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Have new-wave food trucks jumped the shark?

May 5, 2011 |  2:01 pm

Two-and-a-half years after Kogi ignited the food truck firestorm that is sweeping L.A., many involved in the scene are calling for sanity. With nearly 200 new-wave food trucks on the road in L.A. County, it is becoming harder and harder to find quality food. And some say that what was once special and underground has become just another dulled-down commercial endeavor. 

Still, if L.A. can move past the hype of the scene's tricky adolescence, a wonderful world of tasty eats awaits, says Roy Choi, the chef who put "Koreatown in one bite" with his Kogi Korean barbecue tacos.

In this week's Food section, we take a  look at the debate swirling around new-wave food trucks. We also hopped in Tom LaBonge's car for a ride to Mid-Wilshire, where the L.A. City Council member  explained his latest plan for city regulation of the trucks. 

And if you're hungry to follow along on the fun and chaos of the scene, we've compiled a few key Facebook pages, websites and Twitter feeds that might come in handy.


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Photo: Cheese Executive Officer Michele Grant puts together an order at the Grilled Cheese Truck. Credit: Christina House / Los Angeles Times