San Francisco is known for being a foodie city, so it’s only natural that the city’s food culture would take it to the streets and become a leader in the ever-growing gourmet food truck movement. With about 150 food trucks now available in the Bay Area, San Franciscans can find their favorite cuisines literally on the street curb in front of their office building or at the weekly Off the Grid market, where several food trucks roll up to provide visitors with an array of on-the-go options. San Francisco’s food trucks are so popular that they have fan bases of people who will follow them all over the Bay Area to get their foodie fix. These five food trucks are just a few worth following.
The words "don’t be a stranger" greet customers on the side of the Liba Food Truck. Visitors will surely abide by them after they try a build-your-own falafel sandwich, which comes in three options: regular, small or salad bowl. After choosing an option, diners will add their own toppings from the falafel bar made up of various salads, pickles and sauces. Top off the meal with some sweet potato fries, which are flavored with fresh cilantro, garlic and lime, and guests are sure to come back for the authentic flavor inspired by the falafel shops of Amsterdam.
A Filipino fusion food truck, Señor Sisig will appease a variety of appetites. Longtime friends Evan Kidera and Gil Payumo created their own take on the Filipino happy hour dish, sisig, by combining it with their favorite Mexican taqueria dishes. Although sisig is a pork dish traditionally made from parts of a pig’s head, the food truck offers a version using pork shoulder, as well as chicken and tofu for customers that don’t eat red meat. The sisig is crafted following an authentic Filipino recipe from Payumo’s family, in which the meat is marinated for more than 24 hours in a special blend of spices and charbroiled to guarantee a juicy, flavorful dish.
It doesn’t get much more San Francisco than fresh seafood, and Sam’s ChowderMobile serves up all the city’s famous treats. Fish and chips, shrimp ‘po boys, lobster rolls and, of course, clam chowder are just a few of the menu items that remind locals of the food truck’s flagship restaurant in Half Moon Bay, about a 45-minute drive south of the city. Luckily, they don’t have to make the journey for the same delicious taste served up by the food truck.
Voted best food truck by San Francisco Magazine, The Chairman Truck lives up to its hype with a menu inspired by traditional Asian street food. All of the buns used to make the truck’s famous gua bao or bun sandwich are created by Clement Restaurant, a family-owned restaurant that has crafted buns in San Francisco for more than 40 years. The yeast culture is imported directly from China, providing the authentic taste that turns customers into addicts. One of the truck’s most addictive sandwiches features Coca-Cola braised pork with savoy cabbage and preserved yellow mustard seeds.
Creating savory, free-range meats is a talent passed down in the Odermatt family. Thomas Odermatt opened Roli Roti, following the career path of his father, who owned a butcher shop in the Swiss Alps. The gourmet food truck offers free-range rotisserie chicken, Sonoma Valley lamb and crispy porchetta — mouthwatering choices for any meat lover — but the menu doesn’t stop at meats. The Roli Roti Porchetta Sandwich, for instance, starts off with a locally baked Acme roll and is topped off with an onion marmalade, arugula and a pinch of rosemary salt for a truly delectable dish.