SF Bay Area Trip Highlights
Food & Drink
There are tons and tons of trucks in San Francisco, and
some of them serve up gourmet meals. This is a
compendium of some of the craziest tastes available on
four wheels, with a guide to where you'll find them in
the city of San Francisco.
Hella Vegan Eats — Not just vegan, it's hella vegan.
San Francisco's foodie community can't be mentioned
without a nod to its meatless members. Their rotating
menu changes with the season, but vegan options of
meaty staples are always on hand, like "Chicken" and
Waffles and a Mean Dean Doughnut "Burger." Stranger
offerings include a Ramen "Burger" and a Tempura
Asparagus Sandwich that will have you savoring your
Eire Trea — It's not hard to find an unusual dish on
the Eire Trea menu: the entire truck is a concept never
before attempted, combining Irish foods with Eritrean.
Ireland and Eritrea, a country in the horn of Africa,
aren't exactly known for their cuisine. But when there
are such wondrous combinations available — such as
the Corned Beef Wrap with Eritrean spices, it's easy to
be impressed by this imaginative combination. Other
staples include Irish Chicken Curry and "Chicken Zig,"
a common Eritrean and Ethiopian dish served on a
Bacon Bacon — In direct contrast to Hella Vegan
Eats, Bacon Bacon is a paradise for those who prefer
their pork to be made of pig. Burgers and sandwiches
have been enhanced with that treat of meat, like their
Grilled Cheese, which adds bacon and bacon jam to the
melty treat. Gourmet tacos balance the flavor of bacon
with pork butt, pork belly, peppers, and goat cheese.
You can even get a bouquet of bacon or infuse your
dessert with its goodness; Bacon Bacon offers both
Bacon Caramel Corn and Chocolate Covered Vacon to
finish you off with flavor.
Kasa Indian — Fans of Indian food can skip their
trip to the street vendors of Mumbai with Kasa Indian,
who offer traditional Indian flavor in portable wraps
and plates. Whether you're a can of typical Tikka
Masala fan or more into the Gobi Aloo, you can carry
your curry in one hand as you head off to your next
edible adventure... perhaps back to Bacon Bacon for
Carribean Spices — Carribean Spices doesn't try to
spin the taste of Haitian food in any way; it's rare
enough to find such flavors in their pure form. While
Carribean Spices aren't the most bizarre food truck in
the Bay, they're probably the only place that you can
get Creole Oxtail and Creole Goat from the back of a
truck on the west coast. You won't regret having
Haitian with Carribean Spices.
Lobsta Truck — Seafood from a truck? Well, when
you're between the Bay and the Pacific Ocean, it's not
much of a stretch. Lobsta Truck started out in Southern
California, and has been featured in a lot of media for
its unusual offerings. But if you want Clam Chowder, a
Crab Roll, a Lobster Roll, or Lobster Bisque, you don't
need to head to Fisherman's Wharf to find it.
Sabor de San Miguel — Guatemalan food? What's
Guatemalan food? Well, if you're at Sabor de San
Miguel, what it is is delicious. Featured on Season 2
of Food Network's Food Court Wars, Sabor de San Miguel
brings the best Fried Pork Plates and Tamales to the
table. If you haven't experienced the textures and
spices of Guatemala, don't start saving your travel
points; just find Sabor de San Miguel for a taste
Sanguchon — Another rare find that pays tribute to
San Francisco's true variety of cuisines is the
Preuvian food truck Sanguchon. Sanguchon offers
Peruvian sandwiches and wraps, like the Pan con
Chicarron, with slivered pork loin, fried yams,
marinatedf onions and aju rocoto aioli, to the Aji de
Gallina, a wrap with chicken breast braised in Aji
amarillo with feta cheese, sauce, white beans, and
rice. Many dishes on the menu are difficult to
pronounce, but easy to enjoy once ordered.
The Chairman — With a vaguely Communistic aesthetic,
The Chairman is a food truck for the brave of tongue.
Offering Taiwanese Gua Bao, or bun sandwiches, The
Chairman offers baked or stesmed buns with an exotic
array of flavor combinations. Try the Muscovy Duck
Confit Terrine with Green Papaya, Orange Pickled Red
Onions and Mint, or try their Tender Pork Belly with
Turmeric Pickled Daikon and Green Shiso. For an even
more unusual afterthought, their zesty wonton chips
come with Togarashi spices and seaweed on top.
BobCha — BobCha always has a line, and it's always a
line worth waiting in. This bizarre bastardization of
Korean food hits the spot with any dizzying dish they
offer. Sure, there's traditional Cup Bob and Bibimbob,
but you can also order such surreal delicacies as
Kimchi Fries, Korean Nachos, Bob Burritos, Bulgogi
Burgers, and Bobcha Tacos. It's a flavor free-for-all
that is umami and yummy, all at the same time.