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Until recently, I used to follow one, simple rule: Never, under any circumstances, eat anything served to you on wheels. That mantra became utterly obsolete when a new wave of gourmet food trucks took to the streets of Los Angeles in droves last year. At that time, the economy was too fickle for entrepreneurs and restaurateurs to set up shop traditionally and, thanks to the rising popularity of social networking sites, they didn’t have to. Nouveau food trucks owe their success to Twitter, which allows mobile restaurants to report their whereabouts at any moment, reveal daily specials and give loyal Twitter followers “secret” passwords for discounted menu items.
These days, the selection of top-quality, mobile eats is ridiculously good. Food trucks are slinging everything from black truffle-topped, aged beef sliders and sweet potato fries (@BabysBBs) to grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with roasted butternut squash and sauteed leeks (@GrlldCheeseTruk), baby back ribs and 12-hour smoked brisket (@BarbiesQ) and Hawaiian-style shave ice (@GetShaved). The craze is spreading exponentially, and those who can’t afford a food truck are going as far as selling vegan popsicles from their bicycles (@LoCali) and salmon cakes from a push cart (sorry, I couldn’t get their Twitter address because they were getting hassled by the cops on their inaugural run). As you can imagine, it’s an arduous task to select just five favorites, but what follows are my top picks in no particular order.
Associate Editor Skye Mayring enjoys a kimchi quesadilla
Insiders tip: Try the chef’s weekly special, if it hasn’t already sold out.
Insiders tip: The wrappers are edible. Go ahead, take a bite.
Insiders tip: In place of seaweed wraps, soy sheets are available upon request.
Insiders tip: If you can’t decide, ask for a half-and-half — two fillings of your choice in a single dosa wrapping.
Nom Nom Truck
Insiders tip: Jalapenos come on all sandwiches unless you request otherwise.