Haute Street Eats

 

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Clockwise: Lamb Pastis, Curry Frog Legs, Tomato Fig Salad, Far West Funghi

At precisely 11:11am each day, we hear the cheerful chirp of the taco truck bombing down Broadway, announcing its presence in the hood. Taco trucks are getting a makeover it seems. Roving street eats from creme brulee to cookies to cubanos are fighting for the foodservice dollar, bringing the tastiest to bites to you with little to no overhead. The Culinary Institute of America’s World’s of Flavors Conference this fall is entirely focused on Street Foods reminding us that this is not a passing fad.

I had the pleasure of patronizing one of San Francisco’s poshest rolling feasts, Spencer on the Go Laurent Kategly’s extension of his brick and mortar upscale French Eatery, Chez Spencer. Wednesday through Saturday it is parked on 7th and Folsom conveniently situated across the street from a new Frenchie wine bar, Terroir. What a genius way to build your wine bar traffic: Get the hottest french food truck to sit right aside your door, and allow guests to enjoy their eats inside along with one of your not-so-budget friendly wines.  Yes, I managed to slurp down a $23 glass of insane Pinot Noir, but hey, we were celebrating. The ambiance of the wine bar, along with the French eats was just as good as any great night out, and I did not miss the wait staff one bit. If this is a down economy’s answer to fine dining, I’m in!

 

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