Catch Them If You Can: LA's Best Vegan Food Trucks & Pop-Ups

From vegan ice cream to tacos and fried "chick-un"

Vegan Planet Earth ice cream at Van Leeuwen ice cream truck in the Arts District | Photo: @vanleeuwenicecream, Instagram
Vegan Planet Earth ice creme at Van Leeuwen ice cream truck in the Arts District | Photo: @vanleeuwenicecream, Instagram

There’s a food truck for every taste in this city and most have decent plant-based offerings. Businesses catering to the hungry vegan on-the-go are booming, bringing fast food on wheels to events like the weekly Vegan Street Fair or in front of companies supporting Meatless Mondays. Follow your favorites on Instagram for the latest locations and specials.

Nacho Boat by Cena Vegan at Smorgasburg LA
Nacho Boat by Cena Vegan at Smorgasburg LA | Photo: @smorgasburgla, Instagram

Cena Vegan

More of a cart than a truck, Cena Vegan is that food stand with the line around the corner in Highland Park on Taco Tuesdays and Friday Fiestas. Now their authentic flavors can be enjoyed everywhere since their plant-based Carne Asada, Pollo Asada, Barbacoa, and Al Pastor are available wholesale in grocery stores like Besties Vegan Paradise. Follow: @cenavegan

Compton Vegan

Compton Vegan went from a meal delivery start-up to meal prep/catering favorite and now the branded food truck serves up home-style goodness around town. Check @comptonvegan for where they're "changing the world, one plate at a time." 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.

Vegan chocolate ice cream from Frozen Fruit Co
Vegan chocolate ice cream from Frozen Fruit Co | Photo: @frozenfruitco, Instagram

Frozen Fruit Co

Look for the beautiful pink flower-covered "Truckie" full of plant-based goodness all around town. Frozen Fruit Co has a store in Santa Monica but also takes its sweetness on the road, sharing simple, fresh ingredients with everyone within trucking distance. Follow: @frozenfruitco

Jackfruit tamal from Mama's Tamales & Pupusas
Jackfruit tamal from Mama's Tamales & Pupusas | Photo: @mamastamales, Instagram

Mama's Tamales

Mama's Tamales (2124 W. 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057) serves the MacArthur Park neighborhood as a brick and mortar spot open Wednesday through Sunday, as well as a pop up fave, slinging tamales, pupusas, ceviche and more, all over town. In hot weather, ask for the Chia Cucumber Limeade; in cold, sip some vegan champurrado. Follow: @mamastamales

Latke Egg & Cheese upgraded to a bagel sandwich & Rhubarb Lemon Poppy Hamantaschen Danish, courtesy @mortandbettys

Mort and Betty's

Looking for locks and latkes in all the wrong places? Look for the blue and white Mort and Betty's logo at all the vegan events and get your bagels loaded with toppings like mushroom pastrami, bac-os, plant-based eggs, dill pickles and more.

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Iconic Classic Cheeseburger, courtesy of @plantpowerfastfood

Plant Power Fast Food

Starting in San Diego as a 1950s-style drive-through, Plant Power Fast Food has expanded its empire of fried goodness into a food truck (often found parked in front of the Echo Park Erewhon at 1601 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90026) and a Long Beach brick-n-mortar location (5095 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804). The Buffalo 66 chicken and ranch sandwich are fan faves, as is the Big Zac--an eerily veggie replica of some other fast food chain.

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Half white garlic shiitake, half OG pepperoni, courtesy of @secretveganpizza

Secret Vegan Pizza

Word is out--Secret Vegan Pizza pops up all over LA, and pretty steadily every Friday night outside of Besties Vegan Paradise (4882 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029). Grab a slice of their white garlic shiitake, OG pepperoni, plain cheese, or the ever-controversial pineapple bacon. Order a whole pie ahead of time and share with dairy-loving friends, who'll be none-the-wiser once wowed by flavorful gooey cheese and pizza oven-crisped crust.

Fried chickun with gluten-free mac & cheese
Fried chickun with gluten-free mac & cheese and corn by Southern Fried Vegan | Photo: @mommyveganlife, Instagram

Southern Fried Vegan

Their fried “chickun,” mac-and-cheese and greens are enjoyed at nearly every veggie-related festival in L.A. and beyond. Keep up with them by checking their Facebook page for upcoming events. Follow: @southernfriedvegan

Vegan Planet Earth ice cream at Van Leeuwen ice cream truck
Vegan Planet Earth ice creme at Van Leeuwen ice cream truck at Arts District | Photo: @vanleeuwenicecream, Instagram

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

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

pizza eggroll
Chill AF pizza eggroll, courtesy @VeganAFfoodtruck

Vegan AF

You can't miss the hot pink Vegan AF food truck and you won't soon forget the loaded Nashville hot fries, the Philly deep-fried eggroll or the warmth with which founder Chanel Goodson serves her food. Look for the goodness in the Fairfax District or wherever else tasteful people gather.

Fried Chick’n Sandwich by Word of Mouth Truck
Fried Chick’n Sandwich by Word of Mouth Truck | Photo: @heidieatsalot, Instagram

Word of Mouth

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

Vurger Guyz

Vurger Guyz

Four friends started Vurger Guyz as a food truck in 2018, aiming to spread the word about the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Now they sell "vurgers" and tacos from a DTLA location (788 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017) but you can still hire the truck for catering special events.