Los Angeles and food trucks go hand in hand. There are so many these days where does an Angeleno start? Here are some of the best and their great dishes to try:
I love breakfast any time of day. The Buttermilk Truck’s biscuits and pastries are made from scratch each morning. Order up the Fried Chicken with Cinnamon Waffles and Hawaiian Bread Cinnamon French Toast Sticks. You’ll be happy you can get it any time of day.
Now with four trucks roaming the streets, you should be able to get your hands on one of these cold, sweet treats. Try flavors like Mint Julep, Manhattan, Peking Duck (includes hoisin sauce, orange peel and caramelized duck skin) and Fried Chicken & Maple Waffle (has candied fried chicken, caramel, waffle bits, and brown butter ice cream).
Flying Pig Truck
Get ready for Asian-American dishes, on a seasonal menu. With this tasty truck that trained at Le Cordon Bleu, you can’t go wrong with Peanut Butter Carnitas with Red Onion Escabeche, Cilantro, Red Curry Satay, and Peanut Sauce or Carne Asada with Shitake Mushrooms, Cilantro, Scallion, and secret Flying Pig Sauce.
Great Balls on Tires
Everything here is savory and round. The IncrediBall (ground kobe beef, applewood smoked bacon, wild arugula, garlic aioli, toasted brioche), and a Ballywood (garam masala chicken, coconut madras curry, crispy fried onions, tomato chutney, cilantro chutney, saffron basmati rice) are good places to start. Then chow down with the Ciao Balla, made of veal, pork, pancetta marinara, shaved parmesan, and fresh basil, all on a toasted brioche bun.
With authentic French crepes you will feel like you are in Paris. This truck is also created by a Cordon Bleu alum and is also on Zagat’s Top 10 in town. Try the The Four Cheese Crepe (Brie, Cheddar, Gorgonzola, Provolone, balsamic reduction, dates, dried apricots, and mixed greens) or the The S’more Crepe (marshmallows, graham crackers, powdered sugar, whipped cream, and truck-made Callebaut chocolate sauce).
Grill’Em All Truck
Not only dish out great burgers, but this truck blasts heavy metal music via megaphones. Try the Molly Hatchet Burger with seared fennel, sausage gravy, bacon, and maple or the Dee Snider Burger with Dee Snider peanut butter, jelly, bacon, and Sriracha.
The Grilled Cheese Truck
This is definitely a favorite around town. Their Cheesy Mac and Rib sandwich was in L.A.’s 7th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational and people still talk about it. Also try the Brie Melt (Double Cream Brie, sliced pears, honey, fresh thyme, on cranberry walnut bread) or the French Onion Soup Melt (Gruyere with French onion soup, onions, and a parmesan crust. Comes with extra broth for dipping!)
Unless you’re a baller, you probably haven’t eaten at chef Ludovic Lefebvre’s L’Orangerie or Bastide, but you can still grab his goods on the mobile Ludo Truck! Order up the Guerilla Fried Chicken (crispy chicken strips, honey lavender biscuits, Ludo slaw and Provence-flavored chicken balls).
The Sprinkles Mobile
Sprinkles is as much Los Angeles as Food Trucks are, so why not bring it all to a gorgeous, yummy finale with this truck? Built by Pimp My Ride‘s West Coast Customs, this truck is available for private events to avoid that block-long Beverly Hills fiasco. Order…everything!
The Munchie Machine
Designed with Scooby-Doo al over it, this truck is all about mobile munchies. Order up the Scooby Snack (peanut butter & jelly, graham crackers, and a choice of caramel, coconut, or cinnamon marshmallow). Also a must are the Parmesan Pesto Fries.
Shrimp Pimp Truck
This truck uses the highest grade of sustainable shrimp and sashimi-grade tuna. Order The Frylander (Fish & Chips, Drunken Shrimp Tacos, and Shrimp Ceviche).
The Sweets Truck
This the truck I would be running after. It’s literally a truckload of homemade cupcakes, cookies, and candy. Order the Red Velvet Cookie Sandwich, the Creme de Menthe Brownie Cookie Sandwich and the Peanut Butter Truffle Cookie Sandwich.