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Monday, August 9, 2010

Crispy Tacos Truck Has New Chef

Posted By on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 1:39 PM

click to enlarge A sign still says the truck still serves "crazy crispy tacos." - JOHN BIRDSALL
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  • A sign still says the truck still serves "crazy crispy tacos."
Noticing that the lines had disappeared from the Crispy Tacos truck, which parks at Townsend at Fourth every weekday, SFoodie wandered over to take a look. Chef Matthew Griffin ― whose spiked blond hair is unmistakable ― was no longer inside, and the women we spoke to said he was "taking a break." The truck still advertises "crazy crispy tacos," including bacon al pastor, but the. (A tip here: Don't get the Korean crispy tacos. Just don't.)

When we called Griffin, he confirmed that he had left the truck world behind; the truck's owner, Jose Anyarin, is now running it with Anyarin's girlfriend. What did Griffin's plan in? The costs: Rent for the commissary (commercial kitchen) for prep, the lease for the truck, the gas guzzled driving the truck over from Oakland every day. "[Street food] is a tough business," Griffin said, "but if people put money out to buy a truck outright, instead of some crazy lease like I was paying, it can be a viable thing."

Now the former Hotel Nikko sous chef is souping up a pushcart so he can sell Malaysian satays. No more lunches for Griffin ― he's talking to bar owners about making regular nighttime appearances.

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