Food Truck Heaven

On the First Fridays of every month, Abbott Kinney has a fabulous festival where food trucks line up on both sides of the main drag.  A few Fridays ago when I was in Los Angeles (I have a bunch of pics from this trip that I’ve finally got around to posting), I met up with some old college friends and we hopped from food truck to food truck until we were stuffed silly.

We agreed to first meet up at Lemonade, a trendy restaurant that looked like they had an amazing line up of salads, sandwiches and of course, lemonade.  I didn’t try anything from here but I totally want to next time.

Here’s me and Lydia from Ever Ours, a super inspirational wedding blog.  We are college buddies, GO BLUE!!!  She’s one of the co-founders of the For Japan With Love effort that has had such an amazing turnout so far.  I’m soooo proud of what she is doing and am blown away by the response.  This girl is a doll.

Yummy look at all that food.  Burritos, bacon sandwiches, and full loaded chili cheese fries galore.  Talk about heart attack city.

But the truck that everyone had raved about was the grilled cheese truck.  Seriously, this line was more than an hour long.

We had to take turns in line as some of us left to get more food/drinks while the others were waiting in line.

Sweet Shot Day

But the wait was so worth it.  We split two different types of grilled cheese sandwiches.  One was filled with mac & cheese and pulled pork and the other was a vegetarian version with many cheeses.

Then of course we had to top off our meal with an ice cream sandwich + edible wrapper.  Mmmm delicious!

But as we left, we saw that this torpedo truck had made an appearance but we were too full to try any of these, definitely next time!

I thought this Upscale truck was pretty interesting since it catered towards more of a high-end customer with like a $25 lobster dish.

And while I happened to be in the area, I stopped by Urbanic Paper Boutique to pick up some tape and adorable stamps!  Seriously, the store is too adorable.  Urbanic Paper Boutique offers a sophisticated collection of unique cards, stylish papers, modern gifts, office accessories and custom stationery.  If you’re ever in the Venice beach area you need to check it out!

What’s your favorite food truck?  Has this concept caught on yet where you live?


  1. March 21, 2011 / 10:10 pm

    i love food carts/food trucks! those food looks delish!

  2. March 21, 2011 / 10:13 pm

    Sandy! I love this! At school, we always have food trucks parked from 4-9 so I’ve seen a lot of these around. I’ve tried the India Jones truck and I thought it was so good! And I hear great things about the grilled cheese truck I just haven’t had the chance to try it yet. Everything looks so good! Great post 🙂

  3. March 21, 2011 / 10:15 pm

    omg all of this food looks SO YUMMY!!! i love food trucks.. they really do amazing food at fast food prices!

  4. March 21, 2011 / 10:16 pm

    Whoa! Mac and Cheese in a sandwich?! Heaven!
    Can you believe I have never eaten from a food truck? They have none here and it makes me so sad.

  5. March 21, 2011 / 10:16 pm

    yum! i’m so jealous. you would think living by a beach, we’d have lots of street vendors! anyway, thanks for the food-togrophy!

  6. March 21, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    Sandy! Thanks for that shoutout. And thanks again for helping out with spreading the word! I can’t believe how far we’ve come!! Craziness! Again, it was good to see you and hope to hang out again soon! xoxo, Lydia

  7. March 21, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, my mouth is salivating looking at the grilled cheeses! Sadly, I am not aware of any food trucks in MA or RI, besides ice cream trucks and those at carnivals… I guess I will have to wait until I go on vacations then!

  8. March 21, 2011 / 10:25 pm

    Lemonade is completely amazing! I love the food trucks here, and I’m glad you got to experience it! Are food trucks popular in other states?

  9. March 21, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    OH MY GOD! Bacon sandwiches?! Grilled cheese with pulled pork?! I’m almost about to cry right now because we don’t have something like this in Sacramento! Tonight before I go to bed I’m going to pray we get this in our city!

  10. March 21, 2011 / 10:35 pm

    I’m dying to try the Grilled Cheese Truck! It’s never in the same area as we’re going to be. All of that food looks so yummy. Glad you had a great time.

  11. March 21, 2011 / 10:51 pm

    The lemonade stand!! So much Yum!! How fyn for all!

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  12. March 21, 2011 / 10:54 pm

    The food truck festivals are AH-MA-ZING aren’t they? They also have a grilled cheese festival in the fall that is too delicious for words.

    Definitely try Lemonade next time you’re in town – it’s one of my favorite spots here in LA!

  13. March 21, 2011 / 10:54 pm

    oh wow, you got to hit so many good food trucks. i must try those fries!!

  14. March 21, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    i wish they had food trucks here in SC. they didnt have them yet in chicago while i was there.

    these food pictures are delish! and oh i didn’t know you stopped by urbanic – totally want to go there one day!

  15. March 21, 2011 / 11:03 pm

    Oh yummy! Everything looks so good! My only experience with food truck is in NYC and it was recommended to us by our driver and we waited 45 mins for it. So good though! Worth our wait!!! You look great! 🙂

  16. March 21, 2011 / 11:04 pm

    Jealous! I wish wish wish they had food trucks around here. Did you ever watch the show on Food Network? All the dishes look incredible and I’m curious about that edible wrapper? What?! LOL. So glad you had a good time and hope your heart was happy instead of heavy. 😉

  17. March 21, 2011 / 11:13 pm

    the only food cart/trucks are out by the school i used to student teach at. it was predominately hispanic and this little hispanic man would sell fruit across the street after school.. i loved to watch the kids get snacks! haha

    also, LOVING that stamp (you know I <3 my bunting, just like you!)

  18. March 21, 2011 / 11:23 pm

    You always find the best eating places I swear! Ice cream sandwiches with edible wrappers? Ya definitely need to go there sometime in my lifetime.
    The sweetest/cutest food truck I’ve ever seen was this one: though unfortunately it wasn’t in my hometown. And I guess it’s a trailor and not a truck but it’s SO cute. Definitely the cutest cupcake trailor I’ve ever seen.. so I’m letting it count. 🙂

  19. March 21, 2011 / 11:26 pm

    Wow, this makes me long for these near us even more! I’d love to spend an afternoon food truck hopping : ) Looks like you had a great time, and I’m sure Urbanic was amazing.

  20. March 21, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    Mmm! I love “street tacos” from the food trucks we have around here! San Diego has had them for years and I’ve always enjoyed them even if my friends thought they were questionable!
    Theres a local one called “peek-a-boo” or something like that, where it’s girls serving coffee at 5:00am in a BIKINI! haha! No thanks! But theres always a line of men out front all day long! 🙂

  21. March 22, 2011 / 12:17 am

    oh my gosh i am drooling at all of the delicious food you ate! looks so so so good! i wish food trucks would come out more often, it’s pretty much a hit or miss in denver. so incredibly jealous!!!

  22. March 22, 2011 / 1:21 am

    San Diego has nights like this! I need to try them out… this is good inspiration to get me out on a Friday night to try all the food trucks!

  23. March 22, 2011 / 1:32 am

    Oh, my, I can’t even imagine all this food in one place! When I worked in LA we used to get the best chile rellenos from a truck. Not sure what there is in Seattle these days but probably plenty since it’s such a foodie town!

  24. March 22, 2011 / 2:44 am

    Those fully loaded chilli fries look SO good! What a fun idea!


  25. March 22, 2011 / 4:20 am

    so much foood.. ahh yummy:) I’m not sure what my favorite is..

  26. March 22, 2011 / 4:56 am

    OMG, amazing!!! And a big kudos to your friend for starting the Japan with Love effort. It’s awesome..
    We don’t have food trucks here in Montreal because of all the bylaws etc. So they’re not allowed to park anywhere and sell food. What we do have are canteen trucks that go around from company to company selling snacks and maybe hot food but so far from gourmet like this! I so want to get to LA and try these out!

  27. Roxanna
    March 22, 2011 / 6:05 am

    I’ve been meaning to try Coolhaus! Will have to find them on my next trip to LA. Red Hook Lobster Roll Truck is pretty popular (and amazing) in DC. PS, Ivan is looking really Hollywood!

  28. March 22, 2011 / 7:09 am

    This looks like absolutely SO much fun! I love t! : ) Those torpedo things are as interesting as can be!
    LA has tons of fun things to do, I always feel energized just reading about your city : )

  29. March 22, 2011 / 8:26 am

    Ohmigosh the grilled cheese sandwiches look fantastic! I seriously need to find a food truck near me! 🙂

  30. March 22, 2011 / 8:27 am

    We have a pastiesse food truck in out area. There is also an ice-cream man in the summer which is really nice. I feel like a kid again running out to meet him.

  31. March 22, 2011 / 8:34 am

    Oh my gosh how fun is this?! I’ve never seen anything like it before but I would definitely hit this up! Seriously! How fun 🙂

  32. March 22, 2011 / 8:45 am

    I don’t think food trucks have caught on in Boston! But I would love to try those sandwiches- YUM
    And those stamps are super cute 🙂

  33. March 22, 2011 / 8:46 am

    ok, i died like a thousand times reading this. sounds like the perfect night to me! : P

  34. March 22, 2011 / 8:55 am

    Oh my goodness! Why don’t they have something similar here?! I would gain 10 lbs on one visit to this food truk Utopia!

  35. Dawn (the Alternative Wife)
    March 22, 2011 / 9:09 am

    Ugh how will I ever loose weight with all this goodness in the world!?!? 🙂 xoxo

  36. March 22, 2011 / 9:12 am

    I got really excited for a second that this was in KC…boo. Why don’t we have food trucks?

  37. March 22, 2011 / 9:56 am

    This definitely hasn’t picked up around here but I think that’s because it’s so cold around here most of the time.

  38. March 22, 2011 / 10:36 am

    knowing me i would prob hop from one food truck to another since i love food a lil too much! 😀

    I love your bangs in the 2nd pix!

  39. March 22, 2011 / 11:41 am

    That’s making me so hungry!!! 🙂

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  40. March 22, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    Oh my wow! All that yummy food! I’m dying here… 😉 There are no food trucks here, but it’s Montana so I’m not surprised. 🙂

  41. March 22, 2011 / 12:39 pm

    This is so cool – definitely want to check this out someday soon 🙂

  42. March 22, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    no food trucks up here yet…. hopefully the trend gets here soon!

  43. March 22, 2011 / 3:56 pm

    this post totally made my mouth water. I just went to San Francisco’s food truck gathering “off the grid” last friday and loved every second of it. Next time I will remember to come hungry so I can try a little bit of everything =)

  44. March 22, 2011 / 5:06 pm

    Oh YUMMO! Seriously, that food looks amazing!! ♥xo.

  45. j.
    March 22, 2011 / 5:59 pm

    looks like my kind of night!!! lemonade is delicious! i have yet to try the grilled cheese truck and coolhaus–they have been on my list for ages! i really love the nom nom truck but i’m not sure if i can call it an absolute favorite–there are so many amazing ones out there!

    hope you are well sandy!

  46. March 22, 2011 / 6:14 pm

    I have actually never been to a food truck, but would love to!! you look gorgeous by the way! I saw that food truck show on food network and it made me want to eat something off of it, but there aren’t any in utah that i know of!

  47. March 22, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    That first picture gave me a ridiculous craving for some refreshing lemonade…

  48. March 22, 2011 / 7:07 pm

    Whoa, Sandy, I’m drooling! This food looks crazy good! I’ve never had food-truck food before. I haven’t seen any in KC, have you?

  49. March 22, 2011 / 8:08 pm

    I absolutely love this post. I love the idea of the food truck. I first learned of food trucks when i was in New York last summer and saw the dessert truck. I wish I had gotten something from it since it’s so well known now, but I didn’t get it at the time. Then, I watched the amazing food truck race and learned more about food trucks. I really want to eat at one now, and while it hasn’t caught on in Tampa, I want to go on a trip somewhere with multiple trucks so I can do what you did in this post. Yum! Great post!

  50. March 22, 2011 / 8:46 pm

    If I wasn’t already hungry, I would be now!

  51. March 22, 2011 / 9:52 pm

    Why would you do this to me I think I short circut my lap top from all the drool, I’m still drooling.

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  52. March 22, 2011 / 9:56 pm

    That just made me hungry….the grilled cheese sandwiches looked so yummy!

  53. March 22, 2011 / 10:04 pm

    Looks deliciously devilish!

  54. March 22, 2011 / 10:36 pm

    oh wow this looks so fun!
    and all the food look delicious 🙂
    i dont think we have some event like these in singapore


  55. March 22, 2011 / 10:54 pm

    I don’t think we have truck stops here. As far as I know but it would be pretty cool if we did. I think it’s a great concept! x

  56. Mary
    March 23, 2011 / 1:54 am

    My city sucks, because we don’t really have any food trucks, just cream corn and raspa stands.

  57. March 23, 2011 / 7:13 am

    AH!! LOVE food trucks. i had my first food truck experience in portland over the weekend and the two meals i had were delicious! these LA food carts look pretty smancy, i would love to try the ice cream sandwich truck! xoxo jcd:: cornflake dreams

  58. March 23, 2011 / 9:46 am

    we dont have many food trucks driving around KC but I sure wish we did. I think one of the only ones we had when i worked downtown was a fish fry one and I dont eat fish. I hear a cupcake one makes it rounds.

  59. March 23, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    love food truck. i tried potato tornado and it was good.

  60. steph
    March 23, 2011 / 2:24 pm

    Awww, umich reunion. I do like food trucks but feel like I get weird looks when explaining it to people… there was one that had yummy tacos at a street fair here in Detroit in the summer and there are some little trucks that sell fresh produce to folks in various neighborhoods which is cool 🙂

  61. March 23, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    i need that GRILLED CHEESE ASAP!!!!!

  62. March 23, 2011 / 7:36 pm

    I love Lydia! I love Ever Ours! So neat y’all went to college together 🙂 I do hate you though. Well maybe not hate. But I’m insanely jealous of this evening as stated above.

  63. March 24, 2011 / 4:55 am

    This seriously looks like my heaven. Food trucks have def not caught on here, so sad!

  64. March 24, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    I read about food trucks all the time. I also follow @streetfoodsf on Twitter and dream about one day ordering from a food truck (especially burritos or tacos). The closest we have is a chip truck which serves poutine.

  65. March 25, 2011 / 9:31 am

    HOW FUN!!! There is one here in Orlando next week that I hope to go to!! Now I am hungry!! 🙂

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