5 Bay Area Food Trucks to Follow

I've always been a huge proponent of quick and (somewhat) reasonably priced meals, so I naturally gravitate towards food trucks, and here are a few of my absolute favorites. For each one, I'll recommend a dish or two, but I encourage you to go with your gut (literally). The best part? You can learn how to make all of these dishes with a Verlocal class!

1. The Chairman

This truck has become an Outside Lands staple of mine in recent years. They specialize in bao buns, the fluffy, white Chinese buns filled with pork belly, with a modern twist. My personal favorite is the Coca-Cola braised pork with a savory cabbage slaw, but it's impossible to go wrong here.

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 Image via @ curryupnow

Image via @curryupnow

2. Curry Up Now

This truck approaches Indian food like no other, and it's no surprise that they've recently opened up a number of permanent locations around the Bay in addition to their truck. They serve up a killer chickpea garam masala (which can be ordered in burrito form), and their sweet potato "Sexy Fries" are to die for. 

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3. Kara's Cupcakes

Kara's has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a kid and made my parents stop at their truck. You can find their "KaraVan" (as their truck is so fondly called) at Outside Lands, BottleRock, and around the Bay. I recommend their chocolate cake; my younger self loved it with their peanut butter ganache, and I currently love the pinot noir frosting they offered at BottleRock!

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 Image via @ karascupcakes  - let's go dubs!

Image via @karascupcakes - let's go dubs!

4. Twirl & Dip

I typically prefer regular ice cream to soft serve, but Twirl & Dip made me seriously rethink my opinion (Their Tcho chocolate dip with flaky sea salt is what really tipped the scales for me). For my vegans, don't fret -- they also offer seasonal fruit popsicles that I sometimes buy in lieu of ice cream, flavors including Meyer lemon and cucumber mint. The truck is often located outside the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park, so discuss the art over ice cream on a sunny San Francisco day!

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5. Roli Roti

Rolo Roti is stationed at the Oakland Grand Lake Farmer's Market every weekend, where I first discovered it. Their rotisserie meats are, to say the least, mouthwatering, offered with a side of potatoes or Brussels sprouts. They have since expanded; they have a spot at the Ferry Building market, and their addition of a porchetta sandwich to the menu is a godsend. If this truck is nearby, you'll know -- just follow the heavenly smell!

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 Image via @ roliroti

Image via @roliroti