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May 2, 2008 11:24 PM

NY Times Piece on Los Angeles "Taco Truck Battle"


Or just go to and search for "Mild Angelenos."

After recently wasting a small fortune on Cut (Vegas branch) and the Water Grill, I especially like the guy who says, “We are poor people feeding other poor people." He could have added: "And feeding them very well."

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  1. And I thought their comments about the city of Los Angeles were classic New York. I am convinced that there is a course in some journalism schools about how to perpetuate a 1948 myth about Los Angeles.

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    1. re: Paliman

      I agree, Paliman, which is why I changed the title of my post from "NY Times Piece on Los Angeles ..." to "NY Times Piece on Los Angalus ...," but the spelling change didn't take for some reason. I moved to Los Angeles from Washington state at the age of 3 months and can remember throughout my childhood hearing outsiders talk about some place called "Los Angalus."

      1. re: Mel Gee

        But the funny thing is when I was much younger I knew Angelenos who pronounced the name of the city like that. Of course, they would be about 110

        1. re: Paliman

          It's really more like Los An-gha-leez. The midwestern-derived pronunciation practically used to be the hallmark of an L.A. native - like you say, a really long time ago.

          1. re: condiment

            Yes, my grandfather, who passed away in 1987 and who came to Los Angeles as a baby in the 1910s, called it Los Angales (with a hard "G") until the day he died. In the past 20 years or so, my grandmother (who is hanging in there at age 95 and came to Los Angeles in 1921 at the age of 12), adopted the soft "G" pronunciation :-)

            1. re: DanaB

              And it's only a matter of time before we all go over to the Lohs Ahn-hay-less pronunciation...

    2. "Carne asada is not a crime!" Ticketing taco truck vendors, who provide products and services at our convenience, is a crime.

      1. Very lame, government corruption. Complaints from wealthier businesses drive out poorer businesses for no good reason at all. Has anybody not a self-interested businessman called taco trucks an eyesore? I'm sure the establishments of the complainers in East LA aren't exactly fine dining--someone needs to start a movement to uproot them.

        1. having lived in LA now 6 yrs i feel the taco truck is part of the LA culture. when i have out of town visitors they always want to try a taco truck. when i lived in NY and SF i heard about how good the LA taco trucks were. it's an institution. how can anyone be so dumb to want to get rid of part their local culture?

          1. I don't think the truck idea is so new, before the taco truck, people had ROACH COACH'S would go to a place of work during lunch time and sell food. So what is the difference?

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            1. re: dolly54

              well, the infamous "roach coach" sells a variety of foods and drinks where as the taco truck specializes in tacos and perhaps fruit drinks but doesn't go further than a burrito. i'm not sure people are attacking the taco truck b/c it's a new concept b/c it isn't. it's closer to what aventius mentioned above.

              the NYT article is another one of those NY's view on LA. i had a similar one before i moved out west.

              1. re: trolley

                Typically, roach coaches don't make their own food. They sell prepackaged stuff and maybe heat up your hot dog for you. Taco trucks actually have very good, freshly prepared food -- at least some of them do.