Virgin America, United and American offer nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles.
WHERE TO STAY
1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
LEED-certified boutique hotel about a mile from the Santa Monica Pier and the Tuesday night food truck lot near the California Heritage Museum. Rooms from $279.
Foghorn Harbor Inn
4140 Via Marina, Marina del Rey
Near the Venice Boardwalk and within walking distance of the Thursday night food truck lot in Marina del Rey. Rooms from $169.
WHERE TO EAT
The Korean fusion truck that launched a thousand imitators, still rolling strong. About $2.29 to $8.
A health-conscious operation that uses certified organic ingredients. About $4 to $10.
Its specialty is a Frankie, a street snack of griddled roti flatbread rolled up with your choice of ingredients. Think: a subcontinental burrito. About $2 to $13.50.
Cousins Maine Lobster
Rolls are dense with claw and tail meat that has been shipped fresh from Maine, all within 24 hours of the lobster being pulled from the water. About $4 to $12.75.
Tacos el Gallito
Has several trucks, but try the one at Venice Boulevard and South La Brea Avenue, where you’ll get a taste of Mexico in Los Angeles. $1.50 to $7.50.
Ludo Lefebvre, a French chef trained at Michelin-starred restaurants, puts his spin on American fried chicken. Béarnaise is an option — of course. $1.50 to $8.25.