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Southern Cooking in LA

Hollywood week may be over, but I have one more story to tell about a guy and his truck - a southern food truck, to be exact.


I've known Chris since Jr. high but I never knew he had a passion for cooking. I honestly hadn't seen him in years, but had heard updates here and there of his adventures in Hollywood from mutual friends. We recently reconnected via Facebook and I told him I'd be coming out to LA soon, so he offered to show me around and do the tourist thing. We had a fun night, ending up at a great little Italian place, and I finally got to hear about his cool new venture: Mattie's Southern Kitchen.

In LA (and here in NC too) one of the newest trends is food trucks. - kitchens on wheels, that pull up to the curb during lunch or dinner and serve fabulous, freshly cooked food. This one just happens to be the first southern food truck in LA - and it's getting rave reviews. (It was even featured as the truck of the week on Zagats a couple of weeks ago!)

Unfortunately, I didn't get to taste any of the fabulous friend chicken or shrimp and grits cooked up in the bright, retro turquoise truck, but if the photos and the attention Mattie's has been getting are any indication, then I really need to figure out how to mail fried chicken. Chris said he could always put a stamp on a piece and send it to me.

So, when in LA, check Mattie's location on Twitter, enjoy some great southern cooking and bring me back a piece.


  1. I love this!!! I'm in the South, but I would still love to have all of my favorites offered in a food truck! I will definitely check him out next time I'm in L.A.!

  2. You know-these food trucks have some delish food!!!!

  3. How fun! I love the idea. Mmm fried chicken.

  4. This weekend I saw a show on tv about LA's food trucks (maybe Sunday Morning on CBS???) and all of the food sounded delicious. Guess we must not have said trucks in ATL because it was news to me that they were so popular. Probably the food vendors in downtown Atlanta would be afraid of getting mugged or shot. Just sayin'.


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