Allow your taste buds to try something new and awaken your love for food again! Check out the list below to find out more about the OC’s 10 Hottest Food Trucks.
Arguably some of the best tacos you will ever come across! But, that’s not all The Lime Truck has to offer. They pride themselves on offering “local, organic, and sustainably sourced ingredients, paired with hip, inventive recipes” – and that they do. A personal favorite of mine is their Spicy Ahi Taco, consisting of wild-caught ahi, spicy garlic chili paste, chipotle honey slaw, and finishing it off with lime. These tacos not only pack a lot of flavor, but are so massive, it’s best to grab a few extra napkins. A few of their classics include Yum Yum Lamb Sliders, Pork Belly Nachos, and Beef Short Rib Sliders. Another great reason to check out The Lime Truck is their “Lime Lite” options, perfect for the health conscious! Vegetarian? Not a problem. Try their Cauliflower Ceviche and you will not be disappointed. The Lime Truck was the Season 2 winners of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, and have been ranked The Best Food Truck by OC Register’s Best of Orange County, three years running! Not able to catch The Lime Truck on-the-go? Then stop on in at one of the TLT Food restaurant locations in either Westwood or Irvine (Newport Beach, Pasadena and DTLA coming soon!)
One word: iconic. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of experiencing Korean BBQ look no further than Kogi. When Kogi BBQ first rolled out, as the little-truck-that-could, onto the streets of LA back in 2008, they had the belief that excellent food could be had on a dime budget. Flash forward to 2016 and Kogi BBQ has now expanded to the Alibi Room in Culver City and has its first sit-down restaurant called Chego! in DTLA. Some of the boasted fan favorites include the Calamari Taco, Blue Moon Mulita, Sweet Chili Quesadilla, and Pacman Burger. But, if you ask me, you can’t leave until you try their Sriracha Bar dessert. That bad boy consists of spiced, candied peanuts, sriracha ganache, crisped rice and a caramel drip hand-dipped in homemade dark chocolate. Yes, it’s just the right amount of crazy. Check out all the many locations you can snag up some of this super tasty food, by checking out Kogi BBQ’s website, which provides their weekly truck schedule and full menu.
Dogzilla likes to brand itself as “not your typical wiener”, well that just doesn’t say enough. This food truck is for the adventurous. It’s for the foodies who crave something new, something exciting. It’s for everyone out there who dig complicated flavors – in the best way. This is definitely not a hot dog food truck, this is evolutionary. I highly recommend the Elote Dog. This wonderful little masterpiece is made up of a butterflied grilled all-beef frank, roasted corn, cilantro aioli, lime juice, Tapatio, cotija cheese, and topped with chicharron, all served on a Kings Hawaiian bun. It’s hot dog heaven. But, before I go scaring any of you less adventurous eaters away, Dogzilla does offer the Plain Jane, your normal everyday wiener for those, as their website reads, “still testing the waters.”
Holy sliders! Prepare your taste buds to never be the same again. These delicious little sliders will make your palate feel things it’s never felt before. The Burnt Truck offers really unique flavor combos including their Fried Mozzarella Slider, complete with fried mozzarella cheese, basil aioli, and tomato jam. Chef Paul Cao is classically trained in French cuisine and enjoys imprinting his cultural roots into his creations. The mission statement of The Burnt Truck is to “bring distinctively upscale taste to the streets of Orange County without all the fuss and nonsense of a high-end restaurant”. So if you’re looking for high-end food, without the high-end fuss, give The Burnt Truck a visit.
Dragon Dogs sells New York’s #1 hot dog, Sabrett, but with West Coast flare. Matt Miyashiro and his wife Lorraine set up their food truck in a vacant lot adjacent in Angels Stadium, perfect for pre-gaming festivities. Sure and steady, their hot dog business began to grow. They are constantly growing and adding new items to their menu. My pick of the bunch? Grant’s Weenie, a Bacon Dog rolled in brown sugar, topped with cheddar cheese, grilled onions and bbq sauce. Just the thought of this tasty pre-game delight gets my juices flowing. Next time you plan on catching a ball game make sure to stop by Dragon Dogs, before or after the game, and let your nose lead the way. The overwhelming aroma can be smelled from streets away!
I cannot stress this enough, I thought I knew what a burger was until I tried one from The Cut. How these delicious burgers taste like something you would get at a five-star restaurant, but without the five-star pricing, blows my mind. Normally, I’m a fan of unique and interesting food combinations, however, when you visit The Cut their Original Cut is more than enough. I’m not sure how they make American cheese, pickles, and special Cut Sauce taste so delicious, but they do. Maybe it’s the softness of their buns, or the all natural, hormone & antibiotic free, certified humane & free range meats, but whatever they are doing is working. They do offer some specialty burgers, as well as a chicken breast sandwich. Whichever you choose to go with, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
Ex-New Yorker restaurateur Erica Cohen and celebrated event planner Lori Barbera are the brains behind this super trendy burger truck. Each burger is given a fun nickname, from the All American Girl to The Other Woman, to The Good Wife! But one burger seems to stand out apart from the rest: The Bombshell. This badass burger is made up of 1/2 a pound of meat sandwiched between two bacon grilled cheese melts, topped with grilled onions, and served with a side of baby’s special sauce. And who else to serve these delicious treats other than the sexy Burger Babes themselves! Guys, if these ladies don’t get you excited about this burger truck, I’m not sure what will.
The only bad thing about Burger Monster is that it’s so good, you’ll dream about it for months to come. Then again, maybe that’s not such a bad thing! I had the pleasure of stumbling upon this gem of a food truck one day while at the OC Fairgrounds. Burger Monster was one of many food trucks there that day, but the only one who had a line so long, I just knew it had to be good. Burger Monster prides itself on making everything by hand and using only the freshest ingredients. I tried the Mighty Melt, which boasted caramelized cheddar on a white brioche bun, a tasty Angus patty, mouthwatering bacon, more cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, tempura onion strings and yummy coleslaw. After my first bite of this burger, it felt like I had died and gone to burger heaven. If you’re in the mood for a bite that will forever change your burger game, Burger Monster is the way to go. And for those of you craving a burger with a twist, check out their Silence of the Lamb burger, made up of ground lamb, goat cheese, spinach, tomato and house-made tzatziki sauce.
Imagine Asian Mexican fusion cuisine, that’s what you’ll get at Ninjas With Appetite or NWA for short. These masters of food truck fare create their own unique and special teriyaki sauce which they then add and blend into their food options. You can choose anything, from one of their yummy teriyaki bowls to a tasty “teriyako”, to a delicious burrito! They have it all. Including, one of their specialties, “Nacho” Average Teriyaki. This unique dish is comprised of tortilla chips smothered in nacho cheese, then topped with teriyaki chicken, drizzled with sour cream and Sriracha, and lastly, sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds. So, if you’re over the same old tasteless and bland lunches, give Ninjas With Appetite a shot! They do not disappoint.
Vegetarians and vegans rejoice! There is a food truck just for you, and its name is Falasophy. This incredibly delicious and health-conscious food truck was founded by Rashad Moumneh, an MBA graduate from the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. Rashad was dissatisfied with some of the food options that were made available locally, so he took matters into his own hands and created Falasophy, making sure to use only the highest quality ingredients. One of the must-try food items offered has to be Plato’s Salad Bowl. This tasty dish is made up of organic red quinoa salad, traditionally made from scratch hummus, falafel topped with avocado, house pickled jalapeños, and tahini. If you’re still feeling hungry after that, I suggest trying their gourmet stuffed grape leaves, “made from scratch, cooked with love”. And for all the hummus fans out there, they offer a variety to choose from.