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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Our Street Food Scene Might Be Too Twee For Its Own Good

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Korean tacos may be part of the problem. - ANNA ROTH
  • Anna Roth
  • Korean tacos may be part of the problem.

In an interview with Food Republic, Petey Dammit, the bassist for San Francisco garage rockers Thee Oh Sees hits the nail on the head when it comes to the downside of having such an ethnically diverse and inventive street food scene here in town: It can leave the plain old meat and potatoes eaters without any sustenance. Imagination is great, but not when a man starves as a result.

See Also:

- The Best Things We're Eating and Drinking at Outside Lands

- The Best Things We're Eating and Drinking at Outside Lands: Day 2

- Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and Other S.F. Bands Plan Tribute to The Velvet Underground and Nico

Petey Dammit, a self-proclaimed "working-class" eater, was trying to use up some of the tickets for free food that the band had been given for playing at Outside Lands over the summer, but got frustrated when he realized that the tacos were strange, seaweed-wrapped Korean tacos and the nachos were unidentifiable Malaysian nachos (which, might we interject, are both magically delicious). Dammit:

So I skipped that one. I'm kind of a working class person, just meat and potatoes, so I'm like, "I can't eat this stuff!" And I so I go to the next food truck, and it was like a pulled pork sandwich, and I was like, "Sweet, I can totally eat that." But then it had like a garlic mustard, fucking caramel aioli something, and I go, "Well, I can't eat that too." So I go to the next one and it's cheeseburgers...and they come in a slide whistle. What the hell...

Food truck and other street food purveyors: Are we forgetting the average Joe here? Perhaps it's time to start thinking about the plain Janes and broaden menus to include the non-adventurous. Dammit's tale of woe only highlights how twee we can be sometimes.

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