The convoy of mobile cuisine is nearing touchdown. Paella, pork baos, pancit, pizza and pad thai are coming to Saturday's SactoMoFo 6 - and those are just the foods that start with "p."
More than two dozen food trucks will be parked under the freeway at Sixth and X streets near downtown, and if previous SactoMoFo events are any indication, thousands of hungry folks will be there.
SactoMoFo 6 also includes live music and a beer garden. But the food's always the star of this show, which features mobile food vendors from Sacramento and around Northern California. Some of the San Francisco Bay Area's most popular food trucks will even be in the mix, including Koja Kitchen and The Chairman.
Going to an epic event like this requires a good strategy. Lines can be long, and the food options are many. Here's our guide to SactoMoFo 6 with some tips and other information to help make your day go down especially easy. For the full lineup of vendors, visit sactomofo.com.
5 foods worth the wait in line
1. Gameday Grill's grilled veggies: Whether you're craving some vegetarian eats, or just need something to balance all the pork belly and bacon throughout the day, this Roseville truck has earned raves for its grilled vegetables. We're also hearing good things about this truck's tri-tip and rice with chickpeas.
2. Koja Kitchen's "kamikaze fries": And you thought chili fries were a mouthful. This popular Korean-Japanese truck features a heaping order of criss-cut fries topped with Korean barbecued beef, kimchee, Japanese mayonnaise, green onions and more.
3. Bacon Mania Truck's "bacon bites": Everything goes better with bacon, including brownies. These brownies are wrapped in bacon and served on a pillow of whipped cream. Lipitor not included.
4. We Sushi's burrito: The traditional burrito takes a Japanese spin. Fish, veggies and sushi rice are topped in a special sauce and wrapped in seaweed. Think of it like an oversized handroll that's taken a spin south of the border.
5. Knucklehead Hot Dog Diner's "heart attack dog": This Roseville truck was featured on the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" with hot dogs that are more like a meal for two. This popular hot dog includes a deep-fried pickle, cream cheese and a deep-fried wiener.
Hapa SF: While Sacramento is home to a sizeable Filipino population, not much is available in the way of local Filipino restaurants. This truck comes to the rescue with lumpia, adobo, pancit and more.
Koja Kitchen: "Koja" is a hybrid of "Korean" and "Japanese" foods, which includes such items as barbecued beef and "pineapple zen" sandwiches.
We Sushi: This sushi bar on wheels features lightly fried California and spicy tuna rolls, nigiri and rice dishes.
Spicy Grill: Indian and Pakistani foods are the focus of this Stockton-based truck. Menu items include curries, gyros, kabobs and basmati rice.
The Chairman: Formerly known as Chairman Bao, until the uber-popular New York City restaurateur and chef Eddie Huang trademarked the name, this mobile truck has participated in SactoMoFo since its first event in 2011. Rich and savory baos (buns stuffed with pork, duck confit, tofu and other ingredients) are the speciality here.
Roli Roti: This truck brings a rotisserie to the road with its debut SactoMoFo appearance. Plan for a variety of gourmet sandwiches, with porchetta and chicken being its signatures.
SactoMoFo Survival Guide
Bring cash: Sure, many of the mobile food vendors have swipers for your credit or debit cards but not all do. Play it safe and hit up the ATM before going to SactoMoFo. You don't want to be stuck with a big taco order but no way to pay.
Use a team strategy: Lines can get notoriously long at SactoMoFo, especially for the out-of-town trucks. Maximize your time by going to the event in a group, splitting up and placing orders at various trucks, and then have a meeting place to sample a bunch of different eats.
Bring a small cooler: Saturday's forecast calls for a high likelihood of leftovers for those who want to sample eats from numerous vendors. Instead of feeling pressured to scarf them down right away, pack them in a cooler and enjoy when you're ready for Round 2.
Pace yourself: It's so easy to go overboard with all those food trucks in front of you. But mobile food tends to be pretty rich, and eating too much in a short period of time can make your tummy feel twisted. So, take it easy ... enjoy those pork belly buns and take some time to check out the live music. Then, get back in line at another food truck and repeat until your stomach says, "No mas!"
More than two dozen Northern California food trucks descend for a celebration of mobile food; live music and beer garden.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Sixth and X streets, Sacramento
HOW MUCH: Free admission; various costs for food items
PARKING: $3, or free with nonperishable food donation
Call The Bee's Chris Macias (916) 321-1253. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias.