Get a Taste of LA with the Best Food Trucks in Los Angeles

One of the best developments in Los Angeles’ restaurant industry over the past decade is the emergence of food trucks–and they are everywhere. Food trucks are a fun and convenient way to enjoy a quick meal in the fast-paced city as they offer creative dishes that would put even your favorite restaurants to shame. Since they’re so popular, you’ll have plenty of options to embrace a taste from these unique mobile menus. Take a bite of our choices of the very best food trucks rolling around Los Angeles.

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Tacos 1986

This up-and-coming taco stall is the perfect way to get your siesta on after a long day or start your fiesta for a really good night. Tacos 1986 offers perfectly crafted, authentic tacos with homemade tortillas and a side of sweet and smooth horchata. With a revolving location that has called Hollywood, Koreatown and Venice home, you’ll never go wrong tracking down this mouth-watering menu.

 

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The Lobos Truck LA

Offering a truly mouth-watering variety of California-style comfort foods, The Lobos Truck LA is a hot spot for Angelinos looking for a top tier, quality meal. Along with a full menu of tasty lunch and dinner options, they also offer a full line of their very own sauces including BBQ sauce, hot sauces, and ranch-based sauces.

 

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Gs Taco Spot on Wheels

G’s Taco Spot on Wheels continually attracts customers from far and wide who are dying to try this renowned food truck’s traditional gourmet Mexican cuisine. With everything from whopping breakfast burritos to plenty of vegan dinner options, this food truck is sure to give you the perfect Mexican food experience.

 

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Richeeze

The only thing better than the food at Richeeze is the smile you’ll have on your face for the rest of the day. Richeeze, which operates all over Downtown LA, creates some of the cheesiest and delectable dishes in the city. Fresh ingredients and experts behind the grill make Richeeze one of the best places to get your favorite childhood sandwich.

 

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Hustle N Dough

Hustle N Dough is a Santa Monica-based donut shop on wheels that would give the famous Voodoo Donuts a run for their money. Crazy concoctions like sweet lavender, vanilla, and honey make Hustle N Dough a perfect place to start off your morning and satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

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Cousins Maine Lobster

Cousins Jim Tselikis and Saban Lomac joined forces in 2012 to bring their vision of owning a restaurant to reality. Seven years later, and the pair are bringing the country some of the freshest Maine lobster you’ll ever taste. They have 21 food truck locations in 15 states, with three here in Southern California. Seafood-loving Angelinos know to head to Cousins Maine Lobster for a delectable dinner.

 

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Hungry Nomad

If you ever find yourself lucky enough to stumble upon the Hungry Nomad food truck, you’ll find yourself treated to some of the best Lebanese/Armenian street food you may ever have in your life. The recipes Hungry Nomad uses have been passed down through generations of family chefs and are largely influenced by their family-owned and operated bakery, which has been open for over 50 years.

 

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Mariscos Jalisco

Known to Eastsiders as a local favorite, this taco truck has steadily built its reputation with almost twenty years serving up Mexican eats in Los Angeles. Whether you’re in the mood for ceviche, shrimp tacos or the perfect tostada, your Mexican seafood craving is sure to be satisfied when you stop by this LA institution.

 

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Ragin Cajun

Tantalize your taste buds with some of the best spicy Southern food in all of Los Angeles. Ragin’ Cajun creates the perfect blend of spicy and savory that will transport you right to Bourbon Street and satisfy the rumble in your stomach. With their large menu packed with great options,  you’ll enjoy bringing some heat to your food truck dining experience.

 

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A Vibrant Escape to Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is a wonderful place to travel offering up culture, nature history and sunny skies. At the heart of it all lies Rio de Janeiro–the largest city of the fifth largest country in the world. Internationally-known beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, the sky-high Christ the Redeemer monument and Carnaval are just a few of the celebrated attractions you can find in Rio. If you’re thinking about taking a trip anytime soon, consider traveling to Rio de Janeiro in style.

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Hotels

Emiliano Rio

This vintage-chic luxury hotel sits right on the Copacabana sand and provides views of the sparkling ocean from their sunlight-bathed rooms. The Emiliano Rio offers guests a wide variety of accommodations such as a full spa and a champagne bar. If you’re in the market for a relaxing beachfront getaway, you simply can’t go wrong with the Emiliano Rio.

 

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Photo: Hotel Emiliano Rio de Janeiro

Vila Santa Teresa

Vila Santa Teresa is a hidden gem that can be found at the heart of Rio’s bohemian Santa Teresa district. Surrounded by lush greenery and Sugarloaf Mountain, Vila Santa Teresa combines luxury and history in their private, historic villas that also overlook glistening Guanabara Bay. This spot will be a great destination for anyone looking to reconnect with nature.

 

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Photo: Vila Santa Teresa

Activities

Bonito

Bonito is a city with a world-famous system of caves and waterways that give crystal clear looks at indigenous fish and other cave-dwelling critters. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a dip into one of the many underwater canals or rappel from the entrance all the way down to the lake inside, called Abismo Anhumas.

 

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Historic Center of Olinda

Olinda, located on Brazil’s northwestern coast, is a well-preserved colonial city with culture and history abound. The city is filled with delicious food, art studios and galleries, and a beautiful historic downtown with endless red-roofed buildings and charm.

 

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Photo: Historic Center of Olinda

Rio Carnival

Carnival celebrations are held all over South America, but only one is the world’s largest in attracting an estimated two million people per day. Rio’s clubs, bars, and nightlife venues become a giant street fair for locals and travelers alike to celebrate the festive occasion. The highlight of Carnival in Rio is the lively and colorful Samba Parades, held in the Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí parade venue.

 

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Photo: Rio Carnival / Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Dining

Miam Miam

After a long day of hiking or diving in the caves of Bonito, you’ll want to end your day by getting a taste of Brazil’s local cuisine. Miam Miam is a contemporary restaurant located in a renovated mansion where chef Roberta Ciasca cooks up some truly wonderful dishes. If you feel like hanging out in their dimly lit, romantic atmosphere after your meal, take a seat in their cushy lounge and grab a couple of drinks to enjoy the ambiance.

 

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Photo: Miam Miam

Churrascaria Palace

Founded in 1951, Churrascaria Palace is a staple in the fine dining circuit in Rio de Janeiro, offering delicious steak, fresh seafood, and appetizing sushi. Along with their expertly-prepared menu, they have a wide selection of wines and cocktails that will pair perfectly with your meal and get you fully into the vacation mood.

 

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Photo: Churrascaria Palace

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LA’s Best Restaurants for Garden Dining

There’s no shortage of al fresco dining spots around Los Angeles, but not all of them are decorated with lush greenery in a natural setting. Dining with the background of a garden landscape can be romantic, sophisticated and magical with twinkling lights hanging from trees to set the mood. With warmer weather opening up your options for outdoor dining, stop into any of these restaurants for the best garden views for your dining experience.

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Plant Food + Wine

This Venice sanctuary is a staple in LA vegan community. If you happen to not be vegan, their extensive and tasteful variety of wines should be plenty to get you through the door. The outdoor community aesthetic is stellar and makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a little restaurant in the mountains.

 

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The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

This elegant hotel lounge and restaurant isn’t just for hotel VIPs, it’s also open to the public. If you’re in the market for a great date spot or somewhere to impress a potential client, The Polo Lounge is a great choice due to its scenic, outdoor garden atmosphere.

 

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Cliffs Edge

Sitting down in this walled garden, you would never know that Sunset Blvd. is right on the other side of the hedge. Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake is a one-in-a-million space that serves modern American cuisine in a chic outdoor atmosphere.

 

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Michaels

Michael’s is a true gem of Santa Monica that has stood the test of time. Recently the restaurant underwent a full makeover and the patio has never looked better with plenty of foliage and soft lighting, creating a truly magical look each night.

 

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Sawyer

This Silver Lake hotspot is a hub for community activity. The light and airy atmosphere, indoor and out, is enough to make anybody want to strike up a conversation with the person at the next table. Sawyer’s vibe is infectious and beautiful with a green, open back patio that could put anybody in a cheery mood.

 

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Yamashiro

This beautiful Japanese-based restaurant and lounge is a staple of luxury dining among Hollywood locals. A full Japanese garden dining setting overlooking Hollywood, a perfectly thought out and prepared menu, and an expert staff make Yamashiro an unforgettable experience.

 

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The Little Door

Even though there are plenty of picturesque places to eat around Beverly Grove, The Little Door still manages to stand out. A light and airy garden atmosphere along with an innovative menu make The Little Door the perfect place for date night or just a fun dining experience.

 

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Griffith Park Beer Gardens

If you’re interested in spending a casual warm night somewhere with a beautiful view of the sunset, this is definitely the spot for you. A great beer menu, charming Griffith Park location, and tasty food just a quick walk away make the Beer Gardens at Roosevelt Cafe a summer must.

 

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Experience Elegance at NYC’s Most Luxurious Hotels

New York City has a history of helping to define modern fashion, business, and luxury. You’ll have plenty of activities to do and places to see in this bustling metropolis, and a luxury hotel stay will make for an elegant experience during your visit. To help you choose the best of the best during your next trip to the Big Apple, take a look at how to vacation in style at the most luxurious hotels in New York City.

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The St. Regis in New York

Located at the heart of midtown Manhattan, The St. Regis in New York is one of the top-rated hotels in the city, and for good reason. The St. Regis prides itself on their sophisticated setting, friendly staff, great views of the skyline and a large variety of guest amenities. If you’re looking to indulge in a lavish stay, the St. Regis is sure to surpass your expectations.

 

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Photo: The St. Regis New York

Baccarat Hotel New York

Whether you prefer old or new, Paris or New York, you’ll find it all at the Baccarat Hotel New York located right next to Central Park. The hotel, which opened in 2015, includes French and modern-American architecture and design blended together in perfect harmony to create a dreamlike atmosphere.

 

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Photo: Baccarat Hotel New York

The Peninsula New York

The Peninsula New York has often been referred to as a “cocoon of peace and quiet” among the everyday hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue. With an award-winning spa and health club, a beautiful rooftop terrace and elegant rooms, it’s easy to see why critics rave about this top hotel destination.

 

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Photo: The Peninsula New York

Mandarin Oriental, New York

This Asian-inspired luxury hotel can be found on the 35th floor of the Time Warner building, and offers 244 rooms, each with an incredible view of a different part of the city. The Mandarin Oriental hotel can be described only as luxury in the sky, with high-end accommodations such as Italian linens and an incredible spa. Spanning 14,500 square feet, it includes everything from a lap pool to full body natural spa treatments.

 

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Photo: Mandarin Oriental New York

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The Ritz in New York City sits right along the south side of Central Park placing you in the middle of one of the most highly-coveted locations in the city. The views of the park alone are enough to attract most guests, but you’ll also be impressed by this 5-star luxury hotel offering perks like deep-soaking tubs, a wonderfully tasty bistro and a full luxury spa.

 

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Photo: The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Park Hyatt New York

As a part of the towering One57 building, Park Hyatt New York has views that would put the highrises of Dubai to shame. This hotel brings a whole new meaning to the word luxury with espresso makers in every room and unique furniture and decor. They have embraced the latest in luxury hospitality technology to include televisions in the bathroom mirrors and relaxing rain showers giving you a tranquil break from exploring the city during your Park Hyatt stay.

 

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Photo: Park Hyatt New York

The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

This Midtown East icon of luxury living offers incredible views of the city, guest services that go above and beyond, ample accommodations and much more. The hotel’s prime location means Rockefeller Center and Times Square are just a brief walk away. Fireplaces in each room, a 24-hour gym and spa and full butler service are also perks you can expect when you stay at The Towers.

 

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Photo: The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

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Sip and Savor at LA’s Best Wine Bars

Good wine can be easy to find, but enjoying an exceptional wine can be an unforgettable experience. With plenty of wine lovers in the Los Angeles area, the number of wine-dedicated establishments has risen to accommodate the ever-growing hobby. Whether you’re stopping in for happy hour or getting cozy during date night, there are a number of places you can visit to get unique and rare wines that will please your palate. If you’re a love of a great white or tasty red, check out these cool wine bars in Los Angeles.

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Heritage Fine Wines

Placed in a prime Beverly Hills location, one might think Heritage Fine Wines would be a place only limited to wine professionals or knowledgeable connoisseurs, but that’s simply not true. Heritage Fine Wines does an incredible job of making all their guests feel welcomed with a staff that’s always happy to give you a few wine tips if you need it.

 

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Photo: Heritage / Time Out

A.O.C.

A.O.C. in Beverly Hills is owned by duo Caroline Styne, a top LA sommelier and James Beard Restaurateur of the Year, and Suzanne Goin, a 3-time James Beard Award-winning chef. A.O.C. quickly gained industry recognition for their delectable food and rich wine pairings.

 

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Photo: A.O.C.

Bacari West Adams

This unique, Downtown wine bar has gained famed for its creativity and innovation. A rebranding of the former Bacaro LA, their wine list consists of small-batch labels and oddball flavors from all over the world, but namely from the budding winery markets in Slovenia and Morocco.

 

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Photo: Bacari LA

Bar Bandini

A dimly lit, moody interior and friendly service are just a few of the reasons this Echo Park locale is a neighborhood favorite. The wine list focuses on California natural wines made with little to no intervention, making for a fresh sip paired with Bandini’s small bites.

 

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Photo: Bar Bandini / Time Out

Bar Covell

Bar Covell in East Hollywood is the quintessential Los Angeles wine bar. Started by Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner, this homey and welcoming wine bar boasts a selection of over 150 labels from 24 countries. Come in for a visit and the bartender will recommend some selections to pair with their delicious small plates.

 

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Photo: Bar Covell / The Infatuation

Marvin

Stop into Marvin for Sunday brunch in West Hollywood, and after a couple bottomless mimosas, you might forget you’re not actually in a French bistro. Between the vast wine selection, the menu and the decor, this go-to destination is about as close to a French wine house as you can get in Los Angeles.

 

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Photo: Marvin

South End

South End in Venice serves up one of the best combinations you can think of: fine wines and delicious pizzas. Their variety of unique labels and taste profiles ensures that no matter what kind of pizza you’d like to order, there is a perfect wine pairing just for you.

 

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Vertical Wine Bistro

A quaint wine bar in Old Town Pasadena, Vertical Wine Bistro offers over 650 different wines by the bottle, and over 70 by glass. With such an extensive list, it’ll be a challenge to settle on just one bottle. Taste a few favorites by ordering one of their wine flights to try out a variety of flavors.

 

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Photo: Vertical Wine Bistro

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Dance in the Sun at Miami Music Week

Miami Music Week is right around the corner, which means electronic dance music fans from around the country are getting ready to gather in Miami for a week of fun and festivities. Miami Music Week is a collection of concerts revolving around the genre of EDM, with pool parties and club events all leading up to the crowning jewel, Ultra Music Festival. With over 1,200 artists scheduled to appear from all over the world, and countless influencers and celebrities making appearances, it’s sure to be one of the biggest music events of the year. To learn more about the excitement that is Miami Music Week, take a look at this guide for what to expect during this year’s festivities.

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Ultra Music Festival

The event everyone looks forward to throughout the week, Ultra Music Festival is a three-day music event that just doesn’t stop. With almost 200,000 people in attendance each year, Ultra Music Festival hosts big names such as Yousef, Tinlicker, Infuze, and Elephante. This year, an electronic wristband will house all your information for easy entry to the exciting event.

 

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Photo: Ultra Music Festival Miami

SLS + Hyde Beach Parties

The SLS Hotel and Hyde Beach have teamed up to bring Miami Music Week an electric selection of parties happening every day from March 27th – 31st right along South Beach. Hosting an all-star lineup of artists such as Major Lazer and Carnage will make the Hyde Beach Parties an unforgettable Miami Music Week experience for all who attend.

 

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Photo: SLS Hyde Beach Miami

Do Not Sit By The Pool

On March 26, Do Not Sit On The Furniture is taking over the Delano Beach Club to host its rendition of a Miami Music Week pool party, Do Not Sit By The Pool. Artists like Damian Lazarus, Behrouz, and Duke Skywalker are set to appear and make the Delano Beach Club one of the hottest destinations in the city.

 

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Get Lost Miami

Get Lost Miami has established itself as one of the craziest parties of the week, with a full 24-hours of non-stop dancing. The marathon event will host names such as Damian Lazarus, Carl Craig, Black Coffee, and many more. Get ready to dance the night away during the party that will have everyone talking long after it ends.

 

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Photo: Get Lost Miami / Billboard

No Sugar Added

NSA is hands down the best daytime Miami Music Week party there is with huge names like the Dutchmen and Lost Frequencies. Hosted at 1 Hotel South Beach, which spans a whole block of prime beachfront property, NSA will be one for the books.

 

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Photo: No Sugar Added / Billboard

Dirtybird Players

Claude VonStroke is packing up his Dirtybird family including Kill Frenzy and Justin Martin to the Space Terrace in the heart of downtown Miami.

 

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Bamboleo

With an amazing venue like Do Not Sit on the Furniture, it’s hard to go wrong by attending the Bamboleo event on the 25th. Throw in artists like Hector Couto, Neverdogs, and Hugo Bianco, and you have a recipe for one of the best parties of the year. It’s sure to be an exciting night that will get you prepared for the main event, Ultra Music Festival.

 

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