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Bite by Bite: A Guide to Santa Monica’s Tasty Food Truck Scene

Santa Monica food trucks boast bold beachside bites. (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s obvious that the beautiful city of Santa Monica has plenty of amazing sit down restaurants and cafes, but the most exciting facet of the city’s grub is served via four wheels. That’s right, Santa Monica’s food truck scene has never been more vibrant and it boasts a variety of exciting, flavorful, and cost effective options sure to please any palate. The best of the best gather every Tuesday night on the corner of Main St. and Ocean Park doling out grub to the hungry masses. Here’s just a sampling of the cream of Santa Monica’s food truck crop.

Baby’s Badass Burgers

What’s more badass than a bomb burger served by two cool chicks? That’s the impetus behind Baby’s Badass Burgers, which has a rabid fanbase (13,000 Twitter followers and counting) and for good reason. Featuring gourmet burgers sans the high gourmet prices, the truck is the brainchild of New York restaurant vet Erica Cohen and celebrity event planner Lori Barbera. It combines the respective expertise of the duo into the perfect food marriage of excitement and sheer tastiness.

BITE THIS: The Original Beauty, their classic burger served with Baby’s special sauce.

Roll’N Lobster

Ordering lobster from a food truck may sound like a risky proposition, but you’re in good hands with the fine people at Roll’N Lobster. Hawking out New England lobster (flown in from Maine on a daily basis), this truck prides themselves on doling out the freshest fish imaginable. That means serving lobster that has never been frozen, ensuring the tastiest, tenderest, juiciest meat possible.

BITE THIS: The classic Lobster Roll. It’s served with mayo, celery, lettuce, all on an equally fresh split top bun.

Mapuche Native Food

Argentinian food may not be as ubiquitous as other cuisines, but it’s just as tasty. Case in point: the Mapuche Native Food truck,which serves up a wide variety of the country’s greatest grub hits, from empanadas to tacos, right on down to chimichurris. The truck’s distinct authenticity is thanks to its proprietor (who, like Madonna and Snoopy, simply goes by Carlos), who was born and raised in Patagonia.

BITE THIS: Entraña, an Argentine cut of mouthwatering beef served via sandwich.

The Grilled Cheese Truck

Everyone knows that grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, but the folks behind the Grilled Cheese Truck take an otherwise ordinary snack to the next level. Served on your choice of white or wheat bread, the truck features an array of cheeses, to the classic American to fancier options like double cream brie and sun-dried tomatoes goat cheese, all toasted to crisp and gooey perfection.

BITE THIS: Everything the Grilled Cheese Truck doles out is amazing, but the Cheesy Mac and Rib features smoked pork and macaroni and cheese, making it the the most comfortable comfort food imaginable.

Kakigori Kreamery

What’s a food truck dinner without a food truck dessert? Enter Kakigori Kreamery, a famed LA food truck that specializes in Japanese Shaved Ice, a 500 year-old tradition that Kakigori’s owners have beautifully perfected. Using pure cane sugar and fresh fruit, Kakigori is dessert as it was meant to be enjoyed: sweet and all natural.

BITE THIS: The Cucumber Lime Mint flavor. Perfect for a sweltering summer day.

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