Gourmet on the Go
One of the best ways to get a great, affordable gourmet meal in San Francisco is on-the-go. Food trucks are a popular trend these days, popping up all over the city; oftentimes in some unexpected locales, making it tricky to keep track of their schedules. A lot of food trucks use Twitter and Instagram to shout out where they’ll be, otherwise just keep your eyes peeled when wandering about. A brightly colored truck with a long line of people waiting to be fed is usually a good sign that you should stop for a bite, too.
In addition to being a starting point for chefs on-the-rise and often a stepping-stone to a brick and mortar restaurant, food trucks are a wonderful (and delicious) way to help support small start-up businesses. We’ve got a few favorites and the lowdown on just where to find them.
Location: 14 Mint Plaza, usually Monday-Friday 8:00-2:30
Purveyors of acai bowls, poke bowls, smoothies and delicious fresh raw juices, Bowl’d Acai is one of the healthier food truck choices. Bowl’d Acai was started by Reza Morvari and Angel Serratos, lifelong friends who grew up together in the Bay Area. The two friends have applied their shared passion for health and fitness to the design of the signature acai bowls. For those who aren’t aware, acai is an antioxidant-rich fruit known as a superfood with great health benefits. Acai bowls are perfect for a boost anytime of the day.
What to order: The Great White Poke Bowls “Piranha Style” (on the spicier side!) are a must try!
Del Popolo Pizza
Location: Various spots, but regularly at Off the Grid in The Presidio on Sundays -- the perfect place to grab a slice and picnic in the park with gorgeous views of the bay and the Golden Gate beyond.
As you’ve probably already guessed, Del Popolo is known for its traditional Italian pizza! The massive truck is actually a repurposed shipping container transformed into a kitchen with a wood fired oven. The truck also recently put down roots and opened a brick and mortar location at 855 Bush Street.
What to order: Anything, but highly suggested is The Bianca (mozzarella, ricotta, basil and garlic).
Location: It varies, but generally you can find RotiRoti at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on Thursday and Saturdays.
RoliRoti has been providing gourmet rotisserie meats at local farmer's markets for over a decade, serving only sustainably farmed meats and seasonal organic produce sourced from family-owned farms. Their gourmet rotisserie meats are out of this world!
What to order: The Porchetta Sandwich and a side of Lavender Salted Potatoes.
Location: Varies, but try the artsy and a bit gritty Mission Dispatch lot, Lake Merritt in Oakland and Sundays at Larkspur Landing.
Chef Hiroo Nagahara is the culinary mastermind behind The Chairman, serving up baos inspired by the traditional Asian street food. Baos are bold, spicy, unique, fast and delicious sandwiches served on steamed and baked buns. The Chairman also has two brick and mortar locations: one in San Francisco and the other in Downtown Los Angeles.
What to order: The pork belly bao is a local favorite.
Twirl and Dip
Location: Tuesday through Sunday, 12pm to 6pm in gorgeous Golden Gate Park (335 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, San Francisco, CA 94117).
Organic soft serve ice cream, fair trade chocolate dip, handmade toppings and sauces – what’s not to love?! Conveniently parked just outside the deYoung Museum, the California Academy of Sciences and the Japanese Tea and Botanical Gardens, Twirl and Dip is a nice treat after taking in some culture. The truck’s nostalgic vibe is reminiscent of the neighborhood ice cream trucks playing their summer ice cream truck tunes. Check out the brick and mortar location in Potrero Hill, which opened last summer.
What to order: Flavor of your choosing, chocolate dipped with a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt.