Weekly food truck event is back for summer at Mother’s Beach

By Josephine Johnson

Lyla Brumfitt (left) prefers the noodles of An Nam truck, but Sophia Botte insists Dogtown Dogs’ tater tots are da bomb

Lyla Brumfitt (left) prefers the noodles of An Nam truck, but Sophia Botte insists Dogtown Dogs’ tater tots are da bomb

Hosting and boasting the mobile goodness of The Urban Oven, Rollin’ Lobster, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Hang10 Tacos, Sweet Arleens, An Nam and Dogtown Dogs, the weekly Beach Eats food truck event returned last Thursday to Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey.

While marina moms Jennifer Botte and Mairead Brumfitt met for an after-work catch-up session, their young daughters giggled and chased each other in the sand. But as the sun sank low behind the palm trees and the harbor glowed soft orange and pink, it was time to eat.

The girls returned from their antics just in time to sit down to Asian fusion from the An Nam truck.

“I like the noodles,” pipes up Lyla Brumfitt, 5, who happily digs in.

But friend Sophia Botte, 4, disagrees: “I like the tater tots. They are better.”

Sophia carefully pinches each Dogtown Dogs tot in half before methodically placing them in her mouth, but she doesn’t sit still for long. In a few minutes both girls are up and running and back on the beach playing in the final glow of the day.

Event organizer Troy Le, a marketing analyst with the L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors, beams at the evening’s turnout — about 200 people in four hours, not a massive crowd but a steady stream.

“It’s so great to see families out here … happy people,” Le says.

Though recurring weekly, Le says Beaches and Harbors plans an ever-changing culinary lineup meant to keep things from getting stale.

“Each week we feature different trucks. We want there to be a little something for everyone,” he said.

On this afternoon’s roster: Canvas Food Truck, Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen, No Jodas Cuban, Cousins Maine Lobster, Son of a Bun and The Pudding Truck.

As a bonus, Mother’s Beach has volleyball nets — so bring a ball to get your game on before your gourmet.

Beach Eats happens from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 25 at Mother’s Beach parking lot, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Parking costs 25 cents for 15 minutes. Find the weekly lineup at facebook.com/beachtrucks.