Call them a staple of L.A. culture or just street food, but don’t call them roach coaches. An integral part of Angelenos’ lunch and dinner experiences, food trucks are carving out a tasty niche that is here to stay. So who are the three heavy hitters?
Dogzilla Japanese Style Hotdogs
With a slogan that reads “Not Your Typical Wiener,” need I say more? Check out Dogzilla’s menu lineup on its Facebook page. These Japanese-style hotdogs showcase why local food trucks are becoming a staple in L.A. street food culture: fusion. After all, why order a hotdog when you can order its Japanese cousin?
Schedule: The weekly schedule is subject to some change. On Monday the food truck is at Q’s Lounge in Westminster from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. On Tuesday, the same time slot is filled at Amerige Avenue and Harbor Boulevard in Fullerton. On Wednesday, find Dogzilla from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Michelson Drive and Teller Avenue in Irvine; from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., the truck will park at Sam Ash in Westminster. No dogs on Thursday, and Friday is still up in the air.
Tip: Follow Dogzilla on Twitter to learn of last-minute cancellations and schedule updates.
Flying Pig Food Truck
The food truck is a study in pink; the fare bills itself as the “perfect blend of Asian & Pacific Rim Flavors with French Technique.” Remember what I said about fusion? The Flying Pig Truck website is quick to state that the resident chefs received their culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu.
With these credentials, is anyone surprised that you can buy braised pork belly, sliders with banana mustard, crunchy tofu, carne asada with shitake mushrooms (yum!) and tamarind duck from the side of the pink truck? So the “death sauce” might give you pause, but you will survive it.
Schedule: There are Pig 1 and Pig 2. Find them at the Hulu Building on Olympic (Monday), 5800 Wilshire (Tuesday), and at the Trident Center (Wednesday). Spot them on Sunset & Wilcox and later on at 2nd and Central in Little Tokyo (Thursday); they are on 9th & Hope and also Ocean Park & 31st, only to put in a dinner appearance at Abbot Kinney (Friday). Count on their presence in Little Tokyo and the SM Farmer’s Market; later they are at Abbott Kinney and the Paseo Mall (Saturday).
Tip: Check their website frequently for schedule changes and do not neglect to follow the Flying Pig Truck on Twitter. They offer a daily account of their whereabouts – a service hungry Angelenos with a hankering for the Pacific Rim count on.
The Gastro Bus
Farmer’s Market meets pub within the confines of this impossibly yellow food truck. Unmistakable among the bevy of food trucks selling street food, it features organic eggs, smoked bacon, sweet potato fries and a Thai chicken wrap you must see to believe. Daily specials round out the street food offering.
Schedule: Keep your eyes on the Gastro Bus website for an updated schedule. Generally speaking, on Tuesday you can find the yellow truck at 16206 Ventura Boulevard, while Thursday it sits in front of the Frosted Cupcakery in Hollywood. Set your watches for 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday it puts in an appearance at 407 North Maple Drive in Beverly Hills and on Sunday it is a staple at the Los Feliz Farmer’s Market from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tip: As with the other Los Angeles food trucks, be sure to follow the Gastro Bus on Twitter for updates and schedules.
— Dogzilla on Facebook: “Menu Lineup”
— Flying Pig Truck
— Gastro Bus