American Food Trucks in Los Angeles
One of the best things about Los Angeles is that the city is rife with incredible culinary options from around the globe. However, while the city is known for its diverse dining scene, LA also has a wealth of amazing American food.
Not only does Los Angeles offer an abundance of tasty comfort food, but many of these delicious eateries harness the power of true American innovation by arriving on wheels. An American food truck can be the perfect addition to a variety of events, and they’re a great way to make everything from tailgates to BBQs feel uniquely all-American.
People of all ages can find something they’ll love at one of LA’s best American food trucks, and comfort food is the name of the game. From burgers, to hotdogs, to BBQ, to ice cream, American cuisine is perfectly suited for when you want to serve food that’s fun, crowd-pleasing, and even a little nostalgic.
Having everyone’s favorite classic dishes served from a food truck makes the entire event experience more fun, and hiring an American food truck is a more unique and social approach than going with traditional catering options. FTALA works with the city’s most premier mobile vendors, and many of our partners are experts at serving up American comfort food that’s completely irresistible.
What to Eat at an American Food Truck
One of the best aspects of American dining culture is that it represents a melting pot of cultures, flavors, and history. It’s also a cuisine that varies by region and can look (and taste) totally different across different states. That being said, there are a few American staples that are ubiquitous, and that nearly everyone knows and loves. Take a look at these iconic American staples you can find at several of LA’s American food trucks:
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Hot Dogs
- Fried Chicken
- Ice Cream
If any of these delicious American food dishes sound like they’d be a great fit for your next event, we’re here to make nailing the food at your gathering even easier. We’ve put together a handy guide of some of LA’s best American food trucks, along with a cheat sheet for exactly what to order from their menus.
Burnt to a Crisp
If you want a true taste of Texas right here in California, Burnt to a Crisp brings all the flavor of the Lone Star State directly to your door. This world-class BBQ truck serves up the juiciest, most flavorful meat in town, and they even add an LA twist with dishes like their Brisket Quesadilla. If you want to serve up the ultimate backyard BBQ vibes — but you don’t want to fire up the grill — this truck has you covered.
Try This Standout: Brisket Grilled Cheese — Yes, you read that correctly: this truck serves a grilled cheese that’s loaded with their signature brisket. High-quality, dry-rubbed Texas beef is smoked for up to 18 hours and then stuffed between layers and layers of melty cheese and perfectly crispy bread. You’ll never want to eat grilled cheese any other way again! Don’t forget to add a side of their baked beans and a glass of Hubert’s lemonade for an unforgettable meal that will make you proud to be an American.
We know what you’re thinking. Yes, Poutine is actually Canadian, but this truck transforms it into American comfort food by adding uniquely American toppings (as well as a few other global standouts). From pulled pork, to brisket, to crispy chicken, this truck isn’t afraid to break away from tradition. This truck’s poutine is so delicious, we think it will convince Americans to add cheese curds to their list of comfort food must-haves.
Try This Standout: Hangover Poutine — Whether you overdid it on the booze, or you just want to enjoy the ultimate cheat day meal, Poutine Brothers’ Hangover Poutine can’t be beat. This hearty combination of cheese curds, brown gravy, bacon, fried egg, maple syrup, and chives puts America’s favorite hangover-fighting breakfast on fries, and the result is seriously delicious.
Flamin Hot Chicken
This American food truck is the perfect choice for when you want to spice up your next event — literally. Whether you like spicy chicken tenders, spicy chicken sliders, or even spicy Elote, Flamin Hot Chicken brings the heat. Don’t worry — they also offer non-spicy chicken tenders for those who prefer their food a little milder. The secret to this food truck truly is in the sauce, and their homemade Flamin Sauce and Flamin Crack will keep you coming back for more.
Try This Standout: Flamin Fries — Fries are arguably the most iconic American side dish, and this truck puts a spicy spin on this beloved form of potatoes. Topped with Flamin Sauce and pickles, you won’t be able to stop eating this scorching treat.
We couldn’t talk about American food without mentioning a great burger, could we? Messi Burger serves the best of the best when it comes to burgers that are as ‘messi’ as they are delicious. What makes these burgers stand out from the crowd are the toppings. Messi Burger loads their fresh burgers up with add-ons that range from pineapple to onion rings, so be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand for this one. Trust us, the mess is completely worth it.
Try This Standout: Messi Burger — The truck’s namesake burger really is their claim to fame. A base burger of your choice (beef, turkey, or black bean) is topped with all the usual subjects (lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and American cheese) and grilled to perfection. From there, it’s up to you how creative you want to be — the list of toppings goes on and on!