It’s been a long road back to San Francisco for Southern Sandwich Co.‘s Brett and Nathan Niebergall, who ran a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Castro till the economy tanked. In June, the brothers rolled out Southern Sandwich Co., a food truck fixed in the Americana of Carolina pulled pork and fried chicken sandwiches ― they’ve spent more than six months selling on the Peninsula, while keeping an eye on finding a permanent place to park in downtown San Francisco. On Thursday, Southern Sandwich makes its longed-for S.F. debut at Off the Grid: UN Plaza.
Nathan Niebergall tells SFoodie Thursday’s S.F. premiere is merely the first of regular OTG appearances for the next six months ― in fact, the second will be two days later, at OTG’s McCoppin Hub Saturday truck pod. “It took us a little bit of time to get the paperwork done to sell in San Francisco,” Niebergall says. But the months spent in Brisbane and Redwood City have allowed them to refine their menu, which includes 14-hour beef brisket, a new hickory-smoked chicken salad sandwich, and sides that include new potatoes deep-fried to order. “We kind of worked out the kinks,” Niebergall says.
And remember, Thursday’s Off the Grid also marks the debut of The Rib Whip, which promises to make UN Plaza a temporary locus of American road food.