Gregg Hunter’s Newspace


Timing truly is everything, and this is the moment for meals on wheels for the masses. Proof of the Valley popularity of food trucks is evident on Wednesdays and Fridays when more than 40 trucks and 650 sidewalk diners converge in Granada Hills, where what began as a couple of wheeled food purveyors assembled on Chatsworth?Street?introduced what is now rated as the largest unorganized convergence in Greater Los Angeles. The visiting vendors serve up to 6,000 visitors between Zelzah and White Oak Avenues by 10 p.m. Another two dozen trucks converge Wednesdays on Main Street.

The event is not appreciated by conventional food service facilities, but retailers accept the happening as “a mixed blessing.” Is this a harbinger of even more trucks to roll, or the peak of an economy driven temporary trend? Time will tell.

The McCarthy salad named in 1948 by The Polo Lounge for a prominent attorney is still a patron’s menu favorite even at $24. It resembles the much imitated Brown Derby Cobb Salad with a twist or two at the Beverly Hills Hotel located at 9641 Sunset Blvd. in Beverly Hills.

The Palate hosted a luncheon “Celebrity Table” broadcast from the Derby for several years, so I indulged in more than my fair share of Cobb Salads. It was the favorite dish of my all star guest list in the ‘80s.The nearest thing to the original chopped up medley is currently featured at Mimi’s Family Restaurants for a sensible $14.50.

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