Before traveling food vendors, the only way to grab a gourmet meal on the streets was to sneak up on rival grain gangs and stick them up with the threat of rhythmic, hypnotic snapping. Snag a feast without the fight with today's deal. For $5, you get $10 worth of on-the-go gourmet at Jon's Street Eats. This traveling street vendor pops up in the areas and times listed in the sidebar to the right. Unlike men in red-striped sweaters and hats, Jon can easily be located through his Twitter feed.
Finding a gourmet meal at Jon's Street Eats is part adventure, part good fortune, and wholly rewarding in both nutrition and satisfaction. With an emphasis on natural and sustainable practice, Jon rotates his menu with seasonally fresh ingredients and serves them up in compost-friendly packaging. According to a recent sighting, Jon was last seen holding rolls stuffed with roast lamb, saffron aioli, arugula, and pickled onions ($8), plates of grilled asparagus served with prosciutto, shaved grana, and a soft egg ($4), and mounds of strawberry shortcake topped with freshly whipped cream ($4).
Jon and his street eats are growing in popularity faster than a prom-king class president covered in beanie babies. Using futuristic technology, Jon broadcasts his street cart's location over something called the Internet, which is a complex network of kite strings and tin cans. Once the transmission is sent out, diners flood the streets to snatch up gourmet fare and sneak in a conversation with Jon himself before he rides off to a secret underground lair to plot his next move toward affordable, world-class dining domination.
The Oakland Tribune wrote about the nomadic and Twittering ways of Jon's Street Eats, and the San Francisco Chronicle, the East Bay Express, and Diablo magazine included the traveling kitchen in write-ups:
- The saga of Jon's Street Eats has unfolded on Twitter, where devoted foodies from as far as Walnut Creek tune in for updates on [owner Jon] Kosorek's daily menu and location. – Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune
- From tacos with pomegranate sauce to seared ahi with Asian slaw and wasabi aioli, Jon Kosorek dishes up made-to-order fare using local, sustainable ingredients, and he changes his menu daily. –Jennifer Kennedy, Diablo
Yelpers give Jon's Street Eats 4.5 stars.