One of the truly great alternatives to Ray’s and Stark’s Bar inside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the lovely line up of Food Trucks parked just outside along Wilshire Blvd. The good news is that you can find these trucks virtually all over Los Angeles, if you know where you look.
Food Trucks are fast becoming a staple of the Los Angeles Dining Scene, as scores of young Chefs, eager to make their mark in the world, are making their bones inside mobile kitchens instead of stationary brick and mortar restaurants. Instead of paying and arm and a leg for real estate, they are buying theses pre-configured, ready-to-serve Trucks and are implementing their menus from there. Each truck has its own specialty grub, and a focused menus with a limited number items to choose from. This is a good thing, because the advantage for you, the consumer, is that, they will concentrate on those limited number of items, and get real good at making them.
Over time, if a Chef gets popular enough, they can move up in the world of gastronomy like say…Roy Choi, who’s Food Truck Kogi BBQ is now the Food menu at Culver City’s Alibi Room, which is close to his brick and mortar place, A-Frame. Or you can be like Debbie Lee, who’s Food Truck Ahn-Joo has turned into a permanent stand at the Americana Center in Glendale.
And please, squash any notions of these places being unclean or untidy. No one makes money poisoning their customers. I would put these Food Trucks up against any brick and mortar in the City.
Each Truck maintains a Twitter and Facebook account to allow you to follow them through social media. That’s all well and good when you got a favorite, but what if, let’s say, you’re stuck at work, or are just unfamiliar with the Food Truck scene, what do you do then? Well, you try a website like Roaming Hunger, which will allow you to search by a particular Truck (if that’s what you’re looking for), or by a particular neighborhood. It’s a really good resource for Food Truck dining, no matter where you are in the country.