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Mar 3, 2010 11:32 PM

Spencer on the Go - some of the best French food around

Needing a quick bite tonight in the Civic Center area, I decided to try out Chez Spencer's new mobile food truck.

I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the food coming out of a food truck.

I started off the with the "escargot lollipops", which were puffy, light, yet also delicious and filling. pretty good portion, with two of them for $2.

However, the real highlight of the meal was the braised lamb cheek sandwich. By far the best sandwich I've ever had, and one of the best pieces of lamb. It had been braised in a port reduction for quite a while, and it was just absolutely bursting with flavor. At $10, it was an absolute steal, and I've had worse lamb for twice as much at other restaurants.

The dessert was the only disappointment, as I was charged $5 for a "warm pudding" that turned out to be more of a dense souffle.

Nonetheless, I still had an incredible 3-course French meal for $17 with eveyrthing included. Would highly recommend. Can't wait to try the actual restaurant.

300 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Does it have a new location in Civic Center? Previously the truck was parked at 7th and Folsom in SOMA.

    300 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      vulber probably caught them at the Civic Centre Farmers market.

    2. i was a bit unclear. as 7th and folsom is only 3 blocks from the civic center BART, i consider that to be in the area

      1. The lamb sandwich sounds great. It and the escargot lollipops seems to be addressing the primary issue of mobile French food...except for crepes and a baguette sandwich, it's not a hand friendly cuisine. When Spencer first came out with their truck, one critique was frog legs on a paper plate, standing in a parking lot, is a difficult proposition.

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        1. re: ML8000

          they also had foie gras torchon with toast, as well as sweet constructions cupcakes, also hand friendly

          1. re: vulber

            This is the first glowing review I've read about that truck. Good to hear.

        2. as this is a fairly novel concept, it's not surprising that it might have taken them a while to finally get all the kinks worked out and figure out how to translate the amazing flavor of french food cooked in a top-notch restaurant kitchen, to a small little truck

          1. The other evening, returning from a wonderful Thai dinner at Basil on Folsom, I noticed the Spencer truck across the street from the wine bar Terroir, also on Folsom. I believe you can bring food from the truck into Terroir. This is something I've wanted to do for some time but haven't gone around to. Has anyone tried this?


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            1. re: DandySF

              Yes, this is a very popular activity @ Terroir, and is exactly why the truck is parked across the street!!!

              1. re: DandySF

                Yeah, we just did that last night:


                They get traffic from Bloodhound too.