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Friday, April 1, 2016

Top New Food Trucks to Enter the Arena

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM

A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
On your mark, get set, eat. Off the Grid has launched their 2016 season, which means none of us need worry about who’s cooking dinner on Friday night (or any other day of the week, depending on your location). With over 200 vendors sizzling, sautéing, stuffing and serving, the network of Street Food vendors offers a diverse options to say the least. A few notable newbies have joined the Fort Mason lineup, where 30 vendors serve from 5-10 p.m. each Friday.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Dosa Dosa is Doubly Good for Lunch

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM

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Just as you step out of the Montgomery BART station at Market and Montgomery, you see the cheerful orange awning proclaiming: “DOSAS. South Indian Street Food”. This food cart is just over three weeks old, but it offers a very good product in a can’t-be-beat location.

There are three dosa choices, all in a crispy rice and lentil crepe. Masala Dosa has a potato and pea curry; Paneer Dosa is filled with Indian fresh cheese, onion, ginger, peas and tomato; Mix Dosa is, predictably, a combination of the two. All dosas are topped with a lentil-based sambar sauce and the sour cream/jalapeno/cilantro “Awesome Sauce.” If you forego the latter sauce on the Masala Dosa, you have a perfect vegan lunch.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Important Taco Announcement: New Street Vendor Rides Onto Mission Street

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM

As I was rushing to the bank yesterday to deposit rent money, my food radar nearly exploded after passing this:

This is what I call "street food." - OMAR MAMOON
  • Omar Mamoon
  • This is what I call "street food."

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Backlash Against Annoying Yelpers Continues at Burr-Eatery

Posted By on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Following on the heels of the public meltdown of SOMA restaurant SO (and its sign on the door excoriating its customers who inquire about gluten-free options), Eater brings word of another sign at the popular food truck Burr-Eatery.

"Our traditional recipes are 300 years old! In Colonial Mexico, no one was gluten-free, vegan, low-carb, etc. Neither are we," reads the sign, which owner Aaron Bullington told Eater was a reaction against negative Yelp reviews he was getting for serving traditional Sonoran tacos. "We're doing a particular kind of food that has its own culture and its own recipe," he says. The truck was getting dinged in online reviews for not accommodating dietary preferences.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cabanas and Cocktails: New Drinks at Twilight at the Presidio

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Presidio Buck cocktail - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Presidio Buck cocktail

One of the best reasons to live in San Francisco is the expanse of park and outdoor spaces available. Routine and workloads can make us forget to enjoy the dozens of neighborhood parks. Certainly the weather here makes it hard to plan a nice day out, but as Twilight at the Presidio (from Off the Grid folks) shows, even on cold days, it’s still a lot of fun.

I swung by Twilight last week to check out the new cocktail menu from Quality Beverage, the bar at the event. While Twilight took the month of July off, the bar revamped the menu with new drinks, including a hot cocktail. While the drinks stick mostly with the classics, they cover a satisfying range of flavors and spirits to give most everyone something to enjoy.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Finding Home with Laksa at Azalina's Malaysian

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante

Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.

The Truck: Azalina's Malaysian

The Cuisine: Mamak stall cuisine, a blend of Indian, Malay, and Chinese cuisine

Specialty Items: Fritters, curries, buns

Worth the Wait in Line? At peak dinner time, a total 10 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.

We may consider our ability to articulate ideas and communicate through language the dividing line between ourselves and our primate ancestors, but to discount the value of our more primitive parts of our brain is foolish. No memory is more powerful than one triggered by scent or taste. Home may be a long way away, but visiting it is as simple as cooking and enjoying a meal.

See also: Azalina Eusope Stirs, and Stirs, Her First Batch of Kaya

Azalina's Penang Curry Bomb

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Porchetta Nachos at The Whole Beast

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Off the Grid's Picnic at the Presidio: Like a Day in Dolores, But Better Food, Drinks, and Grass

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante

Our monthly review explores the city's varied food trucks gatherings, one at a time, breaking down each one with statistics, descriptions of the scene, and vital info to help you plan a trip there.

Location: Presidio Parade Grounds, near Main Post and Walt Disney Museum

Schedule: Every Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through October 27th

Market Info Website: Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Approximate Number of Trucks/Vendors: 18 mobile food kitchens, 8 farmers market stalls, plus 6 retail food and outdoor goods merchants

Parking/Public Transit: Yes; Muni

Restrooms: Rows of porta-potties

Music: DJ playing a nice mix of music with enough energy to get you to dance, but mellow enough to allow you to nap

Booze: Bloody Marys, Mimosas, beer, wine, cocktails

Seating: Grass; bring a blanket

Best for: Groups and families

Other notes: Dogs are allowed; bring sunscreen and some friends.

For the first in a new monthly series that reviews not the food trucks but the locations they occupy, it was hard to ignore the warm weather this weekend and a visit to the first of the Picnic at the Presidio series. Certainly Sunday's amazing weather helped the market and our feelings about it, but even with less sun and a few more layers, the picnic would be equally enjoyable.

See also:Food Trucking Events: Cloth Napkins and Blankets

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Porchetta Nachos at The Whole Beast

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Hoofing Burgers at Fins on the Hoof

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Food Trucking Events: Cloth Napkins and Blankets

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Grab a blanket, grub, and sun at Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic - J. SCHELL
  • J. Schell
  • Grab a blanket, grub, and sun at Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic

Civility isn't something you associate with food truck events, but are you really looking for "wholesome" among the carts? Part of the fun is the mass of humanity, the snaking lines, the comparing of food tips with strangers, and the discovery we have more room in our stomachs than we previously thought. Food trucking is the culinary equivalent of music festivals: you do it for the communal social experience as much as for the performances.

Showcasing a more refined side to the trucks are two events: Off the Grid Presidio Picnic (with full drink menu!) and Fiveten Burgers making a pop-up appearance (get a taste of what the future brick and mortar location may bring) at Trace.

See also: Food Truck Bite of the Week: Hoofing Burgers at Fins on the Hoof

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Porchetta Nachos at The Whole Beast

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Fiveten Deep in Burgers

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Porchetta Nachos at The Whole Beast

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante

Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.

The Truck: The Whole Beast

The Cuisine: Whole animal cuisine

Specialty Items: Sandwiches, smoked meats and veggies

Worth the Wait in Line? At peak dinner time, a total 13 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.

The way we eat is largely defined by our culture and upbringing, but globally there is one thing we can all agree on: The smell of food cooked over a wood fire or smoke will trigger a reaction from the primitive and logical parts of our brain that politely says, "Fuck yes!"

Watching John Fink and his team at The Whole Beast pull a large, dark, bronzed stump of porchetta out of the large Southern Pride smoker oven at last week's Fort Mason edition of Off the Grid, the smell had my brain in overdrive like broker on the stock exchange shouting, "Buy! Buy! Buy!" at the pork belly market.

See also: Food Truck Bite of the Week: Porchetta Sandwich at Roli Roti

The Best Things We're Eating and Drinking at Outside Lands: Day 2

Dish Duel: The Great Porchetta Smackdown

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Side Pony Gets Into Swing at Off The Grid

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Duck larb sandwich by Side Pony. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Duck larb sandwich by Side Pony.

If you haven't yet been to the new season of Off The Grid's Fort Mason Fridays, there are plenty of intriguing new food and drink options that await you there. One of our new favorites is Side Pony, which specializes in remixing non-bunned dishes into sandwich form.

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-Sign of Spring: Off The Grid Returns to Fort Mason

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