If Los Angeles is where trends are born, and proudly trendproof Pittsburgh is where they go to die -- what happens if the latest trend is Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh food, specifically.
OK, one food truck is hardly a trend -- but the Steel City Sandwich Truck is making a lot of fast friends in sun-baked Los Angeles, the de facto capital of the gourmet-food truck phenomenon. With a giant, smoky steel-mill graphic splayed on the sides, and towering slaw-and-fries-stuffed sandwiches like "The Yinzer" and "Myron Yolk" on the menu, it stands out from the competition.
"People come to the truck and ask, 'What do you have with no carbs?' " says Taylor Funkhouser, 27, originally of Mt. Washington, who runs the Steel City Sandwich Truck (www.steelcitysandwich.com) with her boyfriend, Neil Shuman. "Nothing. There's absolutely nothing. Even our salad has fries on it. It's Pittsburgh style. People's eyes just light up. It's just home, you know?"