The tamale lady may need to up her game; she’s got some competition.
San Francisco’s first tamale cart launches today with an opening reception in Justin Herman Plaza (One Market St) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas joins the food truck scene serving up organic maize dough tamales and other traditional dishes inspired by the Sinaloa region of Mexico (think Mazatlan area, across the Gulf of California from Cabo).
When someone offers to drive their truck up to your front door, and make you a burger, it's a hard thing to refuse. Which is why I found myself running from my office in Union Square out into the rain yesterday to have lunch in the back of a truck. Fivetenburger—remarkably, the first burger truck to land in SF—parked in front of Hermès and let a few lucky editors climb on board to get burgers with the works.
The street food scene has exploded in the last two years, with a new food truck being born every day. But just how far this trend can go? Is it sustainable? Are we witnessing gridlock? If there's one person who would have some thoughts on the matter, it's Matt Cohen, the 31-year old founder of the SF Cart Project and Off the Grid, the mobile street food market. We caught up with Cohen after listening to him speak on the future of food trucks at last week's Commonwealth Club event "SF Street Food Update."