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Hottest & Hippest Bay Area Food Trucks

May 3, 2012 2:08 PM

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Street food has been a dining staple around the world for centuries. But recently, the taco truck concept has been revamped and revitalized with international gourmet offerings…on wheels! Eye on the Bay’s Liam Mayclem and CBS 5’s Thuy Vu travel the Bay to highlight the mobile dining phenomenon. Goodbye roach coach, and Hello five star dining at two star prices!

Street Food Special Events:

Off The Grid
Parking Lot of Fort Mason
San Francisco Civic Center
McCoppin Hub
Upper Haight
www.offthegridsf.com

Off the Grid is a roaming mobile food extravaganza that travels to different locations, usually on Friday nights, to serve delicious food with a free side of amazing music, craft and soul. Hugely popular, you’ll find fabulous food trucks if you know where to go. Sign up for email updates to keep your tummy on their trail.

Oakland’s Eat Real Festival
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA
eatrealfest.com

Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food every August. It’s so much more than just great gourmet food at the Eat Real Festival. Participants learn where food comes from, who grows and makes it, and how they make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is free, all of the festival food costs $5 and less and all food incorporates regionally-sourced and sustainably-produced ingredients.

SF Street Food Festival
San Francisco’s Mission District
www.sfstreetfoodfest.com/2010

Hosted by La Cucina, the San Francisco Street Food Festival is an annual street food extravaganza. Arrive early to beat the immense crowds and dig in to over 60 food and drink vendors, trucks and roving gourmet salespeople, who will tempt you with treats. You’ll find offerings from your favorite trucks, as well as off-the-menu treats from some of San Francisco’s most celebrated restaurants, like the Slanted Door and Delfina.

chairman bao Hottest & Hippest Bay Area Food Trucks

Chairman Bao Facebook

Chairman Bao
Twitter

Knocking around in just about the cutest truck on the street food scene, Chairman Bao offers traditional and flavorful Chinese steamed and baked buns that use the freshest ingredients. These beauties are both savory and addictive. It’s a revolution on wheels at this popular truck that serves up a seriously spectacular pork belly bun. Stay tuned to Twitter to track down the Chairman.

Zella’s Soulful Kitchen
Zella’s Soulful Website

Farm-fresh, handcrafted and made with love, Zella’s Soulful Kitchen is a full-service catering company you can find in the warmer months at the Oakland Farmer’s Market. Swing by on Sundays from 10am-2pm to dig into chicken and sausage gumbo, red snapper po’ boys and Zella’s signature sweet tea.

Jett Cakes
www.jettcakes.com
Twitter

Launched in 2010 by young mom, Marianne Jett, Jett Cakes sells cupcakes, cookies, bars and other treats from a vintage street food truck. You can these tempting treats from Palo Alto to San Mateo every day, using your trusty Twitter. These family-friendly cupcakes in flavors like “Banana Nutella” are made with all natural, locally sourced ingredients, made from scratch and fresh from the oven.

Sam’s Chowder House
www.samschowdermobile.com
Twitter

The mobile version of this popular Half Moon Bay restaurant brings Sam’s classics, such as Fish and Chips, Crab Louie Salad, Clam Chowder and Fish Tacos to street food festivals, corporate corners and private events all over the Bay Area. Like lots of street food purveyors, tune into Twitter to get up to the minute coordinates on that Shrimp Po’ Boy you just started craving…right now.

Spencer on the Go
www.spenceronthego.com
Twitter

Street food gets a Parisian twist with this mobile bistro, bringing San Francisco and beyond a fun and inexpensive alternative to French dining. Grilled sweetbreads with Sherry, Truffled Boeuf Bourguignon and Ratatouille, all for less than $12. Don’t miss the Escargot Lollipop, a snail on a stick wrapped in puff pastry. It’s easy to experiment. This snack is only $2. Bon appétit!

HapaSF
www.hapasf.com
Twitter

Hapa SF is modern organic casual Filipino cuisine blended with California sensibilities in the least likely of settings: a taco truck. Hapa SF uses the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers’ markets to create familiar Filipino American dishes such as lumpia and adobo at a value-conscious price. Tantalize your taste buds with this innovative take on classic Filipino cuisine.

Roli Roti Truck
www.roliroti.com
Twitter

You’ll find this slow cooked rotisserie chicken truck at just about every Farmer’s Market in the Bay Area. Herb infused, free range rotisserie chicken, organic rosemary fingerling potatoes, tender Sonoma Valley lamb and juicy, crispy porchetta are just a few of the tantalizing delights that have earned Roli Roti the nickname, ‘Grandfather of Gourmet Street Food’.

Let’s Be Frank
www.letsbefrankdogs.com

Founded by Sue Moore and Larry Bain, Let’s Be Frank started with the simple goal of changing the world one hot dog at a time. Sue, formerly the “meat forager” for Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse, and Larry, longtime restaurant professional, joined forces to return the much-demeaned hot dog to its rightful position: an icon for a healthy food system. Swing by their permanent shop on Steiner Street, or visit a cart at the Warming Hut underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, or at Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero. Because let’s be frank; everyone loves a good hot dog.

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