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Off The Grid

Don’t come here if you’re looking for a light snack. You could, in theory, get one here, but you probably won’t.

Off The Grid is a weekly gathering of food trucks in the Fort Mason area of San Francisco. I’m sure you’ve heard about the food truck craze, and probably think it’s either the greatest thing to happen to food in history, or this week’s stupid hipster gimmick. I wouldn’t go to either extreme – the craze does have many of the makings of a fad, but there’s no denying that the young chefs running these businesses are doing some amazing things with food.

 Filipino banh mi, Korean tacos, empanadas, and just about any other cuisine/mash-up you can imagine are available there.

The trend of fusing Korean, Chinese, Indian Filipino, and other world cuisine with Mexican food (Korean Tacos, Indian burritos, etc.) is actually a pretty natural fit, especially for something like a food truck. After all, all they’re really adding is a tortilla, which has a fairly neutral flavor that goes with just about anything.  It’s also a convenient, edible container, which is pretty useful when there’s no seating, which is usually the case with food trucks. It also happens to be absolutely delicious.

Becky and I have been meaning to go for months, and last Friday, we finally got around to it.

We ended up sampling the food from several different vendors, and we probably could have gone to several more. Shockingly, we were able to exercise a bit of restraint.

I guess this post isn't about much else...if you're in San Francisco, check out Off The Grid. And next time you see a food truck, give it a chance. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised.

You’ll have to forgive the quality of the photos. All we had was a cellphone camera.

Fort Mason, San Francisco

Adobo Chicken banh mi from Hapa SF

Pork and duck tacos from Kung-Fu Tacos

Onion pancakes from Happy Dumpling

Pork and cabbage/shrimp and chive dumplings from Happy Dumpling

Chai banana fritters from Azalina's