Deliciousness on Wheels: The top 5 Food Trucks in Los Angeles

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Food trucks seem to have come out of nowhere. About ten years ago they were known simply as “roach coaches”. Usually the truck looked slightly condemned and fried everything, mostly to keep the health inspector out of their hair, I imagine. Still, it didn’t keep people from lining up outside and getting that patty melt and fries for five bucks at lunch. It was cheap, quick, and easy. Nowadays food trucks are all the rage because somewhere along the line someone decided to get fancy with them. Now the best ones are stalked like an old girlfriend or Homer Simpson following the KrustyRibwich around the country. Some are worth it, though, and here’s our list of the top five to stalk in Los Angeles.

5 Louks Greek Gourmet To Go

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A Greek place? Yes, a Greek place. If you eat here enough we guarantee you’ll be big and fat just like that broad who had the wedding in that intolerable movie. I still don’t get what that dude saw in her. Anyway, this truck serves up some mighty delicious Greek food, or at least food inspired by more classic Greek faire. They even import a lot of their ingredients from Greece where, as you may or may not be aware, is where Greek food originated. They have a variety of kabobs, including a burrito kabob, but the real magic is in the sides. The fries sprinkled with feta cheese and drizzled in honey are very good. Keep your stomach open for some of the loukoumades (mini Greek donut balls) covered in cinnamon, strawberry, peanut butter, or even that Nutella stuff that people seem to like for some reason.

4 Umami Burger Truck

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In some respects, hitting the truck up for one of their delicious burgers is almost easier than trying to get into the actual brick and mortar restaurants. Luckily the food is the same pile of deliciousness you’ve come to expect from Umami Burger, that is, if you’ve had Umami Burger. If you haven’t I weep for you and your future. The Umami collective is spreading like the Borg, however, so it won’t be long before you’re assimilated. The truck menu is small but every choice is stellar. Get the sherry mushroom burger.

3 Kogi Korean BBQ To Go

Some people argue that it was this very truck that started the entire craze. If the food is any indication, it’s not difficult to see why. This is the truck with the Grateful Dead-like following that you can be sure to find a swarm of people around no matter where it is. Luckily, they have a website that details where they will be parked every day of the week. We think that’s cheating but we can’t hate it. If we had a food truck we’d definitely tell all of you where it was so you could come and shower us with praise and cash every day. If you’re in the mood for some signature stuff from this one, get the short rib taco and the sweet chili chicken quesadilla.

2 Grill ’em All Truck

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This truck is operated by guys from Cleveland, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It follows suit that the truck looks like it rolled out of an old Metallica video, right down to the lettering on the name. It’s even loud and greasy, much like people from Cleveland. That being said, it seems they really brought a piece of the city that set a lake on fire into Southern California. If you’re lucky enough to find this, you have to get the cheddar and pepper-jack cheese stuffed tater tots and the Behemoth burger. Why is it the Behemoth? The bun is two grilled cheese sandwiches.

1 Ludo Truck

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This is the one. If you miss all of the other trucks on this list you have to find this one. Their Facebook page makes it easy to track them down so find them and you’ll be glad you did. The Ludo Truck is easily spotted because it’s bright red and has a giant clucking chicken holding a chef’s knife painted on the side. Not surprisingly, they serve up some of the best fried chicken this side of the Mississippi and, quite possibly, on the other side, too. It’s classic buttermilk battered fried chicken with some rosemary and other spices thrown in with some béarnaise sauce. The cole slaw, though a bit dry, is very crisp and clean and the biscuits are amazing. A must-eat.

It might cost you some extra money in gas to track these down, especially in the urban sprawl that is Los Angeles, but you’ll be glad you did. Do you think we left something off the list? By all means, let us know. We look forward to it.

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