As in most other big cities, the gourmet food truck and food cart trend is in full swing here in San Francisco. It’s pretty surprising, too, considering the fact that San Francisco has yet to change it’s legislation to better accommodate food trucks, like other cities have. But maybe all the struggle and determination required to open up a food truck in San Francisco makes the food that much better!
Below are some of the most popular gourmet SF food trucks and food carts, along with their twitter names so you know where to find ’em:
- Arguably the most popular food cart, the Crème Brûlée Cart serves warm and uniquely-flavored crème brûlées. Recent flavors include Mexican Chocolate, Lavender and Honey Vanilla. Follow him at @cremebruleecart.
- Another staple is the Magic Curry Kart. You wouldn’t expect such delicious chicken & vegetable curry to come from a little cart adorned with neon lights, but it does! Bring your own bowl to get a discount. @magiccurrykart.
- The most gourmet gourmet food truck, Spencer on the Go!, is an offshoot of the French restaurant Chez Spencer, and the food truck that represented SF in The Great Food Truck Race. They serve a twist traditional French fare like escargot “lollipops,” grilled sweet breads and ratatouille. Follow them at @chezspencergo.
- The Chairman Bao Bun Truck (pictured above) serves gooey baked and steamed Chinese buns, and omelettes. Top picks include the Pork Belly with Pickled Daikon bun, and the Chinese Sausage and Egg Sandwich with Hoisin. @chairmantruck.
Finally, if you can’t decide which food cart to try out, try them all! The founder of the SF Food Cart Project and La Cocina recently started a project called Off The Grid — a collection of Street Food markets around the Bay Area. Each market features at least five vendors and often some live music. They currently have three weekly locations: the Fort Mason Center, the Upper Haight and Civic Center. Get the full scoop here.
Are you a fan of any of the food trucks mentioned above? Tell us which one’s your favorite!