We've already called Saturday's Street Food Festival the city's most important food event of the year. Here's a quick look at some of the dishes we can't wait to sample.
The festival format is that all 76 vendors are supposed to sell a small bite, a bigger bite and a beverage. The simple menus -- and the fact that all take cash only -- are intended to speed up the lines.
Some of these items we've had; others we just can't wait to try. Come hungry!
Piroshki ($3). Stuffed with beef, onion, potato and cheese, this savory treat was one of our favorite items from last month's media preview.
Penang Curry Bomb Bun ($3). We liked this so much we took a video.
Taco de Alambre ($3). Our favorite breakfast at the Alemany Farmer's Market is the Huarache de Alambre, which is Mexico City-style with both beef and pork.
Papaya Salad ($3). One of our favorite Thai restaurants serves up something refreshing. We'll need this between courses.
Cheeseburger ($8). We know, it doesn't sound exciting. Trust us; we were there last year and our food-writer friends kept coming over and saying, "Have you tried that cheeseburger?" It's good at the Ferry Plaza farmers' market and we expect it to be good again Saturday.
Grilled lamb cheek ($8). Why are cheeks always so tasty: beef, halibut, you name it? Is that why our aunts are always squeezing ours when we're little? Are they just testing the meat?
La Mar Cebicheria
Cebiche clasico ($8). We love ceviche, and that's what this international chain specializes in. Bring it on.
Stonefruit calamansi soda ($3). We love calamansi; Filipinos make great drinks out of it, but we haven't had it with stonefruit. Until Saturday, anyway.
Kung Fu Tacos
Ginger lychee limeaid ($3): You had us at "lychee."