#035 – Farley Elliott: A Brief History of Los Angeles Street Food

  • November 7, 2017
Farley Elliott eats a giant pretzel

Farley Elliott

Today’s guest grew up in a town so small that he had to travel 20 minutes to the nearest “big” town to eat at late-night Denny’s with his friends Now, Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater Mag in LA and author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. How he got there, and what he’s done along the way, is incredible.

“Street food vending has been marginally decriminalized in LA, but it’s still not legal.” –Farley Elliott Click To Tweet

A lot of things have changed throughout the years, but some things remain the same – there probably wasn’t a taco or avocado in sight at Denny’s, but there was a community. This conversation offers a fascinating look at how technique, community, and culture combine with food to create something really special.

We also discuss:

  • The dinner table growing up
  • The historic roots of LA street food
  • Why a taco should cost more than $1
  • Neighborhood food
  • The politics of street food in LA
  • Writing about food


Farley Elliott’s Bio:

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor of Eater in Los Angeles, and spends his time obsessing over the city’s amazing restaurant scene. He is also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, and a generally nice fella.

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