Introducing a new ‘Street Food’ series

Posted by Ted on Apr 26, 2011 in Street Food

It was on the corner of 2nd and Howard when it happened.

Today was like any workday in SoMa, and truly beautiful weather inspired a long lunchtime walk. On my way back to the lab, hungry, I happened to see a white trailer selling crepes.

My resolve buckled at the thought of a Cheese, Smoked Turkey, and Egg crepe. While I waited, I mused about how much I love street food. Whether a beach hut in Costa Rica, a streetside noodle cart in Penang, a blended fruit smoothie corner in Chiang Mai, one of dozens of taco trucks near home, or a stall in the middle of the Djemaa el Fna, it really doesn’t matter.

As I stood on that curb listening to the sounds of downtown San Francisco, underneath a lightly cloudy blue sky and a warm sun, it struck me that I have a mission.

In the interest of public service,
I will explore the world of street food,
and share it with you
(The experience that is, not the food. Sample distribution would be a nightmare.)

To sample every street food vendor in the Bay Area is a lofty goal to be sure, and I hear Portland has street carts. I want to see if this proliferance of American street food exists beyond the Pacific West. I hope it does.

I walked down the street, holding a folded cone of crispy deliciousness in hand, with a bright future of crepes, tacos, tamales, soups, noodles, and fruit shakes ahead of me.

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An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


Apr 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I love this new series and I have been to the Creperie and it is delicious! Off the Grid and the annual Street Food Festival are some of my favorites in SF and I can’t wait to see what else you come across. Good luck Ted!

Apr 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for the enthusiasm Joya! I’ve heard about Off the Grid and want to see what it’s all about! I had a particularly awesome experience a couple months ago – we came across a guy in the Mission setting up a table for the first time.

You can bet that his story will be told in the weeks ahead!

May 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

Now this sounds really interesting. I had some great street food in Indonesia. Looking forward to the series!

May 7, 2011 at 9:47 am

Thanks, Matt! We didn’t have quite as much in Indonesia, but omg the street food in Thailand, Laos, and Penang — yum!