Honestly, I don’t know why it’s taken this long. From Thrillist this morning comes news of the inevitable: Takosher, a new Jew-food fusion taco truck. “The first certified glatt kosher taco truck” will be serving up, of course, brisket tacos (slow cooked with chili sauce, sauerkraut and raisins). This we expected, no? But also…wait for it… the latketaco, which also sounds amazing, featuring, as it does, “three types of potato, cilantro, onions and roasted chipotle chiles; battered, breaded, deep fried and topped with a sweet and spicy apple jalapeño chutney.” ZOMG. A great miracle happened in this taco. That’s what I’m saying. A fajita-style tofu taco, a beef taco, and a “chosen chicken” taco round out the menu.
Follow them on Twitter (@takosher). Just don’t ask for cheese on your tacos.
One of the ubiquitous gourmet food trucks to hit the LA streets recently is Patty Wagon, which boasts sustainable, 100% grass fed beef hamburgers and hand cut fries made from organic potatoes. This past Saturday, I found them parked across the street from the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market and decided to check out the hype.
From across the noisy Saturday traffic on Sunset Blvd., I could hear early R&B music being piped from the truck, bands like The Ink Spots and other Decca favorites. Speaking of The Ink Spots, Tennessee Williams said that he listened to The Ink Spots’ tune, “If I Didn’t Care” over and over while he penned “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Anyway, back to the Patty Wagon. As I crossed the street, the music put me in the mood for a good old timey hamburger, the kind you imagine they served in a 1940’s, small town diner. However, Patty Wagon may have an old-fashioned look and sound, but their menu is quite modern. They don’t serve Continue reading “My Saturday in the Patty Wagon”
Yet another example of (borrowing from the estimable Mr Jalopy) Going Out Of Business In LA: The Santa Monica Food Truck Debacle of 2010.
It was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of “hosting” a few of the popular gourmet food trucks (PLEASE don’t call them Roach Coaches!), creating a rotating hub of deliciousness.
The corner of Santa Monica and 14th was just such a hub, and the magic lasted all of about one day before the City showed up wanting their piece of the pie (or bite of a grilled cheese, or taco, or brisket, or whatever). The location had its soft open on Monday (Yay, Pete, getting in there!) with India jones, Barbie Q’s, Fishlips, and the Grilled Cheese Truck, and was closed down on Tuesday.
Barely one whole day of operations.
Tuesday’s lineup was supposed to be FrySmith, Barbies Q, India Jones and Dainty Cakes. The City claims the property owner doesn’t have the right food service paperwork on file. Nevermind all the individual trucks have it – Hey the whole state’s broke – Let’s tax the hell out of small businesses trying to get new ideas off the ground, even if it puts them out of business in the process.
I get it – local brick-and-mortar restaurants are feeling the threat from these trucks. To which I respond, “Free Market, Baby!” Let the market be free already.
Pissed off? Hungry?
Email the Santa Monica City Council at [email protected] and [email protected]. Don’t forget to CC the food truck lot guy at [email protected].
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See you at Santa Monica and 14th — I hope!