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OK lately my friend and I have become obsessed with these food trucks. We follow them on Twitter and try and catch them whenever they are in the area. I would love to hear peoples take on which is their favorite and what dishes they recommend. It would certainly save us from literally spinning our wheels!

Kogi - I went there one time. I tried the sliders, short rib burrito and short rib tacos. They were all very flavorful. I had never tasted korean style tacos before. It was refreshingly different for me. My favorite of what I ordered was the sliders while my husband preferred the burrito.

Komodo - It was right after eating at Kogi and I wanted to compare. Unfortunatly they had run out of their truffle fries and many of their dishes. I managed to snag the very last Komodo taco. It was a taco with avocado on it. It was different than the Kogi. The Kogi had more of a krout taste while this was a bit sweeter. It was good. I dont think I would go out of my way for it though.

Buttermilk - I tried their french toast sticks and a meaty biscuit sandwich. I usually dont like french toast but I was recommended them. They were suprisingly good. They tasted more like a churro. The biscuit sandwich would have been better is I had gone with the regular bacon. Instead he recommended this other type meat which he said was "meatier". it basically was bits of fat. I'm not into cancadian bacon cause its too fatty and thats like what this was. I still ate it. lol. I added the garlic rosemary hashbrowns. they were different tasting. Strong but still good. I should have asked for salt. I would go back but next time I'd like to try something else.

World Fare - This was the most expensive truck we've encountered. Apparently th chef says she will be on the food network soon. I can see why. Though expensive, it was good. They serve "bunnies" which are little hollowed out breads with meat inside. We tried the curry, short rib and chicken. I preferred the short rib. We ordered the mac and cheese balls. I actually liked the fries that came with the burger best. The burger was juicy and good and the fries thin and well seasoned. The desserts were cherry chocolate molten cake and butterscotch bread pudding. My husband loved the butterscotch bread pudding while I wasnt stuck on either. They were still good but nothing great. If I were to pass by it again I would at in it. I just wouldnt go too far to seek it out.

Fry - This one was my favorite. I tried the chicken and cheese over sweet potatoe fries and the steak and peppers over fries. They were both delicious! I would definatly drive for this truck. It was so good! They also were kind enough to bring out buckets for customers to sit..

Cool Haus - this is the ice cream sandwich truck. It was during lent and I had given up cookies so I sat this one out. My husband LOVED it. I definatly want to try it for myself.

I have tried searching the boards for truck recs and couldnt find them. So I was hoping to get opinions. What are your favorite trucks? What would you recommend I order?

Thanks!

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Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. Nice report, jerseygirl, thanks for posting it. I have a question - what is cancadian bacon? Or do you mean Canadian bacon? If so, it is considerably less fatty than regular, hence my confusion.

      I haven't even tried any trucks yet, just too busy with two little boys in school to chase them around the city. I was really excited when they were going to do a rotating truck parking lot in SaMo, but of course, the city had to go and ruin that idea. I figure I'll try Kogi one night when and if I get to the Alibi Room, but other than that, I don't really see much appeal, unless you're shitfaced leaving a club late at night, and it happens to be parked there.

      More questions: since this is food from a truck, once you get your order, where do you go with it? Are you just incredibly lucky, and seem to find parking, every time you get to a truck? And if so, do you just stand around and eat it then, or does one of you circle the block, while the other waits in line, orders, waits, and then brings it to the car and then you eat?? (used to do that in college, double park w/someone in the car to move it in case a cop comes along, but that was in Boston, where you can get away with that, don't see it happen here very often.)

      Also, the Fry truck sounds awesome, but I just have to wonder, how do they drive around with boiling hot grease in fryers, and not spill it everywhere? How can they possibly have a dump tank large enough and insulated enough?? These are the types of ?s that can keep me awake at night.....JK. Anyway, don't expect you to know the answer to the last one, but if I ever see that truck, I will totally go up and ask them how old their grease is. Hey, maybe they NEVER change it, and that's why it's sooooo good.

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      Alibi Room
      12236 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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      1. re: Phurstluv

        I had a really really good crepe recently from one of the trucks. Maple roasted pork, caramelized onions, Spring greens, and roasted walnuts nestled in a crepe. I wish I could find that truck again. When I did an internet search for a crepe truck, the one I found did not have this particular dish on the menu so I don't think it was the correct one. Anyone know the truck I am talking about?

        1. re: crema

          you're looking for the @crepenaround truck. they're really nice people who get really creative with their crepe offerings :)

          1. re: ayogist

            Oh wow, thank you! The truck was in Silverlake at an event at The Complex. I still think about that maple roasted pork crepe.

        2. re: Phurstluv

          Phurstluv,
          You appear to be in Santa Monica or West LA. Even though the Food Trucklot got derailed there are trucks on Pennsylvania between 26 and Stewart all of the time. Often 5 or six trucks. Check out findlafoodtrucks.com to see who is there. Often they are there on wednesdays and Thursdays.

          1. re: chuck

            Pennsylvania, where is that?? Don't worry, friend, I'll figure it out thanks for the info.

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Pennsylvania is a block south of Colorado, a little bit north of Olympic.

              1. re: Phurstluv

                It is a cool little street, regardless of the truck scene.

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  pennsylvania is a one-way street just south of olympic between 26th and stewart. if you're driving, enter on the western end via 26th street. there are parking meters, so bring change. note: parking enforcement is especially vigilant when the lunch trucks are around!

                  1. re: ayogist

                    Also, there's a little picnic area on Pennsylvania toward the east end.

                    1. re: a_and_w

                      Really?, a and w? Wow. Never saw it.

                      1. re: Ciao Bob

                        Yep, south side of the street, closer to the intersection with Stewart. A bunch of picnic tables underneath an overhang. There are also some machines. I think it's something that belongs to SMC, but there's always plenty of room.

                        1. re: a_and_w

                          Oh yes. Didn't realize that it was public-ish.

              1. re: Servorg

                SERV!!! I was so excited that you answered, I thought you might have answers to my burning questions, and that's all I get??! A Linky!! You know I hate that!! Big letdown, deflation..... LOL!!

                JK, friend, I know you're answering OP and not me.....

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  yep Canadian bacon. I dont like it cause its more fatty to me. Its too chewy. I like the crispy of regular bacon.

                  usually there are no chairs. You wait for your order and either eat it in your car or whatever. I usually just sit on a nearby step. lol. Parking has not been a problem yet. There's usually spots/lot nearby.

                  The world fare truck was a double decker so you go to the top and eat.

                  It appeals to my friends and I. We like the whole thrill of the chase thing. We are mid twenties so maybe the novelty of searching down trucks will wear off.

                  Couldnt tell ya about the grease.

                  1. re: jerseygirldawn

                    "We like the whole thrill of the chase thing"

                    So unfortunate Sam Fujisaka passed away.
                    He 'd have had plenty suggestions for jungle environments you'd, like, die for.

                    1. re: jerseygirldawn

                      Okay, just so you know, it's the leanest bacon there is. It's not that it's too fatty, it's just they don't cook it to the point of crispness, the way reg bacon is done.

                      Cool, thanks for getting back to me, I know you young people are all about the chase at this age, that's cool.

                      I sound like my Nana, "you young people"....but enjoy being free w/out family obligations while you can....

                      Impressed you've always found parking, we used to do chinese fire drills and the whole bit back in Boston, when we couldn't find parking. Somehow, for such a tolerant part of the country, I feel the cops here are less tolerant of stunts like that, anyway, maybe the Boston cops had better things to do than ticket college students, there were probably too many of us...LOL!

                2. Surprised you couldn't find any posts about Food Trucks - there's a ton. I know the search kinda sucks on here...

                  Anyways, the only one that I really crave at times is the South Philly Experience. Best Philly in LA IMO.

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                  1. re: mdpilam

                    yes, @southphillyexp DOES have the best philly cheesesteaks... at least from those served on a truck. make sure you ordered it wiz wit = cheese wiz + grilled onions!

                    1. re: ayogist

                      I tried the South Philly Experience truck the other day. I thought it was delicious!
                      I've eaten at both Pat & Genos and I honestly preferred this truck! They def had more meat and the meat didnt taste so onioney. lol.
                      The fries I wasnt stuck on. I was out like $12 for a good size cheese steak (I had them cut it in half so I could take the rest home), fries and diet coke (i have to keep my girly figure). so its not cheap but its worth it.
                      Next time however I'm going to ask for extra wiz on the side for dipping.

                  2. Cool,

                    Thanks for the report.

                    1. I would give Grilled Cheese truck a try, their tater tots and short rib mac are good but very filling.

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                      1. re: Johnny L

                        I believe you meant to write "...are good AND very filling." ;-D>

                        1. re: Servorg

                          well filling can be a bad thing too since its macacroni and cheese inside of a sandwich.

                          So you get carb on carb action going on there.

                      2. I've tried Patty Wagon, which serves up grass-fed burgers, slider-sized, with carmelized onions and other fresh, tasty toppings. It's not cheap, but it's mighty tasty. I never see it mentioned on here, and some of the burger places that are popular on Chowhound I find really dismal, so apparently there are diverse tastes here.

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                        1. re: farmertomato

                          I second the recommendation for Patty Wagon. Great mini burgers, tasty fries, very nice people. www.pattywagonburgers.com

                        2. Piaggio on wheels, it is an Argentinian/Brazilian truck with the best ChimiChuri sauce which makes everything taste Great. I f you have not tried this truck, then find them on Twitter and follow them.

                          1. Curious what chowhounders think specifically of the lunch trucks in the Miracle Mile? Would love some guidance in where to start.

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                            1. re: coffeebrownies

                              there are always different trucks going and it is a popular spot since most of them get good business from office workers who are tired of fast food chains, expensive restaurants, and lack of new options.

                            2. since it's tough to get to the dim sum from the westside, always a treat when the dim sum truck comes to us.

                              1. Koji is good (also just went to a party where they catered Koji - even better because there wasn't any wait time- but they are really pricey if you have them cater an event), not sure if you like Indian food - but this truck is super tasty - India Jones Chow Truck. Also check out the most recent nominees - have tried a couple on the list - for the 2010 LA Vendy Awards streetvendor.org/vendys/la/finalists

                                1. Kogi is teaming with ESPN for the Word Cup and will set up a huge flat screen TV on one of it's truck broadcasting live games and offer fare specially created to represent the different countries playing this year. Will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
                                  http://espnwctrucks.com/LA

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                                  Kogi
                                  Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                                  1. Just an update, I was finally able to eat from a food truck last weekend. Don't know why I'm atwitter about it, a few years ago, you would never catch me doing that (eeeew, a roach coach!!)

                                    Anyway India Jones was at our church for a function and I sampled their frankies. I love Indian frankies, they are the Indian version of a soft taco, I guess. Anyway, had the lamb frankie, it was good, tasty with raw onion & I think they put some raita on it. But it wasn't vindaloo, like at All India Cafe, which I used to be a huge fan of. Also had to try the mushroom-cheese frankie, also had the spice mix on it (same sort of taste, but not curry?) and it was also very good. Just thought I'd FYI.

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                                    All India Cafe
                                    39 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

                                    1. I have not eaten at too many. But I was really impressed with the lamb frankie $3.50, at India Jones. Everything other people were ordering looked good too. Some kind of stuffed flatbread especially. I will pick this one next time I run into some trucks.

                                      I've had the fried rice at Lomo Arigato Japanese Peruvian fusion truck. Small menu but big flavor. They are frying on woks in there! It is like fried rice on steriods and hot with wok-smoked flavor. Good sized portion, imo. The Saltado looked good too.

                                      While I have not eaten from the Kogi Truck, I have been to the bar that has a small Kogi kitchen, in Culver City,Alibi Room. While it looked really crowded and hopeless, we were able to order easily, got drinks and somehow found a couple of cubes to sit on. No problem. EVERYONE was eating. We both had the taco trio and all good, the chicken better than expected--zing of lime, the short rib off the hook. Other was spicy pork. Intense flavors, great tortillas.

                                      The last time I was at Art Walk the Grilled Cheese Truck had the hugest lines. Must be something to it, but didn't appeal and seemed a bit too expensive.