Curry Up Now

By Virginia Miller

With names on the menu like Naughty Naan and Sexy Fries, it’s clear Curry Up Now is no typical Indian eatery. Skyrocketing to popularity in the Bay Area with their Indian burritos, they’ve gone from cult food truck to brick-and-mortar eatery with locations in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Palo Alto. And while they continue to wrap a hefty amount of burritos, their casual SF spot offers a full menu, from deconstructed samosas to Thee Unburger, a burger-esque sandwich featuring samosas or aloo tikki (potato patties) doused in your choice of meat, paneer (Indian cheese), or tofu. The cheekily named Naughty Naan is open-faced naan bread topped with cheese, greens, onions, jalapeño, and tikka masala, along with your choice of chicken, paneer, tofu, or lamb tikka. Indian street food is another specialty of the house; try the tart and creamy traditional papdi chaat, laden with yogurt, tamarind sauce, chickpeas, and crispy wafers, or the non-traditional guac sev puri—puffed, hollowed out crackers filled with guacamole and tamarind sauce. Grab a mason jar for a lassi (yogurt-based Indian drink) in classic mango, mango mint, or rose mango, and finish your order at the counter with a dessert of Hot Balls on Ice—otherwise known as traditional gulab jamun, dumpling-like balls soaked in rosewater and sugar syrup, served on kulfi, a denser, creamier cousin to ice cream.

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sweet seats
Grab a seat at the communal or individual tables along the windows and watch the Mission’s bustling Valencia Street go by.

Check Curry Up Now’s daily calendar for food truck locations from Oakland to SF’s Financial District, on down to Sunnyvale.

Medium to loud


11:30 AM–10 PM daily

price range

$4 (pair of samosas) $11 (thali platter)