In a city as sprawling as Los Angeles, food trucks offer a vital oasis for hungry travelers in search of a quick bite or late-night snack. From tacos to pizza, hot dogs to grilled cheese, there are plenty of excellent options when it comes to grabbing a bite on the go. We’ve rounded up our favorite food trucks across the city to help you navigate the choices. And if you’re looking for more movable feasts, check out Roaming Hunger for the latest food truck contenders and news.
The bird is the word with these sustainably-raised, fried chicken and breakfast specialists. Start your day right with their crispy, tempura-battered fried chicken tossed with local honey and sriracha and served with scrambled eggs on a fluffy house biscuit, or opt for their hearty avocado toast on Clark Street Bread sourdough with an over-easy egg nestled beneath the avocado. If you’re feeling the lunch vibe more, the massive fried-chicken sandwich here is the move, topped with a zippy fresno chili slaw, a honey mustard sauce and served on a toasted Portuguese bun. You’ll find the truck perched by different coffee shops around town each morning and drinking establishments on weekend nights, but follow the self-described “Chicken Gawds” on Instagram for the latest updates.
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman (top) / Courtesy Free Range (bottom)
LA’s first bagel truck draws big pre-noon crowds for their quality, hand-rolled bagels, served up with plenty of schmear and swagger. Available in plain, poppy, sesame, everything and addictive cheddar, the Yeastie Boys’ bagels offer that sought-after delicate balance of fluffy center and thin crust. Particularly after a late night, The Game Over scores with soft scrambled eggs, peppery bacon, beer cheese, tomato and jalapeño spread. Meanwhile, the Lox features smoked salmon and dill spread, radishes, cucumber and caper pesto. Follow them on Twitter, and get there early before they sell-out. You can also visit their permanent pop-up at Alfred in the Alley in West Hollywood from 7am-3pm.
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Made In Brooklyn
Made In Brooklyn recently started slinging quality New York-style slices on the streets of LA, helping to fill the void in the hearts of homesick East Coast transplants and delighting pizza lovers in general. The onboard double-deck oven turns out a wonderfully crisp and thin foldable crust, topped with a bright and tangy sauce and fresh mozzarella. If you’re looking to venture beyond the classic cheese slice, we recommend the housemade sausage; the pepperoni stromboli is also worth checking out. The truck travels quite a bit, so check their calendar or Twitter for locations and updates.
Photograph: Victor Leung (top) / Made in Brooklyn (bottom)
The Grilled Cheese Truck
What began as a contender at LA’s Grilled Cheese Invitational has since grown to a nationwide (and soon-to-be international, with an outpost in the United Arab Emirates) armada of trucks doling out cheesy, melty goodness. But the Grilled Cheese Truck still maintains a strong hold on the hearts (and stomachs) of Angelenos looking for a comfort food fix. While you could keep things simple with a straightforward cheese and bread combo, if you really want to indulge, the fully loaded option hits you with sharp cheddar, smoked BBQ pork and a dose of mac and cheese. You’ll likely want to grab some tater tots and a cup of tomato soup if it’s not a scorchingly sunny day. Check their calendar and Twitter to find one of their four roving trucks.
Photograph: Victor Leung (top) / Jakob N. Layman (bottom)
The Lobos Truck
If you’re feeling the need to indulge in some seriously hearty American comfort fare (especially late at night), the Lobos Truck is the one to track down. You’ll probably want to head straight for the OG Wachos—waffle cut fries treated like nachos—loaded with grilled onions, guacamole, blue cheese, bacon, cheddar sauce, tomatoes, scallions, Ranch and the house “angel” sauce (or, for a bit of heat, go for the Buffalo variation). You could also opt for the Chinook burger with cheddar and garlic aioli on a brioche bun, or go big with the mac and cheese topped with bacon and hot wings. And if you need to hit your sweet spot, there’s the salted caramel bacon brownie. Their location and schedule changes frequently, so follow them on Twitter to find out where they’ll be.
Photograph: Victor Leung (top) / Courtesy The Lobos Truck (bottom)