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Jun 13, 2008 07:02 PM

Let's Be Frank on Abbot Kinney?

Just passed a Let's Be Frank truck on my way home a few minutes ago (parked in front of The Otheroom).

Any intelligence on this? Are they doing scheduled stops around town now (similar to the Green Truck)?

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  1. What is the story on the Green Truck? I saw them coming up Main St. today and wondered if they did a truck service (ala taco trucks or just scheduled delivery.)

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    1. re: paigeharrison

      Green Truck does have scheduled stops. Schedule is on their site:

    2. Smart move on their part if they are. Abbot Kinney is basically becoming an eat&shop street now with lots of foot traffic. I think both locals and non-locals will embrace her goods. The only place right now that sells street food-like items on Abbot Kinney where you actually see people walking and eating is Abbot's Pizza (and Pinkberry but I don't think even they have yet to decide what they actually are - froyo? Chilly Bliss? Expensive spackling paste? '-)).

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        I would argue that the savory pastries from 3 Square Bakery are "street food-like" items. One of those bacon-cheese twists is certianly the equivalent of a pizza slice, but a whole lot tastier in my opinion. However, they close too early to provide Abbot Kinney with street food at the same time that people are hitting the bars (i.e. the ideal time for street food).

        Let's hope Let's Be Frank makes Abbot Kinney a regular stop...

        1. re: glutton

          I agree that 3 Square's bakery counter has a lot of great grab & go goods. I just never see anyone eating any of them while walking, talking, or standing on a corner. I think part of the reason is that most like to eat the twists after being warmed up. Maybe if 3 Square were to openly make warming the twists an option, they'd sell three times as many twists as they already do. The aroma of warming cheese, bacon and pretzel dough invisibly making serpentine crawls down Abbot Kinney and up the noses of unweary pedestrians would create lines down the block.

          You're hitting way too close to home when you compare Abbot's slices against 3 Square's twists. I like both - probably equally - they just satisfy different categories of my "Jonesing" lists, especially when you throw in Abbots' salad pizza...

          I have yet to try Let's Be Frank's franks but will grab one the first chance I get when I see them on Abbot Kinney... I hope many others do to make LBF feel like they can be an honorary local...

          1. re: bulavinaka

            The counter people at 3 Square have always offered to warm up the twist for me in the oven, so it's not a service that they withheld. But you are right that you cannot walk down Abbot Kinney and smell the bacon cheese twist warming up in the oven. If that happened, then you are probably right that you'd see dozens of people unable to resist the smell.

            1. re: glutton

              Yes, they offer, but can you imagine if they just had a few constantly warming in an oven that was vented to the sidewalk?

      2. The truck was parked in front of the Other Room until about 3am on Sunday morning, doing a roaring trade. There is absolutely nothing to eat on Abbot Kinney once the bars close, so this is a welcome addition.

        1. Interesting...I'd be even more psyched if this were a Top Dog or What's Up Dog, but Let's Be Frank is a good start. Thanks for the tip!

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          1. re: a_and_w

            Oh... Top Dog... sigh... Now I gotta try this.

          2. They're back... and will be there Th, Fri, Sat at 7 til after bars close. I just had one and it was very good.