Spark Social is one of the best food truck parks in San Francisco...so far
In San Francisco, food trucks are a big deal, they’re a huge part of the culinary world. Especially since the weather is pretty much the same year round. I’ve been to every food truck park in the Bay, either working them or exploring them.
Well, I was invited to the pre-opening of Spark Social, owned by Carlos, who also owns SoMa Streatfood Park. I know SoMa so fondly, it was the first park that I ever worked and man, I was there daily. It was also the park that gas from the stove exploded in my face and singed my hair and eyebrows, but that story is for another time. All I can really say about it is, chef life.
Gareth, Braedon, and I took the T the short distance it is to the park. The location is out of the way, in the up and coming neighborhood. Where all the warehouses once stood and now there is apartments, a hospital, a Starbucks (that I had no idea about), and restaurants. Even in the almost 4 years that I’ve been here, this area was not the nicest, at all. I am so surprised at how far it has come so far.
We walk past the community garden, that I had no idea existed, but now want to rent a spot, and see the double decker bus.
I think Carlos has a weird thing for busses, because there is a bus at SoMa, too.
It’s cute, a little bigger than SoMa, I think.
There are trucks lined on both sides, a bar at the back, and tables in the middle. I love how it is set up!
There is also a little climbing structure for the kids in the very front, and fire pits with swings along the sides. It’s the perfect place to be on a cold San Francisco night.
They have several trucks that I know lined up on the sides.
I have eaten at every single one of these trucks at least 3 or 4 times in the last 4 years. In fact, I was telling my friend all about them the day before we went to the preview. I think she was impressed by my food truck knowledge.
I decided to get Boneyard. I love their barbeque and that they have real brisket, which is hard to find on the West Coast. It really reminds me of home when I can find it.
The best thing on their menu, in my opinion, is the brisket nachos. It is filled the the brim with hot chips, baked beans, brisket, cheese sauce, bbq sauce, and guacamole. All of these flavors melt in your mouth, giving you the sweetness on the front, and a bite on the end.
I love when you can get the complexity of a meal in one bite. If you manage to get every component on a chip, you first taste the salty chip, then the savory and melt in your mouth slow cooked brisket, then the tangy and sweet bbq sauce, and finally you end it with the heat from the hot sauce tempered down with the creaminess of the avocado. I recommend this dish to anyone who is ever able to get it!
We found a spot to sit in front of the double decker bus with my friend, her husband, and their one year old.
As we ate, we watched her one year old explore. It made me excited about what’s to come with Braedon.
They had free s’mores setup at the fire pits. Of course, I had to go and get one.
There was a little girl that was an absolute pro at roasting her marshmallows, she didn’t burn them at all and they were the perfect color. I was really impressed as I munched on my charred marshmallow.
They had a live band playing in the middle of everything. I suspect this will be a regular feature, because it was literally built for it.
The line for the drinks were crazy long, so we wound up not getting anything this time. I might go back and do an Afterdark review of the alcohol and night service.
I like this venue a lot more than SoMa, I have to admit. It’s a lot quieter, because of the location. And they had a lot more room to play with, so it doesn’t feel as cramped.
And coming from someone who used to drive one of those giant trucks, it looks like it is easier to park in there, which could be a huge plus to me!
We decided to walk home after the festivities, because it really isn't that long of a walk. On the way home, we captured a beautiful sunset over the bay, sometimes I really get reminded why I live on the West Coast.