The gourmet food truck craze has taken over Los Angeles, with popular roving catering trucks maintaining a following by using Twitter to let their fans know where they can catch their latest Korean taco or coconut cupcake fix. You can feel like a local by joining the queue for one of these meals or treats on wheels. Following these mobile commissaries on Twitter can have added bonus of letting you in on where a hot nightclub event, festival or free concert is happening, since the trucks follow the crowds.
When I created my initial list of Gourmet Los Angeles Food Trucks, there were only about a dozen on Twitter, and those were the ones I listed. Now there are well over 200, and there's no way I can try them all, so I've listed some I really like or find interesting and I've added a User Review section at the bottom, where you can add your own recommendations if you have favorites.
There are several smart phone apps to help keep track of the latest trucks, but I like the TruxMap app because it shows me which trucks are near my current location using my phone's GPS.
For occasional tweets on last-minute LA events and travel deals, you can follow me on Twitter @LATravelWriter.
1. Kogi BBQ
The truck that started the most buzz, Kogi BBQ serves Korean BBQ in tacos, torta sandwiches and burritos with some other unique blends. Their fleet of trucks roam widely in LA. A tentative schedule is posted on their website a few days ahead. Although there are plenty of things on the Kogi BBQ truck that I don't care for, I'm rather addicted to their short rib sliders.
Read about my Kogi BBQ truck experience.
2. Buttermilk Truck
I've only tried the red-velvet chocolate chip pancake bites, but they were so good that I can't wait to try everything else on the Buttermilk Truck's menu, like the Buttermilk Brick of Hash browns, 2 eggs over easy, buttermilk biscuit and housemade chorizo gravy .
3. The Grilled Cheese Truck
Chef Dave Danhi was inspired to create the Grilled Cheese Truck after competing in the annual Grilled Cheese Invitational. His entry, the Cheesy Mac & Rib Melt has become a staple on the mobile menu. It also inspired my own gourmet grilled cheese experiments in the kitchen, raising my cholesterol 10 points.
4. The Bollywood Bites Truck
Created by Sanjay Patel, former chef to Michael Jackson, the Bollywood Bites Truck offers a combination of restaurant favorites and popular Indian street fare. I'm a little picky about Indian food, but I've enjoyed everything I've tried from the Bollywood Truck.
6. The Gastrobus
Frysmith is known for their crispy thin fries piled high with toppings to make a meal. Try the Rajas Fries topped with
fire-roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions and shawarma-marinated steak with Jack cheese. Bad for your arteries, but good for the environment, the truck runs on biodiesel from its own fry oil.
8. The Ludo Truck
I have to admit that I have not eaten from the Ludo Truck, so I can't tell you if it's any good, although I did snap a photo of Chef Ludo Lefebvre (Top Chef Masters) in action at the LA Street Food Fest. I've never had the patience to wait in the long line.