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6May/100

RIP Fressers

Fresser's pastrami truck is closing its doors. Owners Jessica Ary and Scott Halberg posted the sad news on Fresser's Web site today. The truck's last day will be Saturday, May 8, at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. Flying Pig Truck will be joining Fresser's there.

Photo by krynsky via Flickr

25Feb/100

This weekend: Food Truck Block Party at Silverlake Art* Craft and Vintage Market

This weekend (February 27th and 28th), the Silverlake Art* Craft and Vintage Market is hosting its first monthly Food Truck Block Party. The market is held at Micheltorena Elementary School on the last Saturday and Sunday of every month from 10 AM to 4 PM. Barring rain, the lineup is as follows. The trucks will be arriving at the listed times and staying until around 4 PM.

Saturday, February 27th:
Slice Truck - 10:30
King Kone - 11:30
Grill 'Em All - 11:30
Willoughby Road - 11:00
Tasty Meat - 11:45
Don Chow Tacos - time TBA

Sunday, February 28th:
Yum Yum Bowls - 9:30
Buttermilk Truck - 10:00 (leaving 1:30 - being replaced by Asian Soul Kitchen)
Phamish - 10:00
Louks To Go - 11:00
LA BBQ Guy - 11:15
Del's - 12:00

Silverlake Art* Craft and Vintage is at 1511 Micheltorena St. (at Sunset Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90026. For more information, visit silverlakeartcraftvintage.com.

4Feb/101

Ludo Lefebvre Fried Chicken Truck at LA Street Food Fest

Chef Ludo Lefebvre, mastermind of traveling LA restaurant event LudoBites, is bringing his own food truck to the LA Street Food Fest on February 13. He'll be making one dish: his fried chicken, in bite-size servings. This is a very interesting incarnation of LudoBites. It has all Ludo's usual ingredients - small plates, small kitchen, pop-up location - plus the hottest accessory for a chef right now: a truck. Unlike most LudoBites events, though, the LudoTruck will be around for one day only.

28Jan/101

LA Street Food Fest

LAist is reporting that 36 food trucks and food carts will be at the LA Street Food Fest on February 13. The festival will take place at LA Center Studios from 11 AM to 5 PM. LA Center Studios is downtown, by the 110 freeway: its entrance is at 500 S. Beaudry Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017. 5th St. is the cross street.

Find out more information at the LA Street Food Fest's official site, or follow them on Twitter at @lafoodfest.

24Jan/100

Miracle Mile truck spots in jeopardy?

According to food-truck gossip, Los Angeles city authorities may be about to tighten up on truck parking in certain areas. The 5700 block of Wilshire Blvd., on Miracle Mile, is a popular weekday lunch spot for trucks. Since last August, owners and managers of local restaurants like Toshi's, Baja Fresh, Koo Koo Roo and Johnnie's New York Pizzeria have been complaining to the city that the trucks are stealing their business. (In the case of Toshi's, they may have been right: the Asian takeout joint recently closed.) In December, mysterious Tow Zone street signs even appeared on the block: the LA Department of Transportation confirmed it didn't issue the signs, and sent people out to take them down. Los Angeles Business Journal covered the battle between brick-and-mortar restaurants and food trucks on January 18. Now, rumor has it that a city ordinance could soon be passed to bar food trucks from parking on that stretch of Wilshire.

Trucks could perhaps combat this potential ban by convincing a local store to invite them to park outside. Farther north, on Melrose Avenue, vintage store SLOW invited Don Chow Tacos to park in its lot on January 16, and has hosted other food trucks before: maybe some non-restaurant-related businesses on the Miracle Mile will follow suit.

23Jan/103

TLofts Food Trucks For Haiti: Review

This Saturday’s Haiti fundraiser at TLofts had an enormous turnout. 25 food trucks lined the intersection of Tennessee and Butler Avenues in West LA, and, from 11 AM to 4 PM, seemingly thousands of people showed up to eat for charity. Participating trucks included Nom Nom Truck, Bool BBQ, Buttermilk Truck, Get Shaved, Fishlips Sushi, India Jones Chow Truck, and many, many more.

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I ran into a fellow food-truck aficionado; too overwhelmed to order yet, we stood and chatted for a while. Like me, he was stunned into inaction not only by the Disneyland-long lines at each truck, but also by the staggering variety of food on offer. The problem with such a concentration of trucks in one area is that you can’t possibly eat everything that looks good. By the time I left, I’d only managed to make it through a meatball sub from Vesuvio, a Del’s frozen lemonade, and a chocolate milkshake from King Kone. It would have been great if each truck had prepared smaller portions of some or all of its dishes, so customers could sample more than one truck’s cuisine: although maybe it’s to a truck’s advantage to fill customers’ bellies so full that they can’t fit anyone else’s food in there. I asked a woman at Vesuvio if she could make me a half-sandwich instead of a full order; she told me they “don’t really do that.”

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The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly: everyone wanted to know what everyone else was eating and which truck it’d come from. At Vesuvio, I waited with two other women for arancini (savory rice balls), and we cursed our luck together when the staff told us they’d run out. My friend accosted a man eating a good-looking tostada, and he directed her over to LA FuXion. Sadly, they were all out too.

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By 3:15, almost all the trucks began to run out of food. Willoughby Road had erased most of its blackboard menu; one or two lonely items remained. Don Chow Tacos held off on taking orders, unsure it even had enough food left to fulfill the ones already on the docket. Asian Soul Kitchen took off, honking its horn triumphantly (or perhaps simply attempting to clear the road of chatting diners). The Grilled Cheese Truck and Louks To Go left next. Ridiculously full, I departed soon afterward.

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Notable absences: Frysmith, who had a prior commitment at the Natural History Museum; Marked5, who tweeted today that it’ll be “coming back soon;” TastyMeat (its truck was in the shop); Baby’s Badass Burgers; Kogi BBQ; and Grill ’Em All – as a huge fan of both burgers and Metallica, I was sad this new truck wasn’t there today.

22Jan/101

Via LAWeekly.com: Little Spoon Loses The Truck

LA Weekly's Squid Ink food blog reported today that mobile dessert company Little Spoon is getting rid of its truck. Instead founders Melissa Hanna and Laurel Tincher are going to make their desserts available on other food trucks: Willoughby Road and the Nom Nom truck will start serving them next week. LA coffee-shop chain Groundwork is also going to be carrying Little Spoon sweets, starting in mid-February.

I'm a fan of Little Spoon's cookie bark and lemon bars, and I'm glad its desserts are still going to be available. I can't help noting, however, that its retirement from mobile baking means there's a fully equipped truck for sale. Could someone please buy it and start up the bagel truck I've been dreaming about?