Tagged: Off the Grid

Jun 17

Nice Sunny Day at Off the Grid at Civic Center

So my colleagues and I have been wanting to eat lunch at Off the Grid at Civic Center for a while now. However, our workload and weather has not been cooperating with us! But today, we finally had sunshine and time to take lunch at Off the Grid. We got there about 12:30pm and the lines were super long at every truck! I took a look at the menus to see what the trucks were offering, there was Seoul on Wheels, Southern Sandwich, Chairman Bao, JapaCurry and CupKates.

Two of us decided on Southern Sandwich and another two decided on Seoul on Wheels. I was in line for Southern Sandwich since the Texas Chopped Beef Brisket and Carolina Style Pulled Pork sounded good and I can get Korean food anytime. As we were in the long line, we noticed a sign stating how many Beef Briskets were left, there were not much left. And as we were getting closer but not close enough, we noticed the Beef Briskets were all sold out and there were a few Pulled Porks left! WHAT?! I turned around and I could hear and see this one lady bitching like crazy. I don’t blame her, but she was really bitching. And then, no more Pulled Pork. *sigh* I stayed in line anyways to get the Mac and Cheese for $2.00, it said it was jalapeno, but when I got the small little dish and tasted it, I was disappointed. It was not only small for the price, there was no spice, not salty enough and what the hell happened to the cheese?!

Luckily our friends were still in line for Seoul on Wheels.  I got the Korrito, which is basically a Korean burrito with choice of meat (mine being bulgogi, the marinated beef), spicy rice, kimchi, cheese, cilantro and sour cream. Now that I finished it, I can’t remember having any sour cream. It was good, the marinated beef was really good and tender! They were all pre-wrapped and kept warm. All my colleagues were very happy with their choices too!

Let’s put it this way, if you get there 1-1.5 hours after the event starts, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Glance at the menu but don’t put your hopes up just in case they run out of the item, the less you expect, the better. The first time I went to an Off the Grid event at Fort Mason, everyone ran out of food, luckily for me the long line at Curry Up Now was worth the wait!  It’s actually nice to go on a sunny day,  just bring your patience with you!

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Jun 26

Hurry Up and Curry Up Now

On Friday night, there was an event called Off the Grid at the Fort Mason Center. I don’t work in downtown San Francisco or in any area that is closeby to these popular food trucks and food carts, so I had to attend this event to see what everyone’s been talking about! It started at 5:00pm and I got there at 7:00pm, needless to say, quite a few food vendors ran out of food and the lines were super long for those who were still serving! I decided to wait in the long line for Curry Up Now since I’ve heard really good reviews.  I have to admit that I was afraid that they were going to tell the line that they were out of food, I think I would have cried cause I was starving. So as I stood in line in the cold windy night, I was hoping for this place not to run out of food or at least have me as their last customer. Please please please, let me make the cut.

I honestly didn’t even know what they served until I got closer to the truck to see the menu. So yes, we were waiting in line for about 30 minutes not knowing what we were planning to eat. When we finally got to the front, the girl taking the order was so nice and sweet, she was just so happy to be taking the order. Even with such an ongoing line, she was not stressed  and didn’t rush us. We wanted the Samosa but they already ran out. So we ordered the Tikka Masala Burrito with Chicken and the Kathi Roll with Beef. Both of these were really good and we loved the concept of the burrito.  And they were both very spicy so they kept us warm in the cold. I’m really glad that I finally got to try Curry Up Now, I hear that their menu changes every so often, but after trying these two items, I am sure that their other menu items will be full of spices too! LOVED it!

I heard that this Off the Grid event will be going on for a few more Fridays at the Fort Mason Center, for more information, check them out on their Off the Grid Website or on their Facebook page! I plan to try the other food trucks I didn’t get to try, and next time, I plan to get there earlier!

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