The long line for Banh Mi at NomNom (at 11:35am)

Now that the Bombshelter is closed for replacement, ASUCLA has begun inviting the gourmet food trucks that have been enormously popular around LA to serve food on South Campus in the Court of Sciences. (Daily Bruin; UCLA Today).

That’s right–the delicious offerings of trucks like Nom Nom, The Green Truck, and the Gastro Bus are coming to us! No longer will we have to settle for routine food offerings inside Ackerman Union, leftovers from dinner, or (gasp) drive our cars off-campus for lunch. Instead, you can just walk or catch a ride from your friendly Campus Express or Wilshire Express bus driver to sample some of LA’s finest food right on campus.

Students waited in line for up to 45 minutes to order Banh Mi sandwiches from the NomNom Truck

My Food Diary

Wednesday: Juan and I enjoyed free-range chicken burritos from The Green Truck, along with organic flavored tea poured into plastic cups made from corn. The burritos also included mesclun salad and tempeh. For this, we paid $20, which we thought was on the high side.

Thursday: The Nom Nom truck made an appearance! Nom Nom was founded by several UCLA students and alumni, and they serve  Banh Mi (Vietnamese) sandwiches. I got grilled pork sandwiches for me and Juan, and a lemon grass chicken sandwich for our friend Ryan Matulka MA/MBA ’09. It took almost an hour to order and receive my order I really liked my $5 grilled pork sandwich: the shredded cabbage and carrot provided a great contrast with the pork, which was flavorful without tasting salty. Food for three: $15.

I owe a special thanks to the Campus Express shuttle bus that enabled me to speedily deliver the sandwiches to Juan and Ryan up in the School of Public Affairs.

Thank you to the driver of this Campus Express bus for transporting me from the SPA School back to the Strathmore Building :-)

How To Do This:

  • Walk, or take transit – but don’t drive: Campus Express and the Wilshire Express serve Parking Structure 2, which is just east of the Court of Sciences. Click here for a map.
  • The wait for the popular trucks can be long, but it is a really social experience. I saw students and professors saying hello to one another.
  • How to find out which trucks are coming? There isn’t a Twitter feed to announce which trucks are coming to campus yet, so your best bet is to try following @lafoodtruck.

Readers, have you had a chance to check out the food trucks in the Court of Sciences? If so, how did it go and what do you think?