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Pico House
The chefs behind Pico House are all roommates, and the truck gets its name from the moniker they’ve lent to their LA pad. Born of a desire to find healthful, satisfying food, their mobile collaboration serves up whole grain bowls made with meats, veggies, house-made pickles, and fresh herbs. If that sounds uninspired, consider their Robertson Short Rib bowl: sautéed broccoli stems, swiss chard, pickled red onion, and tomato chutney—plus, of course, the short rib and a pasilla pepper and broccoli purée—sit atop their mix of ancient grains, which includes farro, barley, wheat berries, and rye.
The Grilled Cheese Truck
An early crowd-pleaser at Abbot Kinney’s First Fridays food truck events, this LA-area mainstay draws huge lines. It’s not difficult to see why: they offer a full menu of excellent grilled cheese, from which you can choose your cheese of preference (American, gruyere, and sun-dried tomato goat cheese are just a few) and pair it with either French or wheat bread. Or, if you’re feeling like a grilled-cheese fiend, you can opt for one of their ridiculously decadent (and amazing) combinations—there’s one that sandwiches a layer of macaroni and cheese with house-smoked BBQ pork and caramelized onions.
Tumaca
The two-person team behind this relative newcomer serves up an amazing Spanish menu, usually from in front of local coffee shops all over town. The main draw is their Barcelona-style pan tumaca sandwiches, which are prepared with freshly baked toasted ciabatta bread, tomato, and extra virgin olive oil as the base. Fillings range from Spanish serrano ham with caramelized onions, roasted green peppers, and salsa, to an eggs and chorizo offering, to free-range pork loin with manchego cheese and piquillo peppers.
The NoMad Truck
A roaming extension of the New York restaurant of the same name, food trucks really don’t get more gourmet than this one. Chef Daniel Humm, co-owner of the lauded Eleven Madison Park (and NoMad), works with a rotating roster of different iconic LA chefs on the mobile NoMad’s menu. The truck’s first partnership was with chef Roy Choi of Kogi and Commissary, who dreamt up a chicken dumpling burger with shrimp, chili, and ginger for their menu in the fall. While you won't always see that masterpiece on the menu, you can expect to find their notorious chicken burger, elevated seasonal salad offerings, and milk and honey soft serve.