The Lime Truck To Open TLT Food, A Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Westwood

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Jason Quinn and Daniel Shemtob, back in the day. 
The Lime Truck is going wheel-less. 

After two years of feeding hungry mobs at business parks, festivals and street food events throughout OC, Daniel Shemtob is taking his innovative New American fare north. He's the latest luxe lonchera chef to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, a move that has been proved successful by the likes of Roy Choi of Kogi, Andrew Gruel of Slapfish and, of course, Shemtob's former partner-in-grub, Jason Quinn of The Playground.   

The 105-seat restaurant, TLT Food (which stands for The Lime Truck if you didn't catch that), will be located in Westwood, near The Umami Group's 800 Degrees pizzeria. Shemtob tells us that guests can expect the same creative recipes and local, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients that they'd find at The Lime Truck, winner of season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race. Beer and wine will also be served. 

"It's gonna be cool to have a full kitchen," says Shemtob, who will be the restaurant's head chef. "Seventy-five percent of the menu will be stagnant and 25-percent will be rotating." 

TLT Food is expected to open around mid-October. The Lime Truck, which now has four trucks, will continue their normal routes. 

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14 comments
JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Dan, this pic is the "Beatles 'Abbey Road' album cover" of OC food journalism pics

nay731
nay731

@orangecountygal Thanks for the article! Japanese grilling... Making my mouth water. :)

ksudon
ksudon

@DanielLimeTruck we need of the lime truck back in Manhattan KS. The longest lines of the Great Food Truck Race 2011.@hdwedel #MHK #besttown

Burdie29
Burdie29

@DanielLimeTruck Really, you make your start in the OC but plant roots in snooty Westwood!

givemeasiiiiign
givemeasiiiiign

@DanielLimeTruck can't wait to go to cali to visit you guys and try the food!

dshemtob
dshemtob

this picture will haunt me for a life time :)

rowast
rowast

@orangecountygal because its OC and we can't have nice things?

orangecountygal
orangecountygal

@nay731 You are welcome! Will post pics of my grilling. Excited that got the book at library.

nay731
nay731

@orangecountygal Did you buy it or borrow it? My library has book sales that are fun & cheap!

nay731
nay731

@orangecountygal Enjoy! I'm getting hungry now... ;)

orangecountygal
orangecountygal

@nay731 Just picked it up today, so not yet. Maybe tomorrow.

nay731
nay731

@orangecountygal Borrowing works too. :) Have you made anything from the book yet?

orangecountygal
orangecountygal

@nay731 I borrowed. I didn't check out books for sale. Will need to ck that section when I return book.

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