Smothered Fries | San Francisco Food Truck
Behind the Food Carts
Whether you’re chowing them down in a roadside diner or enjoying them drizzled in truffle oil alongside a medium-rare steak, the humble French fry is one of the most perfect snack foods. Hot, salty, and fresh from the fryer, they perfectly fill some sort of deep-seated craving endemic to the human race. Chef AJ Sioson of the Smothered food truck manages to take an already addictive food and turn its appeal up to 11 by smothering a basket of french fries in a variety of sauces and toppings.
Trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Chef AJ spent nine years in several fine dining kitchens—including the Four Seasons Hotel and Restaurant Gary Danko—before taking a short break from cooking. “I told myself I wouldn’t get back in a kitchen unless I owned the place,” he says. A food truck seemed the most cost effective option, the only decision left was figuring out what to serve.
AJ found his inspiration in poutine, a traditional Canadian dish featuring fries slathered in brown gravy and cheese curds. It took Chef AJ about a year (and a lot of constructive Canadian criticism) to perfect his poutine and develop ten additional fry dishes, but he doesn’t think he’s done. Not by a long shot, “It’s a continuous process of trying to perfect it, trying to make it better than yesterday.”
“You’re not looking for traditional food when you come to our truck.”
You can taste his commitment to perfection in the many smothered dishes AJ and his team serve up. Along with classic poutine—in which AJ spends 48 hours roasting bones and making stock from scratch just for the gravy—Smothered has something for everyone. “The Veggie Beast” has sautéed asparagus, mushrooms, and melted cheddar for hungry vegetarians, and for the carnivores the hilariously named “Too Many Dudes” offers up three different kinds of sausage (bratwurst, andouille, and Polish) sauerkraut, jack, and cheddar. The most popular is “The Southern”: fries covered in popcorn fried chicken and country gravy.
Regardless of what you order, you’ll know your fries will come topped with high-quality ingredients and expertly prepared sauces. It’s creativity and a fine dining mentality brought to a humble dish. “You’re not looking for traditional food when you come to our truck,” says AJ. “We cook good food, as fresh as possible. And it’s a fun truck. It’s lighthearted, and just a fun place to eat.”