Trailer Park Truck is new to the LA food truck scene but it’s already making an impact with its sweet chicken and waffles recipe, rock ‘n’ roll attitude and low-brow chic design sensibilities. We caught up with the team behind truck to find out more.
Truck Name: Trailer Park Truck
Cuisine style: American Comfort Food
Specialty menu items: Aunt Mimi’s Chicken and Waffles, Trailer Park Burger, Mackin’ Burger, Shotgun Shells n’ Cheese, Blue Ribbon Frito Pie.
Usual Locations: All over Los Angeles
Years in Business: Established April 2012
Owner/Chef: Dave Miller / Marina Thavirat
Background: Dave Miller was working in the music industry for about 10 years. He played guitar in a band called Senses Fail (Vagrant Records) and worked in the music business for a few years afterward. He was looking to get into something new and fell in love with the food truck scene when he moved out to Los Angeles a year and a half ago from NYC.
He and his girlfriend Marina started this truck with the idea of not only bringing amazing food to the people of LA, but to have a good time doing it. That’s where the idea of Trailer Park Truck came about.
“We feel like we bring a fun, unique twist to the food truck scene in Los Angeles with our Trailer Park-like vibe, friendly atmosphere,” Miller said. “Not to mention our AstroTurf, pink flamingos and Trailer Park Truck TV, which plays Metallica and Beavis & Butthead videos while you wait for your food.”
You label yourself as not just a food truck, but as a “24-hour traveling food party.” What kind of fun should patrons expect from that?
The full Trailer Park Truck experience comes complete with AstroTurf, lawn chairs, Trailer Park TV and Pink Flamingos.
Aunt Mimi’s Chicken and Waffles is the first item listed on your menu. What is it about that combo that makes it such a cult favorite?
I think the dish sounds like it wouldn’t go together but they actually complement each other quite nicely. More often you find salty chicken and a sweet waffle. We make both the chicken and the waffle sweet. It’s like freakin’ chicken candy!
What are some of the best chicken and waffles joints in LA?
Roscoe’s would be the most universally known. The Buttermilk Truck has some good ones too!
What’s your most difficult item to prepare and serve?
Aunt Mimi’s Chicken and Waffles takes a little bit of extra trailer park love and attention.
Top seller: Aunt Mimi’s Chicken and Waffles, and the Trailer Park Burger.
What are some of your favorite food trucks? Dogtown Dogs, Kogi, Grill ‘Em All.
If you could meet one chef, who would it be and why? Roy Choi – Kogi pioneered the scene.
Favorite music to listen to in the truck: Punk and metal.
Favorite location: Venice First Friday.