Why is There No “Street Meat” in L.A.?
I miss you old friend
When I returned to Los Angeles in January I was pretty excited to start eating my way through all the trucks that have popped up since I moved away in 2005. Korean tacos? Hawaiian garlic shrimp? Grilled cheese sandwiches with short ribs? Sushi… buttermilk biscuits… butter chicken… and obviously all the Mexican food. But there is one thing that the L.A. street food scene doesn’t have… street meat! If you’ve ever been to NYC you know what I’m talking about… the “halal” chicken and lamb (aka gyro) over rice with white sauce (aka mayo) and hot sauce.
The results of Street Meat Palooza 3 were released today on the Midtown NYC section of Midtown Lunch (our annual 15 cart street meat showdown) and I have to say it’s the one thing I miss about New York that has no L.A. substitute. With all the trucks out here, I can’t believe nobody has done this. You’d think there are enough NYC transplants to make it profitable, right? Challenge issued. Will anybody step up to the plate? Or maybe we can get one of the New York vendors to follow in Le Gamin’s footsteps.