In the true spirit of NPR (Nothing Perfunctory or Repeated), affiliate station KCRW in Los Angeles is bringing a wide-ranging basket of food topics to the breakfast table on Good Food with Evan Kleiman. Tomorrow morning at around 11 am PT, among subjects ranging from Armenian food to Gravenstein apples, add food fights to the itinerary. Toque’s West Coast editor Elina Shatkin reports:
“Nowadays in Los Angeles, you can find luxury loncheros selling almost any cuisine or food you could want: Korean, Brazilian, Jamaican, Filipino, South African, Vietnamese, vegetarian, even kosher.
With this new wave of “gourmet” food trucks moving into middle-class business districts and neighborhoods, the conflict between brick-and-mortar restaurants and mobile eateries is at an all-time high. The Los Angeles City Council, led by councilman Tom LaBonge, is looking at ways to regulate–and possibly severely hamper–the way these trucks do business.
Why is it that in Los Angeles, a city with thousands of traditional taco trucks that have been roaming the streets for decades, this tiny segment of trucks is causing so much conflict?”
Look for our full report in early September.