10 Great Food Trucks--Luxe Loncheras!--in Orange County

5. Tropical Shave Ice
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I remember Spencer...why did he have to go off to The Atlantic? Oh, yeah...

Epic Hawaii-style shave ice with syrup made from, you know, natural fruits? Yes, please.

Follow on Twitter @tropshaveice

4. Barcelona On the Go
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This one's Dave's, for sure...

I see these Argentines every other Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton and always curse myself for already having eaten beforehand, therefore depriving me of the paella, sandwiches and Iberian-inspired goodies. There's always next Wednesday . . .

Follow on Twitter at @brcelonaonthego

3. Piaggio On Wheels
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Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela again!
El maestro...

Unlike some of the other entrants in the luxe-lonchera war, this Argentine truck has an impeccable pedigree: Owner/cook Jose Piaggio was the proprietor of a couple of steakhouses in Brea and Brazil before making his restaurant mobile. Expert meat-preparing is in the man's veins, and Piaggio On Wheels is a mini-testament to his country's obsession with beef: freshly made chorizo with a gentle snap, redolent of cinnamon; skirt steak grilled to an obsidian gleam on the outside, ruddy beauty inside, all enlivened with a chimmichurri heavier on the parsley than garlic; a lomito torta that makes any American steak hoagie seem as hefty as tissue. Piaggio plays around with those cuts in tacos, burritos, quesadillas -- any vessel he can get his meaty (pardon the pun; Piaggio is an Andes of a man) hands on.

Follow on Twitter @piaggioonwheels

2. Dos Chinos
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Dos Chinos is a cuisine of OC love, like what happens when Vietnamese and Mexican teens combine the leftovers after their high school's International Day. Dos Chinos uses the humble tortilla to riff brilliantly on Asian traditions within the friendly confines of a taco or burrito: unctuous pork belly cut with a sharp green salsa; carne asada as beautifully burnt as anything off Bristol, enlivened with sweet-and-sour guacamole; curry chicken brightened by tamarind-spiked sour cream. Plus? TOTAL nerds, haha.

Follow on Twitter @doschinos

1. The Lime Truck
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The champeens!

Of course it's these guys -- gotta give respect to the guys who won The Great Food Truck Race 2! And the food does rock, even if I maintain it's a bit expensive -- but that's a battle for another day. . . .

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23 comments
Bobhansen
Bobhansen

Compared to Kogi, Dos Chinos is flavorless garbage.

René Bruce
René Bruce

Wait you forgot Chomp Chomp Singapore, when the OC register had there gig Lime and many others were there and Chomp always had a line.. hummmm...  

mommytoalittleman
mommytoalittleman

Yup. The Burnt Truck is mighty bomb!! Their new Carne Asada fries are to die for!!

Dee Breakofdawn
Dee Breakofdawn

I think chef joe youkhan's tasting spoon deserves a second look.

MikeHs
MikeHs

"Crunch-tastic????"  Oh no, you're channeling the spikey-haired "guy." 

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Does anybody know if The Lime Truck makes it it out to Loara High on Wednesdays?

OC Roller Girls
OC Roller Girls

OC Roller Girls, OC Weekly's Best Amateur Sports Team for 2011, has hosted five of those trucks at our games in Huntington Beach this year.  Congratulations to The Lime Truck, Dos Chinos, Piaggio on Wheels, Seabirds, and The Burnt Truck for being featured!  We're looking forward to having you and many other delicious eats at our games in 2012.

Andrew Gruel
Andrew Gruel

SlapFish will be opening their Bricks and Mortar in Huntington Beach, February 2011. More to come. Thanks for the article!

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Great article Gustavo and great food on wheels out there !!.......

Cunning Stunts
Cunning Stunts

Does anyone else feel that the food at most of the luxe loncheras is over priced? Regular Loncheras are a great deal, lots of the brick and mortar places the OC Weekly writes about are great deals, etc.

I just find it interesting that many tout Luxe Loncheras as anti establishment; this is one of the "only ways we could serve people with the lowered costs vs brick & mortar" yet they become as "establishment" as any other business with the prices they charge. Why not pass on the lower costs to your consumers like the regular Loncheras do?

I admire the regular Loncheras so much, Luxe Loncheras to me still seem like they play off an image that they don't actively develop, live,  or move towards.

Mr. Rosewater
Mr. Rosewater

According to Pulp Fiction, "garçon" means "boy"; according to the French language, it has only one "c."

Other than that, keep on trucking.

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Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Only if the flavor you're seeking is salt. I much prefer Dos Chinos to Kogi.

DanGarion
DanGarion

I disagree. Kogi has been pretty boring both times I've had it. While Dos Chinos actually was good.

cBc
cBc

amen...their pizzas are pretty eff'n amazing

EriKa Pettite
EriKa Pettite

Still operating their gourmet food truck?  I wonder if they will be in Downtown Huntington Beach...shrug.

Thank you Andrew

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

If you want a deal make it yourself at home !!......

Andrew Gruel
Andrew Gruel

Yes, still operating the truck. Off Beach and Atlanta in HB.

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