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ellaystingray Jun 17, 2011 03:09 PM

Okay, for fun, what are your Top 5 favorite food trucks right now. I'll do mine, in no particular order.

LomoArigato
DogTown
FrySmith
Nom Nom
Great Ball on Tires

Ready, GO!

  1. WildSwede Jun 17, 2011 04:21 PM

    Lobsta Truck

    Sushi Burrito

    Rokyo Gourmet Ramen Truck

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      Clyde Jun 17, 2011 04:50 PM

      Frysmith
      Eat Phamish (excellent tofu bowls!)
      The indian one; can't remember the name :(
      Fishlips
      lobsta truck

      those are really the only ones i would go to anymore. lately when i try new ones they are pretty bad... though i tried dogtown today for tater tots and really liked em.

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      Frysmith
      Mobile truck, Los Angeles, CA

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      1. re: Clyde
        WildSwede Jun 17, 2011 05:04 PM

        Is the Indian one India Jones or something like that?

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          Clyde Jun 18, 2011 12:29 PM

          yeah! india jones. i really like it but i do think it's too expensive for a bit of curry and a lot of rice. but i always get it when i see it. oh yeah, and KOGI should be on my list. totally forgot about it.

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          pharmnerd Jun 17, 2011 05:56 PM

          Or Naan Stop?

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            Peripatetic Jun 17, 2011 06:52 PM

            Or Dosa Truck?

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              Rosiepigs Jun 19, 2011 05:16 AM

              I've tried India Jones, Naan Stop, and No Tomatoes, and No Tomatoes blows the other two away. Well, maybe I should try India Jones again, but Naan Stop was underwhelming and way overpriced (nothing from a truck should cost $9, and the lamb thing I got was mediocre.) HOWEVER, No Tomatoes is amazing. Perfect price point, and seriously, the Chicken Tikka Masala bowl is finger-licking good, as in, you will run your finger around the bowl when you're done. Definitely a must-try.

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            Robert Thornton Jun 17, 2011 05:13 PM

            I'm not that much of a food truck guy, but I do love the Lobsta Truck.

            1. wienermobile Jun 17, 2011 05:15 PM

              Lobsta
              Kogi
              Buttermilk
              Grilled Cheese
              and LudoTruck

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              Kogi
              Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

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                NYCnowLA Jun 17, 2011 06:07 PM

                No order:

                Lobsta
                Greasy Weiner
                Phamish
                Germany's Famous Bratwurst Truck
                Get Shaved

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                  timmyjustin12 Jun 17, 2011 11:19 PM

                  Kogi
                  Grilled Cheese
                  Buttermilk
                  NomNom
                  DogTown

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                  Kogi
                  Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                  1. ellaystingray Jun 19, 2011 06:53 AM

                    Crap, totally forgot Lobsta....good call.

                    1. Rodeline Jun 19, 2011 11:06 PM

                      My top 5 and what I usually get the truck

                      Kogi - spicy pork taco
                      Lake Street Creamery - ice cream...pancake breakfast, salty Scotty, Aztec sacrifice, and banana nutella
                      Shaved Ice - any of thier shaved ice, but this one is my go to combo...coffee ice cream topped with root beer shaved ice and condensed milk
                      Tapa Boy - best Filipino truck out there...three hand roll combo with tapa, chicken tocino & pork tocino
                      Lardon - the baco, pronounced like taco...who can't love the bacon truck

                      honorable mentions

                      Great Balls of Tire - IncrediBall
                      Grill em All - the behemoth, dee snider
                      Lobsta truck - lobster roll
                      Nana Queens - yummy banana puddings

                      I still haven't found but wanna try

                      Waffles de Liege

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                      Kogi
                      Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                      Lake Street Creamery
                      Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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                      1. re: Rodeline
                        Das Ubergeek Jun 21, 2011 09:14 AM

                        Nana Queens is gone. They haven't Tweeted in ages and they've just disappeared.

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                        chuck Jun 20, 2011 07:00 PM

                        South Philly Experience brings in Amorosa rolls and has pretty good steak sandwiches.

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                          omieurhomie Jun 20, 2011 08:53 PM

                          Ludo Truck - fried chicken and blood orange basil juice
                          Lobsta Truck - everything lol
                          Willoughby Road BBQ - great pulled pork
                          Lee's Philly - spicy chicken burrito is the best asian fusion burrito I've had yet
                          Jogasaki - sushi burritos :)

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                          Lobsta Truck
                          , Los Angeles, CA

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                            reality check Jun 21, 2011 11:03 AM

                            Is there any good BBQ trucks? I've tried Qzilla BBQ and Barbie's Q, and both were horrible.

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                              omieurhomie Jun 21, 2011 05:40 PM

                              Willoughby Road BBQ is the best truck I've had. But its nothing compared to Bludsoe's or Big Mista's.

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                                Clyde Jun 22, 2011 04:23 PM

                                you must not have ever had their po boy fish sandwich. I could have gotten better frozen fish from the freezer section at Ralphs. I had to spit it out...

                          2. Das Ubergeek Jun 21, 2011 09:16 AM

                            Lime Truck
                            Mariscos El Tetos
                            Alebrije's
                            Germany's Famous Bratwurst Truck
                            Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos

                            ...yes, damn it, the O.G. loncheras still count—and nobody yet has come up with something that's beat Alebrije's taco acorazado.

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                              OCSteve Jun 21, 2011 10:16 AM

                              I've liked just about every rec you've made, DU, and I know your love for Lime Truck. What do you order there? I have only been once, and it's been long enough that I don't remember exactly what I had, but it just wasn't that memorable. I do remember thinking they were overpriced, and everyone in the group I was in (five of us) were underwhelmed with the food. Maybe they've improved since I was there.

                              Some I've tried and liked:

                              Lobsta Truck;

                              Piaggio on Wheels;

                              Bacon Mania;

                              Kogi.

                              Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos is on my (very) short list. I agree that we need to give more love to the OG loncheras.

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                              Kogi
                              Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                              Lobsta Truck
                              , Los Angeles, CA

                              1. re: OCSteve
                                Das Ubergeek Jun 21, 2011 03:22 PM

                                The menu changes so often for Lime that I just play it by ear... I do like the lamb burger a lot (especially if they have eggs with them and can put an egg on it).

                                I like Piaggio... Lobsta is good but I actually like the lobster roll from Slapfish better. It's not a true lobster roll but I still like it quite a lot.

                                I don't like Kogi. Too salty, too much kimchi-sour-lactic flavour everywhere, which overwhelms everything—and I'm allergic to stupidly long lines. Haven't had Baconmania.

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                                Kogi
                                Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

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                                Rodeline Jun 21, 2011 11:17 AM

                                I'm very interested in trying the trucks on your list. Are they on Twitter or do they have regular stops? Thanks :)

                                1. re: Rodeline
                                  Das Ubergeek Jun 21, 2011 03:27 PM

                                  The Lime Truck is @limetruck on Twitter and you'll see them in the next season of the Great Food Truck Race.

                                  Germany's Famous (which has impressive German full-meals, not just bratwurst and schnitzel sandwiches) is @GermanBratTruck on Twitter.

                                  Mariscos El Tetos parks from 11 a.m. to the evening (between 6-8 p.m. depending on who's manning the truck and how busy they are) on Lankershim Blvd. in Sun Valley, about a block south of the top end of Lankershim—north and east of the 5 freeway, just before San Fernando Rd. Fish tacos are excellent; cahuamanta is great; they also do plates of things like Pismo clams and caracoles when they're available.

                                  Alebrije's is an unmistakable pink truck that parks from about lunchtime all the way through until 9-10 p.m. outside the Northgate market on Cubbon Street in Santa Ana, half a block west of Main St. in Santa Ana's Lonchera Lane. The taco acorazado isn't picture on the truck (recently redone), but it's what everybody orders. $4 for the taco, is a full meal by itself. Seriously.

                                  Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos parks every day except Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fifth Street near the intersection of Hawley St. in Santa Ana. The thing to get (natch) is a torta ahogada. If you like really spicy things, get it "bien ahogada". If you just want some spice, get it "media ahogada".

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                                RoxyGrl Jun 21, 2011 04:32 PM

                                Top 3 for me

                                Dogzilla - the only one I will really drive for (and I have to since they are OC-based and I am in the SGV)
                                Mariscos Jalisco
                                Grill Em All

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                                Mariscos Jalisco
                                7922 Rosecrans Ave Ste G, Paramount, CA 90723

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                                  Axlsgoddess Jul 11, 2011 10:58 AM

                                  Grill En All! How can you beat the combo of a gourmet burger seasoned with metal? The Waste Em All and the Witte are killer! Bonus points for the fabulous service under the bone crushing pressure of having block long lines.

                                  1. Kris P Pata Jul 11, 2011 03:04 PM

                                    Curbside Cravings
                                    Lake Street Creamery
                                    Lomo Arigato
                                    Tapa Boy

                                    and my pick for best truck: Vizzi

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                                      Jase Jul 11, 2011 03:06 PM

                                      I just saw that Vizzi will be at the Eat Real Festival this weekend. After looking at their menu, I figured I'd give them a shot. I'm not a big fan of chasing down the gourmet trucks or standing in long lines but if they'll be there at the festival, why not?

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                                        Kris P Pata Jul 11, 2011 03:32 PM

                                        With the sole, glaring exception of their cookies (just ... meh), I'm a big fan of their entire menu, Jase. Their variety is their hallmark but, imho what really sets them apart is their consistency which is somewhat of a premium in mobile cuisine. Let us know what you think after the weekend.

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                                          Servorg Jul 11, 2011 03:37 PM

                                          http://vizzitruck.com/menu/

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                                            Jase Jul 11, 2011 04:06 PM

                                            Thanks for the elaboration. I've had good luck with your recommendations in the past so they've definitely moved up in the list. Seems like my list of activities is growing for the event. I wasn't sure how much time I was going to spend there but between the music acts that sound intriguing, the demos and the various food offerings, it might be a pretty full day.

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                                              Kris P Pata Jul 11, 2011 04:18 PM

                                              Back at ya'. Cheers.

                                      2. artgalgenius Jul 14, 2011 12:19 AM

                                        Off the top of my head only 3 come to mind:
                                        Kogi
                                        Frysmith
                                        Nom Nom Truck

                                        I have tried a lot of mediocre trucks too. I really hope this is not a trend in the decline in quality.

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                                        Kogi
                                        Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                                        Frysmith
                                        Mobile truck, Los Angeles, CA

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                                          L.A. Jay Jul 14, 2011 07:48 AM

                                          1. Kogi - The spicy pork taco is absolutely one of the best things I've eaten. Period.
                                          2. Lardon - A bacon taco shell filled with cheesy fried potatoes and served with a horseradish sour cream! Wow!
                                          3. Grill Em All - The Behemoth is just epic.
                                          4. Buttermilk - Love the mini Red Velvet pancakes.
                                          5. White Rabbit - As a filipino, I didn't think fusion would work. But their filipino meats served up as tacos are great!

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                                          Kogi
                                          Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                                          White Rabbit Cafe
                                          8316 Winnetka Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91306

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                                            EricDC Jul 14, 2011 12:20 PM

                                            I've been to a bundle now, and there's only one I would ever seek out again:

                                            The Meet'n Potatoes truck. It's just... damn awesome sandwiches.

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                                              Servorg Jul 14, 2011 12:28 PM

                                              http://meetnpotatoestruck.com/

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                                            JaxLBC Jul 14, 2011 12:38 PM

                                            Here's my list!!!

                                            Lomo Arigato
                                            Tropical Shave Ice
                                            Grill Em All
                                            Grilled Cheese
                                            Shrimp Pimp

                                            1. GoMolly Jul 14, 2011 12:58 PM

                                              LomoArigato,
                                              FrySmith,
                                              GetShaved,
                                              The Sweets Truck,
                                              GastroBus

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