When Off The Grid began a few years ago, I was excited and disappointed at the same time. Excited because there was a central location where street food vendors could park their food trucks, and patrons could have an appetizer at one truck, their main meal from another truck and order dessert from the next truck over. Disappointed because Off The Grid was in San Francisco and I live in the East Bay.
Now, Off The Grid operates 21 weekly markets in the Bay Area and the city of Hayward is one of them. We live next to Hayward so I was pretty excited to learn that OTG was so close. You can find the food trucks on Monday nights, from 5pm-9pm, on the corner of Mission & D Streets. There is also free parking available in the parking garage across the street. Most of the vendors are different each week. You can find the vendor schedule on the OTG Facebook page.
One Monday evening, I convinced Jason that we could quickly drive to Hayward, order the food, and then drive home to eat our dinner. Since it was close to 5pm, I knew that the lines would be short…and I was right! The trip was quick but much was accomplished during our short time there.
It says “San Francisco,” but we were in Hayward. =P
I don’t remember how many trucks were there, but it could be as many as 10 trucks on a given night.
I looked at the vendor list before we headed over and knew that I was interested in at least 5 different street food vendors.
This is the Tender Pork Belly (with Turmeric Pickled Daikon & Green Shiso) Bao from The Chairman Truck.
Sashimi Sushi Burrito from We SushiKamikaze Fries from KoJa Kitchen (Crisscut Fries topped with Korean BBQ Beef, sautéed onions, kimchi, green onions and drizzled with our red sauce and Japanese mayo)
Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts and Lavender Lemonade from Go Streatery and a Double Chocolate Creme Brulee from The Creme Brulee Cart
We enjoyed everything, but I especially loved the Tendor Pork Belly Bao, the Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts, and the Double Chocolate Creme Brulee. Omg!…the double chocolate creme brulee was so delicious!
As we were leaving, the crowds and lines were definitely getting larger. Since we had the kids with us and it was getting close to their bedtimes, I was glad that we brought the food home to eat.
Would I go again? Yes! It would be a fun Girls Night Out and Couples Night Out!
Do you have a favorite street food/food truck vendor?