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(LA Times)   Pulitzer-winning food critic Jonathan Gold lists top 10 L.A. dining picks of past year. If you love obscure food trucks, pork buns, foie gras, and bacon, you're set   (latimes.com) divider line 25
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2013-01-05 10:16:33 AM
Who doesn't love food trucks, pork buns, foie gras and bacon?
 
2013-01-05 10:35:48 AM
Gosh, I love all those things!

Except for L.A. That place can just slide off into the ocean whenever it's ready.
 
2013-01-05 10:54:51 AM

RexTalionis: Who doesn't love food trucks, pork buns, foie gras and bacon?


the food truck thing is a bit hit or miss for me, but I've never lived in a city where they are a major presense, the rest of it sounds great
 
2013-01-05 11:55:15 AM
well there's something exciting to a very small portion of the population. most folks will never make it to L.A. in their lifetime but Boy Howdy, they can tell you about the food trucks. and what was with the Beach Boys / Surf Music craze? Less than 1/10 of 1% of Americans have ever been on a surfboard. those freakin records sold by the truckload.

/ well hello 1966
// living in my own bubble
 
2013-01-05 11:58:54 AM
FTFA:

"obscure industrial park"
"re-imagining"
"artisanally gathered"
"transgressive"
"strict empiricist"

We really need something like the "Journal of Contemporary Gluttony" so that this crowd is not forced to stoop to pedestrian Internet articles...
 
2013-01-05 12:01:48 PM
Food trucks again...I am so tired of hearing about food trucks in every other damned post on my CA friends' Facebook pages. So overrated.

/L.A. native
 
2013-01-05 12:09:55 PM
What's a pork bun?

/ Jefferson City,MO has no food trucks.
// Town council says they make the city look tacky
/// Makes me sad
 
2013-01-05 12:12:44 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: What's a pork bun?

/ Jefferson City,MO has no food trucks.
// Town council says they make the city look tacky
/// Makes me sad


international.iteem.ec-lille.fr
Think the things in the back.
 
2013-01-05 12:15:01 PM

RexTalionis: Mid_mo_mad_man: What's a pork bun?

/ Jefferson City,MO has no food trucks.
// Town council says they make the city look tacky
/// Makes me sad

[international.iteem.ec-lille.fr image 300x253]
Think the things in the back.


A form of dim sum?
 
2013-01-05 12:21:59 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: RexTalionis: Mid_mo_mad_man: What's a pork bun?

/ Jefferson City,MO has no food trucks.
// Town council says they make the city look tacky
/// Makes me sad

[international.iteem.ec-lille.fr image 300x253]
Think the things in the back.

A form of dim sum?


The thing he was talking about in the thread is a form of soup dumpling. Think of it this way: It's a steamed bun, but the steam bun's filling is made in such a way that when it is cooked, it becomes a liquid, savoury soup inside the dumpling. When you bit into it, you get a mouthful of soup.

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2013-01-05 12:30:18 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: / Jefferson City,MO has no food trucks.
// Town council says they make the city look tacky fatty
/// Makes me sad


What they meant?

No food trucks like this here in Tulsa (that I know of), but boy howdy do we have a load of Taco Trucks. Been meaning to try one out, but always too busy. But there's 3 of them in the half mile between my house and the nearest major intersection. And another 3 just past that, one of which is next door to a Taco Bell. Smells delicious driving by.

/Getting fatter just thinking about it.
 
2013-01-05 12:31:33 PM
Doesn't everyone love bacon? I'm a vegetarian and even I can't resist bacon.
 
2013-01-05 12:36:36 PM
previous Jonathan Gold FARK thread, protesting Paula Deen as GrandMarshall of Rose Parade on Julia Childs hometurf
http://www.fark.com/comments/5718725

KrispyKritter most folks will never make it to L.A. in their lifetime but Boy Howdy, they can tell you about the food trucks. and what was with the Beach Boys / Surf Music craze?

To take the thread full circle the 4-year old son & owner of Chip's, the Hawthorne Ahmet & Davis Googie restaurant where the Beach Boys hung out were killed by a crazed, gun-wielding neighbor Link
 
2013-01-05 12:39:13 PM

okiemule: Mid_mo_mad_man: / Jefferson City,MO has no food trucks.
// Town council says they make the city look tacky fatty
/// Makes me sad

What they meant?

No food trucks like this here in Tulsa (that I know of), but boy howdy do we have a load of Taco Trucks. Been meaning to try one out, but always too busy. But there's 3 of them in the half mile between my house and the nearest major intersection. And another 3 just past that, one of which is next door to a Taco Bell. Smells delicious driving by.

/Getting fatter just thinking about it.


No I meant tacky and a supposed public nuisance. They said that the trucks would tie up downtown. Taking up parking spaces, causing people to clog the sidewalks, litter etc. I think it's more like keep to food dollars in the brick and mortar places. That and the council don't care for who would run taco trucks
 
2013-01-05 12:56:24 PM

Theaetetus:
Except for L.A. That place can just slide off into the ocean whenever it's ready.


Please be more specific. The entire city or just downtown? LA county? Just the Westside where the annoying hipsters are? this is important

11 miles northeast of downtown but still in the county but not surrounded by foodtrucks or beards and chunky glasses
 
2013-01-05 01:04:35 PM
Morons who but into articles like this are why most food trucks have gone from a cheap place to get lunch to a douchy, indulgent, and expensive waste of time.

That said, The Poutine Truck, Dogtown Dogs, and Buttermilk Truck can stay.
 
2013-01-05 01:06:23 PM
Theaetetus: Except for L.A. That place can just slide off into the ocean whenever it's ready.

The place will merely jump 18 feet in the "Big One", because it's all swampy landfill on the same plate as Japan, Seattle will be the town that slides into the Sea Sound, despite what Bill Hicks told you
 
2013-01-05 01:46:28 PM
cwheelie
2013-01-05 12:56:24 PM
Theaetetus: Except for L.A. That place can just slide off into the ocean whenever it's ready.

Please be more specific. The entire city or just downtown? LA county? Just the Westside where the annoying hipsters are? this is important

11 miles northeast of downtown but still in the county but not surrounded by foodtrucks or beards and chunky glasses


Yeah, except you've only killed half the problem. You are forgetting all the hipsters in Echo Park and downtown LA.

Oh, and LA really isn't the ones who originated the gourmet food truck thing. I saw this in Portland (OR) a decade ago. Oh dear, that was sort of a douchy hipster comment - but yeah, Portland, hello?
 
2013-01-05 01:57:35 PM
I'm hoping that Spago has really changed because when I went there many years ago it was not good. I never got the whole obsession with it. In fact I never ate anywhere in LA that blew me away when I lived there. Of course my finances were different at that time so perhaps I didn't make it to the good places, but overall the food was meh. Basically almost everywhere else I've lived has had better food overall.
 
2013-01-05 02:00:25 PM
My chef and wine maker friends hate me when I say "By now I expected to be eating space food out of a squeezable tube."
 
2013-01-05 02:20:05 PM
PillsHere

2013-01-05 01:57:35 PM
I'm hoping that Spago has really changed because when I went there many years ago it was not good. I never got the whole obsession with it. In fact I never ate anywhere in LA that blew me away when I lived there. Of course my finances were different at that time so perhaps I didn't make it to the good places, but overall the food was meh. Basically almost everywhere else I've lived has had better food overall.


Transplant here. My take is that LA has the best Mexican and Korean food in the country. Period. Other than that, foods here are overly trendy and faddish - which can be either good or bad, depending on perspective. On the good side, you've got places doing cutting edge food with interesting ingrediants (menus with items I've never seen - and I eat out a lot). On the bad, someone better be paying for your bill if you are trying all these places.

Oh and no one in California does (cheap) pizza well. And if you want a real good steak, you may be going to a chain - unlike back in the Midwest (where I'm originally from).
 
2013-01-05 04:53:52 PM

RexTalionis: Mid_mo_mad_man: RexTalionis: Mid_mo_mad_man: What's a pork bun?

/ Jefferson City,MO has no food trucks.
// Town council says they make the city look tacky
/// Makes me sad

[international.iteem.ec-lille.fr image 300x253]
Think the things in the back.

A form of dim sum?

The thing he was talking about in the thread is a form of soup dumpling. Think of it this way: It's a steamed bun, but the steam bun's filling is made in such a way that when it is cooked, it becomes a liquid, savoury soup inside the dumpling. When you bit into it, you get a mouthful of soup.


It's a hot salty explosion of juices in your mouth!

... wait.
 
2013-01-05 05:28:30 PM
LA is gigantic, like an expanse of small towns all stuck next to each other. I have lived in LA (on the westside) for years but I don't think I've ever tried anything on that list, or would want to. I do love the food truck down the street from me though. 5 bucks for dinner? Yes, please!
 
2013-01-05 08:39:49 PM

SirEattonHogg: PillsHere

2013-01-05 01:57:35 PM
I'm hoping that Spago has really changed because when I went there many years ago it was not good. I never got the whole obsession with it. In fact I never ate anywhere in LA that blew me away when I lived there. Of course my finances were different at that time so perhaps I didn't make it to the good places, but overall the food was meh. Basically almost everywhere else I've lived has had better food overall.


Transplant here. My take is that LA has the best Mexican and Korean food in the country. Period. Other than that, foods here are overly trendy and faddish - which can be either good or bad, depending on perspective. On the good side, you've got places doing cutting edge food with interesting ingrediants (menus with items I've never seen - and I eat out a lot). On the bad, someone better be paying for your bill if you are trying all these places.

Oh and no one in California does (cheap) pizza well. And if you want a real good steak, you may be going to a chain - unlike back in the Midwest (where I'm originally from).


Yah, see when I lived there I never had any of the cutting edge food. Granted my finances and my tastes have changed drastically since then. I actually like California cuisine, but I only had good food when I moved to Orange County - of course people will mock me for saying that. I'm guessing it is probably due to where I went when I lived in LA. The only times I went anywhere decent was when my parents were in town (like Spago's). I did have good Mexican food from a taco truck though, or maybe I was just drunk :P. So anyway, living in Chicago, Seattle, Orange County, and LA, LA was the only place where the food was unimpressive in my experience. Of course it's still better than most of the country I'm sure.
 
2013-01-06 07:53:44 AM
You LA haters can suck a sack. LA is huge and insanely diverse. I was born and raised here and can't say I've experienced all if it. When you say you hate it, do you mean Hollywood? Koreatown? Little Tokyo? Bleeding heart Santa Monica, where few can afford to live but has the most generous laws governing treatment of the homeless? Topanga Canyon and its hippies?
How about Boyle Heights and its latino community?

The LA you know from watching tv or visiting briefly represents a fraction of its character. Thats the best thing about it. If you don't the part you're in, drive for 20 minutes in any direction and its like you're in another country.

Try that in North Dakota.
 
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