Tweet and Ye Shall Find: SF Food Carts

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Twitter has infiltrated the local street food scene. These aren’t the usually pointless, bane of your existence, Tweets (basically Facebook status updates without all the frills). Food cart followers, some a bit more hardcore than others, can find when and where a desired food cart shall be stationed. Whether or not you take off running, to snag the last one, is entirely determined by you. More often than not, street food vendors are found in the Mission District. Usually due to the illegality of their setup, a vender’s locale can differ day to day. It would be rather difficult to locate a desired indulgence unless serendipity or Twitter is on your side. Aimlessly walking the streets, one may run into Adobo Hobo upon craving The Pizza Hacker.  These much-loved entrepreneurs have formed a tight knit community. Support for each other is visible through shout-outs via updates. Twitter is precisely how I discovered the Halloween street food bash, hosted by Little Skillet.

I brought a few friends along to 360 Ritch Street, an alley of sorts, inhabited by Little Skillet (a grand chicken and waffles joint) and a slew of street food venders. We taste tested the whole menagerie.

Soul Cocina rocked my world with a healthful and incredibly flavor-packed risotto ($6). The dish was made complete with morel mushrooms, blue corn, edible flowers (presumably of a zucchini plant), red walnuts, pesto, and a bit of parmesan he grated fresh for every bowl. The mix of ingredients posed as exotic fare in comparison to my oatmeal breakfast.

Also delightful were the mini cupcakes ($1.50) from Sweet Constructions. Such flavors as coffee and sweet potato struck an intriguing note. Consuming them both, in the spirit of Halloween, was quite satisfying. These bite-sized beasts were elegantly slathered in frosting and were flavorful, moist, rich, and decadent to the max.

The Crème Brulee Man (8,615 followers!) sold out before I could get a chance to discover his new flavors. I did acquire a decently filled tin of custardy goodness ($4), of the vanilla bean variety, a few weeks prior at Fabric 8. I was familiar with his choices of coffee, lemon lavender, and vanilla bean. Yet Twitter revealed his exploratory nature in such additions as frosted flakes, smores, and baileys. Before the Crème Brulee Man’s disappearing act, I spied the remnants of some Berry Cap’n Crunch resting on his cart…I am comforted in the fact that he frequents the mission district quite often.

Evil Jerk Cart made its debut. A veggie stew was served atop coconut-rice-n-beans and skewers of chicken and pork. The meal ($8) was a bit lacking. Dry pork doesn’t pair well with salty chicken. The stew made up of carrots, sweet peppers, and squash was a coherent blahh; it looked pretty though.

I still look forward to experiencing the wonder of cardamom, ginger, masala, chocolate or malt chai from The Chai Cart. I patiently await her next location update!  Find these vendors on twitter.com.

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