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LA's 10 Best Food Trucks

Posted: 11/04/11 02:04 PM ET

We recently released the results of our 2012 Los Angeles/So. California Restaurants guide, which features more food trucks than ever, proving that this is one trend that shows no sign of slowing down. But what are the hottest meals on wheels? Check out our list of the bests trucks in town, as voted by surveyors. Let us know your favorites in the comments!

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  • 10. Vizzi Truck

    Where other food trucks are cranking out exotic tacos and oversized burgers, The Vizzi Truck is where you go for white truffle-flavored popcorn, gazpacho made with heirloom tomatoes and tomatillo-cilantro oil, spaghetti tossed with a garlic cream and Black Forest ham reduction and Jidori chicken sliders and braised Wagyu beef sliders, both moistened with a chimichurri flavored crème fraiche. Truffles and wagyu at the curb -- truly, the times they are a-changin'. <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Cheap Eats Week: The 10 Strangest Food Truck Dishes</a>]</strong> Photo via Facebook: Vizzi Truck

  • 9. LudoTruck

    After a year of showing up exclusively at food truck events, LudoBites chef<strong> Ludo Lefebvre</strong> and his wife Krissie have hit the streets in their bright red truck with its angry rooster logo, offering a "Guerilla Fried Chicken" menu of honey-glazed garlic wings, crispy chicken strips, herbes de Provence-flavored chicken balls (Provencal Pepitte), "perfect" fries, honey lavender biscuits and Ludo slaw. It's much easier to get a taste of Ludo's food this way rather than trying your luck at the always-sold-out LudoBites pop-ups. <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">LA Food Truck of the Week</a>]</strong> Photo by Nina from <a href=" " target="_hplink">LoveandLemonade</a>, via <a href="" target="_hplink">Facebook: LudoTruck</a>

  • 8. Umami Burger Truck

    Named for the fifth taste (after sweet, sour, salty, bitter) Umami's burgers seem tailor made for truckin'. Catching a taste of this uber-popular chainlet's burgers is also much easier via truckas its packed restaurants often have long wait times. Enjoy variations on their classic burgers like the Port & Stilton Burger and the Truffle Burger. <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">The</a><a href="" target="_blank"> Bay Area's 12 Best Food Trucks</a>]</strong> Photo via Flickr: Burger Baroness

  • 7. Nom Nom Truck

    Southern California has the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam, which makes the appearance of a Vietnamese banh mi (read: Vietnamese hero sandwiches, with a penchant for pork) pretty much inevitable. Sammy options include grilled pork, lemongrass chicken, vegetarian tofu and their mixed meat "Deli Special." To make things even more interesting, they offer combos of a sandwich, several tacos and a soft drink. There's also Vietnamese iced coffee too. Only in LA. <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">NYWFF: Biryani Cart Wins Andrew Zimmern's Carts in the Parc</a>]</strong> Photo via Flickr: Nom Nom Truck

  • 6. Crepe'n Around

    This sister-run food truck that boasts a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef launched in 2010, offering up a wide selection of the beloved French pancake. In the savory crepes department, choose from chicken and smoked provolone, maple-braised pork, ham and brie and four cheeses (brie, cheddar, gorgonzola and provolone). As for sweet, check out the marshmallow crepes served with "truckmade" chocolate sauce, berries and cream, lemon and sugar, and of course, bananas and Nutella. <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Zagat Food Truck Frenzy Attracts Hungry Hordes</a>]</strong> Photo via Facebook: Crepe'n Around

  • 5. Louks to Go

    The streets of New York are thick with vendors selling gyros. But here in LA, gyros are a rarity -- much like Greek restaurants. But if you can track down Louks Greek Gourmet To Go, you can satisfy your gyros cravings as well as chow down on loukaniko sausage, lamb chops with feta and fries, skewers (chicken, beef, pork), a proper Greek salad, flavored fries (tzatziki, honey, feta) and the Greek donut that gives the stand its name -- louks (aka loukomades), which comes topped with Nutella, honey, powdered sugar and more. Opa! <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Food Truck of the Week: Louks</a>]</strong> Photo via Facebook: Louks

  • 4. Coolhaus

    For those of us who grew up waiting for tank-like refrigerated trucks selling Good Humor Bars (and later, Carvel and Mister Softee), the Coolhaus truck is proof that truly, everything does come full circle. It made its debut back in April at Coachella Music and Arts Festival. And now, this truck (the creation of architecture obsessives Freya Estreller and Natasha Case) can be found roaming the streets of Los Angeles, offering five flavors of pun-heavy ice cream sandwich -- the Frank Behry, the Mintamalism, the Mies Vanilla Rohe, the Richard Meyer Lemon and the Oatmeal Cinnamoneo. <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Coolhaus to Expand to Miami, Open More Trucks in NY and LA</a>]</strong> Photo via Facebook: Coolhaus

  • 3. Shrimp Pimp Truck

    The creation of New York restaurateur and chef <strong>Neil Macleod</strong>, whose credits include stints working under<strong> Mario Batali</strong> and <strong>Jean-Georges Vongerichten</strong>, Macleod moved out west and decided that food trucks were the wave of the future. Enter The Shrimp Pimp, where he serves dishes like his shrimp ceviche in lettuce wrap, shrimp 'n chips, shrimp bruschetta, tempura-battered shrimp po'boys, drunken shrimp tacos and Greek shrimp sandwiches (cue the <em>Forrest Gump</em> jokes) -- all made using sustainable seafood approved by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">The 5 Hottest Dining Trends of 2011 So Far</a>]</strong> Photo via <a href="" target="_hplink">Shrimp Pimp</a>

  • 2. Grill 'Em All Truck

    The truck, with its quasi-demonic logos (they're sort of demon lite) is mostly black and gray. It's the creation of chef <strong>Ryan Hawkins </strong>(who's done much of his cooking in the heartland) and former professional wrestler <strong>Matthew Chemus</strong>, whose claims to fame include the fact that he owns a megaphone, which he uses to crank up the volume at Grill 'Em All stops. The menu includes hard rock creations like the Molly Hatchet (a burger flavored with seared fennel smoked sausage gravy, applewood smoked bacon, and maple syrup), the Blue Cheer (with Maytag Blue spread and Munchos potato chips), and the Waste 'Em All (marinated green chilies, pepper jack and beer-soaked onions). As sides, you can get H100s (Tater Tots with roasted garlic and three cheeses), and double-dipped frites (with a truffle oil option). <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Food Truck of the Week: Grill 'Em All</a>]</strong> Photo via Facebook: Al Pavangkanan

  • 1. Kogi Korean BBQ-to-Go

    The food truck that started a movement - and still the hottest of the trucks, attracting huge crowds, long lines, and endless waits for Korean-Mexican fast food (with an emphasis on the Korean), including Korean tacos and Korean burritos; no foodie worth his or her sea salt isn't salivating for a chance to give the cooking of chef <strong>Roy Choi</strong> (formerly <a href="" target="_blank">Le Bernardin</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">RockSugar</a>) a test drive. <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Roy Choi Reveals Plans for Beechwood Menu</a>]</strong> Photo via Facebook: Kogi BBQ