The way I feel about The Fast and the Furious films is very similar to how I feel about kids: I don’t understand why people keep making them. My fascination with cars rarely surpasses the color and size of a vehicle. Aside from knowing a Mitsubishi isn’t a sushi roll, it is safe to say I don’t speak the language of cars. Instead, I speak food trucks—fast and furiously.
Sir Mix-a-lot had the right idea when he said his anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hun. The Chairman is a Taiwanese-American truck that offers traditional steamed and baked gua bao, or “bun sandwich.” If you don’t mind waiting in the ever-present long line, order a steamed Coca-Cola braised pork bun ($3.75) with savoy cabbage and yellow mustard seeds. All the bitterness from waiting in line will seem like a distant dream and you’ll walk away singing about how much you love pork buns and cannot lie.
I’m no Curry Bradshaw, but I couldn’t help but wonder if burritos are the Tom Hanks of the food world; they can do absolutely no wrong and are tough not to love. Indian street food truck Curry Up Now, offers a tikka masala burrito ($8.50) with your choice of chicken, paneer cheese or tofu. The tikka masala burrito adds flavor to the image of a typical food truck burrito, making that aluminum foil wrapper sparkle a little brighter.
Sisig is a Filipino dish traditionally made from parts of a pig’s head that is boiled, broiled, and fried. Taking a modified approach, Señor Sisig uses the pork shoulder to get the meatier part of the pig for its menu. Sisig fries ($8) are topped a choice of pork, chicken or tofu, with nacho cheese, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and jalapeños.
The French really know how to work their way around the mouth, especially with a track record of irresistible classic desserts. The Crème Brûlée Cart offers a number of flavors waiting to please every type of palate. Whether you’re craving vanilla bean, Mexican chocolate, Bailey’s crème, or Nutella and strawberry ($5-7), The Crème Brûlée Cart is existing proof that money can indeed buy happiness.
Brangelina. Bennifer. Most couples’ names that combine two words together sound cheesy. KoJa Kitchen however, leaves a different taste in the mouth—without any cheese. Taking Korean and Japanese elements, KoJa Kitchen offers a fusion of two individually delicious cuisines. Grab an order of kamikaze fries ($6) for a chance to enjoy Korean BBQ beef, kimchi and sautéed onions drizzled with signature sauce and Japanese mayo.
Cupcakes are the dating phase of the dessert world. They satiate sweet cravings without spoiling the appetite with the commitment to an entire cake. Cupkates was the first mobile cupcake truck in the Bay Area and has gained a worthy following for its fresh cupcakes baked daily from local ingredients. At $3.25 per cupcake, notable flavors include salted caramel, tiramusi, s’mores, lemon raspberry and banana chocolate chip. There is never any shame in self-indulgence and trying them all. In this world, you can have your Cupkate and eat it, too.
If you are what you eat, then be a pig. Bacon Bacon leaves little to the imagination with its truck name, but does wonders for the mind with the incorporation of bacon on everything. The Belly ($8) is a sandwich made of pork belly, organic fried egg and arugula. It may get messy to eat, but it’s a small price to pay for a sandwich that melts in your mouth. Pair it with chocolate-covered bacon ($3) for the complete effect.
Pacific Puffs was started by two brothers paying homage to their mother’s cream puff recipe, which likely explains why they didn’t opt to name their truck Puff Daddy. The Puff Truck offers a menu of classic vanilla custard, chocolate and fruit whip cream creme puffs ($3.25). With some coated in chocolate and others topped with powdered sugar, it would be a shame to pass up the opportunity to take a whiff of that puff.
Fat Face’s service of selling home-crafted popsicles sounds like nothing new—then you read that they have a fried chicken and waffle popsicle ($3.50). And a mango sticky rice pop. Did I mention the Thai tea with sweet potato? Yes, gone are the days when the most exciting part about a popsicle was the joke on the stick.
Brass Knuckle is a music-inspired sandwich truck with a menu that closely resembles the track list you played throughout college. Its signature sandwich, called Notorious P.I.G. ($5-8) features house-roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and bacon crisp inside a rosemary waffle. One bite, and you may start to see some ladies that night who should be having your baby, baby. For those whose appetites are more geared for a West Coast flavor, the Snoop Dog ($6.50) is a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with furikake, terimayo and bonito flakes on a warm bun. Although gin ‘n’ juice is not available on menu, the Snoop Dog might leave you walking away with more than your money on your mind.
It probably began the moment she compared her 3-month-old niece’s thighs to Pillsbury croissants. From a fancy gourmet McDonald’s to a corner street taco truck, Asia’s stops prove that love bites—and biting back is always worth it. If it can be stuffed inside bread, drizzled in sauce, or sends that top pants button popping off, she knows food has been done right. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Asia has been with GMF since 2011, and currently works at a communications agency in the city and spends most of her free time painting, baking cookies, and scouring for dinner recipes requiring the least amount of dishwashing.