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Friday, May 22, 2009

Chez Spencer French Taco Truck Drew Crowds to a SOMA Parking Lot Last Night

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 10:16 AM

click to enlarge French-food-lovin' patrons needed patience to deal with long waits
  • French-food-lovin' patrons needed patience to deal with long waits
French food from a taco truck? Last night Chez Spencer restaurant rolled out its rehabbed taco wagon (or as the French would say, a camion de taco), dispensing sautéed sweetbreads, escargot "lollipops," and potato-garlic soup from the parking lot of Oil Can Henry's quick lube.

Clearly, Spencer on the Go suffered first-night jitters - it took us 45 minutes to get our order of curried frog legs. Chez Spencer chef and owner Laurent Katgely could be heard cursing as he spooned stuff from copper pans into paperboard boats.

If you missed it, despair not. Katgely plans to fire up the truck's burners again tonight and Saturday, 6 p.m.-midnight, at Folsom and Seventh St. (Check for status updates on Twitter.) Terroir wine shop and bar directly across Folsom is inviting street-food thrill-seekers in to take a load off and score a little something to wash down that skate wing.

So how was last night's food? The curry-napped frog legs ($9) we tried were, well, okay, a few bites of moist flesh and vivid spice. Let's put it this way: They were the best damn frog legs we've ever eaten while squatting in a parking lot on Folsom. More pics after the jump.

click to enlarge Le menu
  • Le menu

click to enlarge Vol au vents on display
  • Vol au vents on display

click to enlarge The curried frog legs
  • The curried frog legs

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