Chicken Apple Bourbon Sausage (Mr. Nice SF)
Mr. Nice SF's organic sausages are tasty as is, but are served on fresh, toasty Acme rolls and topped with grilled onions and kraut. His nice selection of mustards is a win, too (we went for the Sierra Nevada Stout spicy brown).
Chicken Apple Bourbon Sausage
The sausage ($7.50) had a sweet, almost porky flavor to it, with a not-too-fine grind.
Chicken Schnitzel-wich (Old World Food Truck)
The Old World Food Truck specializes in a brand of Eastern European Jewish soul food and includes offerings like pierogies, borscht, and brisket. This Chicken Schnitzel-wich ($8) features crisp, impeccably juicy breaded chicken breast, caraway honey, a spicy apple cabbage slaw and horseradish mayo on an Acme torpedo roll. An added swath of chicken liver 'schmear' (+$2) pushes the sandwich into pseudo-banh mi territory... one your bubbe would get down with.
Homemade Potato Chips (Old World Food Truck)
Homemade potato chips ($2) from Old World are topped with vinegar, salt, and smoked paprika. I'm a firm believer that smoked paprika is great added to just about anything; these chips were incredibly flavorful, and a delicious accompaniment to the sandwich.
Barbecue Platter with Sides (Southern Sandwich Co.)
The Southern Sandwich Co. repped the barbecue contingent at Streat Food when we visited. A platter ($13) includes two meats, two sides. The Carolina-style pulled pork was braised in Carolina vinegar sauce; tender, flavorful, and laced with a tangy sauce that had a great, slow-building heat. The rest of the platter didn't quite live up; the mesquite-smoked brisket was a bit dry, as were the crisp-fried hush puppies (though, they were delicious when doused in that vinegar sauce). Pepper Jack Mac was creamy and satisfying, but definitely needed a sharper cheese and a touch more salt.
Pulled Pork Sandwich (The Southern Sandwich Co.)
To really focus on that pork, get the sandwich ($8). There was too much bun (we'd prefer some sliced white bread), but no shame in picking out the sandwich's innards with a fork, or your fingers.
Jalapeno-Cheddar Elk Sausage (The Missing Link)
The Missing Link serves 'gourmet game sausages,' with offerings such as ostrich, elk, and wild boar. This japapeno-cheddar stuffed elk sausage ($8) had a wonderful, smokey flavor. The meat had a gamey, rich depth with a nice fattiness from the melted cheese and some good heat from the jalapeno. Not needed? The nondescript white bread bun, the flavorless cabbage slaw, and the squeeze of mayo across the top.
Arroz a la Cubana (Naked Chorizo)
Naked Chorizo serves primarily Filipino fare, featuring lumpia and adobo, but showcasing chorizo and nods to Spanish influences. Arroz a la Cubana ($11) includes a blend of ground beef, golden raisins,fried banana, a runny egg and rice. This certainly has rib-sticking, hangover curing potential, but was a little too sweet. A pour of hot sauce was definitely needed.
Chorizo Taco (Naked Chorizo)
A chorizo taco ($3 each) is a better option. Served on excellent corn tortillas with salsa, queso fresco, and cilantro dressing, this was flavorful and fresh, but the chorizo was somewhat lacking in flavor and spice.
Ziggy's Wrap (EireTrea)
Probably winning for the most surprising fusion award, the EireTrea Truck specializes in both Irish and Eritrean cuisine. Born of two friends' love of their home cuisine, we loved the Ziggy Wrap ($8), a to-go version of an East African meat-vegetable platter, and even easier to eat with your hands. Free-range chicken is slow-cooked in a tomato and onion base with garlic, ginger, lemon and berbere spice. I would have liked a little more chicken and fewer potatoes and yams, but loved the rich, spice-laden flavor, and the spongy, sour injera lining the wrap's whole wheat tortilla.
Curry Chips (EireTrea)
Weighing in on the Irish side of the equation, these curry chips ($5) should be served at every pub in town. Steaming hot, fresh-fried chips are doused in a sweet, rich curry sauce.
Bourbon Vanilla Bread Pudding and a Snickerdoodle (Cookie Time)
It doesn't matter how full you are—or how many food truck meals you've already had—you make room for treats from Cookie Time. A bourbon vanilla bread pudding ($8) was studded with caramelized walnuts, and rich with a warm, mapley flavor. Even better was the snickerdoodle cookie ($3), fall-apart fresh and crisp-topped thanks to a well-balanced sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.