To some food truck operators living in the post-truck craze of a few years ago, Los Angeles can indeed feel like a bit of a dystopian future. Trucks are no longer fetishized as much as they once were, and operators must do more to stand out in a still-crowded field, particularly at mass gatherings. Enter the Mad Pambazos truck, with its Mad Max-style branding and penchant for dubbing its own truck the War Rig.
As one might guess, the truck services a variety of pambazos, those dipped Mexican sandwiches that often play third fiddle to the country’s ubiquitous tortas and popular cemitas. Similarly, pambazos rely on a bolillo-style bread roll, though theirs is dipped in a red pepper sauce instead of being allowed to crisp up on the outside. The whole thing is then filled (often with potatoes, but on the Mad Pambazos truck with a variety of things) before being pressed into a griddle.
Of course, all of the menu items on this truck have very Mad Maxian names, from the Silvertongue chicken to the Lord Humungus pastor. You’ll also find salads (Keeper of the Seeds is one), tostadas (Furiosa, etc.), and a small collection of desserts. Wake up early enough on the right day and you might even catch their ongoing breakfast menu.
We'll be at @monkishbrewing feeding all the hop heads waiting for the limited release of two Double IPAs! Try our breakfast Pambazo (Toast the Knowing) while you're waiting. It features fried smoked potato, housemade chorizo, sunny egg and salsa verde! Cheers! #madpambazos #lafoodtruck #dinela #dinewithus #eatla #eaterla #eatup #eatgood #foodforthought #warboysdelight #furyroadfuel #foodisfuel #AllDayIDreamAboutPambazos
if you’re still interested in the clever kitsch of the Mad Pambazos truck, their ‘origin story’ page is worth a read. There’s a part about pambazos themselves rising up and taking over the world, about battered trucks emerging from the wasteland to serve. It’s a lot to take in, but in a great way.
As for the actual names behind the venture, it’s a trisected of friends named Bryan Kidwell, Joseph Drewer, and Macks Collins. Collins and Kidwell used to cook together at Rouge et Blanc in New York City, before moving out together to Los Angeles.
So where can you find the War Rig? They’re on Instagram, for one, but also have a rotating presence in front of Blue Bottle on Mateo Street in the Arts District for Monday and Wednesday lunch hours. That means you can experience Mad Pambazos yourself today if you’d like; they’ll be on site from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Otherwise, you might find them serving up in the South Bay, Westside, or even Hollywood.