There were at least 30 trucks, each with a massive line in front. Fortunately L.A. Center Studios had some grassy and shady areas.
I wasn't too surprised that lines at the first L.A. Street Food Fest turned out to be too long for many to get in and too long for nearly everyone to wait at food trucks. But it was pretty amazing to see several thousand (I heard 15,000!) people so enthusiastic about trying a bounty of L.A. Street Food. I had hoped to see many more stands from the Breed St. vendors and other *real* street stands -- where were the bacon-wrapped hotdogs and churro men? I heard Ludovic Lefevbre's fried chicken, made by Ludovic and Mattatouille, was amazing, but an hour wait seemed too long. We snagged dumplings and duck tacos from the Dim Sum truck, which is launching soon; a Brazilian acaraje (black-eyed pea flour fritter, above) from Sabor da Bahia; and mini doughnuts from the Fry Chick. Mostly I regret not trying the crab cakes with lardons and shallot vinaigrette from Monsieur Egg -- aside from Ludo's Chicken, that sounded like the hit of the fest.The only other booth with a reasonable wait was Mama Koh's chicken wings - tasty sauce but pretty soggy. Hopefully Mama will take some lessons from Kyochon, since Silver Lake could use some good Asian-style wings.
Mama Koh apparently works out of Hello Teriyaki, which took over Yoshinoya Bowl in the crackhead mini-mall at Sunset and Fountain. Hello Teriyaki looks to be a cut above most fast-food places, with no MSG or preservatives and dishes like teriyaki tacos, tempura plates and teriyaki sub sandwiches.
Anyways, thanks to the L.A. Street Food Fest crew for coming up with the idea -- next time, hopefully, they'll add more street food booths and try for shorter lines!
Did you get in? What did you think?