Tuesday, October 20, 2009

MacArthur Park Food Carts of Los Angeles - Video

A cake left out in the rain, to quote a key lyric from the song "MacArthur Park" by Jimmy Webb,  is not the only food item in L.A.'s infamous MacArthur Park. On weekends, a cornucopia of carts featuring Mexican-style cuisine line the sidewalks of this park.

Everything from hot corn on the cob slathered in butter, to grilling bacon-wrapped hot dogs, cups of fresh sliced fruit, and to quench your thirst: sweet tropical juice over fresh shaved ice. With these tasty treats in hand, sit on the expansive lawns under shade trees and watch the kids in colorful uniforms kick around a soccer ball.

Located at the intersection of Alvarado St. and Wilshire Blvd., this park has been upgraded and is now filled on weekends with families picnicking and socializing. A bustling sidewalk vendor culture thrives here. The food carts are hand-made: the signs hand-lettered, and the cart wheels are a little wobbly.

You won't see $100,000 groovy lunch trucks parked around here, that's for sure. Now we're not talking healthy food fare, but the cuisine is well prepared and tasty for an every-once-in-a-while splurge -- and the prices are right for this chintzy chef.

Before bacon became hip -- before it started turning up in everything from bacon brownies to garnishing a martini -- bacon was the smell that drew you to a Mexican sidewalk vendor browning bacon-wrapped hot dogs, on the way to your parking lot after a wine-soaked musical evening in The Hollywood Bowl.

Sidewalk chefs in MacArthur Park saute and sell a jumbo bacon-wrapped hot dog with grilled onion and bell pepper, topped with a huge green chile, for $2.50; and the chaser is a large cup of sweet mango nectar over hand-shaved ice for $2.

That is what the Chef filmed on his Sunday afternoon visit. A perfect caloric diversion for a balmy and warm L.A. fall afternoon. Sit back and watch The 99 Cent Chef's video visit to lively and colorful MacArthur Park.

MacArthur Park Food Carts - Video

Play it here. The video runs 3 minutes.

To see the Chef's "cake left out in the rain" reference mentioned in the intro, click here for Donna Summer's version of Jimmy Webb's 8 minute, 40 second song opus "MacArthur Park", just click here.

Address: 2230 W. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Click here for map - Corner of Alvardo St. & Wilshire Blvd.
Phone: (213) 368-0520
Open 7 days a week during daylight hours - 8:30am to 6pm

Click here to embed or view video on youtube.


daniel john said...

The food carts are hand-made, the signs hand-lettered, and the cart wheels are a little wobbly.
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Arsalan said...

The place and the cuisine is great. Good to see the post.

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