Our Street Food Scene Might Be Too Twee For Its Own Good

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Anna Roth
Korean tacos may be part of the problem.
In an interview with Food Republic, Petey Dammit, the bassist for San Francisco garage rockers Thee Oh Sees hits the nail on the head when it comes to the downside of having such an ethnically diverse and inventive street food scene here in town: It can leave the plain old meat and potatoes eaters without any sustenance. Imagination is great, but not when a man starves as a result.

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Petey Dammit, a self-proclaimed "working-class" eater, was trying to use up some of the tickets for free food that the band had been given for playing at Outside Lands over the summer, but got frustrated when he realized that the tacos were strange, seaweed-wrapped Korean tacos and the nachos were unidentifiable Malaysian nachos (which, might we interject, are both magically delicious). Dammit:

So I skipped that one. I'm kind of a working class person, just meat and potatoes, so I'm like, "I can't eat this stuff!" And I so I go to the next food truck, and it was like a pulled pork sandwich, and I was like, "Sweet, I can totally eat that." But then it had like a garlic mustard, fucking caramel aioli something, and I go, "Well, I can't eat that too." So I go to the next one and it's cheeseburgers...and they come in a slide whistle. What the hell...

Food truck and other street food purveyors: Are we forgetting the average Joe here? Perhaps it's time to start thinking about the plain Janes and broaden menus to include the non-adventurous. Dammit's tale of woe only highlights how twee we can be sometimes.

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Luxurylatte
Luxurylatte

Huh. so he isn't interested in dining on the hipster approved culinary delights of the moment and would prefer something more scaled back, and for that he must be a small simple minded white bread douchbag? Are you kittens serious with this? Get over yourselves. If you like bacon in everything from your donuts to your dinner to your drinks, good for you. Just because someone else may prefer theirs without all the frills does not make them any less then you. 

sabashabu
sabashabu

working class eater? sounds like a douche! "I can't eat this stuff!" - why not cause it's not "white American" enough for you? Hot dogs/hamburgers = OK. Seaweed/Korean= OHH NO!

SickStix
SickStix

I guess it seems to reason that the food culture starts to mimick the music culture.

beckyberry
beckyberry

4505 meats, i heart spicy pie, let's be frank, tacolicious, farmer brown... all "normal" food at outside lands that i can think of off the top of my head. this guy sounds awesome and exciting and not at all annoying. i hope he comes back next year.

BrunchInTheFace
BrunchInTheFace

@SFoodie In my experience there are a ton of burger trucks that can easily and deliciously satiate the "average joe's" appetite.

ischne01
ischne01

Average Joe? This guy just sounds like an ignorant, close-minded jackass clinging to a hackneyed identity.

eric.burkett
eric.burkett

 @ischne01 Yeah, gotta agree ischne01. Pretentiousness can go both ways and Petey Dammit's got it bad. 

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