Fun Friday: An Open Plea to Food Trucks To Try The Inner Sunset
This may not be the most important crusade in the world, what with global warming, the economy, and assorted crises to keep our attention, but someone's gotta say it so it might as well be me - we need a few more late night dining options out here in the Inner Sunset!
More and more often, as I travel and come home late, often to an empty fridge because I forget to go grocery shopping, I find my dining options are limited to whatever one of the cheap corner stores is selling at 10pm. And let's just say that while the novelty of Spam or overpriced frozen burritos sounds good, one's digestive system has a way of issuing payback fairly quickly.
There are a few pizza places open, like Milano's, which will serve up a decent slice, but most places shut down around 9pm. However, that said, I think there's a market for late night tacos, Korean tacos, or what have you served from one of the many wheel based culinary concerns out there, particularly on weekends. The Inner Sunset has quite a few bars out here and if someone were to pull up and offer hot, decent food, I can almost guarantee a legion of well-soaked patrons for said food trucks.
Now, none of this is meant to slight the many awesome locally owned restaurants in the area, but most close early anyway so I don't see this as harming their business. Alternately if just one place was open past 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and did a good job getting the word out, I see riches in their future.
Heck if no one else does it maybe I'll go rent a truck and do it myself. I can make some pretty awesome food when I bother to go shopping, and not all of it is crap. Anyone who's had my barbecue knows that!
So what do you think? Should we encourage one of our mobile kitchens to the neighborhood? Make your thoughts known in the comments section!
UPDATE: The Chronicle did a story on food carts just a few days later and big suprise, SF's myriad of regulations conflict with the state, and seem to exist primarily to extort money without much public good. They also had a list of food truck options, but most of these seem to exist in the Mission.