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Friday, September 23, 2011

What to Eat at Eat Real Fest? Food You Won't Find in San Francisco

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Silog tacos from Tim Luym's WOW Truck. - LIEN T./FLICKR
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  • Silog tacos from Tim Luym's WOW Truck.

Today, Oakland's three-day Eat Real Fest begins, bringing together 60 food trucks, 30 small food vendors, and tens of thousands of eaters. There will be jam-making demonstrations and butchery contests, live music, and more sunshine than the West Bay can normally dole out. And for San Franciscans planning to trek across the bay (hint: the festival has bike valet parking for people coming over on BART), Eat Real rounds up a number of food vendors who never, or only rarely, make an appearance in our 49 square miles.

Here's what we're going to look for:

Fatface ice pops: Last year, the lime-mint paleta that we bought from this Davis-based maker was one of our favorite Eat Real bites. Flavors currently mentioned on its website include peach-mango-ginger and Thai tea with sweet potato.

Cholita Linda: Cholita Linda used to come to the Upper Haight farmers market, but now sticks to the East Bay. Its Baja fish tacos have a cult following.

Nieves Cinco de Mayo: Fruitvale-based Luis Abundis makes traditional Jalisqueño ice creams by hand in flavors like corn, blue-green pecan, and rose. We've been kicking ourselves for the past year that we didn't stop by his tent.

click to enlarge PieTisserie's Jaynelle St. Jean, with pie. - ROBIN DOLIN
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  • PieTisserie's Jaynelle St. Jean, with pie.

PieTisserie: Former Underground Market star Jaynelle St. Jean is now Oakland-based. We particularly love her chocolate pretzel pie, but if she's selling her Okinawan sweet potato pie, that's what we'll be buying.

Taco Guys: Jason Hoffman and Justin Close's taco truck mainly makes the rounds of Marin; last year, their kurobuta pork and Maui fish tacos were then-editor John Birdsall's festival favorites.

Tamarindo: We have no idea yet what Tamarindo is making from this truck, but we're buying it, since Tamarindo is one of Oakland's most refined Mexican restaurants, on par with Nopalito and Chilango.

The WOW Truck: Tim Luym's neo-Filipino truck usually stays on the peninsula, driving up for the occasional Off the Grid. Check out his silogs, or garlic fried rice topped with marinated meats and a perfectly fried egg.

One final tip: In addition to the fantastic selection of local beers, some of which are hard to find in the city, Dashe, Periscope, and three other local wineries are offering wine on tap.

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