|Beef Tallow Fries from Belcampo Meat Co.|
As soon as I saw IZ IT FreshGrill's new jade green Hawaiianese truck my mouth cried out for fried chicken. Surprisingly, the queue wasn't that long, with maybe only 10 people in front of me. I eagerly joined in only to understand after I ordered why they had such short line. I ordered quickly, but my Icon was going to take 20 minutes to come out. The girl working the window told me to just leave and come back. This was the start of our afternoon—waiting, waiting and more waiting, with not so much eating thrown in!
|Grilling cheeses at forageSF|
The Icon speaks for itself, and I have been a fan ever since I first had them. They were no different today, but they hit the spot and helped quench the hunger pains. The Beef Tallow Fries were quite tasty and a good accompaniment. They were served in a paper cone like Belgian frites, sliced to a medium thickness and fried golden brown. I think that the beef fat helped them retain their crispy exterior, and even doused in ketchup they managed to not get mushy. They had a fresh, hearty flavor, pairing well with the saltiness of my fried chicken.
|Jardiniere Pickles and Grilled Cheese from forageSF|
From this point on we were met with long line after long line and sell-outs all over the place. I even had the ultimate misfortune while waiting at Vesta Flatbread of being told that the lady in front of me got the last order. And their menu looked so tasty, too! From then on we walked back and forth, trying not only to find our next snack, but also to find a soda. The festival didn't allow vendors to sell beverages unless they were a beverage only vendor, which made it very frustrating as I didn't want alcohol from the designated stands and the only soda vendor, Taylor's Tonics, sold out early on. We grabbed a melon juice from Estrellita's Snacks, which was delicious, but sometimes you just want a soda.
|Roast Beef from Ebbett's Good to Go|
Our last stop brought us to Ebbett's Good To Go, where by some stroke of luck they still had their Roast Beef Sandwich, even though they were sold out of their famous Cuban. I love roast beef, so I eagerly scooped up one and sat down on the grass to devour it. My sandwich featured Niman Ranch roast beef, baby arugula, bleu cheese and balsamic red onions on a compact Acme rustic roll. I loved the flavor combination, and the greens and onions added a nice light flavor against the meatiness of the beef. I really enjoyed how all of the flavors came together, and it wasn't just a typical roast beef sandwich.
Overall while I was pleased with the food that I ate, I left the festival largely disappointed that I wasn't able to try more and actually had to go out to a full dinner. I think that the haphazard lines added to the poor crowd management, which then added to the frustration level. Still, I was glad that I finally got to sample the Roast Beef from Ebbett's and that I was introduced to Belcampo. Next year, I am going to bring my own soda!
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Belcampo Meat Co. (@belcampomeat)
Ebbett's Good To Go (@ebbettsgoodtogo)
|All sold out of Taylor's Tonics!|