Off the Grid takes food trucking in the Bay Area to the next level. What started in 2010 as an idea to group food truck vendors has turned into a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a cult following. Off the Grid takes place all over San Francisco depending on the time and day. They currently manage 23 different food markets weekly with over 125 different trucks, so it’s worth doing a bit of homework before setting off.
Two of the best spots to catch Off the Grid include the Fort Mason Center and the Presido. Thanks to those locations, Off the Grid goes picnic style. They’re also a few of the only OTGs that serve alcohol. Don’t miss the Chairman Bao truck for some mean pork belly buns, and Curry Up Now for a Tikka Burrito and Sexy Fries. The expert chefs in each truck are known for throwing in their own twists on classic dishes from around the world. There is undoubtedly something for everyone, so the set-up is perfect for a group activity. Start with a few unique snacks to share, then grab a full meal from your favorite vendor. But be sure to save room for dessert—there are always a few trucks on hand that specialize in mouth-watering treats.
No matter which market you make it out to, expect plenty of seating and inviting, outdoorsy decor and, occasionally, live music. Check out the schedule to do a bit of planning ahead. Remember to bring cash and get there early because the the favorites are known to disappear quickly. Lastly, because it is San Francisco—and because it is outside—bring layers.