America is synonymous with fast food, but the country’s ever growing fleet of food trucks is proving that meals served on wheels can be every bit as wholesome and gourmet as those in a sit-down restaurant – and often run by top chefs – without the dine-in price tag. San Francisco is home to over 150 food trucks and is one of the USA’s proud food truck capitals, supported by hoards of local (and tourist) food connoisseurs who are willing to queue for their supper.
You can find San Francisco’s merry band of food trucks at weekly food markets, pop-up events and street food festivals year-round. Popular spots in San Francisco include ‘Off The Grid’ at the Fort Mason Centre, ‘SoMa StrEat Food Park’ in South of Market and ‘Truck Stop’ in the Mission District. There are even Apps you can download to track down your favourite food truck any given day of the week. Meet some of San Francisco’s most loved food trucks:
Honoured as San Francisco’s best food truck by San Francisco Magazine, and ranked in the top 30 in the country’s ‘101 Best Food Trucks’ list, the Chairman Bao Bun Truck is San Francisco’s food truck stalwart. Chef Hiroo Nagahara serves up Clement Restaurant buns, a San Francisco institution, this family-owned restaurant been making buns for over 40 years. The Chairman then stuffs these delicious steamed and baked buns with pork belly, crispy garlic tofu or red sesame chicken topped with an assortment of pickled toppings and a wild selection of bold condiments.
Described as an ‘unconventional dress-your-own falafel bar’ Liba Falafel takes street food to a new level, making it interactive for its customers. Famed for having the best falafel balls in town, Liba lets diners pick and pack their own pita pockets with toppings from a seasonal falafel bar. Toppings include unique combos such as fennel and strawberry slaw, dill and cardamom pickles and the crowd-favourite: rosemary seasoned peanuts. As for sides, you can’t go past the crispy shoestring sweet potato fries. Liba Falafel is based in Oakland and largely services the Bay Area.
What do you get when you cross Filipino cuisine with Mexican cuisine? You get Señor Sisig Filipino Fusion Food Truck. Señor Sisig’s Filipino chef, Gil, uses his father’s family recipe to marinate pork shoulder for over 24-hours in a special blend of spices. Choose from a Sisig taco, burrito, nachos or salad, and if you’re not a pork lover, there’s a chicken or tofu option on offer too. The Sisig California Burrito features french fries, and the Tosilog burrito (only available on Tuesday and Thursdays) has speciality Filipino sweet pork with garlic rice, fresh tomato and fried egg.
Surely the most aesthetically pleasing food truck on the market, Del Popolo is constructed out of a 20-foot transatlantic shipping container, re-purposed into a giant Italian-made wood-fire pizza oven. Del Popolo prides itself on using the best quality ingredients soured from local producers. If you’re after a seriously authentic Neapolitan-inspired rustic pizza, Del Popolo is certainly a forerunner in the San Francisco – perhaps even worldwide – food truck industry.