Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.
The Truck: Kinder's Truck
The Cuisine: BBQ meats on deli style sandwiches
Specialty Items: BBQ sauces, ball tip steak
Worth the Wait in Line? At peak lunch time, a total seven minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.
One thing I've tried hard to do is avoid writing about the food trucks that are part of a much bigger chain of restaurants, since it feels contrarian to the kind of street cuisine I'm seeking out. For example, I might enjoy the breakfast sandwiches from the Melt restaurants, but you probably won't see their truck showing up in this column.
Of course, the second you make a personal rule you'll find a reason to break it. Kinder's, the meat market and deli that started in San Pablo in 1946 that now counts 16 brick-and-mortar locations around the Bay Area and beyond, are all far enough away from San Francisco that unless you regularly trekked out to the deep East Bay, you might not know about them. Combine that with a truck that makes regular appearances in the city and the popularity of the sandwiches, and I knew there was no way I could ignore it.
See also: BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich at Mayo & Mustard