The number of food trucks in the Bay Area and particularly in the city of San Francisco has really grown. This may seem surprising for those LA and NYC residents who have been eating their way through a myriad of different food trucks for some time now, but SF has been kind of slow to pick up on the trend. I think it has to do with the permits and restrictions that the city has recently loosened up on which has been great, because in a city as compact as SF, it makes a lot of sense to allow the food truck industry to flourish. I’m starting to see more and more mobile eateries and not surprisingly, a fair number of these trucks are making lunchtime pit stops in the general vicinity which is in walking distance from our place. After our morning run, Pdho suggested picking up lunch at Le Truc which he’s been curious to check out since he has passed it a couple of times while running errands in the neighborhood. In contrast to most food trucks, Le Truc parks in the same location every day which is about 2 blocks from our place.
The whole set up on the bus was actually kind of neat making it more of a “bus-taurant” than a food truck. The inside of the bus was divided with one half making up the kitchen, and the other half serving as a waiting/eating area. This little area makes Le Truc stand out from its competitors, because it provides some seating for people to sit and enjoy their meal. Sometimes this can be a major annoyance especially when the food comes out hot, and by the time it gets eaten, it has cooled off and lost a bit of its freshness from the travel.
Unfortunately, the pictures from our meal, for whatever reason, did not turn out very well, so my review on the food will have to stand on words alone. We ordered a Grilled Shrimp Sandwich and a Fried Chicken Sandwich. Both sandwiches were good, but neither sandwich was all that great. The submarine bread loaf was nicely toasted, the shrimp was pretty well-seasoned, and the fried chicken was okay. Both sandwiches had a mix greens dressed in some pretty tasty sauce. I think my biggest critique was there wasn’t enough filling for the sandwiches. Considering how big the sandwich was, I would have preferred a better protein to bread ratio. There really wasn’t enough of the chicken or the shrimp.
All that aside, at $8, the prices for sandwiches were pretty typical for these food trucks, but I don’t think it is going to make me rush back anytime soon. I’m not ruling it out though, because the food really was pretty decent. Maybe next time, I’ll plan on ordering a sandwich that is a little heavier and richer in ingredients…. like the Chicken Meatball sandwich.
470 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107
PAFO Ratings for Le Truc:
Ambiance 2½ stars
Food 3 stars
Overall rating 3 stars