another trip out to San Francisco. Though I made my requisite trips to Tartine and others, I wanted to devote this vacation to food trucks. During the past summer, Matt Cohen of San Francisco Cart Project started Off the Grid. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, a rotating variety of food trucks meet up in the same locations to vend for a few hours. I hoped to hit them up at least once, and felt lucky when I got to visit them twice.
Chairman Bao, while I went for the Hawaiian take on chicken and rice from 51st State. Along with the last bun, which they both agreed was fantastic, they received a mediocre pumpkin soup. I had to admit that I was a bit jealous they got that bun, I figured I would probably get a chance to visit the truck again. Unfortunately, I didn't, next time.
51st State's take on our beloved chicken and rice was definitely something to write home about. Their Mochiko Chicken meal consists of fried, ginger-scented, Shoyu marinated chicken on white rice with kimchee macaroni salad. The marinating and sauce make the chicken sweet with a bit of stickiness, and it's perfectly fried, not greasy at all. It reminded me of a sweet Katsu over rice, and I was a bit happy that they're on the other side of the country or I'd eat it all the time.
Yvo to join me at the Friday lunch Off the Grid spot by City Hall. Since the various trucks alternate weeks, this means a whole different group (save 51t State) than the night before and the same groups this week.
Hapa SF. The two tacos contain braised pork, avocado salsa verde, radishes, and cabbage. At $3 a taco, they are a bit expensive for the Bay Area, but you do get some nice chunks of pork. I wouldn't be adverse to eating this for lunch, but I would have to buy something else to tide me over.
Big Gay and Miss Softee, but one thing I've always wished for is flavored soft serve. You can throw a lot of toppings on a vanilla/chocolate twist, but it's still a vanilla/chocolate twist. So when I saw the menu at Twirl and Dip, the sun shone down on me, the birds chirped louder, angels began "Ahhhhh!"-ing, and I had found my dream truck.
Sylas & Maddy's, I'm getting spoiled.
For those of you in SF, this Friday night is the season finale of the Fort Mason Off the Grid, the one where I was so close, yet so full. If I were you, I'd totally make it my Friday evening plans.
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