Taco Truck Updates

Ξ August 9th, 2009 | → Comments Off | ∇ Highland Park |

There has been a lot of news recently in the world of taco trucks and street food.  Although the legal fight has largely moved beyond us (thankfully) we still try to keep our ear to the ground with their struggles.

  • A group of young men suspected of robbing taco trucks in East Los Angeles were arrested this week.  The 5th suspect turned himself in Friday.  This really underscores the importance of creating fair, straightforward rules for truck owners.  These businesses shouldn’t be afraid of reporting crime because they’re afraid of harassment from law-enforcement.
  • Echo Park’s Tacos Arizas proves that Taco Truck/Restaurant/Neighborhood coexistence is possible.
  • For those of you more partial to the new “gourmet” truck scene, don’t think police harassment is limited to the Eastside.  The Green Truck emailed us expressing concern with police harassment in Venice and Santa Monica.  They’re convinced this new enforcement is a result of brick and mortar restaurant’s complaints.  Spread the word to your neighborhood Banh Mi, Gourmet Fries, Sexy Hamburgers, Philly Cheesesteak, Dosa, or Japanese/Peruvian Fusion truck to join the lonchero’s association.
  • Finally, here in Highland Park we’re moving beyond the food truck movement that has been so enthusiastically adopted by the Westside over the past 18 months.  Home chefs have forgone even the $50,000 investment in a truck and are setting up taco tables throughout the Northeast for about a $50 investment.  (The stand on York and Nolden seemed overrated, but I am a fan of the chorizo at the stand on Verdugo near Ave 31.)  Not a week into existence is a brand new stand setting up shop next to The York.  A hardshell potato taco with ground beef is their only option but the salsa is excellent.  It’s the perfect amount of starch to aid with alcohol digestion.  Most impressive is the cook’s son who dons his chef’s uniform from the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena.

 

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