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14Sep/100

Food Truck Festival for Heal the Bay Sep 25

On September 25th, you can help fundraise for Heal the Bay - just by eating your lunch! Latitude 33, a beachside condo community in Marina Del Rey, is throwing a benefit that begins at noon, right after Coastal Cleanup Day, and goes till 4 PM. Over 20 food trucks will be there, and 10% of their sales will go to Heal the Bay and the International Bird Rescue Research Center.

Confirmed food trucks include: The Grilled Cheese Truck, Papas Tapas, Big Swirl, Frysmith, Del’s Lemonade, Vesuvio, India Jones, Crepe'n Around, Ahn Joo, Worldfare, Buttermilk Truck, Lake Street Creamery, Morsels Truck, Border Grill, Dosa Truck, The Sweets Truck, Dim Sum Truck, Organic Oasis, Dogtown Dogs, Slice Truck, Get Shaved, The Shrimp Pimp and Canters.

Latitude 33 is located at 330 Washington Blvd in Marina Del Rey.

Beyond O2 Water on Main Street in Santa Monica is also a proud sponsor of the event and is supplying water.

7Mar/100

Quickfire Review: Dogtown Dogs

Photo by Oliver Seldman

Photo by Oliver Seldman

Recently I've been hitting the food trucks hard, so hard in fact that I have a backlog of reviews to do. Rather than do up a full review of each truck, I thought I'd experiment with a quickfire review format. This is the third in a series of five mini-reviews.

Truck: Dogtown Dogs

What I ordered: Trailer Trash dog (all beef, topped with chili and crumbled Fritos; $6); Dogtown Dog (all beef, with fennel slaw, dijon mustard and roasted red peppers; $5)

Photo by Oliver Seldman

Photo by Oliver Seldman

Was it good?: The dog itself was very tasty. The Fritos could have been a bit more plentiful on the Trailer Trash dog, but the chili was hearty and rich. The Dogtown Dog's fennel slaw didn't do it for me. It was too thickly cut, there was slightly too much of it on the dog, and the fennel itself was a little flavorless.

Overall experience: The dude who took our order was happy to chat with us. He sounded like he had a little bit of a Boston accent, which I absolutely love. He gave us the lowdown on "snap dogs": they've got a natural sausage casing, so they have a nice snap to them when you take a bite. The problem? These dogs are expensive. Yes, they're pretty good, but to be honest, I'd like them a lot more if they cost a couple dollars less.

Vegetarian-friendly: The portabello cheese steak dog ($7) has grilled portabello mushrooms, peppers and onions. It's topped with melted cheese. You can also make any dog soy for $1 extra.

Vegan-friendly: Get a soy dog on the Dogtown Dog or California Dog ($6). You could ask for the portabello dog sans cheese. I have a message in to the Dogtown boys asking them about the vegan status of their hot dog buns, and I'll report back when I hear from them.

Photo by Oliver Seldman

Photo by Oliver Seldman