How Los Angeles Became The Nation’s No. 1 Food Truck City

Modern-day food trucks rambled into Los Angeles in the late 2000s, feeding fabulous foods to people on the street and giving young chefs a new way to demonstrate their creativity and individuality. The trucks immediately attracted large numbers of hungry fans that loved seeing the transformation of the stereotypical “roach coach” into a quality mobile restaurant complete with exciting new flavors and food combinations.

Today food trucks are familiar in most metropolitan areas and even in smaller cities and rural areas. But with 6,000-plus food trucks on the streets, LA remains the top city in the nation for superior food-truck cuisine. Here’s why:

  • The Daily Meal, a well-read website that covers food and dining, recently listed the 101 top food trucks in the country, and 16 of them were based in Los Angeles. The Daily Meal surveyed food trucks in 33 cities in order to compile the list.
  • The nation’s first celebrity food truck chef was Roy Choi, who rolled out LA’s Kogi truck.
  • Everyone knows that food truck operators are tough, creative and competitive. Nowhere was that better demonstrated than on the initial season of the Food Network’s “Great American Food Truck Race.” The final two contestants were both from Los Angeles, with Grill ‘Em All’s truck winning the race over Nom Nom.
  • The fourth season of the “Great American Food Truck Race” includes two competitors from Los Angeles — Aloha Plate, which also does business in Hawaii, and Bowled and Beautiful. Both teams are competing for the grand prize: a new food truck.
  • LA is a great place for food trucks to do business. In addition to street foods, the trucks are in big demand for catering opportunities, including movie sets, charity galas, bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal showers, wedding receptions, events at the bride’s house, rehearsal dinners and bridesmaids’ luncheons.
  • In a big city like LA, food trucks are a boon to hungry citizens who live and work in high-density areas with limited food resources.
  • The city’s health department takes food trucks as seriously as it does restaurants and enforces rigorous standards for cleanliness and health. Food truck diners can enjoy great meals without worrying about the quality or safety of their foods.

The next time you need to cater a celebration, movie production, bachelor or bachelorette party or celebrate a birthday, call on any among this food truck trio. All three have helped make LA a food truck paradise:

  • Greenz on Wheelz specializes in fresh, healthy sandwiches and salads. Buzz 855-6Greenz.
  • The Hungry Nomad prepares California favorites with a hint of American, Mediterranean and European cuisine. Phone 877-NOMAD-10.
  • Hang 10 Tacos creates tasty tacos from fish, steak, shrimp, BBQ and pork. The big blue truck cater events of all sizes. Dial 855-5-Hang-10.

Each of these experienced food truck teams can customize a menu to your preferences and delight your guests.