LA Food Trucks You Don’t Want to Miss
July 5, 2019
Los Angeles may be best known for its movie industry and car culture, but its foodie scene is becoming just as iconic, especially when it comes to its array of food trucks. From east to west and north to south, LA’s best food on wheels includes everything from short rib tacos to bagel and lox and even ice cream sandwiches. With a city as sprawling as LA, which can sometimes make dining outside your neighborhood a drag, LA food trucks bring the food to you, as long as you check each truck’s evolving schedule. Whatever your comfort food may be, here are the best food trucks in LA you don’t want to miss.
It’s impossible to talk about the LA food truck scene without mentioning taco trucks. One is Mariscos Jalisco, which has served classic shrimp tacos since 2002. Helmed by Raul Ortega, who was born in the small town of San Juan de los Lagos in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Mariscos Jalisco also sells ceviche, Mexican shrimp cocktails, fresh oysters, and other seafood specialties. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the truck parks at 3040 E. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023. You won’t miss it: The line typically wraps around the block.
Speaking of tacos, if you’ve never tried a Korean short rib taco, add it to your bucket list. The short rib tacos found at Kogi BBQ are famous, with double caramelized Korean barbecue short ribs topped with a salsa roja made from Korean and Mexican chilies, a cilantro-onion-lime relish, and chili soy Kogi slaw. The brainchild of celeb chef Roy Choi, who was born in Seoul and raised in LA, Kogi BBQ fuses Mexican and Korean flavors. Alongside their world-famous short rib tacos, they also serve vegetarian tofu tacos, kimchee quesadillas, Sriracha bars, and more. Kogi BBQ is also credited with starting LA’s food truck revolution in 2008, using Twitter to attract LA foodies near and far. Find one of its four trucks by checking the schedule daily.
Before Evan Fox, creator of Yeastie Boys, came to LA, he lived in New York, home of the signature bagel breakfast. After moving to LA, he found that the quality of bagels was lacking and knew he had to make things right. Established in 2014, Yeastie Boys serves bagels, lox, schmear, and a variety of inventive sandwiches, such as The Game Over—with scrambled eggs, bacon, beer cheese, and jalapeno spread on a cheddar bagel—or The Milf: cream cheese, sliced banana, and Nutella on a plain bagel. Check for changing hours and locations from West Hollywood to Silverlake on the Yeastie Boys website.
Me So Hungry
Can’t decide between a PB&J sandwich and a burger? You don’t have to at Me So Hungry. Along with its PB&J Burger, other creative menu items include The Monster Burger—Angus beef topped with cheese and Asian BBQ sauce; Portobello mushroom burgers with miso and garlic peppercorn aioli; Hawaiian rice medleys; and short rib sliders. But don’t get too attached to the menu. Chef Cory Ewing changes it seasonally. Check out the Me So Hungry schedule here.
No need to travel to New England to satisfy your lobster roll craving. Lobsta Truck roams both LA and San Francisco, serving not just signature lobster rolls but also crab rolls, New England clam chowder, bisque, Cape Cod chips, and fresh squeezed lemonade. Conceived by Justin Mi after a memorable trip to Maine, Lobsta Truck serves North Atlantic lobster flown in daily from Boston, bringing a truly authentic lobster roll experience to the West Coast. Here’s the LA schedule by week.
The Grilled Cheese Truck
Serving grilled cheese lovers since 2009, The Grilled Cheese Truck elevates the childhood comfort food experience with its unique take on the classic grilled cheese. In addition to classic cheddar, Chef David Danhi uses goat cheese, fontina, bleu, and brie. Some sandwiches include caramelized mushrooms, truffle oil, or homemade bacon onion marmalade. You can also build your own melt if you’re feeling picky. The truck rolls through various LA neighborhoods and events all the way to Santa Barbara. Check out the monthly schedule.
If your comfort food happens to be ice cream, head to Coolhaus, offering artisanal ice cream sandwiches and sweet pints. Founded by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, who started baking cookies and making ice cream in 2008, Coolhaus names its sandwiches after architects and architectural movements that inspire them, taking a passion dubbed “Farchitecture” or Food + Architecture to the streets of LA. There are now 10 mobile ice cream trucks in LA, New York, and Dallas, proving ice cream trucks deserve a place on every food truck list. Check out the LA schedule here.
Written by Erica Garza for Knockaround.