Street Food Fest Refugees Descend on Philippe’s

And by the time we left, the lines were out both doors

Being a recent L.A. transplant, and a lover of street food, I was pretty excited for this past weekends L.A. Street Food Fest downtown… me and everybody else in the city! The event, which was organized by Profiled L.A. Lunchers Shawna & Sonja, was the perfect way for somebody like me to try out L.A.’s amazing (and enormous) street food scene all in one shot. Sadly by 11am (the time the doors were supposed to open) the line was already stretching around the corner, down the street, and through the main parking lot, which was full by 11:15am. Looks like V.I.P was the way to go!

Not wanting to wait on the 2 hour line (!?!) just to get in, we headed to an unsurprisingly packed Philippe’s (on N. Alameda & 10th) where it seemed like everybody waiting on line had given up on the street food festival… and no, we didn’t see any roaches!  (As for my L.A. street food craving, I guess I’ll have to pick the trucks off one by one.  Any suggestions for where I should start?)



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    To start, I think you need to go to the godfather of the truck movement, Kogi. They have a lot of trucks nowadays are usually downtown once or twice a week. Then I’d say Lomo Arigato for some killer lomo saltado.

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    What’d you think of Philippe’s? Which dip did you order, and was the mustard spicy enough for you? Also, any pickled eggs?

  • @jam – Oh… I’m already a disciple at the altar of Kogi, but I have to try Lomo Arigato!

    @FoodGPS – There really isn’t much not to like about Philippe’s, but I have to go back for the full experience. I showed up late, so a friend ordered for me. I ended up with roast beef, double dipped and cole slaw. Also got to try a bite of his lamb, but clearly I need to go back for a pork sandwich, beets, and an egg pickled in beet juice. I love horseradish, so I was all about the mustard. Got any other recs for my next visit?

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      @Zach ah, well that wasn’t specified!

      I’d say Lomo is at the top then Flying Pig, Fishlips (yes sushi from a truck) and Barbies Q are pretty good. For dessert get some shaved ice from GetShaved and treats from the Sweets truck.

      Also, for some east coast lovin South Philly for cheesesteaks and Slice Truck for pretty decent NY-style pizza.

      ya…..i eat a lot from trucks. i could keep going…

  • My standard order: turkey, double dipped with a LOT of mustard, cole slaw, custard and two iced teas.

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