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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sigsbee's Saunters onto the Street Food Scene

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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A new mobile eatery will hit San Francisco streets -- or more specifically a sunny corner on 455 Mission Bay Blvd -- in early June. Sigsbee's is looking to fill a niche for a "new kind of wow factor" that will distinguish it from most off-the-grid eats. Rather than trying to out-do the latest crazy taco twist or far out fusion (Eire Trea, anyone?), siblings Tony and Jennifer Jett have a back-to-basics vision. Sigsbee's aims to offer the kind of food you can eat several times a week, which is just what Chef Garret Blantz, brother-in-law to Tony and Jennifer, hopes the community in this developing Mission Bay community will do. 

Sigsbee's will be serving up a variety of sandwiches ($6-$10) like a roast pork shoulder with fuji apples and sriracha slaw and a roast beef sandwich with fennel, arugala, worchester aioli and gruyere fondue. Salads will vary seasonally (around $7) and everything on the menu (except the option of Acme bread for sandwiches) is gluten free. This accessibility is important to the Jetts who have struggled to reconcile their enthusiasm for San Francisco's food scene and the dietary restrictions of Celiac disease. 

Gluten or no gluten, Blantz is first and foremost committed to making good food. Building upon experience with the Lark Creek Restaurant Group and most recently the Beast and the Hare, Blantz emphasizes that except for the bread and the cheese, everything served out of the Sigsbee's truck will be artisanal. Already an expert pickler, Blantz will continue to do most of his cooking out of the Beast and the Hare's kitchen and calls bread and cheese making a goal for the perhaps not so far off future. The truck will also serve Four Barrel Coffee and a selection of breakfast fare. 

In an effort to capture the classic good food that has long defined San Francisco, this family trifecta turned to the history of the Barbary Coast to find a name that identified the city. Delving into the dynamic of the city at the dawn of the twentieth century, the Jetts, themselves Midwest to San Francisco transplants, were intrigued by the history of the 1915 World Fair. 

While this elaborate event is often remembered for the debut of the Marina district and the paper-mache concourse of future plans for the city, including the Palace of Fine Arts, the side attraction of Captain Sigsbee and his magical horse jumped out to these eager historically minded foodies. The Sigsbee's food truck may not be guessing ages or divining futures like the Captain did back in the good ol' days, but this team is certainly just as keen to make its mark on San Francisco. 

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