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josephnl Jan 28, 2011 07:03 PM

I know that there are now quite a few "gourmet" food trucks in OC, but I don't know anything about where or when they are up and running, or which ones are good. Could someone recommend some that are particularly good, and how I can figure out where/when they can be accessed? Also, having never done this before, where do you eat your food? Are there tables set up in the area by the trucks, do you eat in your car, or is it strictly take-out to bring home? This is all completely new to me and I need some info. We live in Irvine, and have heard that there are many good food trucks nearby, but we know nothing about this. Thanks!

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  1. Searching4Dunny RE: josephnl Jan 28, 2011 08:51 PM

    Try out the Lime Truck: http://www.thelimetruck.com/lime/Home... (menu changes daily - weekly

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    The truck meets with a number of other trucks a few of the days (Wed it meets on Michelson and Teller (lunch) and Michelson / Harvard (dinner) which will give you a chance to sample different ones. Yelp is also useful for OC food truck info.

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      josephnl RE: Searching4Dunny Jan 28, 2011 09:30 PM

      Where do you eat your food...standing around, do they have tables, in your car, or do you bring it home?

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        New Trial RE: josephnl Jan 29, 2011 01:19 AM

        At the Teller location, there are no tables or chairs unless you bring your own (as some people do)--though there is one concrete bench. Other options are to eat standing, sit on the ground (some bring beach blankets), eat in your car or bring back to home/office. You will find people there doing all of the above. There are usually 8-12 trucks there and, while there are some regulars, the line-up varies.

    2. terramassu RE: josephnl Jan 29, 2011 05:26 AM

      http://www.foodtrucksmap.com/la/
      Food Truck Locator

      http://twitter.com/ocdindinagogo
      Food Truck Round-up.

      Atomic Ballroom
      When I went to Atomic Ballroom in Irvine on Fridays, (http://twitter.com/atomicballroom), there were one or two food trucks outside with three or four plastic tables with chairs set up, for hungry swing dancers- though it might depend on which food trucks come by. Some people just go there for the food trucks and not for the dancing...

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        TNT Adventures RE: josephnl Jan 29, 2011 10:00 AM

        Food trucks typically like to congregate together, although this isn't always the case. The only way you can find out where they are going to be is follow them on twitter, facebook, or checking their websites.

        As Searching4Dunny stated there are usual spots they meet. Lake Forest Lanes on Tuesday nights, Teller lot off of Michelson and Teller for Lunch on Wednesdays, the Boomers and Irvine Lanes on Wednesday nights, OC Fairgrounds for lunch. This is not always the case, so check their websites accordingly.

        A few of the favorite food trucks are Lime Truck, Dos Chinos, Kogi (the truck that started the food truck craze), The Burnt Truck and a few others. There are a lot of them out there, all really depends on what you like.

        As other people have stated, most of these locations don't have seats or tables. You can bring your own if you would like. People eat standing up, on the ground, in their cars, or on a curb.

        Check out this yelp page for a few and their rankings:

        http://www.yelp.com/search?find_loc=O...

        Personally, one of my favorites is The Burnt Truck. They specialize in sliders on King Hawaiian rolls. Some of my favorites are the Fried Chicken Slider, Cheeseburger, Vietnamese Pork, and for dessert their PB&J with Bananas. They actually make their own peanut butter and jam from scratch. Their selection varies weekly but always have the same handful of sliders on the menu.

        Hopefully this information helps you. I would just go to one of these meetups and try our 3 or 4 at a time. Keep your expectations in check and Enjoy!!

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          Searching4Dunny RE: TNT Adventures Jan 29, 2011 05:21 PM

          LOVE the Burnt Truck. They are not usually at the Michelson locations but are at the OC Fairgrounds on Thursdays, I believe.

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          catbert RE: josephnl Jan 29, 2011 05:15 PM

          if any are interested, i saw a flyer posted when i went to the annual flower festival bazaar for tet in little saigon. there'll be visiting trucks all this week after 6 pm. i know kogi is one of them. the bacon truck was on the 27th (passed). and more.

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            Das Ubergeek RE: catbert Jan 29, 2011 07:03 PM

            We saw Komodo headed eastbound on Bolsa tonight. That seems like such a mismatch—food trucks parked in Little Saigon, home of fast, cheap, unbelievably great food everywhere.

          2. Jigsaw RE: josephnl Jan 29, 2011 07:53 PM

            Try this...

            http://roaminghunger.com/oc/vendors

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              RoxyGrl RE: josephnl Jan 30, 2011 04:05 PM

              You are lucky - the Dogzilla truck hangs out in OC. This is a problem for me as I adore them and I am in Pasadena.

              I attended the food festival last year at the Rose Bowl and ate my way from one end to the other. There were a few really good trucks and a lot that were just okay. The only one I've actually stalked and re-visited (multiple times) is Dogzilla. They post their schedule on both facebook and twitter. If you try them I'd be curious to know what you think

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                Loki1967 RE: josephnl Feb 2, 2011 03:01 PM

                Might be good for you to try some of the various Truck Lots like OC Fair Thursdays Lunch, Chuck Wagon Stop Thurs nights in Fullerton. Also www.roaminghunger.com, www.thefoodtrucker.com, www.lookingforfoodtrucks.com, www.saturdaynightfoodies.com are some great places to find whats going on and see photos and truck reviews.

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                1070 E 6th St, Corona, CA 92879

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                  TNT Adventures RE: josephnl Feb 2, 2011 03:27 PM

                  josephnl - Since you live in Irvine, I thought you might want to know that the food trucks will be meeting up at the Boomers/Irvine Lanes off of Michelson and Harvard tonight from 5:30 to 9:00.

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: TNT Adventures Feb 2, 2011 09:09 PM

                    <catty>

                    Will the $5 fee be in effect with the $4 Boomers gift certificate, so useful to a thirty-something?

                    </catty>

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                      TNT Adventures RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 2, 2011 10:13 PM

                      Hi Das - I'm not aware of that deal or non-deal that they had. Everytime time I have been there I haven't encountered the $5 fee. They are parked in the parking lot and open to all.

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                        Das Ubergeek RE: TNT Adventures Feb 7, 2011 09:31 AM

                        There was a well-advertised event where there was a $5 admission, which netted you a $4 Boomers gift certificate. That's why I'm being catty—these clustertrucks are not really news anymore, and so paying seems weird.

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                    sebaceous RE: josephnl Feb 2, 2011 03:51 PM

                    Every Thursday from 11-2 pm, there is a food truck gathering at the OC Fairgrounds in the parking lot with 6-8 trucks that rotate. They do provide tables/chairs/restrooms at this one. Also, it is free to park and enter. Folow them on twitter and facebook for which trucks are scheduled.

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