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Food Truck Extravaganza Starting Up Near LAX

Servorg Apr 6, 2010 04:59 AM

Channel 7 local newscasters just did a piece on the new Food Truck Court that is starting up as of today between 11 AM and 3 PM on a vacant parking lot located at 5985 W Century Blvd. (just east of Sepulveda Blvd) which is between Avion Blvd. on the west side and Airport Blvd. on the east side. Looks like it will be on the N side of Century according to Google mapping.

KABC said there will be 9 different types of food trucks today, and that this is going to be a weekly event (but didn't list the days or hours that are planned in this report) so maybe more types of trucks will end up coming if this thing works well.

Daily Breeze has a longer, more informative piece about it here: http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_14814510

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  1. Dommy RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2010 10:50 AM

    Here is the website with location info and the calendar.

    http://ow.ly/1uONz

    --Dommy!

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      Servorg RE: Dommy Apr 6, 2010 11:04 AM

      Thanks for adding that link, Dommy. I always figure I just didn't see some other post about the very same thing (but too much food information is better than too little). I guess this could / should be added to that post seeking good food in the area of 405 and Slauson Ave. in the greater Culver City environs (Okay - I linked it to that thread).

      Also, it is a good thing I have DirecTV with a DVR so I could pause and then rewind, then watch again, then rewind, etc. this mornings newscast or my information would have been a LOT more garbled than it came out! ;-D>

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      Jelly71 RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2010 11:10 AM

      there is a truck called The Greasy Weiner? seriously? that name is a huge turn off, and i love greasy food.

      i would have to hear AMAZING things about it in order to try it.

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        Servorg RE: Jelly71 Apr 6, 2010 11:11 AM

        lol...well, grease has its place and a good wiener is hard to bea...err - never mind! ;-D>

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          Dommy RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2010 11:17 AM

          LOL!! We keep a good tabs on the Truck Scene (We actually enjoy them a lot) and are so dispointed we are on vacation that week so we won't be the first to do a GW report... LOL!!

          --Dommy!

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          Will Owen RE: Jelly71 Apr 6, 2010 11:42 AM

          My only problem with it is they misspelled "Wiener"!

          This thread is a Sign from Heaven or something: on the second Tuesday of most months there's a lunch meeting at the Proud Bird, which is not very good but at least it's expensive... anyway, I have to go for business reasons, but sometimes if the program's a bore I show up, shmooze a bit and then head to Pann's. Soooo... what if there were some interesting grub not quite so far away? Like, ummm (looking at this month's calendar), GREASY WEINER (sic)! Or some BBQ, or crepes...

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          Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
          6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

          Proud Bird
          11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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            cagey RE: Jelly71 Apr 6, 2010 12:39 PM

            Laffing here. The greezy weiner is a turn off? *chuckle*

            I for one would be curious to see what a Greasy Wiener menu item might look like.

            The pics looked ok to me.

            http://thegreasywiener.com/

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              ChinoWayne RE: cagey Apr 6, 2010 12:46 PM

              Wonder no more: http://thegreasywiener.com/category/m...

              And the Greasy Weiner blog tipped us to Canter's truck: http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/fo...

          2. ChinoWayne RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2010 11:45 AM

            So, are you going to reschedule your morning ride tomorrow so you can give us a report, and why haven't you checked it today?

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              Servorg RE: ChinoWayne Apr 6, 2010 11:48 AM

              Can't reschedule the ride...need to have those trucks there by 3:30 AM at the very latest! I want to try it out, but the schedule is too tight. Maybe if things go well they will expand the hours or add some days (Saturday or Sunday would be nice). Let's see how the houndish reports are when they come "rolling" in...

            2. Dommy RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2010 02:24 PM

              Just returned from the lot and it got quite the reception!! \

              http://img297.yfrog.com/i/ugq.jpg/

              Despite the crowds, things ran rather smoothly though.... the wait for food wasn't terrible...

              Also, there is parking, but with such a crowd, it was rather full of cars, but the structure next to it wasn't terrible, we paid about $3 for the half hour we were there...

              We opted for the World Fare Truck. And liked the Veggie Chili and super crisp fries. We were not that impressed with the bread they used in their cups and their Chicken Curry (Not nuanced). I liked the Mac N Cheese Balls, but P. found them too truffly and I also enjoyed their Beet and Burruta Salad. A Good buy for the amount of beets and burrata (Although I would tell them no salt next time)

              http://img23.yfrog.com/i/x78t.jpg/

              We also got the Italian with Brocolli Rabe from So. Phily Experience. But like others have noticed, they messed up our order and forgot the Wiz. Grr! So although the Sandwiches here are still darn good, check your order folks. :P

              --Dommy!

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                Servorg RE: Dommy Apr 6, 2010 02:28 PM

                Thanks, Dommy. Where did you go to consume your lunch? Do they have any tables set up or are folks just walking and eating or going back to their cars and eating or taking it home?

                Finally, what time did you get there?

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                  Dommy RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2010 02:38 PM

                  I got there dead at Noon, the trucks were all fired up and delivering food...

                  There were tables and even a nice little band playing music! :) Plus, there was nice little patch of grass for eating picnic style... And the world fare truck is actually a double decker bus, so they have a seating area on top (That is where I took my picture of the crowd) Although they probably won't be there each time.

                  In reality, due to P.'s work schedule, we had to rush back to his office and eat our lunch there (That is why the salad looks a little travel worn). But it would have nice to soak up some sun and autmosphere there another time. This was very well done and I think almost everyone was having a good experience.... (And I say almost because there was this woman who demanded her money back from World Fare because her burger was medium well (just a whisper of pink) and she freaked out that it was raw. They gave her her money back no problem but she left in a huff...)

                  --Dommy!

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                    Mattapoisett in LA RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2010 02:39 PM

                    There were tables and they were mostly full but we didn't hang around since I had to get back to work.

                2. DiveFan RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2010 02:34 PM

                  It's about time for an event like this near the South Bay. It's on my calendar for next week ...
                  http://socalmfva.wordpress.com/truck-...

                  If anyone attends, please post about PARKING also. Street parking is expensive and virtually non-existant on weekdays.

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                    Servorg RE: DiveFan Apr 6, 2010 02:36 PM

                    Dommy did mention parking and said they parked in the adjacent structure for $3 for the 30 minutes they were there.

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                      DiveFan RE: DiveFan Apr 6, 2010 02:55 PM

                      DOH! Looks like several of us were composing and posting at about the same time.

                      OT, but when did the chow.com server change time zones? It's 2:54pm for me ...

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                        Dommy RE: DiveFan Apr 6, 2010 03:03 PM

                        Yeah, there is a parking structure right next to the lot (The one for 24 hour fitness) . There is also a long stretch of 2 hour street parking on 98th street (Also where the enterence to the parking structure is) So while the parking situation is not ideal, there is parking options...

                        --Dommy!

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                      QualityMart RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2010 11:04 PM

                      Weird, I had no idea there was a market there for food trucks. Can anyone explain that? Are we talking hotel and airport employees? Is there a stash of businesses there that isn't obvious? I'm aware of all the businesses a bit further south in El Segundo, but that seems like a bit of a trek, no? I read the article, and it sounded like they were interested in attracting businesses to the airport area, but it wasn't obvious to me where the demand would come from at the moment.

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                        a_and_w RE: QualityMart Apr 7, 2010 08:36 AM

                        This was my initial reaction, too. I mean, I'm in favor of food truck lots anywhere, and want them to succeed, but this seems like an odd location.

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                          Servorg RE: a_and_w Apr 7, 2010 08:50 AM

                          It's probably not as bad as you and QM might think. Since it's on the backside of Century closest to Westchester you can get in and out without every venturing on to Century Blvd. and it is not a far drive for both west siders or south bayites...and the trucks aren't going to face a lot of irate bricks and motor restaurant flak in that particular location as it is sort of in the midst of large hotels and business parks...so all things considered it's not that much of shock that this location was picked.

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                            a_and_w RE: Servorg Apr 7, 2010 10:43 AM

                            Good points -- I hope you're right!

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                          Will Owen RE: QualityMart Apr 7, 2010 10:58 AM

                          In addition to all the white-collar businesses, there are tons of industrial shops of various kinds in that area; I've done some appraisal shooting around there and was amazed at the swarms of businesses stuffed back in the blocks between the major thoroughfares. The usual lunch trucks are very much in evidence midday; seems to me there's room for some rather more upscale curbside catering as well.

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                          Dr. Confoundo RE: Servorg Apr 13, 2010 01:33 PM

                          I went out today to see how this worked, and there were six trucks and lots of customers. Unfortunately, the Calbi truck didn't show up even though it was listed on the schedule; I made do with a tasty sandwich from the Grilled Cheese Truck.

                          I've been looking for interesting eating opportunities for lunch at work, and it looks like this is going to be a great option for me, if only one day a week.

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                            QualityMart RE: Dr. Confoundo Apr 13, 2010 11:42 PM

                            Interesting, there was a tweet from one of the trucks there (forget which one) saying that the trucks had short waits and people should come down. Made me wonder if it was going a little too slowly. I guess you never know what short wait means ... there's a big difference between a steady stream of customers keeping the truck 100% busy even if without backup waiting, and trucks just waiting around for customers.

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                              Dr. Confoundo RE: QualityMart Apr 14, 2010 12:12 PM

                              I only waited in line for a few minutes. There seemed to be a fair number of customers enjoying their food - every truck seemed busy enough while I was there.

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                              Mr. Roboto RE: Dr. Confoundo Apr 14, 2010 11:04 PM

                              I tried the Vietnamese truck (http://www.eatphamish.com/our-menu/) yesterday (4/13) and ordered the Gỏi Cuốn with Grilled Lemongrass Pork. I thought it was pricey at $5.00 (2 rolls) and poorly made. First of all, it was rolled carelessly and the filling seemed to only contain the aforementioned pork along with lettuce, carrots, & daikon, which didn't seemed to be pickled at all(see description in link). I didn't see any herbs in it and the "special dipping sauce" was a little too sweet for me.

                              I didn't eat there but returned to the office I was working in when I discovered this. I did go a bit late at 2:30PM, so maybe they ran out of ingredients. In any case, I won't be returning.

                            3. SouthBayRantsnRaves RE: Servorg Apr 15, 2010 07:29 PM

                              Cool! Thanks for this! Here's hoping it's a success!

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