Last Friday, I had the immense pleasure of attending the opening party for San Francisco Street Food Fest – Night Market with more than 25 street food vendors, adult beverages and live music. It was one of the BEST parties I’ve been to, and I was stoked to support La Cocina’s cause to provide assistance to low-income and immigrant entrepreneurs who are trying to start a food business.
La Cocina was selling food cart love swag with all proceeds benefiting, and of course I bought every punny food cart swag I could get my hands on. I take my personal projects (and love for street food) seriously. I’m now the proud owners of a “I left my cart in San Francisco” T-shirt, and this sweet “Drink to your cart’s content” flask. Can’t resist a good pun.
I was able to sneak three or four different food cart bites into my belly, but my top pick was the Vada Pav sandwich from Juhu Beach Club. Chef Preeti Mistry’s “Indian street food” was spicy, tasty and lovingly hand-crafted. It was a wait to get one, but fun to watch her put so much energy into each individually made, little spicy potato sandwich. Proof that street food can be a culinary masterpiece too.
I was also a fan of the Perisien empanada stuffed with proscuitto, chives and cheese from El Sur Empanada‘s cute little food van strung with white lights. The empanada was slightly greasy, but buttery and flavorful, so you won’t find me complainin’!
I’m most bummed that I missed the amaaaazingly delicious looking Boss Hog sandwich debut from Bone and Gristle Boys. Everyone around the Night Market had one of the sandwiches that was made with grilled english muffins for the bun and stuffed with cornmeal crusted and deep-fried pork cutlet, slow roasted chilli rubbed pork, chicharrones, jalapeno, ranch, market greens, Vermont chedda, smoked pickles and red onions! Holy wow. They had just ran out of the buns when we were waiting in line for one, and I couldn’t have been more bummed.
The good news is, I had these beauties to take my mind off missing out on the Boss Hog – tequila flower jello shots!
Phew – they were strong!
Overall, Night Market was well worth the ticket and the trek (even though I attended with a “friend date” not a Food Truck Date). If you missed it, be sure to put it on your must-do list next year.