Places We Like: SoMa StrEat Food, San Francisco
By Matthew Rudy
San Francisco is known for the diversity of its food scene, and no place in town is a better microcosm of that diversity than SoMa StrEat Food Park
-- a collection of food truck vendors on square-block lot under the 101 Freeway in the South of Market neighborhood.
Different vendors rotate in and out every day, so you never know what you're going to get -- which is a wonderful thing. Luckily for us, our visit coincided with that of one of the most popular trucks -- the unrepentantly fat-saturated Bacon Bacon
Owner Jim Angelus deals both standard and eclectic pig-based selections from the side of his icon Black, white and pink step truck. The bacon double cheeseburger is delicious, but the bacon fried chicken sandwich is worth the cross-country flight all by itself. The chicken is coated in a combination of panko and chopped bacon and fried, then served topped with cole slaw on a fresh brioche roll.
Even with the competing smells coming from the burrito and pizza trucks nearby, the porky goodness wafting from the Bacon Bacon truck made it hard to understand why neighbors near the truck's home base cafe petitioned to get it closed down because of the food smell last year. Happily, they resolved their differences and the Haight-Asbury walk-up will reopen this weekend.