Food trucks are the best choice of dining in Los Angeles. The City of Angels is an enormous, sprawling metropolis where cars rule and late-night entertainment reign supreme. It is essential to find a place to grab a snack or bite to eat after the sun sets, and this is where food trucks excel.
You can find everything you want from LA’s incredible array of street food vendors, including burgers and fried chicken to sushi burritos or Korean barbecue.
If you’re planning to cruise from California this summer, make sure to spend some time in Los Angeles to enjoy the best Angelino cuisine. So you can experience the best of LA, we’ve compiled a list featuring our top picks for trailers, stalls and trucks. You’ll want to wear your most comfortable pants because the food is so good you won’t be able stop at one bite.
It is not uncommon to describe anything as “the best tacos” in a large Mexican-American community. Los Dorados deserves to be mentioned. Its flautas (rolled tacos), are amazing. They are made by hand, rolled up and fried right in front of your eyes. The flautas are then covered in cotija cheese. Los Dorados can be found along Figueroa, Highland Park.
Free Range is one of the most popular food trucks in the area, and possibly the best restaurant. The original Free Range LA Chicken Sandwich was what put them on the map. It’s tempura-fried buttermilk-chicken served in soft, fluffy Portuguese buns. But the whole menu is well worth the effort. Free Range sticks to certain spots (Melrose Place Farmers Market Sundays, for instance) so that you don’t have too many options.
Food trucks are often associated with comfort food such as burgers, tacos or BBQ. Merci Clement, an innovative modern take on the classic ice-cream truck style, has a long history. This is the perfect spot to cool off on a hot summer’s afternoon.
Steamy Buns’ Japanese bao is little fluffy clouds of deliciousness. They go beyond traditional pork belly and stuff their Bao with anything from chicken katsu to Sriracha-infused Angus beef to Footine fries. This truck is a true trailblazer!
Kogi is a Los Angeles food truck that has been around since the beginning. Roy Choi, who is undoubtedly the father of modern street food (or at least the LA chapter), has been serving his unique blend of Korean cuisine and Mexican taco culture since more than a decade. The Korean short rib taco is still delicious, as well as the kimchi.
A bagel with a cheese schmear is something that is rare on the West Coast. LA’s original bagel truck is full of attitude. They offer a wide range of fillings including classic smoked salmon with cream cheese, scrambled eggs and bacon. Their Instagram account lists four of their trucks at different locations.