Thursday, December 1, 2011

Food Trucks Have Gone Gourmet in L.A. and We Love It!

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So is LA the only place that this is totally like a THING or are these big in your home town?

If you live anywhere in Los Angeles, you have no doubt eaten off a “Taco Truck” in the past for a quick lunch or a late night grab after clubbing or working late, but chances are before 2010, you didn’t follow your Taco Truck on Twitter, Track who was eating there on Foursquare or FAN it on Facebook. With the invention of these new tools and the resurgence of Street Food Integrity, Food Trucks are making a huge comeback and lines are around the block!

As a kid I remember seeing the trucks parked in the neighborhood, silver or white usually with a name hand painted across the sides. They were usually surrounded by Men mostly; ordering food, eating. laughing, standing around. When I entered the work-force, the trucks were a lunchtime inevitability, people joked about grabbing a burrito or taco off the “Roach Coach” which left an indellible image in my mind that I needed to overcome to enjoy the new level of Street Food available now. This is not your Father’s Food Truck. 

Follow That Truck!

With the invention and more importantly BOOM of Twitter, Street Food is now stalked down! A truck can park in Venice Beach, tweet/facebook it’s location and wait for the lines to begin. People from Downtown, Pasadena, Culver City even Long Beach will actually drive to find it after work, as a dinner treat! They will wait in a huge line with the threat of the food running out before they get to the window just to eat a magnificent GRILLED CHEESE! This is what happens every day for the Grilled Cheese Truck that boasts gourmet Melty Goodness.  Their website outlines their menu and features a lot of “cheesey” graphics! :) and of course gives a schedule of where you can find them. The Grilled Cheese Truck was the first of these new animals to catch my attention, mainly because I am a Grilled Cheese fanatic, but also because I saw it mentioned more than a few times on Twitter by people who are definitely NOT your classic “food truck” eaters. I decided, I must find this truck and taste the Cheese!

A short Google session later I was amazed to find more than 40 such Gourmet Trucks including, The Buttermilk Truck, The Kobi Truck, The Flying Pig, Taco Zone Truck, and more… and as I was bookmarking and adding to my Twitter Follows, I found findlafoodtrucks.com and realized... THIS IS A WHOLE NEW BREED OF STREET FOOD VENDORS, something is happening here! Making the most of the new Social Media tools and the Foodie Fusion Crowd as well as Los Angeles’ love for being in on something exclusive that you have to wait in a huge line for… these Rolling Gourmets have opened up a line of business that their parents never dreamed possible for their service.

A Social Phenomenon?

People who follow the Food Trucks use the opportunity to socialize with others in line and meet people they normally wouldn’t have a chance or reason to talk to. They use the trucks as a central meeting point with friends from different cities, so they can Eat and then move to other plans for the evening and some people bring folding chairs and sort of tail gate around trucks that have stationary locations like the Tacos trucks in Downtown who are always located in the Alameda/Traction parking lot.  Where is the party at? Just follow a food truck!

In an economy where companies are contracting and people are watching every penny, these small businesses have found a way to “sell out” their product on a regular basis and leave their audience begging for more! Much of the Social Media Advertising is bogus and annoying, intrusive and flat, but for these Small Business Owners, it has been a perfect fit and wisely used. BRAVO!

If you are thinking of starting a Gourmet Food Truck, now is the time, but make sure you are Social Media Saavy and offer something either in the Comfort Food arena, Ethnic Goodness or a Fusion that make mouths water. So far I haven’t run across a CUPCAKE truck! So maybe that is an idea!  A lot of my readers are out of state, so perhaps starting your own Food Truck Movement in town would be a fun idea!

A Quick List of Food Trucks:

Look here for Food Truck Reviews on YELP, to see what people are saying about them!


kogibbq

Korean BBQ Taco Truck

57,344 followers | 

Grilled Cheese Truck

Chef driven grilled cheese… ’cause that’s how we roll…

12,060 followers | 

sprinklesmobile

9,749 followers | 

COOLHAUS

Making Architecture Digestible! Roaming the streets of LA with gourmet, hand-made ice cream sammies.

7,768 followers | 

Nom Nom Truck

Banh Mi Food Truck serving Los Angeles!

5,965 followers | 

The Buttermilk Truck

Mobile diner bringing housemade breakfast favorites day and night!

5,837 followers | 

Border Grill Truck

Gourmet tacos, quesadillas, ceviches, and more from “Too Hot Tamales” Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.

4,635 followers | 

Frysmith

Truck with fries that eat as a meal

4,439 followers | 

Green_Truck

Organic , vegan-friendly mobile food, and production catering.

4,429 followers | 

Marked5

Japanese Style Burgers

3,902 followers | 

The Sweets Truck

Taking Sweets (and coffee) to the Streets of Los Angeles!

3,689 followers | 

Calbi BBQ

Beef, Pork, Chicken or Shrimp?

3,602 followers | 

Get Shaved Shave Ice

SoCal’s Finest Shave Ice…You Bet Your Ice It Is!

3,506 followers | 

Fish Lips Sushi

REAL SUSHI MAN INSIDE!

3,421 followers | 

dosatruck

Brooklyn Born Street Urchin Grew Up Eating STREET FOOD off TRUCKS NOW Bringing You DOSAS my FAV South Indian Street Food But Now I’m Driving The Truck

3,118 followers | 

Don Chow Tacos

Where Mexican and Chinese food get together. Home of the Chimale, Ultimate LA Taco, and Carne asada Chow Fun!

3,075 followers | 

Babys Badass Burgers

2,983 followers | 

SouthPhillyExp

Food truck roaming the streets of L.A. slinging Cheese steaks, Tastykakes, and Herr’s chips.

2,950 followers | 

India Jones Truck

Gourmet Indian street food truck !

2,684 followers | 

BarbiesQ

A Rollin’ BBQ Joint

2,679 followers | 

Flying Pig

Mobile Food – Asian Fusion with French Technique

2,603 followers | 

LetsbeFrankLA

Dogs Gone Good, Grass Fed Beef Hot Dogs from our trailer

2,535 followers | 

Lomo Arigato

2,494 followers | 

Dainty Cakes LA

We’re a cupcake truck but we serve more than just cupcakes! We carry items that cafes have and only use fresh local ingredients & recyclable paper supplies.

2,002 followers | 

Bool

Just Awesome Fusion Food!
Email us: BoolBBQ@gmail.com

1,982 followers | 

Asian Soul Kitchen

Peace, Love and Asian Soul

1,892 followers | 

The Gastrobus

Roadside bistro

1,818 followers | 

Grill Em All

GRILLING IS OUR BUSINESS AND BUSINESS IS FINE!!!

In a battle of cheese and sauce, finally burgers and heavy metal unite in harmony.

1,765 followers | 

Adam Fleischman

1,550 followers | 

Komodo Food

Dangerously Good Food. Not your average taco truck.

1,546 followers | 

Mandoline Grill

Traditional and Vegan-Friendly Vietnamese Food Truck

1,537 followers | 

Franken’s

Spooky -Theme Mobile Cuisine. Taking Plant-Based Food to the Streets!

1,475 followers | 

La FuXion

Latin Asian FuXion

1,371 followers | 

Little Spoon Dessert

Little Spoon Desserts is a boutique dessert company that showcases the talents of Los Angeles’ finest pastry chefs, bakers, and chocolatiers.

1,239 followers | 

Louks

Greek Gourmet Truck hitting the streets of LA & OC.

1,201 followers | 

King Kone

King Kone is a mobile ice parlor providing treats out of a sweet butter yellow truck!! mmmmm

1,190 followers | 

Fresser’s Pastrami

Food truck offering fresh hot pastrami and other deli favorites throughout the Los Angeles area.

1,018 followers | 

Chris at Mattie’s

Southern Food For All Y’alls

1,014 followers | 

SliceTruck

Pizza Truck in L.A.
Deliver 310-944-2474

974 followers | 

Gabino

Meat on a STICK/ @Marked5 partners

954 followers | 

The Burger Bus

894 followers | 

la bbq guy

The BBQ truck is on the move. If you can’t find us or want great bbq any time stop by our restaurant sssmokehouse.com

850 followers | 

Uncle Lau’s BBQ

Genuine Smoked BBQ with an Island Flair! Great pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked ribs, shrimp scampi and more. Come find us in Santa Monica, CA.

795 followers | 

Crepes Bonaparte

French Crepe Catering + GASTON the Crepe Truck

785 followers | 

Vesuvio

LA’s first and only Italian specialty food truck.

774 followers | 

bullkogi

633 followers | 

The PupusaMobile

mobile pupuseria! still in the works…

609 followers | 

Panini On Wheels

Delicious Gourmet Italian Panini

550 followers | 

Grill Masters

Best Rotisserie Chicken by Jonathan Gold, L.A. Weekly

484 followers | 

Qzillabbq

Qzillabbq truck delivering southern style wood fired bbq.

403 followers | 

tacos sinaloa

178 followers | 

LA Fuxion

89 followers | 

Chefkoch

Hello friends of German food. We will update here our Food Truck schedule and have news about German food and where you can enjoy it!

48 followers | 

Credit: List from Listorious

 

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