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Restaurants Band Together to Rid Food Trucks on Wilshire

Workers gather at Baby's Badass Burgers last Wednesday in Mid-Wilshire | Photo by Julie Wolfson/LAist
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The popular lunch truck row in Mid-Wilshire has the scores of office workers in the area thrilled. Echoing the sentiments of Michael Schneider who calls the area a "vast wasteland of lunchtime eateries," the lack of diverse choices has workers bored or worse yet, some places just seem like horrid choices to them. But since the food truck craze has hit Los Angeles, the lunch time options have changed.

That's meant happy days for many workers, who freaked out Wednesday when the LAPD arrived to cite the trucks over a variety of issues. The next day, there were only two, when usually there can be more than five.

LAist readers and others commenting on the internet at websites like Yelp have been solely focusing blame on Toshi's Fresh Asian. But Toshi's says don't look at just them, it's everyone.

"They're only picking on us apparently," said Toshi's General Manager, Fred Williams, who thinks all the recent criticism has been unfair. "We're actually not the ones who called the police [on Wednesday]. All the restaurants here have been complaining about the trucks. We gave up on it a long time ago. We really haven't been doing anything about it."