The 626 Night Market is a food truck haven located in Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. Popular trucks make their way there and set up shop, leaving their thick aromas to permeate throughout the complex, drawing salivating visitors to their mile long queues, to eventually enjoy bewilderingly delicious foods that one can only find in Los Angeles, California.
Some of the highlights of the 626 Night Market are AB Sorbets, Boba Bear, and savory sorts like Evan’s Smokehouse or Gangnam Food, just to name a handful. Whatever you choose to eat, one thing is for sure, you’ll blow a lot of moolah, wait in line forever and become uncomfortably full by the night’s end. But that’s the fun of it, baby, cus this is LA, the city’s culture and there just ain’t no otha way about it!
So, the average price you’ll pay for a meal is about $12 – $15 on top of the $5 admission fee. Trust me, though, it’s worth at least one night of your life on Earth.
The portions are decent and then some not so; it’s honestly like playing Russian roulette, but the best thing to do is just watch, listen and observe. You will usually find a magical moment occurring right in front of your eyes, during which a hungry patron takes their first bite into something delish – like the soft and chewiness of a fatty piece of slow broiled teriyaki shanks cut into devilishly thick slices on top of a Himalayan salt block. Yum! When you see something like this happen, though – you know, the eyes rolling to the back of someone’s head, their face paralyzed with the flavor bomb occurring in their mouth and time seeming to stop all around them, moment – then, that’s the place you want to eat. Trust you, me – eat there.
Another way to scope the best places at which to eat is to find the longest lines – I’m talking those pain in the ass type lines that seem crazy to stand in. Well, to be honest, the crazy thing is not to stand in those lines because you’ll pay for it by chancing and losing to a shit hole meal from a shit hole truck. That’s the way the cookie crumbles in LA, though, especially when you’ve become a street food snob along with everyone else. You can thank the whole essence of LA for this because authenticity is nonnegotiable when it comes to our food – after all, we’ve got the whole world and every culture in between here and they keep the authenticity real. Mmmkay?
Moreover, in LA, it’s not likely you’ll find an incredible gem of a place if their line is shortest. After all, this city is a world of foodies and culinary elitism that everyone understands even without the background or the budget. For example, my living in Koreatown, Los Angeles, a known food Mecca, has literally tainted my life’s existence with food snobbery. I’m just being honest with you. Because I am surrounded by culinary gems, I have become the literal most biggest pain in the ass to bring anywhere because, let’s be honest, nothing can compare to the food you’ll find in KTown… nothing.
Anyway, since I was hanging out with friends, Carl, Sean and Thuan, who grew up going to the 626 Night Market, they helped me scope out the best trucks with which to try some delectable eats.