Fancy Food Truck Friday Preview: Burgers, Wieners, Shrimp and More

Fancy Food Truck Friday returns this week on schedule following a lengthy permit application process.

Like the Phoenix, the food truck event that is .  First a , now this...the event is getting to be better place each month for parents seeking to entertain their children while waiting in line to get them food.

For those of us who don't have kids though, it is all about the food truck options, so let's lay them out.

And for those unfamiliar with the event, Fancy Food Truck Friday runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday in the parking lot behind the complex.  There is no charge to show up to the event.

New to Town

  • Baby's Badass Burgers - An extensive menu of burger options, and if the site is in anyway accurate, beautiful female vendors will serve them to you.
  • The Greasy Wiener - Perhaps an unintentional tribute to an East Coast politician who resigned in disgrace, this truck serves 'Jersey Style Fried Dogs.' I'm from Jersey, and I am not sure exactly what that means, but as I recall hot dog served the state generally come with a lot of hard-to-identify sauce, taste really good, and make your stomach hurt afterwards.  Sounds perfect.
  • All American Gourmet Grill - This truck appears to only have a Facebook page, rather than a full website with menu, but they list their bestseller as "grilled cheddar, pulled pork & applesauce on sourdough w/saaaweeeeet potato friez!"
  • Tango Mango - Italian ice with authentic ingredients.... and I must say they look pretty robust for Italian ice, and include flavors that I consider actual dessert (chocolate chip, for example).

Back from Last Time

  • No Reservations--The sandwiches here are excellent and though I did not eat here last month, I sat with others who were devouring their fries and found myself feeling that the potato wedges I had gotten at another food truck did not stack up.

Triumphant Returns

  • Shrimp Pimp - No exaggeration to call this the reigning champion of Fancy Food Truck Friday.  It always has the longest line every time it shows, and the only time I've gotten the food fast was once when I had the good sense to show up at 5:05 p.m.
Lorraine Pozniak October 13, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Come on, Dan...You don't remember "rippers"? They're deep fried hot dogs that literally rip open while they're being cooked. I used to love them, but I'd only be able to eat them now if they're Kosher.
Lorraine Pozniak October 13, 2011 at 02:56 PM
And while I'm on the subject of "Kosher", now that Hungry Nomad or Pita Pusher aren't in attendance, this gives me practically zero food choices, as just about every other truck serves pork and/or alcohol containing recipes. The vegetarians, Jews and Muslims in the community are being (unintentionally, I'm sure) overlooked. Oh, and a petting zoo with pigs has been added? Oy vey...
Dan Abendschein (Editor) October 13, 2011 at 03:36 PM
I don't... are they specific to NJ? If so, I feel like I have betrayed my Jersey heritage!
Shawna Dawson October 13, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Love that this is happening and fully support its success, but must admit to being curious who's curating? With more than 300 trucks hitting LA's streets, (including some incredible loncheros serving up world class eats), it seems like there could be a wider variety included?
Dan Abendschein (Editor) October 13, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Shawna - There is a different line-up of trucks at each event, and there has been a lot of diversity in the offerings. This one does seems a little slanted towards American fast food, but past ones have included Indian food, Middle East, Armenian, Asian fusion, sushi, and even one inspired by Native American cooking in Montana.
Shawna Dawson October 13, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Dan - I was trying to diplomatically speak to the quality of some of the trucks. It would be nice to see some of the top street food vendors (outside of mainstream Border Grill) represented e.g. award winners of the annual LA Street Food Fest, J Gold's top picks, etc.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) October 13, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Shawna, which ones would you say are the top ones in the county? I am curious since the furthest I've ever pursued a food truck in the area would be Sierra Madre, meaning there are plenty of ones I have not sampled.
C Nash October 14, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Dan, you must be from North Jersey (all above Trenton) as you say you are from Jersey. Any self respecting South Jerseyite would say so. No trucks with TastyKakes on Friday?
Revvell October 14, 2011 at 01:32 AM
If memory serves two of the winners of the LA Street Food Fest have been there. Or, maybe it was another award winning something... it was something on TV anyway and the line was atrocious!!!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Yes indeed, North Jersey.... I didn't know anyone south of Trenton really considering themselves from New Jersey. I think of that more as North Delaware (I kid, I kid). Your comment does help me regain some Jersey cred though, as I'm quite familiar with the TastyKakes... I think their products made up at least 60 percent of my high school cafeteria vending machine.
Meredith Miller October 14, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Hi Shawna- As organizer of this event, I'd be happy to hear which trucks you'd like to see in the future. We have had a great variety of gourmet food since we started this last February, but there is always room for more! Our goal with this event is not just about the food that is offered, it is about bringing the Altadena community together on a regular basis to mix and mingle. Food, friends and family all working side-by-side.


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