Laid back and chilled; San Francisco is home of the food trucks, take-away, the Golden Gate Bridge and picturesque “Full House” homes. There’s plenty of character, friendly places and the most amazing views of the city from it’s crazy topsy turvy roads.
After hitting a long weekend of partying in Vegas, it was nice to lay back, catch up on sleep before we hit the road again to NYC. Staying in Japantown was an interesting part of town and quite convenient to head up to Mission, SOMA and the Bay area. A car is highly recommended to fully soak in the sights and for food truck hunting!
Our first night lead us to SOMA, a pretty hip and happenin’ part of town when the sun sets. We hide from the outrageous wind and cold (even in the Summer..) in TwentyFive Lusk. Decked with fireplaces, bare timbers and candle lights; it looks as warm as it is.
Food trucking is the way to go in San Francisco. It’s embedded into the culture and the chase of hunting one down in time, gets any food blogger into an natural high. Get geared up with napkins, picnic blankets and bibs as there’s a huge variety from burgers, burritos, rice, cupcakes and even, ramen. Roaming Hunger was one of my favourite sites to follow where they conveniently collate all the Twitter feeds into one.
Our first find had our knickers in a knot as we’re huge fans of The Great Food Truck Race - a reality TV show that showcased a number of food trucks in challenges across the US. The Nom Nom Truck took the good ol’ banh mi on the road and came up in 2nd place. Japacurry was hot on our radar as we have been craving a bowl of rice since LA. With queues around the corner, the katsu curry, teriyaki chicken and bento boxes sell out within minutes.
On the sweeter side of the food trucking business, Cupcake Wars‘ winner, Kara has an abundance of sweets. One of my favourites is the good ol’ vanilla which is soft as clouds with just enough frosting and sprinkles.
What I love about San Fran is the love for food collaboration in its culture; with food truck meet ups (over 25 in one spot!) and local restaurants that close up on a night kindly offer their kitchens to food truckers to come in and take over. After an expensive walk into a snowboard shop, we stumbled into Wild Wings that food truck Haparamen took the night’s reigns of. Delish!
There’s also a craze with chicken & waffles. Absolutely as straight forward as it sounds, it is just, plain fried chicken with waffles on the side. Madly searching, we ended back in the back alleyways of SOMA at Little Skillet for a oily fry up that lead us all into a 3 hour food coma.
Our love affair with Tom Colicchio’s never-ending restaurants continued on in SF. There’s a huge trend and success for top-end restaurants to open up a sandwich joint, so ‘wichcraft was no brainer. Good ol’ sandwiches (they call burgers, sandwiches) with a pick me up coffee and bag of crisps.
And when in doubt, hit up Mission St for some street style tucker. Yelp! led us to El Farolito, and keeping the appearances aside, the queues go out the door serving up fat burritos, overflowing tacos and nachos.
While in San Fran, don’t forget to pay a visit to the windiest street in the world, Lombard St!
25 Lusk St
SOMA, CA 94107
Nom Nom Food Truck
Japacurry Food Truck
360 Ritch St
(between 3rd & 4th St)
San Francisco, CA
868 Mission St
(between 4th & 5th St)
Mission, CA 94103
2279 Mission St
(between 23rd & 24th St)
Mission, CA 94110