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Quesabirria and Hot Chicken Sandwiches: Off-Grid Food Truck Markets Return to the Peninsula | Peninsula Foodist | The peninsula foodist

By Anthony Shu

The opening night of the first Off the Grid Market in downtown Menlo Park. Photo by Michelle Le.

With the weather warming up, it’s time again to dine alfresco and line up at funky Bay Area food trucks painted with mascots like a hip-hop rooster and a fruit-loving version of Poseidon. of sea.

Off the Grid, which operates food truck markets throughout the Bay Area, is bringing back its Peninsula and South Bay markets next week. The Foster City Market will be held at Leo J. Ryan Park and the Menlo Park Market will be held at 1120 Merrill St. in the Caltrain parking lot. Both events will take place on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and begin on April 6. A store in Daly City is expected to open soon and the markets will close for the winter on October 26.

While it might seem overwhelming to navigate the crowds lined up for a Southern-style barbecue, cheese quesabirria and Singaporean satay, here are a few trucks hitting the peninsula that we’re excited to try. Keep in mind that the rotating cast includes many more restaurants than those listed below. The Foster City market will accommodate 10 trucks and the Menlo Park site will accommodate seven or eight mobile vendors each week.

In Foster City on April 6:

Dominic’s food truck
The mobile outpost of a family business with 34 years of restaurant and catering experience, Dominic’s menu features dishes you might expect to see at a wedding banquet, not in a parking lot. . While sandwiches like cheesesteaks and a grilled crab and cheese sandwich are on offer, the truck also serves more elaborate dishes, including cioppino and porcini mushroom ravioli in cream sauce.

Dump truck
Dum Truck serves Indian soul food, where chef Rupam Bhagat prepares family recipes with a twist from his Culinary Institute of America training. There are a variety of kati rolls which wrap lamb, spinach, chicken or paneer in thin parathas and biryanis which cover meat and basmati rice.

El Fuego
El Fuego mainly focuses on one thing: the bright orange tacos filled with slow-braised beef birria that have taken over the internet in recent years. Make sure you have a cup of consomé, the flavorful liquid in which beef is cooked, to dip and drink.

Hula Truck
Blending Pacific Island dishes with a Northern California twist, Hula Truck serves dishes like Da Situation, tater tots topped with adobo chicken, kalua pork, tocino or lechon. They also boast of having some of the best lumpia in the world, the crispy golden Filipino spring rolls filled here with ground pork, shrimp and water chestnuts.

Six Fifty Classics:


Ribs served with a side of macaroni and cheese cooked with paprika and other spices. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Capelo’s BBQ
This peninsula establishment has been the South Bay Area’s barbecue since 2012.

Sam’s Chowder Mobile
Avoid the long lines at the Coastside institution with Sam’s food truck serving the same lobster rolls, clam chowder and fish and chips that make its Half Moon Bay location a destination.

Sate in the Bay
Savor Singaporean specialties like charred chicken skewers and mixed dishes like a chili crab sandwich at Elly Greenfield’s food truck.

The Gopher’s Roost
Known for its sandwiches where Belgian waffles replace bread and wrap around buttermilk fried chicken, The Waffle Roost will satisfy both sweet and savory lovers.

At Menlo Park on April 6:

Chick N’Bros
Featuring thick Nashville hot chicken sandwiches spiced with chilies ranging from cayenne to sweaty Carolina Reapers, Chick N’ Bros is bold and brash. Prepare portrait mode on your phone to capture the sandwiches covered in sweet and tangy “chicken sauce” and local honey.

Miss Subi
Miss Subi offers a selection of musubi, the ubiquitous Japanese-inspired snack in Hawaii. However, the truck goes beyond the more common form of musubi, a slice of rice-wrapped spam in a sheet of seaweed, and incorporates toppings inspired by cuisines from across Asia. The KBJ Beef Musubi pairs kimchee bacon jam with a beef patty, and a har gow-inspired musubi uses chopped shrimp to mimic the dim sum dumpling.

Mozzeria
This Neapolitan pizzeria is dedicated to creating a space to experience deaf culture and increase career opportunities for deaf people. While the San Francisco restaurant closed during the pandemic, the food truck still serves a menu of classic pizzas with bubbly crusts.

President
One of the Bay Area’s best-known food trucks, The Chairman has built its reputation on moist, steamed bao filled with everything from tender pork belly to crispy tempeh and roasted carrot puree.

Off the Grid’s SFO Food Spot also hosts a food truck during lunch hours Tuesday through Friday. It is located on the departures level outside Terminal 1.

More and more Peninsula food truck pop-ups are being hosted by Moveable.

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