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LA Street Food Fest is Here! 7 Foods to Try

By Lesley Balla
June 25, 2014

There will be an insane amount of food at the fifth annual LA Street Food Fest at The Rose Bowl on Saturday, June 28. Not only can you snack on truck staples like taquitos, al pastor tacos, hamburgers and hot dogs but some of the city's top chefs and bartenders will also be there. And everything from ice cream to iced coffee will be on hand to keep you cool. (Sometimes they're even combined.)

The event will start an hour later this year and end an hour later — perfect for dealing with the inevitable Pasadena heat. This year also means more VIP areas and offerings, including boozy oysters from roving barman Matt Biancaniello and bottled cocktails from Harlowe, and "villages" set up by cuisine, including a Latin quarter, American food, ice cream and coffee lounge. All in all, it's a lot of bang for your buck ($55 for general admission, $80 for VIP; get tickets here).

Dishes for the day's festivities cover the globe. There's Dog Haus' Another Night in Bangkok hot dog; a biscuit with chorizo gravy and quail egg from Picnik's Eduardo Ruiz; Korean BBQ brisket tostadas from new Formosa Cafe chef, Brian Huskey; and porchetta from Union's Bruce Kalman. There's really so much more. Here's a sneak peek at some of the best bites in store, from churro ice cream sandwiches to chicken sushi.

  • Aloha Plate

    The winners of Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race are coming in from Hawaii with SPAM musubi.

  • Roadhouse Rotisserie

    Rotisserie chicken isn’t the only thing you’ll get from this newish truck at the fest. There will also be pulled pork, baby back ribs, chorizo sausage and…chicken sushi. You can let your mind wander, but it's rotisserie chicken and cucumbers rolled in rice and nori.

  • Salt & Straw

    While we’re still awaiting LA’s first brick-and-mortar shop of this Portland-based ice creamery (opening on Larchmont in August), you can hit the stall at LASFF to taste a few creations made exclusively for the festivities. In addition to sea salt with caramel ribbons and Gooey Brownie, there’s a Stumptown Coffee flavor studded with Compartes' Love Nuts (chocolate and toffee-coated pecans), and also a special flavor in honor of Roy “Papi” Choi: Papi’s Salted Peanuts, a salty Beijing-style boiled peanut ice cream with spicy Southeast Asian-style marshmallow fluff.

  • Quenelle

    Pastry chef John Park is bringing his popsicle A-game with Vietnamese coffee frozen pops.

  • Hotato Potato

    You can usually only find the “tornado potato,” a spiral cut potatoes deep fried and served on a stick, at the local night markets. Now you can find it at the LASFF. They come sprinkled with your choice of seasonings and dipping sauce, if you choose.

  • Vaka Burger

    Recently this truffle burger was voted best in SoCal, so this is the perfect time to try it. There will be samples of the burger, which comes with baby rocket arugula, provolone, truffle oil, caramelized onions and roasted garlic aioli. Plus the signature brioche bread pudding.

  • Churro Borough

    It’s hard to make churros any better than they are but this dessert company has done it. Say hello to churro ice cream sandwiches, which you’ll find in the Ice Cream Social corner of the fest.

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