I started my list of LA Gourmet Food trucks with the first dozen to keep their followers up to date on Twitter, but the numbers have taken off so fast that I just can't keep up. I saw today that someone was individually following 70 LA Food Trucks on Twitter. For a while now you have been able to follow the majority of them just by following @LAFoodTruck . Now, even without Twitter, you can keep track of mobile eats with LAtruxmap.com or clustertruck.org, which boast real-time Twitter truck locations. You might want to check both, since there's not 100% overlap of which trucks they follow.
What I like about Clustertruck is that it shows the truck logo on the map, so I don't have to click anything to see which trucks are where. I also like that it auto-refreshes, so if you leave the page open, you can see when new trucks are added. However, the results are not real time. You might see the same truck in three places showing all the stops it's going to make throughout the day instead of just where it is now. A pop-up shows the hours and address, but you have to click an additional link for more information about the truck.
On LATruxMap, the truck locations have little markers on the map, but you can't tell which one is which until you click on it. Alternately, you can scroll through the floating list of currently open trucks and click on the name to see where it is. By default, it shows the trucks open right now, so you don't have to mess around clicking locations for trucks that are not open. You can also click a box to reveal all the trucks opening soon, which is very helpful. The pop-up for each truck shows its latest status, recent tweets and user reviews with links for menu, directions and the "marker page," which is a link to the truck's website. You have to refresh the page manually to update it.
If you don't spend all day in front of a computer, for $1.99 there's now an LA Street Food app for the iPhone. The app lists the food trucks and also provides their current location, tweets, menus and reviews.
FoodTruck is another iPhone app that consolidates LA food truck locations and info, similar to the LA Street Food app. But for $.99, you can also keep track of trucks in San Francisco, Portland, New york city, Washington DC and Austin, TX.
I didn't download the iPhone apps, but I was able to access LAtruxmap.com on my iPhone to see that there are still 2 Kogi BBQ trucks out at 12:30 am on Wednesday night. It's pretty slow access on the phone though, compared to the web. If you try the apps, feel free to leave your comments below.
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