Photos by Hillary Smith and Catherine Uy

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  • Beef pho rolls from Rice Paper Scissors. Photo by Catherine Uy
  • Azalina's meatball sub was hearty and delicious, according to one attendee. Photo by Hillary Smith
  • Salumeria's fried chicken drew a constant line of hungry customers throughout the festival. Photo by Hillary Smith
  • Mexican macaroons with chocolate from La Victoria Bakery Corp. Photo by Catherine Uy
  • The food festival brought out an array of colorful street performers. This man, for example, dressed as a giant dancing skeleton. Photo by Catherine Uy
  • Asian street food truck Chairman served authentic steam and baked buns nonstop at the annual event. But Chairman is also known for its pork burgers, which are sweet and delicious, this couple said. Photo by Hillary Smith
  • A cook from Kama Food Lab prepares “super samosas.” Photo by Catherine Uy
  • A musician entertains festival-goers as they wait in line for their food. Photo by Catherine Uy
  • Cholita Linda' Peruvian street food tent was quick at serving up freshly made carne asada and baja fish tacos, which were ordered almost every minute. Photo by Hillary Smith

Last Saturday, thousands gathered to celebrate La Cocina’s 6th Annual (and final) Street Food Festival. The widely anticipated event took place in the Mission District, and showcased more than 80 Bay Area vendors. With free admission, delicious food, and drinks at cheap prices, it was every foodie’s dream come true.

As a fellow foodie, I felt obligated to try almost every food truck and stand. The variety of food available included everything from El Sur’s braised short rib empanadas to Rice Paper Scissors’ beef pho rolls. I cried a little inside after I finished eating El Sur’s empanadas. They were light, fluffy, and bursting with flavor. The beef pho rolls from Rice Paper Scissors were a unique twist on Vietnamese spring rolls. Instead of using rice paper, beef and lettuce were wrapped in thick rice noodles. It tastes exactly like you are eating a bowl of beef pho, but without the broth and extra toppings.

According to the event’s website, this was La Cocina’s last street food festival. Word is that they’re looking for another location to host their epic block party. So, if you missed out on last weekend, don’t fret! Most of the vendors are from San Francisco. Here’s a list of our top 8 favorite vendors and where to find them on a regular basis.

  1. Rice Paper Scissors   1710 Mission Street 
  2. El Sur  Check their website for the van’s schedule.
  3. Namu Street Food Thursdays and Saturdays at the Ferry Building.
  4. 4505 Meats  1909 Mission Street
  5. Curry Up Now  659 Valenica Street
  6. A16 2355 Chestnut St
  7. Tacolicious 741 Valencia Street
  8. The Chairman Truck  Check their website for the truck’s weekly schedule.