Should the health department treat food trucks like restaurants? The answer seems a
no-brainer: Of course. The letter grades should give the public more
comfort with mobile food vendors. But as the street food movement gains
visibility and popularity -- and anti-truck sentiment among restaurateurs
swells -- we hope that the health department keeps the inspection and permitting process accessible and affordable. That also means recognizing that many trucks are new Americans' entry into the business world, and that all communication should be in the proper language.
Still, SFoodie has pangs of envy every time we read about LA's newer, stricter regulations. Freedom to park on any block? Only two inspections a year? Good god, if San Francisco gave food trucks the same opportunities, just think about how many this city could support.
Of course, a B or a C posted on the side of a lonchero is not going to deter everyone -- especially those of us who've been patronizing trucks for decades. When New York recently began giving out letter grades, the local papers asked LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold to comment. He passed along a common joke: "A
stands for American Chinese food, B is for Better Chinese, and C is for 'Chinese' Chinese food."