The food truck scene in LA has come a long way since the early days of the loncheras, or taco trucks, that put the Mexican kitchen up on wheels and brought the eats to us instead of waiting around for us to find them. These days, food trucks in LA come and go almost as quickly as their restaurant counterparts: some are here today and gone the next. With so much competition, the pickings have never been better, but these seven food trucks have outpaced the rest, bringing inexpensive, delicious street food to diners in LA.
Kogi hit the road in November 2008, hawking $2.00 Korean barbecue tacos in neighborhoods throughout LA. While you certainly can’t go wrong with the Kogi sliders, Kogi Kimchi Quesadilla or the the Blackjack Quesadilla, their very first short rib taco, consisting of two crisp, griddled homemade corn tortillas, double-caramelized Korean barbecue, salsa roja, cilantro-onion-lime relish and a Napa Romaine slaw tossed in a chili-soy vinaigrette, is what put Kogi on LA’s Mount Rushmore of food trucks.
The seafood revolution went mobile in 2002 with award-winning Mariscos Jalisco, which rolls out fresh ceviche, shrimp tacos, tostadas, burritos, seafood cocktails and oysters at 3040 E Olympic Blvd. every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. While the entire menu rivals anything you’d find at a brick-and-mortar seafood restaurant, the shrimp tacos are the star here. Created in the style of “San Juan de Los Lagos,” they feature crisp taco shells stuffed with flavorsome shrimp, salsa and avocado.
It was only a matter of time before someone took LA’s two most iconic food staples – sushi and burritos – and rolled them into one tasty combo served on either soy paper or a rolled tortilla. While they’re most famous for this “why didn’t I think of that?” creation, Jogasaki also showcases amazing traditional tacos, including a Salmon Ceviche Taco made with salmon sashimi and pico de gallo, drizzled with ponzu and yuzu dressing, and wrapped up in a crispy taco shell.
The free range concept doesn’t get any freer than with this delicious chicken truck, which can be found at different destinations throughout LA, West Hollywood, Venice and Brentwood. In addition to a half dozen fabulous takes on fried chicken, fresh baked goods and rotating menu of weekly specials, their breakfast is one of the best, highlighted by their signature avocado toast, an egg and cheese muffin with avocado and much more.
Depending on your mood, you can order from their menu of signature ooey, gooey, cheesy specialties with fillings like BBQ Pork, Mac & Cheese, French Onion, Brie & Pear or you can dream up your own creation with ingredients ranging from bacon and smoked turkey to bread & butter pickles, habanero peppers, caramelized mushrooms and more. If you’re feeling especially peckish, pair your sammy with a bowl of corn chowder, tomato basil, chicken noodle, or creamy crab bisque from The Original Soupman.
Not just for northeast transplants, this food truck started by two cousins in 2012 features succulent, buttery Maine lobster at its comfort food best in a tasty array of rolls, quesadillas, tacos, tots, bisques and more. You can even top off your meal with a dollop of Maine Lobster Ice Cream!
No, they’re not tacos made with actual gorilla meat (though that day is probably coming), but they are quite simply some of the best mobile tacos to be found in LA. Crafted from the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms whenever possible, the constantly changing menu showcases tacos, tostadas and quesadillas featuring everything from wild boar, pork shoulder, Santa Barbara sea urchin and halibut to kale, roasted eggplant and roasted squash.