FOOD TRUCK Hunting in SanFo: @SenorSisig, @ChairmanTruck & @HapaSF!

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I love my first food-truck experience in San Francisco. I love hunting down these yummy street treats, and was fascinated with the whole outdoor gourmet experience.

Here’s a photo essay of our food-truck hunting experience and my favorite food trucks in SanFo:

Food Truck Hunting Series:

    OFF THE GRID – St. Mary’s Square

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    My first food-truck experience was in OFF THE GRID – St. Mary’s Square near the Old St. Mary’s Church along California Street.  

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    OFF THE GRID is your roaming mobile food extravaganza — bringing you delicious food, with free sides of music, craft and soul. Check out all your favorite gourmet food vendors in one place – creating markets like you’ve never seen before. For more info, visit

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    During lunch time, there are usually 3 food trucks located in an outdoor park.



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    Señor Sisig is one of the most popular food trucks in SanFo serving Filipino food in Mexican form. It usually has a long queue and well known for the Sisig Burrito.

    Señor Sisig
    Filipino Tacos, Burritos & Rice Plates

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    The food truck is usually powered with their own generator.

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    Señor Sisig was established in 2010 by Evan Kidera and Gil Payumo. They sell Sisig in Burrito, Taco, Fries and Nacho versions. Check out the Senor Sisig Menu.

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    I was pleasantly surprised to see Filipino soda favorites being sold in a Food Truck in SanFo.

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    There are two windows — the “Order Here” and the “Pick Up Here” windows. The order takes a long time to be served because they cook and assemble your food upon order.

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    The “SENOR” Sisig Burrito ($8). Choice of Pork, Chicken or Tofu with Adobo garlic rice, pinto beans, lettuce, pico de gallo & our cilantro cream sauce. 
    SILOG IT! Add an egg to any menu item for an extra – $1 (Cooked to order – Please be patient)

    It was a big burrito and I can hardly finish it. I love the fusion of Filipino and Mexican flavors. 



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    Sometimes, the food trucks also park during the Sunday farmer’s market in downtown San Francisco. But usually the organic food at the stalls are patronized more than those sold at food trucks. 


    OFF THE GRID @ Fort Mason

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    On a Friday night, most of the food trucks in SanFo would go the OFF THE GRID – Fort Mason.

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    The food trucks and food stalls would surround the market. There are limited chairs so most people would stand just like in cocktails. 

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    There’s an indie acoustic live entertainment throughout the night.



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    Another Filipino taco truck we like is Hapa SF by Chef William Pilz serving modern organic casual Filipino cuisine.

    Hapa SF
    Modern Organic Filipino Cuisine
    Twitter: @HapaSF
    FacebookHapa SF

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    They serve Filipino favorites like pancit, adobo and sisig. Check out Hapa SF Menu

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    Chicken Adobo Banh Mi ($8). Adobo brined chicken/ pickled carrot/ jicama/ salsa verde/ acme torpedo roll.

    If you are tired of burritos, the Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwich version with Filipino flavors is a good alternative.

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    The food trucks serve different drinks and not just your usual sodas.



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    The Chairman Truck by Mobi Munch is my favorite –  serving baked cua pao!

    The Chairman
    Food inpired by the original street food of Asia – it’s bold, spicy, unique, fast and delicious
    Twitter: @ChairmanTruck
    Facebook: The Chairman 

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    You have a choice between steamed or baked buns with Tender Pork Belly, Braised Pork or Red Sesame Chicken. Check out Chairman’s Buns Menu.

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    Chairman’s Buns (Baked $6.75)  Tender Pork Belly with Pickled Daikon and 
    Red Sesame Chicken Bun (Baked $6.00) with Pickled Paperthin Cucumber & Carrot  

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    We love the baked bun with the good flavor combination of sweet tender pork belly and pickled daikon.

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    My brother Lorenz (or Enzo to friends) loved Chaiman’s Bao.


    Here are other interesting Food Truck/Cart Concepts in Off The Grid:

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    The Creme Brulee Cart

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    The Creme Brulee Cart specializes in creme brulees and they caramelized the top on the spot.

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    They promise Zero-Calorie Creme Brulee ($4) with the following Flavors: Honey Vanilla Bean, Si Por Favor Nutella/Strawberries, Toasted Coconut, Cafe Mocha.


    Mobile Cupcakery

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    I was amazed at the cupcake truck with cupcakes baked in the truck itself and served freshly baked.

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    One of my favorite desserts in the food-truck market.

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    I’m a fan of OFF THE GRID market and they do a great job of organizing a yummy street food experience for the foodies. I was inspired to bring the same food truck experience here in Manila.

    Don’t miss to visit one their markets when you are in downtown San Francisco.

    Making Street Food Happen… All the time.
    Twitter: @SFCarts
    Facebook:  Off the Grid

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      Full Disclosure: I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don’t accept advertising from food and travel places we feature in the blog. We paid for our meals.

      P.S. I must admit Off the Grid in SanFo was one of our inspirations for launching Cucina Andare, the first Food Truck Market in Manila.  For the first time, get to see the first 10 pioneering food trucks/vans in Manila all in one location this weekend!


      4 thoughts on “FOOD TRUCK Hunting in SanFo: @SenorSisig, @ChairmanTruck & @HapaSF!

      1. Here’s one new food culture that takes the States by storm. I wish that’ll also reach the Philippines. Are these trucks mobile? Can they move from one place to another? How about the business permits, since they are not permanently located? I’ve read about this in one of the Entrepreneur Start Up series books.

      2. The interesting thing about food trucks is that they have a more intimate and personal connection with its customers. I think this is because most of them are family run that wish to share their recipes as if like inviting their customers to be extended members of their clan 🙂

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