Good Taste: Fried Food Party

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Fried food may hasten death, but you only live once, so make life crispy and delicious. The Bay Area's leading street food event organizer Off The Grid is set to celebrate the marvels of hot oil with a special event called "Deep Fried McCoppin" on Saturday, March 3 from 5-8 p.m. on McCoppin Alley at Valencia Street in San Francisco. Chefs who hang out on a diverse lineup of food trucks are bringing their favorite battered items, many of which aren't typically available.

3-Sum Eats, the truck from Top Chef alum Ryan Scott (who will soon open his first restaurant Please and Thank You in SF's West Portal neighborhood), plans a menu of Philly cheesesteak spring rolls, fried chicken sandwiches, and Scotch eggs, with apple and currant empanadas and fried Twinkies for dessert. Eat Curbside, a mobile eatery set in an Airstream trailer, will serve fried macaroni and cheese, potato croquettes stuffed with split pea soup, blue cheese and bacon arancini (fried rice balls), and Kennebec fries.

Fogcutter will have its Mexican-Japanese torta sandwiches (chicken katsu with bok choy and plum vinaigrette; pork belly with pickled pineapple chutney) alongside fried chicken thighs with a bacon buttermilk waffle and maple syrup. Filipino truck Senor Sisig and New Orleans-inspired Cosmic American Voodoo Van haven't released menu details for the party, but we suspect the latter will bring the Kong, a massive fried dessert sandwich made with peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and a choice of Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Cocoa Pebbles cereal.

If guilt is entering this picture, don't worry. There'll be plenty of time to repent with a salad on Sunday.

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