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Food Trucks are all the rage across the country, and with a vast amount of land space to cover, L.A. food trucks are some of the finest in the country.  Food truck sampling is the perfect way to dine with kids –imagine a mall food court full of selection, but up the ante with a myriad of choices all offering exceptional quality and interesting fare. If you want to experience the culinary delights of L.A.’s food truck scene with your family, including gourmet fish tacos, decadent desserts, Korean specialties, stick-to-your-ribs BBQ, breakfast items, and so much more, you first have to find them.

Food trucks fit into an interesting loophole in city governments, since they aren’t permanent brick and mortar establishments, they aren’t technically considered restaurants.  The startup cash to open a food truck is significantly lower and the overhead on a food truck business is considerably low compared to restaurants operating a full service dining experience.  The food trucks are still governed by numerous (and increasing) laws and regulations and must pass health inspections just like any regular restaurant.  Outside of food truck events, where long-term usage has been permitted, food trucks are required to stay on the go, following numerous city-to-city ordinances on distance from the street, distance to restrooms, and time spent in one location.  What this means to the consumer?  Although the variety, taste, and selection of food trucks totally rocks, finding a particular favorite can be a tricky endeavor.

Where to Find Food Trucks in L.A.:

Food Truck Events: 
Sample more than one of your favorites at these permitted, longer use lot events.  Enjoy weekly food truck options at:

LAX- Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
5985 W. Century Blvd. Los Angeles

"On The Lot" –Mondays from 5:30 – 9 p.m.
N Vermont Ave. Los Feliz

DinDinAGoGo  Chatworth – Tuesdays from 5:30-9 p.m.
20121 Devonshire Street (near Winnetka), Chatsworth

DinDinAGoGo South Bay- Thursdays from 5:30-9 p.m.
24300 Western Avenue, Harbor City

Santa Monica Lot at the California Heritage Museum –Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m.
2612 Main St. Santa Monica

Rowland Heights Truck Fiesta –Wednesdays from 5-8:30 p.m.
1920 Brea Canyon Cut Off Rd.  Walnut

Tiki Trucks –Thursdays from 5-9 p.m.
4657 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood

Fairplex in Pomona –Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona

Food Truck Locator:

Outside of attending a food truck event, you are likely to encounter numerous trucks as you drive down the main roads of most major LA cities.  If you are looking for a specific truck, follow them on Twitter for their location or check out, where they compile all the current Twitter updates on LA trucks giving you up-to-the-minute information on finding your favorite trucks.

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