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Vendy Awards Finalists Announced

Sumant Pardal and his India Jones Chow Truck (Zach Behrens/LAist)
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For the first time, the Vendy Awards are honoring Los Angeles' street food culture, and today they announced the 6 finalists who will be competing for the title of Best Street Food Chef in the city. Battling it out are the India Jones Chow Truck (LAist story), Hot Dog Kings, Big Mista’s BBQ, Nina’s Food, Grilled Cheese Truck (LAist story), and Tacos el Galuzo. The list represents a mix of LA's more traditional and long-running taco trucks and the new-wave of more gourmet-oriented specialty cuisine trucks.

The 2010 LA Vendy Awards will take place on May 15th at MacArthur Park, and the ultimate choice for top street food vendor will come down to a panel of judges culled from the local food scene. Tickets are $50; those bucks, however, are a tax-deductible contribution to non-profit organizations working on behalf of vendors in LA.