Food trucks are popping up everywhere, much to my delight. Initially, when food trucks first hit the San Francisco food scene, the trucks were mostly a downtown lunchtime phenomenon, which was a total bummer if you did not work there. All this changed with Off the Grid starting a Friday night street food fest at the Fort Mason Center earlier this year. It doesn’t get much better than this – outdoor “dining,” food from almost every corner of the world and live music. It is a giant hit, and now the crowds are almost unbearable.
If you are going with kids, go right when it starts at 5 p.m. and don’t hesitate. Split up, get in line and gather at a nearby table, or pull some chairs together and enjoy the bounty of dishes you end up with. It is a tremendous way to introduce a diverse array of foods to children all in one meal. Some of our favorites are Kung Fu Tacos, Curry Up Now, Chairman Bao, Senor Sisig and Seoul on Wheels. I could go on, but you may have to check this out for yourself. Suddenly tacos are an international food ranging from Chinese to Mexican to Indian. Also, bring enough cash. Even though the food is relatively inexpensive, it adds up in a hurry. You will end up ordering too much and eating too much.
Off the Grid just launched in the Upper Haight on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to dusk (in a corner of Golden Gate Park just west of Stanyan and Waller). They also started in September at the Civic Center Plaza on Fridays at lunchtime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another location is expected to be Mission Playground, which has yet to go live.
A super fun idea is to have these trucks cater your parties. We have thrown some killer parties that are unlikely to be forgotten by our guests with Kung Fu Tacos parked behind our home dishing out some delicious roast duck and mango salsa tacos (among other flavors). Throw in some drinks, and you have the easiest, most unique party you can ever throw.
The dream of owning a restaurant is dead. Now I want a food truck.