Greetings from a cold and rainy Scotland. Am coming across to a hopefully much warmer and sunnier San Francisco in April with the specific intention of researching (and eating!) the best street food which for these purposes I am defining as all the usual carts, wagons or holes in wall. Anything which is purchased and consumed from the side walk.
Now I know that this has been a topic before but am unsure how many of these develop into fixtures or come and go over time.
Ladies. Gentlemen. What are your thoughts, recommendations, must visits?
Appreciate any help that can be given. Must go now an put some more peat on my fire......
Here's some threads to spark your research fire.
and check out the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
One Ferry Building, 200 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Will 2nd Off the Grid. It's a weekly gathering of food trucks. Their biggest one with the most vendors present is the one at Fort Mason on Friday's. They took a winter hiatus and will be back next Fri so you're in luck! The main theme is Asian and Latin street eats with Asian tacos, Indian burritos, Chinese-style buns, creme brulee, Adobo, Empanadas and they're introducing some local breweries to serve booooze!
For the real street food, explore the Mission at night and sniff your way to find the Bacon Hot Dog carts that is operated out of vans (pop up around 10pm or so). Generally pretty disgusting and full of grease, but actually great if you've just come out of the bars in a drunken stupor. I've heard that there is a churro guy roaming that neighborhood and his stuff is real authentic. Have yet to try it though.
There are also organized food cart gatherings... generally operated semi-illegally. Think lumpia, thai curry, grilled cheese, pie, dessert, etc all in cute little homemade carts. Your best bet to hear about them is through twitter. Follow this list - http://twitter.com/#!/sfcarts/san-fra...
Off the Grid
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123
No quite purchased from the sidewalk (but very close) would be the fare from many walk-away hole-in-the-wall Cantonese dim sum shops in Chinatown (and along a stretch of Clement St. in "New Chinatown"). You'll see the goods in the window, walk a few steps into the shop, order over a counter, walk out and consume your bounty on the sidewalk. These are found mainly along Stockton St. (Sacramento St. to Broadway, and along Washington St., Jackson St. and Broadway between Stockton St. and Grant Ave.
You do realize -- I hope -- that April in San Francisco is traditionally cold and rainy as well?
If you are considering a trip to Napa, the first Friday of every month is our Food Truck Night at Oxbow with fabulous Dim Sum Charlie's, Flying Pig BBQ, Chicago Hot Dogs (always a long line!), Phat Salad and more.
Oh yeah - it is traditionally always warmer in Napa!
Dim Sum Charlie's
Napa, Napa, CA
I'd recommend Little Skillet for some chicken and waffles. Food is very american (though you sound american, so you probably know that already), literally a hole in a wall next to (or in) a night club. I just find the concept of "american" street food fun (although I do enjoy a good chicken tikka wrap as well).