Everything in Los Angeles seems to be on wheels — including some of the best places to eat. Sadly, east-side favorite Taco Zone is out of commission following a fire — no one was harmed, just the tacos — and we look forward to returning to the Silver Lake staple soon. Meanwhile, today’s top contenders.
● Kogi Korean BBQ – A blend of Mexican fare and Korean cooking, this truck has 31,000 stalkers via Twitter. With inventive cuisine like the Korean short ribs taco and taro chips made fresh daily, prepare to wait in line for an hour or more with the other disciples. ● The Green Truck – This eco-friendly taco truck serves locally grown, organic, sustainably raised meals and can even run on vegetable oil. But green doesn’t come cheap: The ahi poke tacos with citrus and cilantro marinade and pineapple salsa will set you back $11. ● Don Chow Tacos – Clearly inspired by Kogi, new-to-the-scene Don Chow Tacos pairs Mexican and Chinese cuisines. Try the soy-ginger tofu taco — tasty as it is trendy.
● Nom Nom Truck – Owned and operated by a trio of UCLA grads, this summer the Nom Nom Truck will start serving Vietnamese faves like spring rolls and banh mi sandwiches, along with Viet tacos, to Angelenos on the Westside. ● Tacos La Fonda – La Fonda’s not on Twitter, but the $1 tacos, selection of salsa, and freshly made corn tortillas are well above meals-on-wheels standards. Find La Fonda in North Hollywood parked at the car wash on the corner of Vineland and Vanowen. ● El Chato Taco Truck – With a vague 1am closing time, El Chato serves up the perfect fifth meal after a night of barhopping. It’s the standard menu: asada (beef), lengua (tongue), and pollo (chicken) tacos, for about a buck a piece. This little Los Angeles gem parks at 1013 S. La Brea at Olympic. ● La Estrella Taco Truck – Parked in Highland Park at York and Avenue 54, La Estrella serves up some of the best carne asada and pastor tacos in town; top it off with the smoky-style salsa, tasty and not too spicy. ● El Matador Taco Truck – The meat at El Matador is full of flavor without all the grease. Insider tip: request grilled onions. Find this Hollywood-based truck at Western and Lexington, sometimes open till 5ish in the morning, and prepare to be ravaged by the oh-so-spicy salsa. ● Sprinklesmobile – One of LA’s favorite sweet spots, Sprinkles is the latest addition to the city’s traveling dessert craze. The Sprinklesmobile serves red velvet, lemon coconut, banana dark chocolate, and other cupcakes for $4 a piece. And who knows? Maybe a cupcake taco is in the future. ● El Pique Taco Truck – The service can be so-so, but the fresh cucumber slices, radishes, and limes paired with the usual suspects (asada, chicken, carnitas, lengua, and more) make for a unique touch. Check out El Pique in Highland Park at York and Ave 53.