Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Sight for Sore Fries

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

click to enlarge LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.

The Truck: La Pastrami

The Cuisine: A celebration of cured, smoked beef known as pastrami

Specialty Items: Pastrami, mostly in sandwiches

Worth the Wait in Line? At peak lunch time, a total 10 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.

As you walk up to the La Pastrami truck, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. The menu board lists a handful of sandwich variations that showcase the smoked beef, like a hoagie ($10, pastrami, mayo, mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomato) and a couple of melts with thousand Island dressing, cheese, and of course, pastrami. While the sandwiches all come standard with fries, the fries themselves impressed the most, served up in one of their specials.

See Also:

- La Pastrami Fuses Jewish and Mexican

- Kung Pao Pastrami from Mission Chinese Food

- Food Truck Bite of the Week: We Sushi

The Pastrami Fries ($6, French fries, chopped pastrami, parmesan cheese, green onions) are sadly not always on the menu, but they are a fantastic blend of meat, dairy , and vegetable fats. Who would have known that French fries could be the perfect platform for their pastrami? A variation of sorts on the poutine (the Canadian gutbusting combination of fries, cheese curds, and gravy), it was surprising to find myself happy there was no gravy on top (although I did wish I had a bottle of Crystal Hot Sauce). The warm, juicy, shreds mounded on the crisp potatoes infused juices to the cheese and fries below, making them even better once the cheese and meat were gone.

Not being an expert in pastrami, I can't attest to how much better or different it is to the favorites around town, but the meat was well seasoned, tender, and just fatty enough to keep everything from getting dry. After trying these, you may never eat your pastrami on bread again. Or your fries without it.

Follow @thevillagedrunk

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • Jack White at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    Jack White and his band performed at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights in front of sold out audiences. Jack entertained his fans with music that included songs from his days with The White Stripes, and The Raconteurs, as well as hits from his solo albums; Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. Photography by Sugarwolf.
  • San Francisco Street Food Festival 2014
    The San Francisco Street Food Festival was another success this year. Dozens of vendors with original, unheard-of creations, such as deep fried mac and cheese on a stick, black pea paste pancakes, and Korean quesadillas. Then there was the comfort foods we've grown accustomed to, like creme bruleé, shrimp rolls, and pound cake. Photographs by Mabel Jimenez.