In a city already teeming with delectable eats, San Francisco’s street vendors are redefining the food truck experience with a weekly congregation at one of four locations where local foodies can sample gourmet dishes at affordable prices to a backdrop of live music.
Vendors do not accept credit cards and the trucks are situated in a parking lot where you’ll be hard pressed to find an ATM, so be sure to bring plenty of cash with you.
"Combine this with a trip to Four Barrel, which is just down the street."
If you’ve been meaning to check out San Francisco’s famed food trucks but haven’t had the time to track them all down, you’re in luck. As San Francisco’s street food scene proliferates across the city, residents and visitors are presented with more and more convenient culinary options. Making themselves even more accessible to repeat and first-time customers alike, a group of local street food vendors assemble their trucks ‘Off the Grid,’ at designated sites on Thursday and Friday afternoons and evenings. Among the list of alternating participants in this weekly event are Curry Up Now, Seoul on Wheels, El Porteno Empanadas, Creme Brulee Cart, and Kara’s Cupcakes, along with a multitude of other renowned vendors.
If you’d like to map out your dining experience ahead of time, sign up for Off the Grid’s Eat mailing list at offthegridsf.com to receive email updates regarding which vendors will be participating on a given afternoon or evening. If you’re more of a spontaneous culinary adventurer, just be sure to arrive early to find parking and avoid extensive waits. While Yelpers laud the convenience of finding so much good food from so many different cultures in one place, they also note that the best eats seem to run out the fastest. Should you get stuck in a long line, live music and a lively atmosphere will keep you entertained until it’s your turn to order. A cash bar is also on hand to provide thirst-quenching potents with which to douse your dancing taste-buds.