Chili may be the main dish at the Sono Fest & Chili Cook Off every year, but our food (and treat) trucks will be on hand when you’re ready for something different. Why offer other dishes when we’ll have so much amazing chili to fill your bowls? You’ll be surprised how hungry you may be after taste testing your chili samples then playing with your kiddos in the Kids Zone, jamming out to the live music, shopping for holiday gifts from all the great local vendors and cooling off with a craft brew.
You’ll see some familiar faces in our food truck lineup; McKinley parent Matteo of Buona Forchetta is bringing his gorgeous wood burning oven on wheels (Dante!) to the beer garden and will be serving up their award winning pizzas. Don’t take our word for it, check out the praise for their food here. Buona Forchetta is a huge asset to the McKinley community and the South / North Park neighborhoods; they participate in our Thursday pizza nights and donate proceeds back to our PTC, have supplied dinner for various meetings and open houses at the school and are just all around amazing people. Grab a brewski and a slice at the event and be sure you visit their location in South Park often!
Another returning food truck, Devilicious (perhaps you saw them on The Great Food Truck Race?), serves up lobster grilled cheese and hearty burgers, so save some room! Or pick up a plate of comfort food from Two for the Road; try their captain n’ crunch crabcakes or spinach and artichoke grilled cheese. Mmmm..
Regular SoNo chili cook off participant Carnitas Snack Shack is bringing their chili AND their brand new food truck this year. Chef Hanis is an amazing supporter of McKinley Elementary and serves up great eats at his North Park restaurant. Now you can look forward to their always-tasty chili recipe (we’re guessing pork will be an ingredient) and grabbing your favorite Carnitas dish at the festival!
Still hungry? Chef Daniel Rojas rolls Mexican infused sushi aboard his Sushi Uno food truck and dishes it up all over San Diego. They started in local farmers’ markets (our very own neighborhood North Park market!) in a 10×10 tent, then they made the leap to a truck and got rolling! You can find them at Thorn Street Brewery every week and at various other stops around town. They are new to the event this year and we couldn’t be happier. Order a tropical mango roll (my favorite) and don’t forget the jalapeno poppers. Speaking of something spicy, grab a dish from Hadd Sai Thai Food and feel the burn… in a good way. They bring the food of their homeland to the streets of our fine city. Be warned: everything they serve is very delicious and highly addictive.
Now it’s time to cool down with the best ice cream in North Park; Hammonds! Returning for a second year at SoNo, Hammonds will be bringing their Tropical Dreams ice cream. All of their ice creams and sorbets are handmade with a decadent creamy texture. Make sure you grab a scoop at SoNo and check out their shop on University Ave in North Park any day of the week.
Another SoNo newbie this year: Bullseye Kettle Corn & Shaved Ice. Check them out in the Kids Zone and treat yourself after all that chili tasting! Now that you know there are plenty of dining and sweet options at the festival this year, make sure you bring your appetite.