This long-standing truck is best known for their Thai fusion and excellent taste in music (you can expect Kendrick Lamar and A to blare from the speakers). Our favorite orders are the Spicy Street Corn (insane) and Chicken and Beef Brisket Thai Sliders.
Baby’s Badass Burgers
This truck has been on the LA food-truck scene since 2009, and they’re still selling out of their gourmet half-pound burgers as fast as they can grill them. We recommend the Cover Girl, a turkey burger with Swiss, sautéed onions, lettuce, tomato, and "Baby’s Special Sauce".
Bowled & Beautiful
If you’re looking to come away from a sea of food trucks with something moderately healthy, this truck is for you. While Bowled & Beautiful still offers a variety of indulgent comfort foods (blondie bars, truffle fries, and tater tots are just a few), our favorite from their menu is the Barbie Bowl: greens with brown rice, black beans, grilled chicken breast, corn relish, and their creamy chipotle sauce. Pro tip: ask for a fried egg or an avocado on top.
This truck is a staple, in other words you can’t talk about food trucks in LA without mentioning Coolhaus. Here, you can expect the best handmade ice cream sandwiches served in crazy-amazing combinations. Each truck is stocked with at least eight ice cream flavors at a time, like avocado sea salt, balsamic fig and mascarpone, beer and pretzels, and coconut negroni. At least five cookie flavors are always available, too: imagine everything from pumpkin pecan whoopies to gluten-free salted caramel macarons to pedestrian-by-comparison chocolate chip. Also of note: the sandwiches are served in edible wrappers.
Cousin’s Maine Lobster
Founded by actual cousins Jim and Sabin, who both come from Maine but now live full-time in Los Angeles. The organization has expanded in big ways since the early days, now boasting trucks in more than 10 cities, a brick-and-mortar on Santa Monica, and mail-order lobster feasts available through their website. That said, the LA trucks are the originals. Lobster is shipped in fresh from Maine, and rolls are served both warm and cold (we actually like them equally—it kind of depends on your mood and taste).
Served out of a 50-year-old truck named Charlie, CVT offers soft-serve the way it was meant to be served—simple. Your only choices are vanilla, chocolate, or a twist of both, with an option of added sprinkles or sea salt. But you only really need two topping options when the ice cream is this good.
This truck has a great premise: gourmet hot dogs. Using nitrate-free, grass-fed meat, these dogs aren’t your average street fare. Menu options include the Morning Commute, a dog wrapped in crispy bacon and topped with a fried egg and the Portabello Cheese Steak, which is vegetarian and is about as amazing as it sounds. We recommend the California Dog, an all-beef offering with avocado, tomatoes, arugula, basil aioli, and fried onions.
Fitness Kitchen LA
Founded by a former marketing executive and his personal trainer, Fitness Kitchen LA is built to be a complementary, easy-to-execute nutrition plan for active people. Starting at $50 a day, they deliver three full meals and offer a few different programs (appropriately dubbed “trim,” “train,” and “maintain”) that customers can switch up according to their needs. The menu changes weekly, but the lineup always includes an approachable variety of classically healthy food: Favorite dishes include vegetable quiche with a rice crust, stuffed bell peppers with Spanish rice, filet mignon with horseradish and broccolini, and a farm vegetable salad with oven-roasted turkey.
Florence Betheau, a.k.a. Chef Flo, is a French chef who cooked in a classic French style—heavy on meat, eggs, and dairy—for years. After experiencing the positive effects of vegan and gluten-free recipes on herself and her autistic daughter, she started to drastically shift her style of cooking. Today, her seasonally grounded meal delivery is an LA favorite for making veganism easy (and delicious). Average dishes might include Indian curried butternut squash dal, Tex-Mex sweet-potato cakes with Moroccan tomato sauce, or vegetable gratin with mung beans; everything is comforting and incredibly flavorful.
Melrose Place Farmer's Market Sunday's, Century City Farmer's Market Thursday's, Wilshire Center Farmer's Market Friday's
Free Range is indisputably one of LA's best food trucks, and while everything on their menu is great, it's their Original Free Range LA Chicken Sandwich that made them famous. Their tempura-fried chicken is unbelievably juicy and flavorful, and their Portuguese buns are the perfect width and density. Unlike so many other food trucks in LA, Free Range has a consistent daily schedule, so you always know where to find them—we like to hunt them down at the adorable Melrose Place farmer’s market on Sundays (just make sure to arrive early, before the line gets too crazy).
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