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Lime Truck Opens "TLT Food" Restaurant in Westwood Village

The Chef from The Lime Truck Daniel Shemtob (winners of season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race on The Food Network) is opening a restaurant in Westwood Village in the former location of The Stand. They are scheduled to open on Nov 1st. The menu is at this link and it looks good including it's 12 Hour Pulled Pork Fries with Cotija Cheese, Homemade Guac, Crema, Chiptole-Honey Cabbage.

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  1. The Stand lastest much longer than I expected. Let's hope TLT can survive! I'm a UCLA grad and I'm always so sad walking around Westwood... so many empty spaces, and it's been that way for far too long.

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    1. re: CLowe

      What's the problem with vacancies in Westwood Village? One would think if a space were vacant for several years, the landlord would slash the rents to the point where someone would want to come in and open a business.

      1. re: jgilbert1000

        There have been several discussions of this issue of Westwood Village's economic troubles, including greedy landlords and the lack of accessible, inexpensive public parking. The most recent, i believe, was on the thread headlining the demise of Jerry's Famous Deli in Westwood.

        1. re: nosh

          I've read those discussions and various articles in the LA Times et al, but I still haven't seen an answer to jGilbert1000's question that makes sense to me. No matter how greedy you are, some money is better than no money, isn't it?

          1. re: aching

            Unless the landlord bought the property for such a cheap price that he does not want to deal with the headache of a short-time, fly by night tenant.

    2. that menu looks terrific. you all need to check it out and let me know if it's worth hopping over the hill to eat there...

      1. They opened this morning. This is the story from Grub Street with full menu and photos:

        1. Menu prices look very reasonable but another food truck that is keeping the truck in the name? Kinda ridiculous but at least it's part of an acronym.

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          1. re: Johnny L

            "...but another food truck that is keeping the truck in the name? "

            I figure their thinking is, since they already have a customer base that knows them and their name, (and their food) they are simply trying to keep those folks around and add to their bottom line from there.

            1. re: Johnny L

              the truck has created goodwill.
              here is one of the definitions of goodwill:
              "b (1) : the favor or advantage that a business has acquired especially through its brands and its good reputation "

              logically, any good businessperson would try to use the truck's good will to benefit the bricks and mortar undertaking.
              the fact that there are already lines at the place would suggest that doing so was a good idea.

              1. re: Johnny L

                I agree. Despite the replies above, I think having "The Lime" is sufficient for customer base purposes. Having "truck" in there when it's clearly not a truck is weird.

                And I'll add that, and perhaps this is just my opinion, but "food trucks" have a strongly negative connotation to me. When people tell me a food truck has good food, I'm quite skeptical to say the least. 99% of them are overpriced crap serving a dish or dishes that you can find much better, cheaper versions of at a real restaurant.

              2. Didn't realize the Stand closed?! Now that my DH no longer works in this 'hood, we don't have reason to frequent the area. Wow, if the Stand couldn't make it there, makes you wonder if a hyped trend of a food-truck-b&m can make it..... Wonder how many students crave charred bok choy & crab ceviche while cramming for finals.... And tacos for $4? Even the Loteria Grill on the 3rd st promenade sells their tacos cheaper. Maybe they are quite large? Hmmmm

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                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  "Wonder how many students crave charred bok choy & crab ceviche while cramming for finals..."

                  I have not eaten here yet but yesterday lines were out the door.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    The day that Jersey Mike's opened a few years ago on the east side of Westwood Village (down from Trader Joe's) there were lines out the door. The reason was that there was an offer for a free or greatly reduced sub in the Daily Bruin. Was there some sort of special yesterday?

                    1. re: nosh

                      Yes, anyone who had a Stand card got a FREE lime-ade drink.

                    2. re: wienermobile

                      No line at all yesterday evening at 8PM or so. Looked a little too chi-chi for me and my partner, so we tried to go to 800 Degrees (which had a line to the coffee shop) and ended up at Tanino (lovely).

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        What gave it away? The title of the thread? Or was it this by some chance http://tltfood.com/our-story/ ? ;-D>

                        1. re: Servorg

                          I am a master at deciphering complex thingies...

                          1. re: bulavinaka

                            self-deprecation aside, bulavinaka,
                            your writing and dedication to good chow is beyond the beyond.
                            in my next life i want to be able to write as well as you do.
                            thank you for the tremendous depth you add to the board.

                    1. TLT has become a regular in our rotation, but I don't think I've posted about it, and it just keeps getting better and better. This weekend my husband and I split the Pork Belly Nachos, Beet Salad, and Brussels Sprouts for lunch, and it was an extremely satisfying meal. Their pork belly in particular is insanely good - it has that "falling-apart" quality that a good braised short rib has, but with the flavor and crispy exterior that pork belly should have. As for the brussels sprouts, I would have gladly eaten three portions myself - although let's not kid ourselves into thinking that there's any nutritional value left after frying and tossing with prosciutto! I'm really happy to have this place in our neighborhood.

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                      1. re: aching

                        how are their ahi tuna tacos ?

                        1. re: kevin

                          Sorry, dunno - I actually haven't tried any of the tacos yet...

                          1. re: aching

                            We tried TLT a few weeks ago: Really liked the grilled crab cheese sandwich, very rich. Tacos (steak, potroast) too small for $4 per. Service very friendly -- comped a raspberry lemonade when I mentioned I was a Stand cardmember and gave a free refill.

                        2. re: aching

                          sounds really tempting. :> thanx! does anyone have tips on where to park in the area?

                          1. re: chowseeker1999

                            Continue up Westwood Blvd. north past TLT (on your right) and make your first right then your first left (north on Glendon). Go past the newish office building on the right and the new apartment complex and enter the lot to your right just before the Trader Joe's. Park there, then buy something at the Trader Joe's and validate. Good for at least an hour -- check if it is more.

                            Other option is to continue north on Westwood, make your second left (past Kinross on Weyburn), make another left south on Broxton, and use the public parking structure on the left. I don't know what they charge during the day or evening.

                            1. re: nosh

                              On weekends and evenings, there usually are meters available. Otherwise, I agree about the TJ's parking (and it is one hour free with validation).

                                1. re: nosh

                                  the public parking structure is I believe free for two hours before 6pm, which really really really comes in handy.

                                2. re: chowseeker1999

                                  if you are willing to walk a block and a half, parking is available at the broxton lot.

                                  1036 Broxton Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024

                                  before 6 pm, the first two hours are free.

                                  1. re: westsidegal

                                    i concur.

                                    that lot is almost heaven sent to the area.

                                3. re: aching

                                  TLT is the source of my best "cheats."
                                  when i'm invited to a pot luck, i just go to TLT and buy "my cooking" from there and serve it on my own china serving pieces.

                                  their food is ALWAYS a hit.
                                  there is something there for every kind of crowd: meat, fish, vegetarian, heart-healthy, low gluten, etc.

                                  1. re: westsidegal

                                    How could you ???


                                    But does it really taste homemade once you place it on your very own china.

                                    Hmm, sounds like a great idea for veggie sides for a potluck.

                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                      Somehow, I never choose anything there that is even remotely heart-healthy!

                                      1. re: aching

                                        for heart-healthy i've served the edamame hummous with great success.
                                        i serve TLT chips for the regular folks,
                                        and for those watching their fat intake i serve those flattened pretzel thingies called PRETZEL CRISPS that gelson's has on sale this week for $2.50/bag.