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SF - Goza Goza Cuban sandwich truck ... real Cuban, NOT Mexican Cubanos

rworange Oct 30, 2007 11:06 AM

The truck is hidden at the intersection where Otis, Gough and McCoppin meet ... right near Mission.

For $6 you get a true Cubano on soft, grilled French roll with slices of roasted pork, a slice of fried ham, melted Swiss cheese and a pickle.

While it is not up there with a Florida sandwich, it is one of the better versions I've tried in the Bay Area.

They also sell burritos and tacos, but the truck, I'm guessing, is about the Cuban Sandwich. They don't even list the meat available for the tacos.

The aqua frescas looked interesting ... they had mamey ... but it turns out they are bottled, not house made.

The food gods led me here because ... sheesh ... that ain't an easy location to get to. I was hell-bent on Friday to eat a sputnick burger at Russian Renaissance ... even rescheduled my SF appointments ... RR has discontinued lunch. So then I figure if Cafe Katya has any parking near it I'd FINALLY try that Russian joint since Friday is one of the few days it is open for lunch. No parking. So I figure ... ok ... the Yucatan joint on 16th and as I drove down Gough to get from Geary to the Mission ... voila ... Goyza Goyza ... I circle the block intrigued by the Cuban sandwich sign ... a parking place opens up next to it ... the food gods speaketh. ... so I figured despite the slow software which took 20 minutes to post this I'd spread the word. Open Mon-Fri 10an - 6pm

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Tacos Goza Goza Truck
25th St and Harrison St, San Francisco, CA

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    chocolatetartguy Oct 30, 2007 11:49 AM

    Good one.

    A surprisingly tasty Cubano is made by the Panini Time packaged sandwich people with the standard ingredients on focaccia with a chipotle mayo. Have not eaten it pressed or heated, but cold it's better than any I've had since I last ate at La Teresita in Tampa/St. Pete 10 years ago. I suspect that your truck will be even better.

    1. larochelle Oct 30, 2007 11:53 AM

      Excellent tip. Sounds like its behind the McRosky store?

      We've been reading all the Dexter novels which are set in Miami. The constant references to Cuban food have been driving us crazzzzy. I've even set travelocity to watch fares to Miami.

      We went to Paladar last Friday for lunch. The menu is robust and the food quite good but since Goza Goza is just down the street, we'll definitely be checking it out. Did you notice if they have any other Cuban specialities?

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        lmarie Oct 30, 2007 03:29 PM

        What did you have at Paladar - and how was it?

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          larochelle Nov 1, 2007 10:38 AM

          Palador was quite good. I had the media noche de pollo, BFF had the cubano. Both sandwiches were well balanced with juicy & tender meats.

          We shared the banana chips (with garlic dipping sauce) and the crispy cassava (with spicy aoli). The place was packed and every dish we saw looked great.

          Its a haul for both of us so its not going to became a regular hang-out, but we'll definitely go back.

          1. re: larochelle
            rworange Nov 1, 2007 11:29 AM

            Where's Palador?

            Have you tried Laurel's on Oak? I like Mambo's in San Rafael, but some of the dishes can be solid.
            http://www.chow.com/places/13064

            I keep wanting to try El Rincon on 16th that is a club at night. Seems like they discontinued lunch and I'm not in that area usually at night anymore.
            http://www.chow.com/places/13066

            1. re: rworange
              Melanie Wong Nov 1, 2007 11:30 AM

              PaladAr, http://www.chow.com/digest/3314

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              Paladar Cafe Cubano
              329 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

        2. re: larochelle
          rworange Oct 30, 2007 03:51 PM

          That was it. The Cuban sandwich.

          Yeah... that's not my neck of the woods so I'm not sure if it is behind McRosky. It is a block down from the carwash on Mission/Van Ness.

          1. re: rworange
            larochelle Oct 31, 2007 08:18 AM

            We checked the otis-gough intersection yesterday around 3pm - it wasn't there.

            Its not that "permanent" truck on the V lot (not on the street) at Mission/Van Ness that's completely changed their menu a couple of times in the past few years?

            1. re: larochelle
              rworange Oct 31, 2007 09:57 AM

              No, Goza Goza is on the street, but that is the block I circled to get back to the Cuban sandwich truck. You take a hard left at the permanent cart heading back to the Mission and it should be at the spot where the three streets converge under some trees.There is a small parking lot next to it.

              The permanent truck is El Pelon. As long as you reminded me about it, might as well ask.
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/455896

        3. JoyM Oct 30, 2007 03:55 PM

          Real Cubanos! I just got back from a week in NY, the highlight of which was a delicious one from my favorite place on Flatbush Ave, and I'm already missing them. I'll check it out tomorrow and report back.

          BTW, the Google map in the link is a mess -- it seems to be showing an Otis Street in a completely different city. Possibly a completely different universe.

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            rworange Oct 30, 2007 04:03 PM

            Just to be clear ... it is not Miami standard, but good for the Bay Area. It's not the real roll, but still a suitable French roll and nicely grilled. The pickle is a plain old pickle. Still, nice pieces of roast pork. I might ask for an extra slice of melted Swiss next time though.

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              chocolatetartguy Oct 30, 2007 04:33 PM

              It works if you enter Otis St and Gough St as an intersection and also the city and state. It appears to be very close to the newish Octavia St onramp.

            2. Dave MP Oct 31, 2007 09:19 AM

              rworange, thanks for the tip! This is extremely close to my work, but I don't usually venture down that block of Gough.....but I will later this week and I'll report back!

              Dave MP

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                kare_raisu Oct 31, 2007 03:15 PM

                whats the word on the mustard ratio. The excessive amount on mine at Sol food - killed my taste buds the whole meal

              2. Dave MP Nov 1, 2007 01:45 PM

                My co-worker and I went today at lunch to try to get Cuban sandwiches, and we couldn't find the truck! We spent 20 minutes looking for it (biked all around Mission/Market/McCoppin/Otis/S. Van Ness/Valencia/Gough areas to no avail!)......we even asked a few people, and no one knew what I was talking about....

                So maybe we missed it, in which case, where exactly is it?

                Otherwise, maybe it wasn't around today.

                We went to La Boulange on Octavia/Hayes instead. I had one of the pre-made turkey/cranberry sandwiches, and it was pretty boring.

                Hopefully we can figure out this mysterious cuban sandwich truck though, since it's so close to my work!

                Dave MP

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                  rworange Nov 1, 2007 02:10 PM

                  Honestly, I'm glad I copied down the phone number or no one would believe me about the Brigadoon-like Cuban sandwich truck. The guy said they were there mon-fri and there's a little parking lot with some trees at the point where McCoppin/Otis//Gough meet. If I remember, I'll try to give them a call to see what goes. They do catering but I can't imagine them being on a catering gig all week.

                  1. re: rworange
                    Dave MP Nov 1, 2007 02:43 PM

                    Yep, we were there, and there was definitely no truck :(

                    Maybe they are catering? It would be great if you could give them a call (or if you think it's appropriate, post the phone number) so I can find out when they'll be there.

                    Thanks a lot!

                    1. re: Dave MP
                      Melanie Wong Nov 1, 2007 02:46 PM

                      The catering phone number is in the Places link for the truck.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        Dave MP Nov 1, 2007 03:05 PM

                        Yeah, I saw that too right after I posted, but when I called it, it said the line was disconnected. Hmmm

                        rworange, is that the right number?

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                      chocolatetartguy Nov 1, 2007 03:49 PM

                      Maybe it turned into the Korean BBQ truck. Has anyone ever seen them together?

                      1. re: rworange
                        Dave MP Nov 1, 2007 04:32 PM

                        Here is a map (and hopefully google street view) with the parking lot where I thought the truck was going to be (but wasn't). Is this right?

                        http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h...

                        1. re: Dave MP
                          rworange Nov 1, 2007 09:03 PM

                          Yeah, that would be exactly where it was. Threw away the number after I copied it to the Place record. Honestly ... I saw the truck ... this was NOT after going to Wunder breweryI was totally sober at the time ... I DID eat Cubano ... stupid truck. If the guy was going out of business or something ya think he wouldn't have bothered to give me his hours when I asked.

                          1. re: rworange
                            Dave MP Nov 1, 2007 10:35 PM

                            haha, it's okay. I work so close to there that I can easily swing by every day to see if he's there. I'll report back.

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                              Dave MP Nov 2, 2007 01:16 PM

                              I went by today at 12:20 and there was no truck to be seen.

                              Maybe I'll look on Monday, which will be exactly one week since your visit.

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                                JoyM Nov 2, 2007 09:30 PM

                                Me too...I went by on Wednesday and no truck! I wanna Cubano! Make them come back!

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                                  Dave MP Nov 6, 2007 11:12 AM

                                  I went by again today (Tuesday Nov 6) and they were no where to be seen. My dreams of cubanos are starting to shatter.....

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                                    rworange Nov 6, 2007 11:19 AM

                                    Well, dang. I was hoping this was a report. Now even I am susupecting I was halucinating Cubanos. I wonder if I caught them on the last day in business.

                      2. Zucumber84 Nov 6, 2007 11:30 AM

                        Have you been to Cafe Lo Cubano in Laurel Village? It has great pulled pork and platanos sandwiches.

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                          larochelle Nov 6, 2007 01:51 PM

                          I went to Cafe Lo Cubano for lunch one day after a doctor appointment (what takes me to that area) and I was very unimpressed. Staff was much more interested in chatting than serving customers. I thought the food was bland and uninspired. Maybe I was there on an off day, but I have no plans to give them another chance.

                        2. Xiao Yang Nov 6, 2007 02:32 PM

                          FWIW, I spotted the "Goza Goza" truck at 11th and Mission today about 2:30 PM. It was parked on 11th, north of Mission, pointed southbound. I was passing by on a bus, so I didn't get off to see if it was dealin' Cubanos.

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                          1. re: Xiao Yang
                            Dave MP Nov 6, 2007 03:23 PM

                            Thanks for the tip. As soon as I read that, I ran over there, but there was no more truck at 4:15....ah well. But I will check that corner tomorrow. I am determined to track down this truck!

                            Dave MP

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                              Dave MP Nov 7, 2007 11:44 AM

                              I checked Mission and 11th today, no truck.

                              Walked to Otis/Gough and no truck there either.

                              I can't find this truck. If anyone ever does see it, please find out what their schedule is!

                              1. re: Dave MP
                                Xiao Yang Nov 7, 2007 03:36 PM

                                I went there on foot myself today, and yeah, it was nowhere to be seen. It occurred to me that it's probably not a frequent location, because when I saw it it was parked parallel to the curb and would have to feed two diagonal parking space meters to keep from getting ticketed.

                                It's hard to believe it can make itself invisible so easily, because the lettering "Goza Goza" on the side is so large it should visible a block away.

                                I even asked a cop on a two-wheeler if he knew where it hung out and he was not aware of the truck.....

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