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May 28, 2012 03:44 PM

Off the Grid is Off the HOOK!

So I flew to Cali for the first time and checked out Off the Grid in Fort Mason. We seriously need that in NYC! Trucks here have the hardest time staying in one spot without the NYPD ticketing them into bankruptcy! We got garlic noodles from An the Go, some kim chi chicken kabobs, grilled chicken and rice, chairman baos, and strawberry tiramisu from the toga truck!

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  1. ..."strawberry tiramisu from the toga truck!"
    i'm sure you meant koja kitchen.

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    1. re: shanghaikid

      lol that's what I meant. I didn't get a pic of the truck so I forgot the name.

    2. @SGS +1
      Had res for dinner with my son at Green's last Friday night. (I'm veg and he's accommodating). I was totally beyond disappointed in Green's, menu and taste-wise.
      We exited as quickly as we could.
      Moved on to OTG -a really fine experience.
      Decent music, good food and a fabulous vibe.
      I live in Westchester, NY, and have have no illusions of a NY Off the Grid suburban offshoot, but I'm so glad we stumbled on to OTG SF.
      My early 20's son lives in Mt View and plans on organizing a trip to OTG with his friends soonest.

      1. Yes! I've been there 3 times now, and I enjoy it every time. Being able to try different cuisines all in one spot is great. Some of my favorites are the sisig burritos from Senor Sisig and the Sexy Fries from CurryUp Now. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. :)

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        1. re: westcoaststyle

          The Sexy Fries (with chicken tikka masala) from Curry Up Now are one of the very few truck foods I've found to be better than just a novelty. They're delicious, a decent value, and the service is fairly quick. I think it's telling that Curry Up Now was one of the first "gourmet" food trucks in SF -- they got into it with an innovative, well-thought out product, and weren't just jumping on the food truck bandwagon.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            damn that sounds good! I'm seriously hoping the food truck scene gets the attention it deserves in NYC. It's just the overall atmosphere that's awesome. I recently went to a Food Truck Rally event in Brooklyn and the turnout was great - but only about a dozen trucks and a lot of special permits were needed to have made it possible. We need OTG here in NY!! Here are some more shots I took.

            1. re: StreetGrubSteve

              You know what I wish we had here, it's Portland's food truck pods. Portland appears to have ten times as many food trucks as San Francisco. It seems like anywhere there is a parking lot, there is at least one food truck parked there. There was one pod that had perhaps twenty or thirty trucks, all of them cuisines of different countries, and one of them sold only reindeer sausages, which I didn't get to try, alas. I much envy Portland their food trucks.

              1. re: dunstable

                no way! I've never heard of that..always thought food truck parks came from cali! I'll look into that- and maybe take a trip there to see. thanks for the info dunstable!

            2. re: Ruth Lafler

              curry up rarely ever goes to the east bay - but, i believe they are heading in your direction. Off the Grid is setting up a weekly event in Alameda - and Curry up Now is listed as one of the recurring trucks.

              1. re: majordanby

                Cool! Alameda is really having a happening food scene these days. It's really being driven (IMHO) by the new movie theater, which has brought more people -- and especially more young people -- to Park Street in the evening. A lot of them seem to be fairly affluent young Asian-Americans from Bay Farm, who are up on all the latest food trends.

                As for CurryUpNow, fortunately for me, one of their regular stops is the Truck Stop location on Mission, which is quite near to my office.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I was in alameda and mission. It was part of a 2 week long drive from SF to SD, stopping every few days to do eat everything in sight and I went back to NY 15lbs heavier! I had fried chicken and a pork sandwich at the local mission eatery i think it was called and this really awesome creme brulee pastry thing in the bakery in the back. I can totally see me moving to Cali one day. I want to try curryupnow so badly!

            3. I second that. Off the Grid is a great time. I've found it interesting that food trucks in SF often try serving more unique versions of foods, and a more creative approach altogether compared to NY. The flipside is the lack of a Smorgasburg type event in SF.

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              1. re: sugartoof

                that's where I'm going actually- the smorgasburg! Have you ever been? It was suggested by one of my readers and will be part of my 30 day challenge!

                1. re: StreetGrubSteve

                  Last years Smorgasburgs were really great, but it's much more contained than Off the Grid, since it's an outdoor food fair, and many of the vendors are the same ones you see at every food fair.

                  NY has smaller food truck events in Hell's Kitchen, and under the Highline you can look into. I find it easier to keep track of what trucks exist in NY, and find their schedules.

                  Speaking of which, does anyone know of a site that reviews, and tracks all the various food trucks in SF?