Food trucks are typically pretty hard to pin down. While some may argue that’s the point, a growing number of gourmet food trucks in Los Angeles is getting keen on the idea of permanence—or at least temporary permanence. In the process, they're bringing new life—and a more varied cuisine—to the streets of Los Angeles, transforming otherwise empty spaces into lively, popular, and profitable hubs.
With the cult popularity of food trucks, however, has come a backlash from disgruntled restaurateurs, who’ve watched customers pass by their doors, favoring instead the four-wheeled restaurants in parking spots nearby. Revoked permits and parking citations have followed, prompting this new breed of L.A. food vendors to band together and form the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association—a voice for their growing ranks and as an internal support network.
And now, to jointly dodge bureaucratic grief and establish a more consistent market, the group has opened what they're calling a Gourmet Food Truck Lot in downtown Los Angeles.