Not one, but two new BBQ-touting trucks will show up for the first time at Off The Grid's UN Plaza edition tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A faceoff -- at least in some people's heads -- is imminent. So now, we present the stats on both trucks: Southern Sandwich Co. and The Rib Whip, side-by-side for your pre-eating examination.
1) Southern Sandwich Co.
Owners: Texas Hill Country natives Brett and Nathan Niebergall
Background: Ran Frisee in the Castro for a little over a year before it shuttered, citing the down economy. Have been operating Southern Sandwich Co. out of a refurbished taco truck on the Peninsula for the past six months.
Serving: This menu, more or less: newest items are hickory-smoked chicken salad and new potatoes, deep-fried to order
Last Tweet: Lunch At Goodby Silverstein today! 720 California Street SF. New Chx Sammie & Truck Stop Tater Wedges! Yum! ORACLE NEXT WED!
Street Cred: 6-month track record in Redwood City, a well-oiled Twitter account and restaurant operations experience mean they at least know what they're doing at this point. Use of word "sammie" isn't our favorite.
2) The Rib Whip
Owner: St. Louis native Ryan Gessel
Background: According to SFoodie, Gessel is a "self-avowed audio/video guy" who "grew up in a family of caterers." This is his first food truck.
Serving: All we know is the beef brisket will be smoked on board in a Southern Pride smoker, and sliced to order. [Update: Gessel tells Eater ribs and a smoked pork loin spinach salad, and three sides: grilled-to-order asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes and his grandma's recipe for cornbread souffle will also be available tomorrow. The menu will be scaled up with pulled pork and other things in time.]
Last Tweet: The Rib Whip is fresh outta the paint shop with a new Ice Cream Paint Job!!! http://yfrog.com/h7i0ctj
Street Cred: Having a smoker on the truck is definitely going to help him in the flavor department -- that is -- if he's got it all down to a science. The sound system with DJ plug-ins certainly makes the truck sound cool, but Gessel is probably going to have a few kinks to work out operationally in the beginning.
So there you have it. Regardless of who fares better tomorrow, it's exciting to see this BBQ genre filling out in SF. And all newcomers should be encouraged. So now the big question: who will prevail? Your bets and reports in the comments.
· San Francisco's Rib Whip Truck Boasts On Board Smoker[SFoodie via -EN-]
· Southern Sandwich Food Truck Debuts in SF This Week [SFoodie]
· All Previous Frisee Coverage [~ ESF ~]