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Recession Obsession: @theGastrobus

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A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed overEl Pollo "Loco," and Mobile Japanese Burgers. Today we obsess...

I was recently a guest on The Pretty Good Podcast, and like many of my conversations, the topic turned to food, then, almost immediately, to food trucks. One host wondered, were all of 2009’s food trucks some sort of hip fusion of cultures? The answer is no, and the answer is The Gastrobus.

As its name suggests, The Gastrobus is like a mobile gastropub (minus the booze,) or, as its Twitter bio suggests, a “Roadside Bistro.” They’re serving up smart food that’s not so far out in Hipsterville that Los Angeles’ cooler population will soon tire of, and bash it. The Gastrobus makes good, wholesome, clean food, that tastes wonderful. We've seen some of it before on LAist.

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This tasty grub, like many of the day’s nu-food trucks, doesn’t cost that much. You can thank low overhead and gas prices which are no longer setting records. That’s why The Gastrobus is LAist’s latest Recession Obsession.

Pulled Pork
The Skinny

If they don’t have some kind of curious fusion, what must they serve, you wonder. The popular option is the sandwich. The pulled pork is delightful, as is the smoked bacon sandwich. There's typically also a skirt steak sandwich and a veggie sandwich (featuring hummus, tapenade, veggies.) Those are about $6 each. Sometimes big bowls of soup are available for your main course (potato and leek was seen on a recent menu.)

Smaller dishes run $2-4 each. The smallest being both the sweet potato fries and the rosemary fries. My favorite is the corn flapjacks. They're weet, savory, and uniquely addicting. Desert can be found on the menu too: root beer floats and chocolate bread pudding. Their menu rotates frequently, making for fun return trips.

Have a sandwich, and split a side with a friend, and you’ll have a nice $8 meal. Join the husband and wife team behind the Gastrobus every Sunday, from 9 a.m. To 2 p.m., where they’ll be serving up breakfast and lunch. That’s also where they buy all of their produce.

Photos by Caleb Bacon (Twitter)