Eat Like A Local: LA Food Trucks You Can’t Miss!

Long before food trucks became trendy, taco trucks — or roach coaches as they were once known — ruled the streets of L.A. Now, the gourmet food truck craze has taken over, offering up everything from Vietnamese sandwiches and Texas BBQ to dim sum, lobster rolls and red velvet pancakes. The best way to experience the local food scene is to hire a food guide who will take you on a culinary adventure that will feature the best tastes of the city, including the most delicious food trucks. When the GuideAdvisor crew were in LA recently, our COO, who hails from the East Coast, had one of the best lobster rolls she’s ever eaten…from a food truck! It was recommended to us by Trish Procetto of Tourific Escapes and she also sent us to one of the best chocolatiers in town. A few other excellent food guides we met in the city included Youssef Iferd of Los Angeles Urban Adventures and Yuriy Altshul of American Riviera Tours.

Not only will food guides find you the best eats in town, they’ll also get you to the front of the line at some of the fanciest bistros and Hollywood celebrity hangouts. But if you’d rather grab your grub on the go, here are the some of our Food Truck top picks:

Kogi BBQ

Kogi is one of L.A.’s most iconic food trucks — for good reason. It started out peddling $2 Korean BBQ tacos before becoming what many foodies say is a symbol of L.A. street food. Try the Short Rib Taco, with double-caramelized Korean BBQ, salsa roja and cilantro-onion-lime relish tucked into crispy homemade corn tortillas.


El Chato

For the late-night crowd, El Chato (which opens at 9 p.m. until “late”) is a local hot spot. It’s not hard to find a good taco in L.A., but El Chato offers up a smoking smoky chipotle. Try it with salsa and melted mozzarella on a crispy tortilla, along with your choice of meat: carne asada, chili-rubbed-el pastor or cabeza.

Vizzi Truck

This menu is inspired by French cooking techniques and coastal flavours, using fresh ingredients found along the West Coast — like the lobster sliders, with garlic poached lobster tail, tarragon remoulade, arugula, crème fraiche and sweet Hawaiian bread. The truck also showcases independent musicians, DJs and short film clips.

The Grilled Cheese Truck

The name pretty much says it all — but this isn’t your classic bread, butter and cheese. The truck offers up gourmet versions of this childhood classic, using the best ingredients available (no cheap imitation cheese slices here). Creative combos include savoury melts such as Cheesy Mac and Rib or BBQ Smoked Pork, to sweet options like Toasted Marshmallow or Roasted Banana Purée.


The Buttermilk Truck

True to its name, this truck uses buttermilk as a key ingredient in its menu items — from Hawaiian Bread Cinnamon French Toast Sticks for breakfast to late-night Fried Chicken with Cinnamon Waffles. The classic? The Buttermilk Brick consists of two eggs over-easy, hash browns, house-made chorizo gravy and a buttermilk biscuit — a perfect hangover cure.

Fist of Fusion

This truck serves up a fusion of Hawaiian and Filipino fare, inspired by chef Ronnie Lucido’s mother’s recipes. While the menu changes, the truck is known for its Notorious R.I.B. (marinated short ribs) and Sisig Taco (citrus-marinated pork with onions and peppers in a cilantro cream sauce).


Sprinkles Cupcake Van

Got a sugar craving? Keep an eye out for this cupcake-shop-on-wheels — in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, no less. Known for using the finest ingredients, from sweet cream butter to Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, the cupcakes are topped with trademark “sprinkles” such as chocolate sprinkles from France or seasonal sugar decorations.


Jogasaki Sushi Burrito Truck

While you can get your fix of Asian-Mexican fusion tacos all over L.A., this truck has taken it one step further by combining traditional Mexican fare with … sushi. Opt for a tortilla or sesame soy paper filled with sticky rice and traditional sushi fillings. Or, try something a little more adventurous: spicy tuna nachos, salmon ceviche tacos or the spider burrito with deep-fried soft shell crab.

Lobsta Truck

Sure, L.A. isn’t known for lobster, but truck owner Justin Mi — a former seafood distributor — flies in fresh lobster from Maine several times a week. The stars of the menu include the Lobsta Roll (with fresh Maine lobster) and the Crab Roll (with fresh Dungeness crab) on a toasted split-top roll with butter or mayo, as well as clam chowder, lobster bisque and whoopee pies. Below is a pic of the lobster roll GuideAdvisor COO Susan McCarthy enjoyed – it looked so good we barely had enough time to photograph it before it was all gone. Our review: 2 lobsters claws way way up!

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