After winning 9-0 last night, the San Francisco Giants are leaving town with a 2-0 World Series lead over the Texas Rangers. Even though AT&T Park will be closed (possibly until next season) San Francisco residents and visitors still have a chance to have fantastic food while gathered with a large group of Giant fans this weekend. A new food venue is available on weekends in four communities including Upper Haight, Civic Center, McCoppin Hub and Fort Mason Center. Off the Grid brings a wide range of mobile food truck food options and packages them with music and a wonderful atmosphere.
Although not a new trend in San Francisco, food trucks need foot traffic to remain sustainable, and current regulations prevent groups of trucks from gathering together on the public right-of-way. The owner of Off the Grid and originator of the SF Cart Project, Matt Cohen has created a way to bring groups of vendors and consumers together.
The idea for OTG was to bring 15 to 20 of the best street food trucks from around the San Francisco area and park them in the same lot between 5 and 9 PM on a weekend evening, provide fantastic food at low prices. Add some great tunes and a full bar, and presto, you have a gastro-party worth your time, and worthy of many return visits.
Cohen suggests, “Come with a group of friends, get a drink, and relax. You’ll wait in some lines, but break up and get food from a couple different places and share. Start conversations with people walking by and ask them what they’re eating. It’s an evening of eating. It’s great for families, too. The kids can be loud!”
Upper Haight: Stanyan Street at Waller Street; Thursdays, 4pm to 8:30pm
Civic Center Plaza: Fridays 11am to 2:30pm
Fort Mason Center: Fridays, 5pm to 9pm
McCoppin Hub at Valencia: Saturdays 11am to 4pm and 5pm to 10pm
AdoboHobo, Azalina’s Malaysian, Chaac Mool Yucatecan cuisine, Chairman Bao Bun Truck, Creme Brulee Cart, Curry Up Now, El Huarache Loco, El Porteno Empanadas, Global Soul, Gobba Gobba Hey, Hapa SF, Kung Fu Tacos, Onigilly, Seoul On Wheels Korean BBQ, and Senor Sisig.
Vendor lists are posted on Facebook and are updated as new vendors join.
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With its fun, festival atmosphere and abundance of cheap tasty treats, if you haven’t had the chance to check it out, be sure to add one or more of its venues to your must do list.