We might not yet be a food truck nation, but Los Angeles for one is a city obsessed with meals on wheels. And being that I’m Mexican I can’t help but feel connected to this mobile food movement that dates back more than a century ago to LA’s horse-drawn tamale carts. (Not to mention the old-school loncheras or more DIY versions like the tamale man who pushes his shopping cart filled with steaming pots or the abuela hawking her fresh masa creations from the trunk of a car.) Anyway, all this to say I love food trucks and the many different flavors they bring. I’ve yet to find the perfect taco truck, so until then here are six trucks in LA that I’m really digging right now.
The Urban Oven – @theurbanoven
If you’re looking for a yummy pizza experience, then you gotta check out the Urban Oven, LA’s first food truck with an actual wood-fired oven inside the truck. We’re talking gourmet Neopolitan-style pizzas from chef/owner Scott Tremonti (he’s so nice) made with fresh ingredients (lovez the mushrooms, potato & leek, and quattro formaggi) and a crust that’s crispy and puffy and burnt in all the right places. I generally don’t each pizza much ’cause it gets so carby, but when I eat the pies from the Urban Oven truck it almost doesn’t feel like I’m eating pizza ’cause they’re not heavy.
Firehouse Chefs Truck – @fhcfoodtruck
I had always heard that firemen are good in the kitchen and now I know it’s true. For one, it’s the first food truck run by real firemen. It was started by fire captain and chef Eddie Sell who wanted to bring “firehouse eats to the streets.” A lot of the menu items are named after the fireman who created the dish, so I love that personal touch. Secondly, a portion of everything sold on the truck is donated to charity. And third, the food is good! My favorites are the grilled chicken sliders, jicama-pepper slaw and Stinky Mike’s garlic tots. Just be warned: You might need an extinguisher to put out your garlic breath!
Lobsta Truck – @lobstatruck
The truck I’m completely in love with right now is the Lobsta Truck. Starting with the bun: Oh, the bun! It’s crispy and chewy in all the right places, toasted to perfection and yes, flown in from the East Coast. As for the lobstah … oh, the lobsta! So meaty and buttery and direct from Maine. These sandwiches are small and will set you back $12 a pop, but they are packed with juicy lobster and totally worth the price.
Rounds Burger Truck – @roundstruck
From a brick & mortar burger joint in West Hollywood to a neighborhood near you, the Rounds Burger Truck is my fave truck for a good ol’ burger chowdown. You get a choice of patty (beef, turkey or veggie–all housemade, never frozen) and can choose from about 10 options or just create your own. I get the Classic (pictured with turkey) which comes with all the fixings and 1000 Island dressing. Soooo good and at just $5.50 (including tax!) so easy on the wallet.
No Jodas Truck – @nojodaskitchen
It makes sense that this food truck is named after an expression that means “Don’t mess with me” because the food really doesn’t mess around. It’s just old-school Cuban comfort food. I love the tazones (pictured above) with the white rice, black beans, grilled onions and your choice of beef, chicken or veggie. So simple yet so full of flavor. Kinda like grandma’s cooking.
Crepe ‘N Around – @crepenaround
I love a good crepe and Crepe ‘N Around turns out some really tasty ones. There are a handful of savory selections, but being that I am a strictly sweet crepe kinda person, I highly suggest the banana nutella version–it just gushes with fresh bananas, nutella and “truckmade” Callebaut chocolate sauce. I do wish the lemon & sugar crepes were more lemony but you can’t go wrong with the other sweet versions.
Le Fashion Truck – @lefashiontruck
OK, so it’s not a food truck, but man (well, at least woman) cannot live on food alone. Le Fashion Truck is LA’s first mobile boutique and it’s adorable and the clothes are so affordable! (Think $18 tops, $30 dresses and vintage/handmade jewelry for less than the cost of your pedicure.) These girls keep the truck stocked with fresh inventory and depending on the day, you can find some really cute stuff. Lovez!