San Francisco is a melting pot of culinary culture. You could just as easily score some of the best French fries in the country as you could some of the most authentic Burmese cuisine. The food truck scene offers that same variety, with accessible options in multiple neighborhoods. Check out some of the most popular street food in the City by the Bay.
Aunt Vicky’s (991 Tennessee St.)
Aunt Vicky’s may be one of the newbies on the food truck scene, but Victoria Barabin has carved out a little slice of fame for herself since she opened last year. She serves up Hawaiian comfort food, including succulent fried chicken, creamy and crunchy mac salad, and saucy pulled pork sliders on sweet Hawaiian rolls. Take the K/T Muni train to Third and 20th Streets to say aloha!
Bini’s Kitchen (1 Post St.)
When owner Binita Pradhan opened her titular stall at the Market Street Farmer’s Market, San Franciscans had no idea that they were about to experience classic Nepalese food that’s as delicious as it is cheap. Plates clock in at around $10 for rice, curry and four momos. Take BART to the Montgomery Street station to get your own!
The Chairman (Various Locations)
If you’re looking for authentic Asian street food, you don’t have to stick to Chinatown or Japantown. Simply go wherever The Chairman sends its striking red and white food truck. The steamed and baked buns they prepare are always fast, fresh, and delicious!
Chomp Station (428 11th St.)
Street food gets its rep for being fast, portable, and stick-to-your-ribs heavy. Luckily, Chomp Station has a few “lighter” options—if by light, you mean steak. Try the tri-tater tots: crispy tots drizzled in white sauce, sprinkled with parsley and served with a side of tri-tip steak. Hop a ride on the K/T Muni train and exit at Mission Rock for a taste.
The Codmother (Fisherman’s Wharf)
Fish and chips is a perfectly portable dish, so it makes sense that there’s a food truck devoted to it. Visit The Codmother at Fisherman’s Wharf, where fish tacos and a variety of chip styles are also on the menu.
Curry Up Now (Various Locations)
San Francisco’s first Indian food truck debuted in 2009 and became so popular it eventually spawned a brick-and-mortar restaurant. We’re still suckers for enjoying their delicious dishes on the street, particularly the pani puri and incredible tikka masala burrito.
Del Popolo (Various Locations)
Can you take a wood-fired pizza oven on the road? Absolutely! Look no further than the Del Popolo pizza truck for proof. This mobile pizza kitchen serves up restaurant-quality creations that come straight from its permanent establishment’s menu.
Estrellita’s Snacks (Civic Center Farmers’ Market)
This Salvadorian snack shop serves up some of the best pupusas in San Francisco. Estrellita’s is also famous for its fried plantains and yucca. The pupusas start at $3.50. Try the pork, bean and cheese pupusa. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, these bad boys are best eaten with spicy tomato sauce. Take BART to the Civic Center station when your tummy’s rumbling.
Lobsta Truck (Various Locations)
We’re a long way from Nantucket, but that doesn’t mean delicious lobster rolls are out of reach. Thanks to the traveling Lobsta Truck, you can enjoy New England’s most succulent crustaceans here in San Francisco. Whether on a roll or in a soup, their lobster is worth the wait.
Roli Roti (San Francisco Ferry Building)
You won’t find the popular Indian flatbread at this establishment. Instead, you’ll find some of the most tender rotisserie meats you’ve ever tasted. One of the fan favorites is the rotisserie porchetta: free-range pork loin that’s been seasoned and rotisserie grilled for four hours. It’s crispy on the outside and so tender on the inside that it practically falls apart. Take BART or the Muni street cars to reach the Embarcadero.
Señor Sisig (Various Locations)
Serving up a mouth-watering fusion of Mexican and Filipino cuisine, Señor Sisig’s truck is always a major draw wherever it parks. This is a food truck that dares you to go big, like with its California Sisig Burrito, which is packed with your choice of meat or tofu, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, and french fries!
Southern Comfort Kitchen (Various Locations)
Just because you’re in Northern California doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love with a little southern comfort. The crawfish etouffee and jambalaya are the local favorites from this food truck. The crab fries, topped with crisp celery and plenty of Cajun seasoning, are not to be missed.
Food Truck Areas
Want to sample as much street food as you can in one place and time? Check out these gatherings of exceptional food trucks and vendors where you can dine to your heart’s (or stomach’s) delight!
Off the Grid (Various Locations)
The largest gathering of food trucks and other local vendors in San Francisco comes courtesy of Off the Grid. They bring together a smorgasbord of small plates for regular events at Fort Mason and the Presidio once the winter rains start to dissipate. Check their schedule for dates, times, and locations.
SoMa StrEat Food Park (428 11th St.)
You can find an entire rally of food trucks here seven days a week. It’s a one-stop, self-guided street food tour! Fan favorite vendors include Bacon Bacon, serving up—you guessed it—bacon; Benedict Arnold, an eggs Benedict truck that specializes in crunchy English muffins, creamy hollandaise sauce, and fluffy clouds of poached eggs; and the Shuck Truck, a mobile oyster bar. Take the 47 Muni bus to 11th and Harrison Streets to get your feast on.
Truck Stop SF (First and Mission Streets)
Truck Stop SF almost seems like it was conceived on a dare: how many food trucks can you cram into a tiny alley in San Francisco’s busy downtown? Lucky for us, the gamble worked! The roster changes every day, meaning you could visit Truck Stop SF for lunch for an entire week and never eat the same thing twice! It’s equidistant from the Montgomery Street and Embarcadero BART stations, making it easy to reach.