The Best L.A. Food Trucks

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Everyone in Los Angeles knows the best eats come from a truck not a restaurant and the best L.A. food trucks prove that. Open night and day, these popular food trucks travel from location to location across Southern California serving up a selection of food on the go. From the Kogi BBQ truck that started the food truck craze to others that specialize in ethnic food or sweets, it's easy to find good eats sure to please nearly everyone.

While L.A. food trucks often simply show up at scheduled locations, many food truck enthusiasts enjoy the hunt of tracking down their favorite truck in the city. Luckily for these foodies, the food trucks use the Internet and social media to communicate their locations and specials. (If you can't make it out to one of these trucks, doesn't mean you can't experience Epic Meal Time.)

In addition to posting their menus, schedules and planned locations on their official websites, many food trucks will inform their fans of other news, such as specials, using their Twitter and Facebook accounts. As if that was not enough, there are a bunch of secondary websites strictly devoted to tracking Los Angeles food trucks and providing food truck fans with and LA food truck map or a food truck locator/food truck tracker to get their food truck on.

What are the best food trucks in LA? There's an estimated 200 food trucks roaming the streets of Los Angeles in total, but some are certainly better than others. Help us decide which Los Angeles food truck rules the road by voting for your favorites below. The top food trucks in LA run the gamut from LA taco trucks to gourmet food trucks serving up delicious seafood.

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    Kogi BBQ

    As the father of the food truck revolution in Los Angeles, the Kogi BBQ is known for its long lines and fiercely loyal fans. The truck serves Korean Mexican tacos, burritos, sliders and beverages. Tacos, with the choice of short ribs, spicy pork, chicken or tofu, run around $2 each while burritos and Kogi favorites are $5. Combo plates with a selection of items and a drink can be had for $7-10.

    Twitter: @KogiBBQ
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    Serving--you guessed it, grilled cheese. This truck is undoubtedly one of the most popular in the city. The Grilled Cheese Truck takes on classic versions of its namesake along with a slew of other variations. Try the ol' Cheesy Mac and Rib, Goat Cheese Melt (on Nine-Grain Bread) and Dessert Melts--all popular choices that are quite delicious! If that's not enough, there's a slew of extras you can get added on, like bacon, smoked pork and even apples and pickles. It's not your mama's grilled cheese, but it's still pretty dang good.

    Twitter @grlldcheesetruk
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    Grill 'Em All

    Though they are perhaps best known for winning "The Great Food Truck Race" reality show, the boys at Grill 'Em All hold their own on the streets. Come hungry as their offerings are filling (to say the least). Their $10 Behemoth burger uses grilled cheese sandwiches as buns to surround (more) cheddar cheese, bacon, grilled onions, pickles, a signature BBQ sauce and, of course, a burger. You may not be able to walk after, but your tastebuds will be happy. 

    Twitter: @GrillEmAllTruck
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    Mmm... artisanal ice cream. Coolhaus offers a refined take on everyone's favorite dessert, whipping up gourmet ice cream sandwiches that they swear look like "cool houses". The jury's out on that one, but one thing everyone can agree on: these sweet treats are delicious

    Twitter @coolhausla
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    Named after the French word for a cube of pork fat, the Lardon Truck specializes in gourmet dishes featuring artisanal bacon. Specialties include their brioche french toast sandwich with crumbled bacon and bacon-bourbon maple syrup; chicken wings cooked in bacon hot sauce and topped with...more bacon; and their bacon-licious signature BLT. And for dessert? Brownies with a bacon Nutella spread. (You didn't think they'd stop at their entrées did you?)

    Twitter: @GetYourLardon
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    Lobsta Truck

    The specialty of the house (well, truck) is the Lobsta Roll, featuring fresh lobster meat on a toasted split-top roll with mayo or butter. (A similar sandwich with crab is also available, as is clam chowder.) For dessert, there's ice cream sandwiches and whoopie pies. It's a bit pricy for food truck food, sure, but this is LOBSTER we're talking about!

    Twitter: @Lobstatruck
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    Buttermilk Truck

    As the name suggests, the Buttermilk Truck uses buttermilk in nearly all of their menu items. The truck serves primarily breakfast foods and sweets like pancake bites, buttermilk breakfast sandwiches, donuts and breakfast sliders. Late night diners get access to a special late-night menu of fried chicken with homemade cinnamon waffles.

    Twitter: @ButtermilkTruck
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    The LudoTruck (also known as "LudoBites") is the mobile home of renowned French chef Ludovic Lefebvre, perhaps best known for his appearance on the first season of the Bravo series, "Top Chef Masters." The truck features Chef Ludo's famous fried chicken and seasoned fries, lavender honey biscuits and a variety of gourmet sauces. 

    Twitter: @LudoTruck
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    Who doesn't love a good falafel? That's what the fine folks at Yalla bring to LA on a daily basis, but with a special twist. Mixing traditional falafel with a new school ingredients (think peanut sauce or black beans & corn), Yalla has carved a niche for themselves in the competitive LA food truck scene. 

    Twitter @yallatruck
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    Vizzi Truck

    Described as a coastal-infused cuisine, the Vizzi Truck cooks up high-end dishes such as white truffle popcorn, venison burgers, wagyu beef sliders and a one-of-a-kind foie gras peanut butter and jelly. Compared to other Los Angeles food trucks, you'll pay a bit more, around $10 for many items, but the quality ingredients make up for that dent in your wallet. 

    Twitter: @VizziTruck
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    Me So Hungry Truck

    Loading big international flavors into even bigger burgers, the Me So Hungry Truck bills itself as the ultimate truck for "foodies." Bold flavors, fiery sauces and unlikely combinations dominate their seasonally rotating menu. 

    Twitter: @MeSoHungryTruck
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    Serving Mexican snacks like tacos, quesadillas and cones (similar to a taco-hand roll), this truck is one of the gems of the food truck scene. With much of the menu costing no more than $6, you can get great snacks at a low price.

    Twitter @bordergrill
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    The Gastrobus

    Using an actual school bus, the Gastrobus serves up snacks and sandwiches using fresh ingredients from around the city. The bus can often be found in front of the Los Feliz Farmer's Market on Sundays for brunch where they make sweet potato fries, root beer floats and other goodies ranging from about $2 to about $6.

    Twitter: @Gastrobus
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    The only constant on this delightful menu is its creative use of greens. Whether its a salad, sandwiches or even delicious melts this truck specializes in a variety of different types of yum.

    Twitter @greenzonwheelz
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    Roadhouse Rotisserie Truck Added by: HubertRoadhouse

    Try a mouth watering pulled pork sandwich or 1/4 rotisserie chicken combo with potatoes and salad for $8. If you're really hungry, how about a half chicken combo with a side of duck or baby ribs? Or how about a whole rotisserie chicken with potatoes, salad and bread for 4 people for $6 per person? Think about that when your are looking for lunch ideas at the office.

    Twitter @RoadhouseRo
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    Mixing traditional Vietnamese favorites like banh mi sandwiches with Southern California fusion foods like traditional tacos and Vietnamese tacos, the Mandoline Grill puts together the best of both worlds. While those are the only things that the truck serves, doesn't mean that they don't know how to do it right.

    Twitter @mandolinegrill
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    With two trucks serving "dangerously good food," Komodo specializes in a modern California-Asian fusion cuisine. Entrees have the taste of that in sit-down restaurants but in the portable form of tacos, for $3, and burritos, for $8. Fillings range from the Komodo 2.0 with seared sirloin, jalapeno aioli and southwest corn salad to fish and grapes, veggie soy tempeh, shrimp, chicken and pork. Plenty of sides are also available for around $5 such as their truffle fries and crab cakes.

    Twitter: @komodogood
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    Let's Be Frank

    Hot dogs are the specialty of this venerable San Francisco outfit which operates numerous trucks and carts in LA. These aren't just any wieners, but 100% grass-fed dogs seasoned with organic spices. Options include beef franks, pork sausages and spicy Italian sausages (made with family-farmed pork) and pasture-raised turkey dogs. The Let's Be Frank trucks can regularly be found outside the Helms Bakery complex in Culver City, and the Silverlake Wine Shop in Silverlake. The company also sells the franks and sausages on their website.

    Twitter: @LetsBeFrank
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    Macho Nacho Truck

    Bringing the southwest flare of Texas to Southern California, the Macho Nacho Truck specializes in nachos and burritos, both of which are available for around $7 each. Featuring beef, BBQ pork, chile verde and a number of other toppings, diners can enjoy a heaping portion of nachos made with homemade chips.

    Twitter: @MachoNachoTruck
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    Patty Wagon

    Exclusively using grass-fed beef the Patty Wagon prides itself on serving mini hamburgers that are sustainable, lower in fat and "deeeelicious!" In addition to their daily specials, the Patty Wagon burgers range in toppings from the simple to the exotic with the likes of melted gruyere and onions on the "La Vie En Rose" to the "I Get a Kick Out of You" with roasted jalapenos, pancetta and provolone. Sides are also sustainable, using organic potatoes for crunchy fries.

    Twitter: @PattyWagonLA
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