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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Truck Stop: Eating All the Surf & Turf At Off the Grid Fort Mason

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Salt & Pepper Soft-Shell Crab from An the Go - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Salt & Pepper Soft-Shell Crab from An the Go

This season, the Fort Mason edition of Off the Grid is featuring a market exclusive item from many vendors. The items range from the simple and comforting to the exotic and extreme. In this third part of five we attempt to taste all of them--one bite at a time.

There's something quite natural about eating seafood from a truck at this market. Perhaps it's the bay and Pacific within viewing distance, or the boats lined up along the north end of the marina. While the catch at the market isn't necessarily coming from fishermen on those boats, there are some tasty and fresh options to be found.

With Off the Grid Fort Mason edition hosting a special Forth of July edition this week, it's the perfect excuse to give some of these a try.

See also:- Truck Stop: Food Truck World Tour

- Truck Stop: Mainline the Swine at Off the Grid Fort Mason

An the Go: Salt & Pepper Soft-Shell Crab ($14)

One of the best things I tried in my search for specialty items, the crab in this dish is is crisp and flavorful without being oily. Accompanied by a mild sriracha aioli and a large helping of the truck's famous garlic noodles, this was big enough to share among a few people. The noodles are rich, laced with minced garlic and parmesan cheese along with other secret ingredients complemented the crab nicely.

  • Lou Bustamante

The Chairman: Miso Clam Chowder ($5.50)

If the fog rolls in and you are in need of a dish that won't get cold quickly and will warm up your bones, then grab a cup of this chowder from the perpetually busy Chairman truck. Big chunks of clams, potatoes, and bacon tread in a decadent broth rich with butterfat and miso. It's a little hard to share, but makes a nice addition if paired with the smaller steamed buns for a meal.

  • Lou Bustamante

J Shack*: Okonomi Crepe ($9)

A fun new truck giving crepes a Japanese twist. While some of the sweet crepes were tasty, I kept feeling like there were cultural references or traditions I was missing. The savory ones, on the other hand, were different and deliciously interesting. The Okonomi crepe in particular combines all of the okonomiyaki ingredients in handheld form. Filled with a mix of sautéed pork, cabbage, bay shrimp, bean sprouts, green onions, bonito flakes, sauce, and Japanese mayo, the crepe melds two worlds wonderfully.

*While this truck won't be at Fort Mason this Friday, its worth looking for them there in the future

  • Lou Bustamante

Little Green Cyclo: Fresh Spring Rolls ($7)

This Vietnamese staple offers a very traditional rendition of a pork and shrimp spring roll, served with a side of creamy peanut sauce. The flavors are clean and bright, perfect for those warmer evenings or when the fog takes a rare holiday. Also go well with the truck's tater tots.

  • Lou Bustamante

The Taco Guys: Kalua Pork ($5) and Maui Fish Taco ($6)

While some will balk at the price of the tacos, the large tortilla holds some well thought out flavors. Make your own Hawaiian surf and turf like we did: a kalua pork taco, with shredded pork glazed with soy and a Maui fish taco with crisp fried rock cod. The pork has just the right balance of sweet and salty, and the fish taco crunches with aloha spirit, a nice twist to the more common Baja-style fish tacos.

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