Our 5 Favorite San Francisco Food Trucks

With the longer days and unusually glorious weather, this summer has really been the perfect time of year to head outdoors to taste some of San Francisco’s most adventurous and genuine street food. But with what seems like hundreds of food trucks dominating the streets of San Francisco these days, it can be a laborious, stomach-filling attempt to discover the best of the best. So today, we’re sharing 5 of our current favorite food trucks – we’re talking authentic Mexican street tacos and crazy delicious fried kimchi rice balls, friends. So get outdoors, grab a bite and a beer and enjoy the summer!

El Gallo Giro

It wouldn’t be a proper food truck roundup without including a taco truck. And you can’t discuss SF taco trucks without mentioning El Gallo Giro. Best tacos in the city. Not much else to say . . .

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Doc’s Classic

Sometimes you need a classic burger and french fries. Doc’s Classic certainly fits the bill. The menu isn’t overcomplicated, which is refreshing to see from the food truck circuit – just simple food, made with quality ingredients, executed to perfection, and served with a smile. I’m a fan of the classic burger, but people rave about the black bean burger as well. Top it all off with some tasty fries and their famous red bell pepper ketchup. Bud and burger and you’re sure to be one happy camper.


Kokio Republic

Come for the chicken, stay for the kimchi balls – fried rice balls with kimchi, bacon, onions, parmesan and sriracha. Finger-licking food at its finest.

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Vegan Coffee Smoothies

I’m a coffee addict. I start every day with a good strong cup of black coffee. No cream, no sugar. But every now and then I crave a sweet, creamy coffee drink and this vegan coffee smoothie totally hits the spot. It is ultra creamy and SO delicious. It’s naturally sweetened with dates and thickened with almond milk and almond butter. This recipe makes one cup, but simply multiply the ingredients by the amount of cups you want to make. But guaranteed, you won’t be able to have just one!

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Banana Daiquiri

Oh, San Francisco . . . we’ve had some interesting nights: walking 2 miles barefoot after losing a shoe in the ocean; long-boarding down Vermont street; poker at 4am in a restaurant basement in Chinatown (still not sure how I got myself into that one). And of course all of those conversations with Gregory Pike, aka the dog-cat-rat guy. Not surprisingly, many of these times can be traced back to Martin Cate’s beloved tribute to rum, the holy grail of tiki bars, Smuggler’s Cove. During one of our first visits to Smuggler’s, Audrey ordered a banana daiquiri. No, not one those cheesy, cloying, blended banana daiquiris. Rather, this daiquiri was simple, silky, sexy, and served up with an orchid blossom garnish. She loooved it! Seriously, it feels like not a month goes by that she doesn’t mention that cocktail. I finally had to give it a shot, using a DIY banana rum. I think it’s a winner. Hopefully you (and Audrey) do too!!

For this photo shoot I was lucky enough to be joined by Leslie Santarina of Spotted SF. I am honored to be featured in her “20 Questions” series. So hop on over to her site to see a little behind the scenes, plus hear me chat a bit about my love of the Bay!

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Gin and Tonic with Homemade Quinine Syrup

I have never craved sleep more in my entire life than these last few months with an almost-one-year-old. To say she’s an active baby would be an understatement. As soon as her legs touch the ground each morning, she’s off like the Tasmanian Devil. Come to think of it, she kinda sounds like him too. Or perhaps one of those robot vacuums would be a better analogy: slow, steady, and a whole lot of bumping into furniture. At the end of the day a good stiff cocktail is long overdue. Although, the last thing I can imagine is heading out to the bar. Sadly, I’m well on my way to having my “regular” certification at the Hotsy Totsy revoked!! Instead, I’ve been doing my best to stay creative with the cocktails at home. This week I mixed up some homemade tonic water. If you’re a gin and tonic lover, this is a MUST! Don’t get me wrong, there are a ton of quality tonic waters on the market. But if you’d like a little, scratch that, a lot more bang for your buck, then homemade is the way to go. I found all my supplies at the local herbal remedy shop. It was fun learning about all the more unusual ingredients that go into making this historical (and medicinal) beverage.

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Zucchini and Corn Ricotta Gnudi

If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience gnudi, aka velvety pillows of cheese heaven, then you should try making some for yourself. These light and fluffy ricotta dumplings take a little planning but require few ingredients that you probably already have at home. Think of gnudi as essentially ravioli filling without the pasta that is held together with just enough flour to bind it. You could make a simple tomato sauce to serve these with or make this incredible sweet corn and zucchini sauce. It’s light but thickened with the starchy corn milk and– with some fresh basil, the whole dish tastes like the essence of summer!

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Hangar 1 Vodka DIY Cocktail Bar

I’ve probably mentioned that prior to launching HonestlyYUM, I ran a beverage catering business. Creating custom signature cocktails and cocktail mixers for events was an important part of the job. Sure enough, I’ve been blending, juicing, muddling, and mixing together fresh, seasonal ingredients for nearly ten years. No matter what, I’ll forever have a fondness for a messy mountain of freshly squeezed citrus, or the sweet aroma of a berry syrup bubbling away on the stove. As you might expect, I was thrilled by the opportunity to partner with Hangar 1 Vodka to create a backyard DIY Cocktail Bar. It’s what I’ve been doing for years. It’s what I love!

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As always with my recipes, I tried to highlight what is in season. I made two blends. The first, a combination of honeydew melon, mint syrup, sparkling water, and lime. The result is a light, refreshing cocktail, bursting with bright fruit. The second blend is a mix of a luscious blackberry syrup, lemon, and black tea. This cocktail starts with a mature sweetness, but is quickly balanced by the dry tannins in the tea. Hangar 1 Straight Vodka is perfect for both of these blends, as it allows the delicate ingredients to shine, but without disappearing in the process.

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Having a self-serve bar for guests should be functional, first and foremost, but it’s also a good chance for you to bring some style to the party. For the bar itself we used a rustic potting bench, repurposed from an old sewing table. Reclaimed wood and glass is pretty much my all-time favorite combination, as you can tell from several of my other recipe posts on the blog. As for the serving containers, rather than using run-of-the-mill beverage dispensers, we used a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired spirit decanters. A few small details rounded out the bar, like an assortment of cocktail spoons/stirrers, a simple flower arrangement, some cocktail pins, garnishes, and of course Hangar 1 Vodka.

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