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Dining, SFoodie Off the Grid Holds Curry-Themed Special Night

Off the Grid Holds Curry-Themed Special Night

Don't Worry, Eat Curry Where: McCoppin Hub (at Valencia) When: Saturday, Aug. 6, 5-9 p.m. Cost: As the curry costs Off the Grid is trying out its second themed dinner night, and this time it's curry. The six vendors at…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Food Trucks

By Jonathan Kauffman and John Birdsall Thanks to more hospitable city regulations and the seeding of Off the Grid street-food events at sites around the city, the food-truck scene is finally taking root in San Francisco. Its tendrils are twining…
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Dining, SFoodie This Week: JapaCurry Donating 10 Percent to Japan Quake Relief

This Week: JapaCurry Donating 10 Percent to Japan Quake Relief

Ebisu and Hotei aren't the only S.F. eateries ponying up 10 percent of the week's proceeds for Japanese quake relief. JapaCurry owner Jay Hamada is donating 10 percent of sales this week to the Japanese Red Cross for earthquake and…
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Dining, SFoodie Off the Grid Ft. Mason Center Returns with the Alembic, Tim Luym, JapaCurry

Off the Grid Ft. Mason Center Returns with the Alembic, Tim Luym, JapaCurry

Last December, street-food promoter Matt Cohen told SFoodie readers that 2010 had been a great year for mobile food in the Bay Area, and he vowed to keep it interesting in 2011. Next Friday marks the first delivery on that…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 54: JapaCurry's Chicken Katsu Curry

No. 54: JapaCurry's Chicken Katsu Curry

JapaCurry's jockeying for curb space Downtown might have started a dialog about mobile versus brick-and-mortar, but it hasn't spoiled the food any. The Japanese…
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Dining, SFoodie Friday: Town Hall Meeting to Explain New Mobile Food Rules

Friday: Town Hall Meeting to Explain New Mobile Food Rules

The city's new mobile food ordinance was formally approved back in January, but as anyone closely following the JapaCurry saga can tell you, implementation has still been in the hands of the Police Department's Permits Division. As of Mar. 7,…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Wall Street Journal</em> Reports on JapaCurry Story

Wall Street Journal Reports on JapaCurry Story

Oh, look: The Wall Street Journal noticed JapaCurry's struggle to find a parking spot Downtown. Tomorrow's online edition of the WSJ includes a story by Jim Carlton, who talks to restaurant owners in the FiDi and beyond. One owner is…
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Dining, SFoodie JapaCurry Lands New Spots Downtown, Reaches Compromise on Mission St.

JapaCurry Lands New Spots Downtown, Reaches Compromise on Mission St.

After a few negotiating sessions with the Police Department's permits officer, JapaCurry owner Jay Hamada thinks he's found a solution to his location woes Downtown. Hamada tells SFoodie one of his new locations is 420 Howard, at Fremont, where the…
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Dining, SFoodie January 2011 Openings and Closures

January 2011 Openings and Closures

Remember when January was the sleepiest month, the month that Christmas sweater with leather elbow patches was still in limbo in its box by the front door, as you took weeks to decide whether you'd keep it? The month when…
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Dining, SFoodie Monday: JapaCurry Takes a Detour through SOMA

Monday: JapaCurry Takes a Detour through SOMA

With all the drama swirling around JapaCurry this week, the food has sort of been lost. But you can check out Jay Hamada's take on katsu and other curries Monday in SOMA, in what should be less charged surroundings, when…
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Dining, SFoodie More JapaCurry Parking Space Drama Today

More JapaCurry Parking Space Drama Today

Wednesday's the day JapaCurry has a permit to park on Mission at New Montgomery. Owner Jay Hamada told SFoodie that, to ensure that Harvest and Rowe's Alison…
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Dining, SFoodie Harvest and Rowe Owner Calls It a Coincidence That She Was Blocking JapaCurry

Harvest and Rowe Owner Calls It a Coincidence That She Was Blocking JapaCurry

Harvest and Roe owner Alison Rowe tells SFoodie she's been unfairly depicted as a foe of food trucks, when she's merely one of 20 brick-and-mortar business owners in her immediate neighborhood who have problems with the police Department granting permits…
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Dining, SFoodie Restaurant Owner Succeeds In Blocking JapaCurry Truck

Restaurant Owner Succeeds In Blocking JapaCurry Truck

Update, 4:30 p.m.: Alison Rowe says it was a coincidence that her car was blocking JapaCurry's two spaces, says she's merely one of 20 local brick-and-mortars who object to food trucks in the neighborhood. Note: The original version of this…
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Dining, SFoodie JapaCurry Truck Proposes Three New Locations Downtown

JapaCurry Truck Proposes Three New Locations Downtown

After last week's encounter with an angry restaurant owner, Jay Hamada didn't park his JapaCurry truck on Second Street on Monday and Tuesday. Instead, Hamada submitted three new locations yesterday to Alfreddie Steward, the Police Department's administrative permit officer. Hamada…
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Dining, SFoodie Food Truck Drama, Sushirritos, and Bacon Hot Dogs: This Week in Food Bloggery

Food Truck Drama, Sushirritos, and Bacon Hot Dogs: This Week in Food Bloggery

My favorite stories from the blog this week:1. Food truck drama episode no. 1: John Birdsall talked to the owners of Twirl and Dip, the ice cream truck, about how the city's paperwork-screwup got them kicked them out of a…
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Dining, SFoodie Restaurant Vows to Oust JapaCurry Truck from Legal Spot Downtown

Restaurant Vows to Oust JapaCurry Truck from Legal Spot Downtown

Jay Hamada thought he was doing everything right, spending thousands of dollars and wading through months of confusing permit applications to get the proper licenses for his JapaCurry food truck. But this week, Hamada found out that even if you…
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Dining, SFoodie Despite the Cold, JapaCurry Gets Warm Reception in Debut

Despite the Cold, JapaCurry Gets Warm Reception in Debut

Newcomer JapaCurry received a wet welcome Friday night at OTG Fort Mason Center's 2010 farewell. Still, dozens of people endured heavy rains to get a first taste. The inaugural menu included four curry dishes (pork katsu, chicken katsu, Kurobota sausage,…
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Dining, SFoodie Off the Grid Ft. Mason Center Says Farewell for the Season

Off the Grid Ft. Mason Center Says Farewell for the Season

When it launched in late June, Off the Grid Fort Mason Center was San Francisco's first weekly food pod. On Friday, it says farewell to the 2010 season (it'll return in March 2011). Organized by Matt Cohen and La Cocina,…
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Dining, SFoodie JapaCurry: Japanese Curry Truck Ready to Roll in S.F.

JapaCurry: Japanese Curry Truck Ready to Roll in S.F.

San Francisco's palette of street-food options is about to expand with the expected launch next week of JapaCurry, a food truck specializing in Japanese curry. Owner Mutsuo Hamada ― he goes by Jay ― is in the final stages of…
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