There’s a food truck for every taste in this city and many - including Downtown Dogs, India Jones Chow Truck, and Green Truck on the Go - have decent plant-based offerings. But there are a handful of businesses offering cuisine specifically for the hungry vegan on-the-go. Catch them if you can!
More of a cart than a truck, Cena Vegan is that food stand often seen hanging in Highland Park on Taco Tuesdays and Friday Fiestas with the line around the corner. Now their authentic flavors can be enjoyed everywhere since their plant-based Carne Asada, Pollo Asada, Barbacoa, and Al Pastor are available wholesale and are debuting in Follow Your Heart and Organix grocery stores. Follow: @cenavegan
There’s a reason Plant Food for People has been written up and featured in every form of food media around—it’s the flavorful, authentic food made with love by “taco activists” Genise and Jeremy Castaneda. Often seen on York Street in Highland Park, the stand that became a truck hopes to grow up into a brick-and-mortar store soon. Check their kickstarter campaign here. Follow: @plantfoodforppl
Ice cream is food and Van Leeuwen knows this category well. Their cashew and coconut-based treats bode well in the heat, plus where else can you get vegan hot fudge, whipped cream, caramel and waffle cones? Look for the pastel yellow truck in front of The Broad Museum in DTLA and Abbot Kinney in Venice, or running around in between. Follow: @vanleeuwenicecream
Who doesn’t need a deep-fried Mac-n-Cheese Bite from Word of Mouth after a night of dancing at a club? Hearty Western Cheeseburgers (black-bean-based), Fried Chik’n Sandwich (made of cauliflower) and good old Grilled Cheese sandwiches are sure to please the big eaters, while the lightweights can get the Kale Caeser. Look for the red lips on their wrapped truck all over the Eastside, Tuesday through Saturday. Follow: @wordofmouthtuck
Catering, meal delivery, food prep and appearances at food-related events around town—is there anything this start-up can’t do? Offerings from Compton Vegan include jackfruit-based “ribs,” mac-n-cheese like mom used to make, barbecued baked beans, and perfectly-cooked greens, all sopped up by delectable cornbread. Follow: @comptonvegan
Formerly known as Ihsan's Falafel, Pure Food Organic Kitchen serves Sudanese-style falafel every Sunday at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, topped by fresh crunchy vegetables and your choice of peanut sauce or tahini (or both!) Collard green wrap available instead of pita, too. Check their Facebook page for their full schedule, and stay tuned for a brick-and-mortar opening in Santa Monica this fall. Follow: @purefoodorganickitchen
How do you make buttery-tasting croissants without the butter? That is the wizardry of the Ridiculous Baking Company, known also for their light and fluffy "cronuts," a tempeh-and-veggie-filled version of a Hot Pocket, and their hot-selling breakfast sandwich stuffed with fennel-flavored vegan sausage. They bake bread loaves from the finest ingredients, with gluten-free options as well. Find them at the Hollywood and Mar Vista Farmers Markets on Sundays. Follow: @rbc_vegan