by Ariane Resnick, C.N.C.
The Founding Father of Food Trucks
The city of L.A. is considered the king of American street food—so much so that entire books have been written about its street food culture. The nation's first food truck was a taco truck in Los Angeles in 1974, and though sandwich trucks existed on the East Coast, it was the launch of Roy Choi's Asian-fusion Kogi truck in L.A. in 2008 that began the trend.
The Earth Mother of Healthy Eating
Los Angeles is also known for healthy eating, often defining culinary trends in relation to wellness. As a city focused on looks and well being, Los Angeles has pioneered food trends like veganism and gluten-free eating. It's no surprise, then, that when it comes to food trucks Los Angeles has many healthy ones!
Craving delicious food without animal products? Here are some options.
- Plant Food For People has been serving up nachos, tacos, and tortas on the East Side since 2011.
- With vegan flavors ranging from chocolate chip cookie dough to salted caramel, you won't miss the dairy in Van Leeuwen's vegan ice cream menu. (If you do want the “real thing,” their dairy selections are made from grass-fed)
- Craving comfort food? Southern Fried Vegan has fried “chickun,” mac and cheese and more.
For those looking to kick back at a meetup, these choices are sound.
- It's all organic, it runs on vegetable oil, and it's got multiple paleo options: The Green Truck isn't just a food truck, they cater and do weddings, too.
- With a rainbow of fruit offerings, most Amazebowls sections are paleo if you pass on the granola or oatmeal.
Gluten Free Trucks
Celiac or sensitive, Los Angeles knows how to fill you up sans gluten.
- Local and organic isn't enough: The menu at The Butcher's Daughter and on their food truck is also veggie and mostly gluten-
- Vchos makes pupusas, tacos, and other Salvadorian food—and they do 90% of their menu without using gluten for any of that.
- Celebrity chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger offer both gluten-free and vegan options on their Border Grill
Where to Find Them
Now that you know you can have healthy selections from food trucks, where can you find them? These neighborhoods are popular ones.
- Downtown: from the Financial District to the Arts District, healthy food trucks can always be spotted in this populated part of the city.
- Mid-Wilshire: it's called the Miracle Mile, and there are a miraculous amount of trucks near all the museums.
- Boyle Heights: find new and exciting trucks in this “up and coming” area of L.A.
- Santa Monica: a mecca of healthy food, the Santa Monica Promenade is home to gluten free burgers and vegan taco trucks.
Ariane Resnick is a special diet chef, certified nutritionist, and bestselling author. She has been featured in media such as Forbes, CBS’ “The Doctors,” and Huffington Post, and her private clientele includes celebrities such as P!nk. Ariane has two books published (the first of which, The Bone Broth Miracle, reached the ranking of #1 cookbook on Amazon on multiple occasions) and two books releasing in 2019.