It's almost time for the 2nd annual Los Angeles Vendy Awards, the Oscars of street food, coming up on June 24. Yesterday they announced the seven finalists, who will compete against each other for the coveted Vendy Cup at Pan Pacific Park. We're going to tell you more about the finalists, and also give away a pair of tickets here!
To enter: Just tell us your favorite street food in the comments here, and it can be from anywhere in the world.
Contest will end and comments will close at noon ET, Sunday, June 17, 2012. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.
To buy tickets: In case you don't win, you can still buy tickets ($40 each) to one of the best food events of the year (seriously) here. It's a whole afternoon, from 1 to 5 p.m., of eating, eating, and more eating. Plus proceeds go to LA City Farm, a non-profit that provides Southern California communities with more accessibility to locally farmed organic produce.
Now let's clap for the seven finalists, and learn more about them!
Tacos El Gallito
Chef/owner: Christian Llamas
How many years in business? 22 years
Where is he from? Jalisco, Mexico
What kind of food? Authentic Mexican
Specialties: Tacos, Quesadilla, burritos and torta
India Jones Chow Truck
Chef/owner: Sumant Pardal
How many years in business? 3 years in August
Where is he from? Jaipur, India
What kind of food? Indian Street food and curries
Specialties: Frankie's, the Indian wraps that can be filled with all sorts of meats, vegetables or paneer.
Chef/owner: Caridad Vazquez
How many years in business? 10 years
Where is she from? Boyle Heights, originally Colima, Mexico
What kind of food? Mexican food
Specialties: Pozole and pambasos, tostadas, quesadillas and more
Chef/owner: Gigi Pascual
How many years in business? 2.5 years
Where is she from? West Covina CA
What kind of food? Pancakes, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, donuts
Specialties: Red velvet chocolate chip pancakes, chicken and waffle, Buttermilk Brick, and Hawaiian bread French toast sticks
Martha's Tamales Organicos
Chef/owner: Martha Garcia
How many years in business? About 10 years
Where is she from? Boyle Heights but originally from Mexico
What kind of food? Mexican food with healthier ingredients like grapeseed oil
The Lime Truck
Chef/owner: Daniel Shemtob
How many years in business? 2 years
Where is he from? Orange County originally and now LA
What kind of food? California style flavors Specialties: Carnitas Fries, Blue Crab Ceviche, Ahi Tuna Poke Nachos
"El Palomo" Hot Dogs
Chef/owner: Rafael Garza Quiroz
How many years in business? 12 years
Where is he from? Distrito Federal, Mexico
What kind of food? Mexican style hot dogs topped with bacon, mayo, mustard, and ketchup. The El Palomo hot dogs are topped with grilled onions, jalapenos and guacamole.
Specialties: Hot dogs!