Gallery: A Look at the 2012 Los Angeles Vendy Awards

Karina's Food
Karina's Food

A black bean sope topped with huitlacoche and corn, iceberg lettuce, sour cream, tomato sauce, and cilantro - all customizable along with three choices of salsa.

Karina's Food
Karina's Food

A crunchy potato taco with all the fixin's balanced with sides of pickled cactus and red onions.

Karina's Food
Karina's Food

Ignacio Vica and Topacio Finklestein enjoy their tacos and sopes from Karina's Food.

Martha's Tamales Organicos
Martha's Tamales Organicos

From left to right: pork tamale, salmon tamale.

Martha's Tamales Organicos
Martha's Tamales Organicos

Jello cups filled with fruits and nuts.

Martha's Tamales Organicos
Martha's Tamales Organicos

Rice pudding topped with cinnamon.

Tacos El Gallito
Tacos El Gallito

A taco al pastor.

Tacos El Gallito
Tacos El Gallito

A steak quesadilla.

Tacos El Gallito
Tacos El Gallito

A carnitas taco.

The Lime Truck
The Lime Truck

Wagyu steak "tar tar" - steak tartare on a cranberry walnut crostini topped with berry compote, candied walnuts, quail egg, smoked fleur de sel, and Sriracha.

The Lime Truck
The Lime Truck

The soba noodle salad is dressed with wasabi créme fraiche, cucumber sambal chutney, and fried wontons.

The Lime Truck
The Lime Truck

Mango and white peach limeade.

Buttermilk Truck
Buttermilk Truck

A mini red velvet chocolate chip pancake with cream cheese topping.

Buttermilk Truck
Buttermilk Truck

Buttermilk's Brick is hashbrown topped with overeasy eggs and chorizo gravy.

India Jones Chow Truck
India Jones Chow Truck

Butter chicken curry over basmati rice.

India Jones Chow Truck
India Jones Chow Truck

Lamb Frankie. A Frankie = a roti roll-up with cilantro-tamarind chutney, chopped onions, egg, with your choice of meat.

India Jones Chow Truck
India Jones Chow Truck

Thirteen-year-old Tommy Tomikawa tries India Jones Chow Truck fare.

India Jones Chow Truck
India Jones Chow Truck

Rey Fukuda and Patrisse Cullors try both frankies and curries from India Jones Chow Truck.