Dining out is a great way to get to know a new city, especially one as diverse as Los Angeles. But with so many choices and limited time and budget, how can you experience the culinary delights of the city? The solution is rather simple: Look for the Los Angeles food trucks that roam the streets. These kitchens on wheels can give you a taste of home or of countries you've dreamed of visiting.
Here are some popular food trucks:
The Grilled Cheese Truck: Grilled cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods, but with a few twists, it can also be an adventure. So whether you crave a traditional sandwich with melted Gruyere, Brie or Habanero Jack, or even cheesy mac & rib, its calendar tells you where the food will be.
Dogzilla: Fancying a hot dog? Street food and hot dogs seem to go hand in hand no matter where you are, but Dogzilla brings hot dogs to a whole other level. From their signature Dogzilla to the Yaki Dog, you're bound to find something to your taste. Check out its schedule for locations.
Cousins Maine Lobster: The founders of Cousins Maine Lobster brought their idea to the entrepreneur funding television show "Shark Tank" and received backing that allowed them to spread their New England flavors to the West Coast. You can enjoy delicious Maine lobster in rolls, quesadillas, tacos, tots and more. The events page for Cousins Maine Lobster keeps you informed of its locations.
The Beignet Truck: Do you miss the Mardi Gras feel of New Orleans or is it on your bucket list of places to visit? No trip to NOLA is complete without a taste of beignets, but you don't have to wait until your next trip for one of these scrumptious sugar-filled treats. The Beignet Truck will give you not only your sugar fix but also a wonderful cup of coffee. Have a look at its website to see where it is today.
Mandoline Grill: Are you looking for a taste of Vietnam in Los Angeles? The Mandoline Grill roams about LA offering its bánh mì sandwiches, tacos and Vietnamese nachos. The owner says that her menu is "fresh, crisp vegan and carnivore-friendly." Look here to find the Mandoline Grill's locations and schedule.
Good Greek Grub: If you're craving a good souvlaki or Greek salad, you may want to find where the Good Greek Grub truck is for the day. The owners say it's simple but tasty flavors are among the healthiest in the world. Not sure what you want? The Good Greek Grub has a sample platter that gives you a little bit of a lot things.
India Jones Chow Truck: If you're looking for authentic Indian food, then look for India Jones Chow Truck as it makes its rounds through LA. The food from this truck earned the owners quite the following. Its menu includes the Frankie (an Indian roti that's rolled up like a burrito), veggie samosas, curries, Indian breads and combos. Follow the truck on its site.
Taking the time to check out Los Angeles food trucks is cheaper than traveling the world, but can be just as tasty!
By Marijke Vroomen Durning