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May 13, 2009 01:22 PM


Chow HQ put together this list of "Food ventures operating out of trucks, carts, other people's restaurants, shops, etc. Nonstaurants include pop-up restaurants, nouveau street food, and takeout windows in places you wouldn't expect"

Some up and coming ones sound good. It is a nice list.

Most I know about. However, has anyone tried the Thursday night dinner at Brunos?

I thought there was a duplicate Place record under another name. However, it seems there are now two Korean options in the Financial District in addition to John's there is The Store On the Corner located in a tobacco shop serving Korean food. Anyone compared the Korean hot dog here with that of Happy Belly? Anyone tried anything here?

Anyone have any others not mentioned?

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  1. What about Da Beef on Folsom and 7th? Excellent Chicago Style Dogs, Italian Beef Sandwiches, and Chili Dogs, also Polish sausage with kraut. They have a $1 off special from 4 till 5 as well right before they close.

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    1. re: bouffe

      Here is the link to Da Beef:

      I'd add Yats Po Boys, just because it is inside of Jack's.

      Da Beef
      300 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA

      Yats New Orleans Original Po Boys
      1609 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    2. Hi there,
      I did try Brunos. Here's my post about it in the CHOW blog: There were a few kinks in service bc it was opening night, but the food was great. My mom got the steak and marrow bone. My bf and I had the filet for two. There was a simple chocolate ganache tart for dessert. When I talked to Chris they said they were going to offer a vegetarian entree and maybe do an iced coffee. Recommended!

      I added Yats and Da Beef. Thanks!

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      1. re: CHOW HQ

        Lessley, fyi, I removed the info about Melissa Perello (not Marissa Perillo) that you put into Sebo's place record, as the restaurant really doesn't want to be contacted about the occasional dinners. I created a new record in the database for her, since it is a separate enterprise. The meal price has increased. You may want to edit your list accordingly.

        1. re: CHOW HQ

          Lessley, in case it wasn't intentional, just wanted to point out that the list is grouped under the "California" region and not the "SF Bay Area region".

          1. re: CHOW HQ

            I've updated the address information for Happy Belly, as well as the details. It now maps correctly, in case you may want to update your list for the items they sell. Note: the previous Balboa street address was for a "Happy Belly Deli" that the owners planned to open but never succeeded (their website info is outdated).

            May I suggest adding the following vendors to the nonstaurant list:
            - Venga Empanadas - empanadas by the dozen, it operates from kitchen at Stable Cafe.
            - Peruanita Cart - yes, Peruvian food in a cart. She'll debut this weekend at the North Beach festival, selling ONLY alfajores. If that goes well, she'll later expand into empanadas, butifarras, tacutacu, combinado, etc.
            - SF Moo Moo Cakes - Homemade organic ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, ice cream.
            - Bike Basket Pies - $3 pies sold from a bike
            - Gobba Gobba Hey - $1 gobs, similar to moonpies
            Don't know why this one is not searchable yet:
            - Sexy Soup Cart - organic, healthy, vegan soup cart.

            The following mobile trucks are not open yet. Still in progress:
            - Sam's Chowder Van - lobster rolls and clam chowder sold from a red truck
            - Liba Falafel Truck - falafel truck in Emeryville

            Happy Belly
            John F Kennedy Dr and Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA

            Tru Gourmet
            San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA

            Creme Brulee Cart
            San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA

            Venga Empanadas
            2937 24th street, San Francisco, CA

            SF Moo Moo Cakes
            San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA

            Bike Basket Pies
            San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA

            Gobba Gobba Hey
            San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA

            Sam's ChowderMobile
            various locations, San Francisco, CA

          2. A few more off the top of my head -
            Humble Pie in the Black Cat Bar in Penngrove
            Little Skillet
            Open Restaurant
            Taco window at El Cachanilla
            Mateo Granados
            BBQ Smokehouse (soon to be selling at Patisserie Angelica's patio 5 days a week)
            Thai temple Sunday brunch in Berkeley, San Bruno, Fremont and San Francisco
            Relish traiteur by Lucy Gore in Napa
            BBQ oyster vendor at the Casino in Bodega
            Woodie Fire Pizza trailer
            Jon Jon's BBQ in the abandoned gas station
            New Sweet Home Church/Recovery Center in East Palo Alto (is this still smoking/bbqing in the trailer?)
            Taqueria Cazadores taco wagon with patio seating

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              The nonstaurant list strikes me as extremely City of San Francisco-centric, when there's so much more going on elsewhere. A few more, and I'm not necessarily recommending the food they serve, but these fit the venue description. I'm afraid that some tend to get caught up in the unusual locations and like to feel they're adventurous and daring even if the fare is not. Food on the street or purchased in an optometrist's shop isn't a guarantee of quality. Given that this is the chowhound community, please ignore the hype and give us the scoop on the deliciousness of the eats. Sort of ironic, isn't it, since these low overhead places have no ambience to offer and have only the quality of the cooking to make an impression. Maybe some chowhounds can provide a clue about whether any of the places serve up worthwhile food with some first mouth details on the spots not reported on to date.

              Antojitos San Miguel wagon
              Chatpatta Corner in Dana Bazar (sic) grocery store
              Korean roasted sweet potato cart outside Galleria in Santa Clara
              Joong (zong zi in Mandarin) ladies on Stockton St during Dragon Boat season
              Sunday tamale ladies outside Contreras Carniceria
              Gerard’s Paella
              Roli Roti
              Waffle Mania
              Little King Diner wagon
              Chicken Hooray
              Dona Tere taco cart
              Taco Shop in Underdog’s Sports Bar
              City Dog in the Bagelry
              La Cocina
              Chile Lindo
              Virginia Ramos tamale lady at Zeitgeist etc
              Clear Optometry frozen yogurt
              Sabores del Sur
              Dia de Pesca
              Mandy’s Korner
              Wally’s Café in the Bank Club
              Tamale lady in front of Berkeley Bowl
              Best-O-Burger take out window
              Thai Garden and Palo Alto Bowl
              Albany Bowl Thai Café
              Frozen yogurt/gelato stand in Michaelis Wine & Spirits

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Can't recall the name of the place, but there is a Persian food/halal meat shop on Castro Street in Mt View (or whatever the street is called if you turn right off of El Camino (southbound); diag.across street from the WAMU (now Chase?) bank....

                Anyhow, they prepare and sell yummy kubadeh wrapped up in tremendous amounts (too much for my taste) amounts of flat bread - no sauces, but plenty of onions, mint, and basil, unless you ask to not have them. Also sell a selection of other Persian/Near Eastern dishes from their hot trays.

                1. re: chowwow

                  Yes, that would be the kabob window at Rose's Market, love 'em! The amount of smoke from the mesquite grill that pours out of that place is equally amazing. Then inside various Persian ready to eat foods from the hot counter . . . I've not tried any of those, what do you recommend?

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Haven't been there in a little while and don't remember what friends have gotten (I pretty much stick with the kubadeh and other items in the store - not the hot trays). Will try to get there with one of my buddies who's a regular and report back on his suggestions. I can say that the French feta they sell is very good, as with the Armenian string cheese (tho that's pretty standard). And a decent selection of labne. I also have found the service there very good. Oh, and you are so right about the delicious wafting, tempting smoke... wish I were there now....

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                >BBQ Smokehouse (soon to be selling at Patisserie Angelica's patio 5 days a week)<

                Any word on when that will be? Their website ( indicates that they will have a cafe/restaurant opening soon, but no specifics re when or where.

                Is their bbq as good as their website reads?

                1. re: Mick Ruthven

                  Mick, here's my post on Larry Vito's competition BBQ.

                  I liked it very much. From Fournou's Oven to Smokehouse, this man understands fire and smoke. It remains to be seen whether his retail product will be the same as he prepares for competition. The restaurant is on hold, and he's starting off with the patio sales for now.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    >he's starting off with the patio sales for now.<

                    Is that up and running?

                    1. re: Mick Ruthven

                      I have no idea. If you call and find out, pls let us know.

              3. The emailed menu for Relish in Napa (a caterer that hosts tastings/sells wine and take-away meals two days a week from her commercial kitchen) this week:

                ---Original Message----
                Sent: Tue, May 19, 2009 11:12 AM
                Subject: Relish Foods for Thursday & Friday May 21-May 22 -- Week 20

                Relish Good Food Napa

                1755 Industrial Way, #28, Napa 94558 ~ 707.257.7219 ~ Pick-up hours Thursday & Friday 5:00-7:00

                It feels good to be back in the kitchen after two very busy weeks. Our visiting nephew & girlfriend from MN are now engaged (romantic California Bodega coast picnic with ring), our kitchen has seen a spring cleaning like none-other & we are in the process of creating a web site finally, thanks to the talented help of Barbara at Zoom ( Name change is to help simplify who we are in text. We will have Bayard Fox of Renard Wines pouring some of his unique, beautiful varietals on Friday. It is truly an honor to have him in. (Speaking of which, for the record, we DO have a beer/wine license, folks!). Summer seems officially here with the Farmer’s Markets opening and veggie gardens being planted. Wedding season is also here and this year we are catering two, one right around the corner June 6 th which will effect our take-out hours but we’ll give plenty of heads up. This week’s menu is many old time favorites, tried & true. Thanks for your patience this past two weeks & hope to see you in! L&B

                Wine tasting & for sale this week: (prices between $13. - $20.


                ~ 2008 Reuilly Pinot Gris, Domaine de Ruilly, Quincy/Loire Valley Rose’, crisp, clean, refreshing

                ~ 2008 Beaujolais, Domaine Dupeuble, balanced in concentration & texture, delicious summer red

                FRIDAY: Come taste & purchase Renard Wines with Bayard Fox. Check out

                Take-out Starters for Thurs., May 21 & Friday, May 22, 2009

                ~ Manhattan Clam Chowder with Herb Bread Crumbs 5.

                ~ Baby Greens with Baked Goat Cheese & Olive Tapenade 7.

                ~ Smoked Trout Brandade with Roast Pepper Relish & Crostini 8.

                ~ Provencal Caramelized Onion Tart w/ Baby Greens 10.

                ~ B.L.T Pizzetta with Basil Pesto, Smoked Niman Ranch Bacon, Sun dried Tomato 8.

                Entrée’s for Thursday, May 21 . . .

                ~ Shrimp & Clam Linguini with Spicy Roast Tomato-Sage Sauce 13.

                ~ Roast Pork Loin with Prosciutto-Dijon-Herb-Garlic Crust, Potato Salad 15.

                Entrée’s for Friday, May 22 . . .

                ~ Wild Halibut Brochettes with Quinoa & Roast Vegetable Salad, Herb Aioli 15.

                ~ Marinated Tri-tip “Composed Salad” over Arugula with Succotash 15.

                Desserts and Such . . .

                ~ Strawberry Shortcake with Berries & Crème 5.

                ~ Double Chocolate Brownies 2.

                ~ Meyer Lemon Tart with Cranberry Sauce & Crème 5.

                ~ Fresh Blueberry Scone 2.

                ~ Panforte’ by Marge (Napa Cakes) 3.

                ~ Loaf of Bread 3.

                Take Away at the Relish Kitchen 1755 Industrial Way, Suite #28 from 5:00-7:00 (just off California in the industrial park area) Cash & Checks only Pre-ORDERING Advised: Email and Fax 866.361.9853 until 9pm the day before. Note: Email orders are always confirmed. Always please leave a way to confirm your phone or Fax order. (Running out is possible so please order early to reserve favorites). Mail: 1370 Trancas St., #159 Napa 94558 *707.257.7219 Fax: 866.361.9853

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                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Whoops, forgot to link.

                  And, by the by, any reports on Little Skillet?

                  Relish Good Food Napa
                  1755 Industrial Way Suite #28, Napa, CA

                  Farmerbrown's Little Skillet
                  330 Ritch Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Is Little Skillet open on weekends and do we know what time they start serviing? I wonder if they are open on Memorial Day, sort of want to check it out.

                2. Don't forget all the local Farmer's Market Vendors. I had these incredible flaxseed stuffed cones at the Famer's Market in Campbell last week, by this company called RawDaddy's. They were so delicious, so different. so cutting edge. One of those concepts that catch you off guard. So tasty, yet so good for you. It just seemed like a nice change from the falafel guy, the Indian wrap stuff, and not to forget the oh so usual crepe guy.

                  Has anyone else tried out these guys?

                  Link below: