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Meals on Wheels: Los Angeles Food Trucks

by Eva July 2013 - last edited July by Chantelle

The great food truck swell of Los Angeles began in 2008 (so they say) when a truck called Kogi rolled out with their Korean short rib taco. Their hit was instant and success long reaching, as others quickly bought trucks to peddle their own creations. Now, on any given day, you’ll find 6,000 roving eateries taking to the sunny streets – some fusion, some standard, some flash in the pans (we suspect) with their own take on quick cuisine. In short, it’s not hard to find a bite on wheels, but to find the best roaming dishes on the Los Angeles food trucks scene? Just hop on a flight to Los Angeles and follow our recommendations for the five best tried-and-tested trucks on the road.

Coolhaus Truck, Los Angeles

Coolhaus Truck | Los Angeles

Sweet treats from Coolhaus Truck © Coolhaus Truck
 
What happens when two self-described architecture-nerds meet food? Farchitecture. That is the inspiration for everything that goes into this wildly successful ice cream sandwich company named after Rem Koolhaas and Bauhaus. Though they now offer everything from ice cream to artisanal marshmallows in five cities, Los Angeles is home to their original sammies: ice cream flavours like Spicy Pineapple & Cilantro or Strawberry Cobbler nestled between every kind of cookie your sweet tooth could desire.
 

Eggslut, Los Angeles

Food Trucks  Los Angeles

On the road with Eggslut © Eggslut
 

What’s in a name? An ode to their signature dish, of course. Cooked and served in a glass jar, the Eggslut is a coddled egg on pureed potato topped with chives and grey salt. Similarly delicious are the Fairfax; scrambled eggs, caramelized onions and cheese, or the Nita; pulled pork with chimichurri sauce, cotija cheese, and a runny egg, both on fresh brioche buns. With a regular parking spot next to Handsome Coffee Roasters, this is a morning stop not to be missed.

Heirloom Truck, Los Angeles

Heirloom Truck | Los Angeles

Lasagna Cupcakes from Heirloom Truck © Heirloom Truck
 

Heirloom LA is one part catering duo, (of classically-trained chefs), and one part roaming food company. But despite their plentiful offerings of delicious seasonal food, one dish stands out: their trademarked (no really) Lasagna Cupcake. Lasagna for one, if you will, this is a savoury pocket of goodness composed of fresh cheeses and meats like Colorado Lamb, depending on the season.

Auntie's Fry Bread, Los Angeles

Aunties Fry Bread | Los Angeles

Auntie's Fry Bread Truck © Auntie's Fry Bread
 

Hailing from Montana, the Koyama family decided to give Southern California their spin on traditional Native American fry bread when they opened their truck in 2010. The fluffy flat creation is served piping hot and piled with loads of ingredients like grilled squash and black beans, or the Traditional – lettuce, beef, tomatoes, cheese and onions. Wash it down with a cold Sioux City Sarsaparilla and you’ve got a true meal from the Old West.

Kogi, Los Angeles

Kogi | Los Angeles

Lunch on the go at Kogi © Kogi

 

Like Gray’s Papaya to New York, or Pat’s and Geno’s to Philadelphia (we can’t choose), Kogi is to Los Angeles. Who knew that taking a short rib, placing it between homemade corn tortillas and topping it with salsa roja, cilantro-lime-onion relish, chili-soy slaw and a kick of caramelized Korean barbecue sauce could make it such an it-dish? But it is and if you’re a true foodie, then end your visit here for a taste of LA food truck history.

 

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Are you familiar with the food truck scene in Los Angeles? Which are your favourites? Add your recommendations below – thanks!


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Eva Goicochea

Eva Goicochea is the Head of Culture & Talent at Everlane and founder of the blog Mister Boffin (www.misterboffin.com). An Angeleno for five years, she lives with her husband and pets in the wooded hills of Mt. Washington. When not working, you can find her attempting to garden or exploring the eateries of Southern California.