Comfort Food for the Community!

By: MADISON DAVIS, CEO/President, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, madison@brisbanechamber.org, 415-467-7283

Christmas came early this year for Brisbane with the opening of a new food establishment, The Brisbane Lunch Truck. Located on Bayshore in the Park and Ride Lot (across from the Christmas Tree Lot) the BLT offers hearty comfort food. Owned and operated by longtime Brisbane supporter, Kristi Yawata, the truck aims to provide “comfort food for the community.” Not only meeting the demand for American classics but also collaborating with other local organizations and businesses such as Mountain Watch, Bakers of Paris, and employing Brisbane residents or those with a connection to the school district.
Alison Wilson and I sat down with Kristi for an interview and were promptly met with a selection of
their offerings. We enjoyed their homemade vegan tomato basil soup with bread and butter, avocado toast on buttered sourdough with radishes, umami seasoning, and Himalayan salt, and their namesake sandwich…the BLT. We were fascinated by what Kristi described as their take on the BLT saying, “ our sandwich addresses the problems that come with the standard BLT. We weave our bacon together so that it doesn’t fall out. We also incorporate tomatoes in an innovative way. Not through slices which have a tendency to fall out too, but with our homemade tomato jam which we create by slow roasting tomatoes for hours with spices until they have turned into a sweet and savory paste. We use organic tomatoes only in our jam.” Alison and I were both surprised at Kristi’s creative take on the sandwich and sure enough, nothing escaped from our bread.
This ingenuity does not stop at the BLT sandwich. Kristi has found a way to put a creative spin on all her dishes, making classic meals that you’ve come to love, but twisting them in a way you never knew you wanted, but now don’t want to live without. She serves homemade potato chips and a sweet treat with all sandwiches. Her chips come with her signature umami seasoning, a sesame-seaweed mixture. She also offers a burger of the day and a housemade soup of the day with clam chowder always served on Thursdays. Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays she also offers dinners-to-go. These meals make weeknights a breeze and it’s easy and convenient to swing by on your way into town from work. She posts her dinner menu in advance on her website and on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and recommends people place an order in advance either on the site or by calling, as she only cooks a limited amount of meals. You can even order and pay online. All of the meals come with sides and dessert. She’ll also begin serving breakfast and mille crepe cake slices in January. For customer convenience, all of her prices include tax so the price you see is the price you pay.
When we spoke to Kristi we could feel her passion, not just for food but for Brisbane and the environment. She specifically incorporates “community” in her motto to reflect the BLT’s commitment to our city. When asked to talk about her business’ values she explained “this business is for the community. We wanted to create an atmosphere where people could come and enjoy a comforting meal with their friends and family.” She has done just that.
Kristi has a 30 year career in the food business, working in virtually every restaurant role. She left to raise her family and eventually pursued a career in early childhood education, working as a teacher at Silverspot Co-Op Nursery School and an aide at BES. Along with her husband Tony, they were part of the founding families of Silverspot and have been active members of the BEST/PTO, serving on the board and coordinating the Spring Thing since its inception. Over the summer, she learned the truck at the park and ride was for sale, she knew this was the perfect opportunity for her to finally achieve her goal of opening a Brisbane-based food business.
Her meals cater to a variety of tastes and diets, incorporating many vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. All of the utensils, cups, and tableware are compostable and to-go dinners come in sturdy recyclable containers that could easily be reused. The BLT offers treats and water for furry customers as well, encouraging patrons to bring their well-mannered dogs to join them. Tables come equipped with sunscreen so you never have to worry about getting a sunburn while enjoying your lunch. This touch perfectly exemplifies Kristi’s commitment to the customer. She anticipates what they may need and makes it available. On another visit, she worked with me to modify a menu item for a picky eater and even followed up with me via email the next day to see if he enjoyed it. There’s no excuse not to visit on a rainy day because you can wait in your car and they’ll bring your food to you!
The Brisbane Lunch Truck is open Monday-Friday 11am-3pm and Tuesday-Thursday they reopen for dinner pick up from 4:30pm-6pm (or until dinners are sold out). Breakfast hours are to be posted soon. You can find them at 3501 Bayshore Blvd. To view more information or place a dinner order, visit their website: brisbanelunchtruck.com or give them a call: 415-660-6320. Look for the Brisbane Lunch Truck on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Yelp. For our readers, the Brisbane Lunch Truck is offering a complimentary citrusade or iced hojicha tea with a minimum $16 sandwich purchase. One free drink per order, with the mention of the Luminary article. One time use per customer, valid through January 31.