Pork buns, birria tacos and curry nachos coming to SF’s Tunnel Tops park this fall

The curry nachos from Authentic India are made with gluten-free tortilla chips and topped with a garbanzo masala, chicken curry and a melty American cheddar.

The curry nachos from Authentic India are made with gluten-free tortilla chips and topped with a garbanzo masala, chicken curry and a melty American cheddar.

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San Francisco's Presidio Trust released its latest food and drink vendor lineup coming to the Presidio Tunnel Tops park this fall — and SFGATE has the sneak peek into all the delicious offerings.

Tunnel Tops, which opened to the public in July, launched a food vendor pop-up program that ran all summer long. The fall lineup includes?17 new vendors and more than 20 returning vendors, all on a rotating schedule scattered throughout the park.

This season's roster kicks off Oct. 1 and includes 17 new food trucks, carts and tents serving a variety of dishes throughout the park that represent some of the best in the Bay Area. New flavors to the list include The Chairman with its sell-out tender, red miso-glazed pork belly served on either steamed or fresh-baked bao; Kabob Trolley, known for its delicious falafel plates with fragrant saffron rice; popular food truck Cochinita joins the ranks with its well sought-after Yucatan barbecue pulled pork, cochinita pibil, which can be stuffed into a quesadilla or enjoyed as tacos on its signature puffy tortillas; there's also homemade Argentinian alfajores from Amapola bakery with creamy dulce de leche centers and offered in?unique varieties such as peanut butter and jelly as well as a zesty limonata, white chocolate and classic flavors.

In addition to more than a dozen new food and drink vendors, including Fort Point Beer there are also returning food trucks such as Satay by the Bay, with its wildly popular chicken satay skewers and delectably thick peanut sauce. Authentic India is also making its return on a rotating basis this fall. Owner Jayant Sharma told SFGATE selling at the park over the summer helped them reach new customers and introduce parkgoers to Indian flavors in different ways through best-selling menu items like its tikka masala bowls and curry nachos made with gluten-free, handmade corn chips.?

“The tikka masala that we are serving, it's like a very secret family recipe and it has almost like 18 different spices. Those are a mixture of American and Indian spices, and we grind all of our spices with a hand grinder and we use fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger and jalape?os,” Sharma said. “We cook the chicken in a clay oven, but we marinate first for 24 hours, or at least for two days. ... Once you put those chunks of chicken in the curry, it releases all the flavors.”

Lady Victory's Rachel Styer slinging drinks at Presidio Tunnel Tops park.

Lady Victory's Rachel Styer slinging drinks at Presidio Tunnel Tops park.

Courtesy of Lady Victory

Another familiar face who will be slinging delightful fall cocktails is Deanna Sison, owner of the Lady Victory mobile bar, which operates out of a sleek 1967 VW bus. Over the summer, Lady Victory was known as the margarita station at the park. Sison told SFGATE that she likes to keep it fun and play with seasonal fruits and spices to create memorable drinks that keep people happily buzzed.

“We’ll do some more seasonal-inspired flavors with a similar base of drinks, so we’ll try out a cranberry margarita, and maybe a maple-bourbon sour, maybe some chai ingredients that evoke some fall flavors,” Sison said. “We might play around with some apple flavors, too, such as a hot-spiced cider.”

According to the Presidio Trust, the Tunnel Tops park welcomed nearly half a million visitors since it opened in July. With nearly 40 food and drink vendors total rotating throughout the park this season, visitors can plan to set up shop with blankets and lawn chairs while enjoying bites and sips with the Golden Gate Bridge as the afternoon's backdrop. Be on the lookout for vendors stationed near the Presidio Visitor Center and Tunnel Tops entrance as well as near the Outpost nature play area bordering Crissy Field, a great location for families and children.

Amapola is a small-batch bakery known for its Argentinian?alfajores in flavors such as classic, peanut butter and jelly, pink lotus and pistachio. Each cookie has a sweet layer of dulce de leche in the middle.

Amapola is a small-batch bakery known for its Argentinian?alfajores in flavors such as classic, peanut butter and jelly, pink lotus and pistachio. Each cookie has a sweet layer of dulce de leche in the middle.

Courtesy of Amapola Bites

Full list of new Tunnel Tops food and beverage vendors for fall

Amapola: Owner Mara Promanzio bakes sweet alfajores,?Argentinian cookie sandwiches, in creative flavors such as PB&J, pink lotus, limonata?and of course, the classic. Each comes?with sweet dulce de leche in the center. Visit @amapolabites on Instagram.

Cater2uSF: A rotating menu of Cali-fusion dishes such as braised oxtail tacos, jerk chicken inspired by the Caribbean Islands, Southern-fried birds and even a fish fry scheduled for Fridays. Keep up with @chef_rhonda_plummer on Instagram.

The Chairman SF: A top-rated food truck serving bold and unique ingredients in baos (steamed and baked buns) inspired by the street food of Asia. See what's cooking at @chairmantruck on Instagram.

Chika:?Bar cart serving canned Latin-inspired cocktails.

Cochinita: Delicious salbutes, panuchos, tacos and burritos wrapped in handmade fluffy tortillas inspired by the flavors and techniques of the Yucatan. Follow @cochinita.sf on Instagram.

The Cochinita food truck's?quesadilla de cochinita pibil: Yucatan-style barbecue pulled pork, pickled red onions and mozzarella cheese stuffed inside a grilled flour tortilla.

The Cochinita food truck's?quesadilla de cochinita pibil: Yucatan-style barbecue pulled pork, pickled red onions and mozzarella cheese stuffed inside a grilled flour tortilla.

Courtesy of Cochinita
Cochinita's food truck has been dishing out its multigenerational family recipes since 2017.

Cochinita's food truck has been dishing out its multigenerational family recipes since 2017.

Courtesy of Cochinita
Cochinita serves delicious barbecue pulled pork on fried taco shells and quesadillas stuffed with savory cochinita pibil, pickled red onion and plenty of melted cheese. (Courtesy of Cochinita)

Colibri: An extension of the bar from the Colibri restaurant in the Presidio Officers’ Club, serving their signature margarita and more, with guac and chips. Follow @colibrimexicanbistro on Instagram.

Curveball: Serving handcrafted sliders made from locally sourced ground beef and fresh Bay Area ingredients. Besides crispy chicken and mushroom burger sliders, Curveball is also known for garlic fries and cheesy, loaded potatoes. Follow @curveballmobile on Instagram for the latest menu updates.

D’Grobak: Contemporary Indonesian street food featuring bakso — their famous traditional beef ball soup — and other dishes from the motherland. Follow @dgrobak.bayarea for menu teasers.

D'Grobak's bakso iga bakar is a customer favorite with sweet and spicy braised ribs, hand-rolled bakso (beef meatballs) in a bone marrow broth with vegetables and mixed noodles.

D'Grobak's bakso iga bakar is a customer favorite with sweet and spicy braised ribs, hand-rolled bakso (beef meatballs) in a bone marrow broth with vegetables and mixed noodles.

Courtesy of D'grobak

El Fuego: Serving authentic Mexican birria, fish and vegetarian tacos, El Fuego has built a loyal following that back its food. This truck also slings healthy bowls and stuffed torta sandwiches. Follow @elfuego.sf for quick videos on how the menu comes together.

Estrellita's Snacks: Specializing in El Salvadoran pupusas, tamales, fried plantains and tostadas. Estrellita's Snacks is a longtime vendor in the Heart of the City Farmers Market, with a kiosk at the La Cocina Municipal Marketplace. Follow @estrellitas.snacks on Instagram.

Fort Point Beer: Fresh beer in a variety of styles made right in the Presidio paired with seafood dishes such as crab rolls, classic cioppino and clam chowder. Follow @fortpointbeer for the latest brews.

Kabob Trolley: Hearty halal Afghan fusion street food like gyros, cheesesteaks?or rice bowls, with plenty of veggie options. Visit @kabobtrolley Instagram page to see what's cooking.

The falafel plate from Kabob Trolley.

The falafel plate from Kabob Trolley.

Courtesy of Kabob Trolley

Kona Ice: From tiger's blood to island rush and groovy grape, shaved ice comes in a variety of flavors at this frozen dessert station. Follow @konaice on Instagram to see all the tropical treats to choose from.

Lahore Di Khushboo: Women-run Pakistani food truck serving comforting Pakistani dishes such as biryani, paratha rolls, samosas?and the traditional falooda dessert. Keep up with @lahoredikhushboo on its Instagram page.

Los Cilantros:?Delicious Mexican tamales, tostadas?and pozole with high-quality service and ingredients. Also found at a brick-and-mortar at La Cocina Municipal Marketplace and La Pena in Berkeley. Take a peek at @loscilantros's food.

Nusa: Classic Indonesian desserts and snacks made from family recipes. Customer favorites include the iced roselle tea with basil seed. Follow @nusa.sf to see what's new on its menu.

Porchetta Toscana:?Celebrating Tuscan culinary traditions, centered around the prized porchetta — a slow-cooked and savory boneless pork roast with crackling skin. Visit @porchettatoscana's Instagram for the latest.

Presidio Tunnel Tops’ main entrance is next to the Presidio Visitor Center, 210 Lincoln Blvd., San Francisco. Open daily. For a list of returning vendors to expect this fall visit the Presidio Tunnel Tops website. The Presidio Trust will continue to accept vendor applications on a quarterly basis for the next two years. To learn more about how to apply and participate, visit the Presidio Tunnel Tops.