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A Recap of The LA Street Food Fest


LA Street Food Fest If you cook it, they will come. On Saturday, July 24th, over 60 vendors gathered together at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to feed the people – and the people came in hoardes.

From food trucks to tequila tastings, over 5,000 attendees sampled street food from food trucks like Mariscos Jalisco, Flying Pig, Frysmith and Monsieur Egg. Local eateries in attendance included Starry Kitchen, Mo-Chica, Sedthee Thai Eatery and Scoops Westside.

The bounty of street bites wasn’t all that was offered on this sunny Saturday. Two Singha beer gardens, and mezcal and tequila pourings whet many an adult appetite; while POM and Del’s Lemonade kept the kiddies quenched. Bliss Spa Lounge was also on hand to provide pampering to eaters large and small.

While diners devoured, a tasting panel put together from all corners of LA life – from the LA Times food section to City Hall – dined and determined winners across categories like best “old school” street food (Robert Danhi’s Southeast Asian Flavors’ Explosive Thai Bites) to top sweet tooth (Scoops Westside‘s Thai Iced Tea Coconut).

Miss the event but looking to sample some of LA’s best street food? Websites like FindLAFoodTrucks are like a street gastronomer GPS.


  1. Phil | Sunday, August 8, 2010

    In the past I always looked down on street food. Before I started to travel, I considered the street vender to be on par with that of a mall food court. Man, was I wrong. Seattle has some great street food and of course a dirty water dog in front of the Met in NYC is awesome after hiking from Soho.

  2. Erin | Sunday, August 8, 2010

    I would have loved to have been there. Did you check out Manila Machine? Mutineer contributor Marvin Gapultos is one of the owners.

  3. Rick Gideon | Sunday, August 8, 2010

    I love street food. It’s great to see so many different types and styles of food becoming available to the masses without the proprietors having to lease a brick and mortar facility and have a huge investment to get up and running. Seattle’s mobile food trend is still relatively new and the quality and selection is just awesome. Portland’s street food initiative has been going for awhile and there is certainly no shortage of vendors available there. It sounds like L.A’s is growing into something great as well.

  4. Brian | Monday, August 9, 2010

    Street food is AWESOME. So freakin’ rad. We don’t have any of that out here.

  5. Arianna Armstrong | Monday, August 9, 2010

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! Phil, I also used to feel superior about eating street food, but I recovered… I’ve definitely traveled places where it’s far better than anything I was served in a restaurant.

    Rick, I agree with you – I think it allows for experimentation by both the vendors and the buyers, especially in the case of the food trucks, where folks who might not buy something off the street might be willing to give it a shot off a truck. And, little by little, people expand their horizons. Also, the trucks are a great way for aspiring chefs/restauranteurs to get their biz off the ground.

    Emily, not yet! I need to hunt them down; I’ve heard great things!

    Brian, where are you?

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