From tacos to pizza, hot dogs to grilled cheese, there are plenty of excellent options when it comes to grabbing a bite on the go. And if you’re looking for more movable feasts, check out Roaming Hunger for the latest food truck options and news.
The granddaddy of the modern food truck bonanza since 2008, Roy Choir’s Yogi empire still rules the streets with a delectable mashup of Korean and Mexican flavors. The signature short rib taco delivers big with double-caramelized Korean BBQ depth that’s balanced with a bright spike of salsa Rosa, a chile-soy slaw, cilantro and onions on two grilled-and-charred house tortillas.
There are three trucks to track down (known as Rosa, Verde and Parana) in multiple locations daily; check the schedule online and find them on Twitter. Available in plain, poppy, sesame, everything and addictive cheddar, the Yeastier Boys’ bagels offer that sought-after delicate balance of fluffy center and thin crust.
Particularly after a late night, the Game Over scores with soft scrambled eggs, peppery bacon, beer cheese, tomato and jalapeño spread. Meanwhile, the Lox features smoked salmon and dill spread, radishes, cucumber and caper pesto.
There’s something about eating BBQ outside that seems to enhance the experience, and that goes double for this truck serving excellent Southern classics. Run by Georgia-born chef Ryan “Peaches” Lemon, the truck serves up a succulent, 15-hour-applewood-smoked pulled pork sandwich with a tangy BBQ sauce and creamy slaw on a Portuguese sweet bun.
The company, which got its start by winning over an investor on Shark Tank, has grown to include multiple trucks that cross-town, slinging lobster in various forms (tacos, tots, tails) but ultimately nailing two forms of lobster rolls : Connecticut and Maine. Spice up your life with these trucks’ authentic Indian street foods, and especially the Frankie: egg-washed ROTC stuffed with succulent meats, paneer, house-made sauces, laws and hot chutneys.
These guys tend to stay on the Westside and South Bay, and you can track their progress through these neighborhoods and others via Twitter. What began as a contender at L.A.’s Grilled Cheese Invitational has since grown to an armada of trucks doling out cheesy, melty goodness across the nation.
But the Grilled Cheese Truck still maintains a strong hold on the hearts (and stomachs) of Angeles looking for a comfort- food fix. You’ll likely want to grab some tater tots and a cup of tomato soup if it’s not a scorching sunny day.
Here’s a little of inside intel : Los Angeles magazine HQ is 5900 Wilshire, AKA smack dab along the mid-city food truck corridor. We’ve gotten pretty good at smelling out which trucks are worthwhile, and which are going to be gone in two weeks when people realize that their sushi-stuffed cheese steak is a no-go.
Count on new, tasty stuff each week with rotating guest chef collaborations. These guys consistently bring back the top prize at food festivals for their incredible tacos, most notably DAT crunchy shrimp.
Whole grain bowls come topped with short rib, lamb, and all kinds of delicious pickle salads. Reliably solid burgers and salads and sandwiches and stuff can be found on this curbside standby.
So if you have always felt an empty hollow deep in your soul, we suggest you try to fill it with grilled cheese. Nothing could be wrong with what’s essentially a giant sushi roll wrapped in soy paper.
L.A. is hard up for good bagels, which is why it makes sense for Yeastier Boys to try to cover the whole dang city on wheels. There are a lot of L.A. barbecue trucks, but this one is our favorite, from the team behind DLA’s Poppy & Rose.
We’ve been hitting this guy up since he was frying fish under an umbrella in Los Felix. Handmade tacos set this classic Masada singer apart from the rest of ’em.
It doesn’t get much better than the jiggly, wiggly, slow-roasted pork from the gang at El Memo. Go for the lamb barbacoa, huaraches, and tacos with wilted wild greens.
We love both, but will give Taco Zone the edge here for its excellent Bunche. Handmade tortillas and top-notch camera (yes, it’s what you think) bring the hungry and adventurous to North Hollywood on the legs.
These delectable sushi burritos contain all the good stuff wrapped in soy paper and are easy to enjoy without chopsticks. They also serve spicy tuna nachos and salmon ceviche tacos.
What you should get: You really can't go wrong with any of these sushi burritos, but the Nagasaki 3B with spicy salmon, avocado, cucumber, and shrimp tempura is especially tasty. Incredibly addicting fish tacos, empanadas, and hostages.
A gourmet Indian street food truck that's also vegan-friendly. What you should get: The butter chicken curry is a crowd favorite, but for a vegan option try the veggie samosas.
What you should get: “The Classic” sweet Nutella waffle topped with strawberries or bananas. What you should get: The short rib tacos are incredibly flavorful.
Hand-pressed, gourmet burgers, all-natural chicken, and grilled hot dogs complete with incredible toppings. What you should get: The Along burger comes with an over easy egg, caramelized onions, and pesto mayo.
The ultimate source of comfort food on wheels. This truck features everything from classic to fully loaded grilled cheeses.
What you should get: The fully loaded Cheesy Mac Melt with pulled pork and caramelized onions. For a vegetarian option, try the Goat Cheese Melt.
What you should get: If you're feeling' classic, go for the vanilla sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. If you're daring, try the lemon rosemary cookie with balsamic fig/mascarpone ice cream.
Savory New Jersey style brats and hot dogs made from a secret family recipe. What you should get: The “How You Down” chicken apple sausage is bacon wrapped and topped with grilled onions and BBQ sauce.
What you should get: The Connecticut Roll is a popular choice if you want to keep it traditional. It's served with fresh lobster, lemon, and butter topped on a New England style roll.
If you're all about that delectably seasoned meat, you will definitely want to hit up this taco truck. Bonus: On Fridays and Saturdays they are open until 3:30 a.m. to fulfill your crunchier desires.
What you should get: The Al Pastor tacos are everything your taste buds need. What you should get: The pulled pork sandwich contains tender smoked pulled pork and delightfully sweet BBQ sauce.
What you should get: The Margherita Pizza is delightfully flavorful, but your stomach will be satisfied with any options on the menu. An authentic Brazilian cuisine experience.
A gourmet food truck with a variety of delectable items, all containing fresh produce from organic farms. What you should get: A savory lasagna cupcake with a refreshing strawberry lemonade.
Where you can find it: You can find this truck at Silver Lake Wine in Silver Lake on Mondays from 5 to 9 p.m. and at Everson Royce in Pasadena on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Tasty hot dogs and tater togs.
Bonus: There are soy options for these dogs as well. What you should get: The California dog is bursting with flavors, topped with avocado, arugula, basil aioli, tomatoes, fried onions, and a lite vinaigrette.