The best bites and booze from LA Street Food Fest 2015

Mexican street corn, Nashville hot chicken, Aussie beef pies—the LA Street Food Fest had something for everyone
By Jakob N. Layman and Erin Kuschner |
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In its sixth year, the LA Street Food Festival returned to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena this past Saturday for an afternoon of eating that left everyone stuffed to the gills (and probably a little tipsy). While a solid list of food trucks and casual eateries handed out bites under the blazing sun, more upscale restaurants dotted the vendor lineup as well, with places like The Gadarene Swine and Faith & Flower in attendance. The lines were long (guys, it is definitely worth splurging on a VIP pass to avoid the crowd for the first two hours if you can swing it), but the food was worth the wait, with comfort food vendors like Bachi Burger, Fred 62 + Ramen 62, Greenspan's Grilled Cheese and Howlin' Rays garnering some of the longest lines. Oh yes, and there was plenty to drink, too: micheladas, breweries from across town and out of town, a Don Julio cocktail at Corazón y Miel, punch at The Church Key (who, as usual, were the life of the party) and a bunch of other boozy vendors. Check out some of our favorite bites and beverages from the festival.

Did you attend Saturday’s food fest? What were your favorite vendors of the afternoon? Let us know in the comments below!

LA Street Food Fest 2015

LA Street Food Festival 2015
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Nashville hot chicken and a pickle from Howlin' Rays at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Howlin' Rays truck at LA Street Food Fest 2015.
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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Green bean salad from Osso at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Colorado Donuts at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Berry donuts from Donut Friend at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Papi's Korean Fluffernutter ice cream (yup, that's Roy Choi's flavor) from Salt & Straw at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Ground beef pie (topped with ketchup) from Bronzed Aussie at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Poke bowls from Sweetfin Poke at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Fried chicken sandwich from Free Range LA at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Barbecue pork dumplings from Bling Bling Dumpling at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Don Julio cocktails from Corazón y Miel at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Sticky rice from Status Kuo at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Fried chicken and greens from Comfort LA at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Pastries from La Monarca Bakery at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Mezcallin from The Corner Door at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Casa Oaxaca at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Salmon carpaccio tostada from Diablo Tacos at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Torta ahogada from Chago Tortas at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Crispy porchetta on toasted bread with slaw from The Elbow Room at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
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Mexican street corn from Tacoteca at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

LA Street Food Festival 2015
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Lounging on the Rose Bowl field at LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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LA Street Food Festival 2015
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

LA Street Food Fest 2015.

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