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Is Street Food Getting Too Expensive?

What's the Most You're Willing to Spend on Street Food?

We spent last weekend at the San Francisco Street Food Festival and didn't walk away with too much damage to our pockets, but that could be changing. According to SFoodie, the latest event to hit San Francisco is a Street Eats Benefit Gala that'll set attendees back as much as $225.

The price tag — which is awfully steep to pay for something coming out of a cart or a truck — got me thinking about what the price ceiling is when it comes to street food. What seems like a reasonable amount to pay for offerings such as banh mi tacos and caramelized s'mores? I don't think I would spend more than $12 on any single item I've ever seen come out of a food truck. Do you, like me, have a magic number?

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runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 5 years
There is a vegan and natural foods cart by me that genuinely puts a lot of thought into the quality and nutritional value of their ingredients. Their items are generally in the $7-9 range. I consider that a bargain for what I getting (especially as compared to something like a hot dog.)
amber512 amber512 5 years
For a single item? Yeah I'm cheap and it's from a cart, maybe $5? Especially because I usually have to combine 2-3 to make an actual meal since there is never a place that fits all of my food intolerances. So $5 for probably three items makes it about $15 total. Yeah, see this is why I eat at home!
ViolaMorbid ViolaMorbid 5 years
I'd go as high as fifteen dollars. I'm obsessed with food, so shelling out a few more dollars for a great food experience wouldn't be so hard for me. But $225? I don't think so.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
I have so many friends who aren't willing to shell out big dough for certain types of cuisine — for instance, they aren't willing to spend a lot of money for Chinese, or Mexican. I imagine the same applies to street food. Thoughts?
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
it depends on the ingredients - i generally don't eat much "street food" but in europe there are markets where sometimes food with really expensive ingredients is prepared, and in that case i'm happy so shell out more $$, but even in a restaurant, i'd be loath to spend $225!!!!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Twelve clams for a lobstah roll at Smack Shack is as spendy as I am willing to go.
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