Top 5 Los Angeles Food Trucks

Posted Feb 9th 2011 12:05 PMUpdated Feb 9th 2011 03:34 PM


Los Angeles food trucks

Photo by Julie Wolfson

When planning a trip to LA, consider checking out the Los Angeles street food scene including the very popular food truck community. Millions watched The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network. Two Los Angeles food trucks battled it out in the final challenge. Nom Nom Truck served up copious amounts of Vietnemese banh mi while Grill 'Em All captured the hearts of burger lovers taking home the title and the prize money. Food trucks in Los Angeles serve everything from fusion tacos to sweet treats. To find their locations keep your eyes open, check their websites, or follow them on Twitter. These 5 trucks offer a taste of the best of LA:

1. Best Los Angeles Food Trucks: The Manila Machine

From Chinese food in Monterey Park to some of the best Korean BBQ in the world, Los Angeles is filled with many opportunities to eat authentic Asian food. When it comes to Filipino food, LA is the place. From The Park's Finest backyard cookouts anywhere to Jeepney Grill for casual meals, find the flavors of the Phillipines in Echo Park, Glendale and Cerritos. The Manila Machine food truck can be found around town serving up crispy lumpias and incredible satisfying sweet calamansi lime beef on a little pan de sal rolls. Don't miss the pork belly and pineapple adobo served over jasmine rice and the purple ube sweet potato cupcakes topped with coconut frosting. Follow The Manila Machine truck on Twitter: @manilamachine

2. Best Los Angeles Food Trucks: The Grilled Cheese Truck

Grilled bread filled with melted cheese, what's not to love? Angelenos love The Grilled Cheese Truck and have been known to wait in line for their gooey comfort food goodness. Be sure to order some of the tangy tomato soup, check the specials, and try their cheesy mac and rib. That's a grilled cheese sandwich filled with macaroni and cheese and bbq pork. Round out the meal with a dessert treat on sweet brioche bread, like the s'more melt filled with marshmallow cream, Nutella and graham crackers. Follow The Grilled Cheese truck on Twitter: @grlldcheesetruk

3. Best Los Angeles Food Trucks: The Border Grill Truck

Angelenos love tacos and can eat them all over the city. In Santa Monica, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have been serving their favorite modern Mexican dishes for years and now they have a truck too. The Border Grill Truck can be found at the Hollywood Farmers Market on Sunday and around town serving up unique menu items from their food truck including avocado tacos, green corn tamales, and cumin fries. For the true taco adventurer, consider a trip to Boyle Heights to hunt down some of the best taco trucks and authentic Mexican specialties. Follow The Border Grill truck on Twitter: @bordergrill

4. Best Los Angeles Food Trucks: Coolhaus

Available in NY, Austin and Los Angeles, the little Coolhaus ice cream trucks serve architecturally inspired custon ice cream sandwiches made with fresh baked cookies and unique ice cream flavors. With choices like ginger molasses cookies filled with lemon ice cream or oatmeal cookies filled with matcha green tea ice cream, Coolhaus makes deciding on a combination a fun challenge. Coolhaus can often be found at fun art and food events around LA and parked in front of local bars and other popular food truck stops. Follow Coolhaus on Twitter: @COOLHAUS

5. Best Los Angeles Food Trucks: King Kone

For ice cream lovers who prefer classic soft serve, Kong Kone is the truck to track down. King Kone swirls creamy soft serve ice cream dipped in premium milk chocolate. Their frozen treats include sundaes, milkshakes, banana splits, floats, and ice cream sandwiches. The truck also makes flavored shaved ice. Each classic ice cream truck item is served with a smile from a impossibly cute yellow truck with a big happy ice cream cone design on the side. Always in demand for parties and film sets, if you see King Kone out on the street, be sure to stop for a cone. Follow King Kone on Twitter: @KingKoneLA

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Great list, Julie! There are so many delicious food trucks in LA. If you like Coolhaus, then you'll love Chunk-N-Chp ice-cream sandwiches!

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February 23 2011 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

King Kone Ice Cream is the best!!!

Their delivery truck menu is a thing of beauty

February 12 2011 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Food Trucker

I found the website which I used to find the grilled cheese truck last week. OMG it definitely deserves the spot its earned on this list!

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