The food scene in San Francisco just keeps getting better each day. With the ever-growing number of restaurants and food joints, San Francisco is a true foodie paradise. In addition to the traditional brick-and-mortar restaurants, you can find food trucks as part of the regular food scene, making meal times in San Francisco even more adventurous.
I am lucky to be working in San Francisco’s financial district, which offers some of the best places to eat in the world. I may not be a food junkie nowadays because I have been trying to keep my weight down; however, I check out the food scene occasionally. Normally, I bring my own home-cooked food to work. Whenever I forget my lunch box or did not prepare it the night before, I walk downtown to look for something new to eat. It’s an opportunity to try something different.
Creperie Saint Germain
In one of my food adventures, I stumbled upon a food truck located at One Sansome St. The Creperie Saint Germain, to my delight, was a great match for me. Besides my penchant for crepes, I love the fact that Creperie Saint Germain offers organic buckwheat crepes, which is a healthier version than crepes made from white flour. Noteworthy is the savory crepe made with cheese and smoked turkey priced at $6.50. You may opt for other crepe filling such as ham and cheese, shrimp and many more. They also serve beverages, soup and crepe desserts. I give the food a rating of A-. I love the choices; however, the price is a little too much, especially for a penny-pincher like me. I can easily go to Subway, get a foot-long sandwich with beverage and pay $1-2 less. Still, it is a good option if you want to try something new. Also, it can be a bit messy to eat when the juice starts seeping out at the bottom.
222 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94105
One Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: 415-217- 7056
1601 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Facebook: Creperie Saint Germain
I may be a bit biased if I say that this is the best food truck in my opinion, and maybe I am. Maybe because it serves Filipino dishes that remind me of home. However, I am sure others will agree when I say that Hapa SF serves one of the best Filipino sisig (diced grilled pork) in a taco. This taco sisig is so delectable. Other favorite common Filipino dishes served are lumpia, adobo, pancit and many more. They also serve sisig over rice. This truck moves a lot, so followers have to watch out for the tweets on Twitter (@HapaSF) or Facebook (Hapa SF) shout-outs. This burgundy truck is often spotted at the outskirts of San Francisco – 8000 Marina Blvd, Brisbane; Upper Haight between Stanyan and Waller; UN Plaza between 7th and 8th Market Streets; Civic Center and Fort Mason are some of the places you’ll find the Hapa SF food truck in the city.
According to its website, Hapa SF is “a modern organic casual Filipino cuisine that uses the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers’ markets to create familiar Filipino dishes such as lumpia and adobo” at an affordable price (ranging from $5-$10). At the helm is Chef William Pilz who come up with concoctions of Filipino dishes that are more palatable to non-Filipinos as well, without taking away from the dishes’ true roots. It is a fusion of traditional Filipino food with a modern twist. I rate Hapa SF an A+.
Check Hapa SF’s menu at http://hapasf.com/
Chairman Bao Bun
Many authentic Chinese cuisine lovers may not find Chairman Bao Bun’s food offerings suitable to their tastes, but it is still worth checking. What made me curious are the long lines in front of this truck even before it opens up. My favorite is the tender pork belly with pickeled daikon in a bun, which is soft and juicy. A health-freak friend of mine insists that it is too greasy, but, to my opinion, it is no greasier than those served in traditional Chinese restaurants. Another favorite is the spiced duck confit with fresh mango salad bun and braised pork shoulder with cabbage slaw. They also serve red sesame chicken and pineapple salad caramel drink.The drinks are too sweet for my taste, so I stay away from them. The steamed buns are soft to the bite as if they were melting in my mouth. The prices are quite reasonable, with a couple of choices– People’s buns ($3.25) and Chairman’s buns ($3.75). I give the Chairman Bao Bun an A- due to the grease and long wait; however, they serve fast once they got your order. In addition, using the steamed buns like tacos is a good twist to the traditional bao where stuffing is inside a closed bun.
Check them out on Twitter @ChairmanTruck.
Curry Up Now
Never have I thought I’d find Indian cuisine served in a taco truck, but I did! In the past year, I have started eating Indian cuisine, thanks in part to my co-workers who were from India. Evey time we have a company potluck, I always choose Indian food first before I try the others. Fortunately, because of Curry Up Now, I don’t have to wait for the next company gathering before I can enjoy authentic Indian cuisine again. Curry Up Now brings street foods of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, Chowpatty, Mumbai, New Market, Kolkatta, elite boarding school (Sem, Sherwood, Sonn & All Saints) town of Nainital, Uttarkhand to its customers, on our truck. The menu includes kathi rolls, tandoori chicken taco, samosa, saag paneer, desi donuts and double ka meetha to name a few. My favorite of all is chicken tikka masala ($6/7). You’ll find Curry Up Now at the Civic Center, Fort Mason Center, Upper Haight (Stanyan/Waller) and off-grid at Burlingame, CA serving lunch. Prices are fair and the food is great. The only problem is waiting in long lines! However, this food truck deserves an A for originality and taste.
Follow them on Twitter @curryupnow or check their website at http://curryupnow.com for location information and schedules.