is sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches. This is definitely where I’m going if I ever need to put on a lot of weight really fast.
The Behemoth- You Can’t Even See the Freakin’ Patty in There (grilled cheese buns, cheddar, bacon, beer soaked onions, pickles, Grandmaâ€™s Mosh Pit BBQ Sauce)
2.) Coolhaus – They call themselves an architecturally themed ice-cream truck and they have some serious masterpieces. Your ice-cream sandwich is constructed in two steps. First, choose a cookie. With flavors like apple fritter, peanut butter banana, snicker-doodle and ginger molasses this can prove challenging. Next, select your ice-cream. I have to mention, while the cookies are great, the ice-cream is the standout. Some of the delicious flavors you’ll encounter are: Brown Butter and Candied Bacon, Balsamic Fig and Mascarpone, Guinness Chip, Â Thai Iced-Tea, Orange Chocolate Cointreau, Horchata, and Red Velvet. Have fun experimenting!
1.) Taco Zone – This truck is by far my favorite food truck in all the land. It makes the most perfect Suadero. What is Suadero? Suadero is BBQ Beef brisket and you need to get you some. Did that even make any sense? The carnitas, lengua, and al pastor are all very good here, however, THE thing to order is the suadero quesadilla. Give it a try and let me know what you think. This thing has made vegetarians go to the dark side. Even if only for one night. The truck generally parks on Alvarado Blvd. two blocks north/east of Sunset near the Vons parking lot. Donâ€™t forget to grab some salsa. I prefer the verde, but they are all good. 7 p.m. to midnight Sun.-Thurs. and 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fri.â€“Sat.
If you find yourself getting hooked on Food Trucks then these two websites will come in handy:
Find LA Food Trucks – Like it says, this site will help you find where the trucks are on any given day. This site has all the tweets in one convenient place so you don’t have to go to each trucks individual site. Of course, you could also just follow the trucks that you like on twitter and only receive their updates. This site also has a nice blog about the trucks so you know what to expect.
Mobile Cravings – This site has the trucks ranked according to popularity with links to the trucks websites.
If you know of a truck in the LA area that you think rocks, leave a comment and let me know the name of the truck and what your favorite food is from there and I’ll be sure to give it a try.
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