#035 – Farley Elliott: A Brief History of Los Angeles Street Food

Today’s guest grew up in a town so small that he had to travel 20 minutes to the nearest “big” town to eat at late-night Denny’s with his friends Now, Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor for Eater Mag in LA and author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. How he got there, and what he’s done along the way, is incredible.



A lot of things have changed throughout the years, but some things remain the same – there probably wasn’t a taco or avocado in sight at Denny’s, but there was a community. This conversation offers a fascinating look at how technique, community, and culture combine with food to create something really special.


We also discuss:

  • The dinner table growing up
  • The historic roots of LA street food
  • Why a taco should cost more than $1
  • Neighborhood food
  • The politics of street food in LA
  • Writing about food


Farley Elliott’s Bio:

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor of Eater in Los Angeles, and spends his time obsessing over the city’s amazing restaurant scene. He is also the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, and a generally nice fella.

About the author, Debi Saltzberg

I love the world of food and beverage, everything about it, it’s soo damn sexy! Every time we eat and drink it ignites us sensually…the look, texture, taste, smell, sound all in a unique combination, encapsulating a moment in time. The act of sharing a meal with friends, chatting, eating, and drinking together is so forking perfect. It is a feeling that echoes a sense that All Is Good! Very, Very good!