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Colorful New Eastside Food Truck Serves Up Meaty, Cheesy Yucatánean Delights

Mayan Gringas LA food truck will be driving throughout the city this June

Official photo, Gringas Taco Truck
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

An eager Eagle Rock couple is ready to launch a new food truck that plays off the flavors of the Yucatán, inspired by quick bites that involve meat on a spit. Co-owners Jeff and Landy Angeli are hard at work now, and should have their Mayan Gringas LA truck fully operational by June.

Although she grew up in Eagle Rock, Landy Angeli ate gringas every summer in the Yucatán city of Mérida. The regional snack consists of simply marinated spit-roasted meats with a layer of melted cheese on a flour tortilla, similar to mulitas found all over Los Angeles. The couple uses Landy Angeli’s family recipes, as she hails from the Yucatán, with a menu that showcases pork, chicken, and beef on separate spits.

Gringas is the Angeli’s first food business in Los Angeles, though Jeff Angeli has a bit of fine-dining experience from some time spent in Chicago. Landy Angeli is a dog trainer and rescuer by trade; the Angeli’s will give a treat to any four-legged friend visiting the Gringas truck.

Landy Angeli has longstanding roots in the Eagle Rock and Highland Park community. The Angeli’s foresee a brick and mortar Mayan Gringas LA in the truck in the future, as Landy wants to stay close to her roots. “We’re from this community and keep putting our energies back to this community,” says Jeff Landy. “We enjoy people, and our minimalist approach is pretty simple. Make good food. Treat folks well, and give them a reason to come back.”