Food Truck Heaven: Ricky’s Fish Tacos

So Ms. Foodie is making it a New Year’s goal (no resolutions on this blog) to explore more of the L.A. Food Truck scene. After Christmas, Ms. Foodie and visiting family paid a visit to Ricky’s Fish Tacos. The menu is simple: Ensenada-style Fish Tacos and Shrimp Tacos with a few traditional Mexican drinks. In-N-Out has done well with that strategy, so why not?

Ms. Foodie tried both the Fish and Shrimp Tacos. The Shrimp was good, but the flavor of the shellfish felt overwhelmed by all that breading. But the Fish Taco? Oh My! Divine and melt in your mouth. Topped by delicious crema, or a mild, medium, or hot salsa, and you have a winner for dinner. Ms. Foodie didn’t see any lines around the block–yet; but I have no doubt Ricky’s will get there.

Ms. Foodie highly recommends you try the Mint-Cucumber drink–it will change your life!

Follow Ricky’s Fish Tacos on Twitter: @RickysFishTacos.

The Oinkster’s Burger Week, June 3-9

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Ms. Foodie loves living on the Eastside of Los Angeles, if for nothing else, the unique food offerings. The Oinkster is the go-to place for gourmet fast food. Don’t doubt me–it does exist.

Chef Andre Guerrero whips up “high-quality American classics”, and he does a good job of it. Every year, the Oinkster has a “Burger Week” with unique and awesome offerings for seven days. There’s even a contest for free swag if you are able to come in all 7 days and eat all 7 burgers. Unfortunately, Ms. Foodie was only able to sample two–but they were well worth the trip!

Wednesday’s Burger was “Burgerlord of the Rings”: One burger to rule them all. Five ounces of beef patty, homemade Onion Rings, Sriracha Cream Cheese, Pineapple Ring & Teriyaki Sauce on a Bagel Bun.

It was the bomb-diggity!

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On Thursday, Mr. Foodie and I hopped on over for “The Weed Eater”: a half pound Burger, Jalapeño Bacon, Cheddar, Funyuns, Garlic Aioli and seared Pulled Pork (in Mosh Pit BBQ Sauce).

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Mr. Foodie gave it a 9.5 out of 10.

Unfortunately, once Burger Week is done, so are those particular specialties. But fear not Burger Lovers, the Oinkster offers a specialty burger every month, as well as their signature burger, “The Royale”:  a 1/3 pound Nebraska Angus patty cheeseburger with bacon, chili  AND pastrami, plus dill pickles, onions, tomato, lettuce and 1000 Island dressing.  You can choose your cheese: American or sharp cheddar. For another .75 cents, add some gruyere.

Well worth the caloric intake.

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You can follow The Oinkster on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. To keep up all the food offerings, visit their website.

NoHo Dine Out Friday Nights

Ms. Foodie likes the combination of  food with shopping–this is why the modern food court is so dang popular.

Friends and fellow transitioners MC and CJ are mounting the NoHo Dine Out Friday Nights starting on Friday, November 11 and continuing through November and December!

Each week 10 food trucks and 10 local vendors will be featured, offering a variety of cuisine, along with arts and crafts especially made for the Holiday shopper. In the past, MC and CJ have hosted admission-fee events where the proceeds have benefited animal rescue. This time around, they just want to build community and put Los Angeles on the map as a gourmet food town–this will bring it one step closer.

The best part–admission is free! So you can spend your ducats on the yummy food and the local arts and crafts.

Date:  Every Friday starting November 11 through the months of November and December

Time:  4:40 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location:  The parking lot at 11458 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood (west of Lankershim, next to Twin Palms Apartments)

Ms. Foodie hopes to pop in before she plays the Yoga instructor on Friday nights–maybe I’ll see you there!

On the Plate…

Image Artwork: Jennifer Oliver O'Connell

If Ms. Foodie Patootie had had any sense, she would have been at the 1st 8th annual Grilled Cheese Invitational on Saturday.  Another premier event at the L.A. Center Studios that featured vendors like Tillamook Cheese and food trucks!  Will definitely have to put it on the calendar for next year…

And speaking of trucks, we have a new one to stalk!  The Munchie Machine rolled out its fare on April 20 at Bigfoot West in Venice.  Which is apropos, since the truck decor and menu would definitely appeal to a certain crowd that appreciates umm… herbal refreshments.   There’s much there for the rest of us too, with lots of tasty sandwiches with even tastier ingredients; and of course, salads and vegetarian fare for the non-carnivores of L.A.  The website is not up full blast just yet, but The Munchie Machine menu is viewable, as well as their follow link to Twitter.

When I worked near LAX in the early ’90s, there was little to speak of food-wise except fast food and greasy spoons.  Thankfully that has changed considerably, and now they are really upping the ante with the new Century Food Truck Lot!  On it’s premiere date a week ago, it hosted nine of the L.A. Food Trucks, including Komodo, India Jones, and The Buttermilk Truck.  Schedules are viewable in Google calendar–very convenient for those times when Ms. Foodie is near the airport!  Century Food Truck schedules.

H/t LAist.

The Word according to Eshman: LA is not yet a food city…

Could L.A. rival Chicago and New York as a Food City? Only time will tell...

Interesting post from the Foodaism blog at Jewish Journal dot com. “Nine ways to make  L.A. the ‘Ultimate Food City‘” is two parts snark, and one part “CYA”.   Rob Eshman is rebutting comments from a previous post where he posited that a Saveur magazine article claiming L.A. as “The Ultimate Food City” was a bit overhyped.   Apparently the locals got restless, so he decided to give his critique a new spin.

Read it for yourself, but points 2, 3, and 4 jumped off the screen at me, because it’s stuff I’ve been saying since I moved here 22 years ago:

#2. Triple the number of Food AND PROVISION trucks. Hello?! One of my major complaints is that you have to go to some “town” in order to get a particular type of food.   Sad. Sad. Sad.  The food trucks are the best thing that’s happened to L.A. food, ’cause it’s bringing good stuff to the people!  Being a transplanted native, I don’t have the memories of bakery trucks, etc. that he has, but I do remember being able to get Soul Food and Mexican in the same neighborhood, and getting donuts from a corner kiosk, not having to drive to Krispy Kreme.  Are they even still around?

# 3. Free up zoning and licensing to mix food businesses and residential areas, and F the NIMBYs. Again, NEVER understood this.  Chicago, San Francisco, New York all zone mixed-use neighborhoods.  Burbank is catching on and having GREAT success.  Wake up, L.A. City Council; opportunity is pounding and you’re asleep on the couch…

# 4. Loosen after hours regulations and encourage more late dining out.  Joe and Sharon, my New-Yorker transplant friends share this pain–why does every good restaurant close at 10 pm on a Friday night? What’s up with that?!  Some of my best social times have been 2 am dining adventures, and after moving here, those times have been limited to three restaurants: Mel’s Diner, Denny’s (sorry, not quite fine dining, but you know what I’m sayin’) and In-N-Out.  That needs to change, and change quickly.

I would add a #10 to this list: Get rid of the Nanny State food regulators in our government who create useless zoning regulations, come up with trans-fat restrictions, and trumpet fictitious causes like obesity.  Yes, Governor Schwarzenegger, I’m talkin’ to you!

H/t: LAist.