Darin was going to be able to get out around lunchtime (and I was feeling pretty wiped out), so I opted to stay home and blog, relax, take a shower. We've been on the go this whole week, it felt great to finally just relax in the PJs.
I started looking through today's agenda and had written down "First Fridays at Venice Beach"- food trucks congregate at Venice Beach on the first Friday of every month. We had heard this was a hugely popular event, but with today's rainy forecast, trying to find parking and then walking around (when we didn't bring any umbrellas) was hardly what I'd call fun. I remember reading that food trucks are really popular here, and people follow them wherever they go. So much so, all of them have Twitter accounts and tweet where you can find them... or, just follow them on the Food Truck Map!
I typed in my current hotel address, and you can select by those food trucks near you that are either opened now, opening later, or opening tomorrow. It even shows you the traffic so you know what kind of delays there could be, and shows you the tweets by each food truck.
Score! With creative names like "Shrimp Pimp", "The Greasy Wiener", "ZZ Truck", it's no wonder these are have become so popular and have an incredible following. You can also find all food trucks' tweets here.
I was thrilled to see Grill Em All's food truck would be close by our hotel during lunch. This particular food truck was Food Network's Season 1 "Great Food Truck Race". I jumped on LA's Yelp and read many positive reviews, but people also mentioned the incredibly long wait time. Many people wait for an hour. These sandwiches better be that good.
I absolutely loved this truck's concept- they have an awesome design and a rock-n-roll themed menu with some heavy metal playing as you wait for your food. This food is all about attitude. Luckily, we got there right as they were opening so we only had a handful of people in front of us before we placed our order.
They have about 8 burgers to choose from and a choice of 2 different fries options.
The truck is literally just hanging out in a parking lot blaring music
Here is their signature logo- I love their kickback to Metallica
You don't get a following like they have without doing something right. We ordered (2) burgers, a side of their tater tots (supposed to be legendary), and the total bill came to be $26 (cash only). I guess food from food trucks don't necessarily mean cheap. We waited for a bit and hopped back into the car and drove back to the hotel to eat our food.
Each burger is 7-oz so it's a mighty big meal. I ordered the Witte burger ($8) which had cream cheese, deep fried bacon, beer/Srirarcha onion, and malt vinegar aioli. It was huge and delicious!
They didn't put some flimsy bacon in there either- you can taste every single ingredient.
Darin ordered the Behemoth burger ($12), which is a burger in between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches as buns, cheddar, bacon, beer-soaked onions, pickles, and Mosh Pit BBQ sauce. It was ginormous.
We also ordered a side of their legandary tater tots, which are rolled with Pepperjack and Cheddar Cheese. It came with (6) large tater tots for $6- and they were worth every bit the $1/tot. They were awesome. I can only imagine they would have been even better if we had eaten it fresh. Oh my sweet Lord, they were sinful. They are now the holy grail of tater tots for me. They grate the boiled russet potatoes, add salt, pepper, garlic powder, pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, and paprika, and then coated with panko breadcrumbs. Worth every penny. You get to choose 1 sauce per fries or tots order, but our gal threw in 2 sauces- chipotle ketchup and garlic aioli.
Both burgers had massive flavor. I wasn't hungry for lunch, yet I managed to almost eat the entire thing.
Yep, that's me eating the Behemoth- Darin had already eaten 1/2 of it and I was trying to take another bite...