Yucatan food truck Cochinita has opened a brick-and-mortar location in South San Francisco.Photo by Edwina Dueñas
Cochinita, the Bay Area’s original Yucatan food truck, opened its first restaurant in South San Francisco in September. Chefs and owners Sergio Albornoz and Karen Gonzalez have expanded the food truck concept to include a breakfast menu, new lunch and dinner menus, and a full bar. The owner, a San Francisco resident, had long thought that Grand His Avenue was the ideal location for a restaurant.
“We met across the street from our current restaurant over 11 years ago,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve lived in South City for over 10 years and were always looking for a place.”
Albornoz’s home state of Yucatan in southeastern Mexico features unique culinary creations not easily found in the region. For the past six years, the food truck has served Bay Area audiences with Yucatan favorites such as cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pulled pork), pollo pibil (pulled chicken), panuchos (fried tortillas stuffed with black beans), and salbutos (handmade fried foods). We have introduced some famous dishes. corn tortillas) etc.
The restaurant’s name, which means “suckling pig” in Spanish, is inspired by Yucatan’s signature dish, cochinita pibil. Guests aboard the food truck will immediately notice the cheerful pig at the restaurant’s front entrance, created by Bay Area artist Nerida Perez. From the moment you step inside, the restaurant is designed to transport you to Yucatan, known for its pristine beaches, Mayan history, and rich culture. At the restaurant, the owners are excited to offer full-service dining.
Inside Cochinita in South San Francisco.Photo by Edwina Dueñas
“With food trucks, we had become accustomed to the process of fast-paced, quick-service events with limited time with guests,” Gonzalez said. “Being able to provide an experience for our guests to actually dine in our restaurants is truly incredible.”
For breakfast, choose from huevitos con platano, chilaquiles topped with signature cochinita pibil, and sweet treats like Nutella French toast and freshly baked pitaya bowls. From the “Food Truck Favorites” menu, you can order tacos, burritos, panuchos, or salbutos stuffed with Yucatan-style chicken, pork, or plantains for vegetarian options.
Other entrees include taquitos dorados and tostadas de ceviche. Additionally, the food truck’s weekend-only item, Eloto His Taters His Tots, will also be available at the restaurant daily. Pair it with habanero salsa for a kick, and wash it down with papaya agua fresca to soften the spiciness. For a coffee break, order the Churro Con His Cafecito, which comes with four mini churros with caramel and two cups of coffee.
The food truck will continue to operate alongside the restaurant, open six days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The owners characterize Cochinita’s transition from food truck to brick-and-mortar as both exciting and nerve-wracking, but ultimately grateful to have landed in South San Francisco. .
“We definitely learned from the unexpected challenges we faced, but we achieved our goal of opening by this year,” Gonzalez said. “We have received tremendous support from the community. We feel very lucky to have been able to make our dream come true.”
Cochinita, 334 Grand Ave., South San Francisco. 650-392-0182, Instagram: @cochinita.sf. Business hours are Tuesday to Wednesday 10am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday 10am to 9pm, and Sunday 10am to 8pm.
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