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Off The Grid’s 1st Theme Party: “Hot Food, Cold Nights” – Food Trucks – Eater SF

Off The Grid’s 1st Theme Party: “Hot Food, Cold Nights” – Food Trucks – Eater SF.

The folks at Off the Grid are mixing up the formula this week with Hot Food, Cold Nights, a new way of experiencing this food truck mash up we first told you about here. Rather than pay as you go, the price of one admission ticket will get you a food item at each truck once you’re in, and only 100 tickets will be sold. $35.

Saturday 2 July, McCoppin Hub,


burger-truck face off. That’s right.

We’ve been wondering why this city full of food trucks didn’t have one devoted to the burger (hmm!) and now, lo and behold, we have two! Here’s the scoop, straight from SF EATER. Of note, the second truck they mention, Doc’s By the Bay, also has a vegetarian option that sounds kinda good, actually…

These guys can be found (among other locations) at some of the Off the Grid hotspots, check the OTG website for details (for more Off the Grid commentary, jump here)

Burger Truck Faceoff 2011: Doc’s of the Bay vs. Fivetenburger

Friday, May 13, 2011, by Carolyn Alburger
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In the great tradition of January’s BBQ Truck faceoff, we now bring you Burger Truck Faceoff 2011. We’ve heard numerous complaints about the lack of burger-wielding food trucks in San Francisco of late. And soon, where there were none, there shall be two—both of them flipping burgers to-order from an on-truck griddle. As Zak Silverman’s Doc’s of the Bay deals with its public hearings for two future Mission locations, we learn of new player Fivetenburger, suiting up for action. Both burger vehicles will be rolling up to Off the Grid’s Civic Center edition for the next two Tuesdays. So consider it your fleeting chance to try the contenders side-by-side. Behold now, the vitals for each.

510%20Burger.jpg1) Fivetenburger
Mastermind: San Antonio-native and former Bar Johnny chef Roland Robles
Burger Style: Choice of grain-fed Golden Gate Meats or Eel River Ranch 100% grass-fed ground beef on a proprietary North Beach Bakery Co. bun Robles “spent months perfecting”
Special Sauce?: Yes. Housemade spicy mustard, garlic mayo and a “secret spice mix”
Location: Off the Grid, Civic Center
The Extras: A cage-free egg, applewood bacon or garlic fries can be added to each order.
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Doc%27s%20Burger.jpg2) Doc’s of the Bay
Mastermind: New Jersey-native Zak Silverman
Burger Style: Organic black Angus beef, Mid-Western smashburger technique
Special Sauce?: Yes. Housemade ketchup and a special ratio of minced onions worked into each patty
Location: Washington St. by the TransAmerica building, Off the Grid, Civic Center on Tuesdays, every other Sunday outside Homestead, possibly two locations in the Mission next month
The Extras: Doc’s has a black bean veggie burger that’s been driving vegetarians crazy


is butterscotch the new caramel??? we’re calling it a new trend here at MUS•e•YUM

just spotted, butterscotch pudding layered with chocolate at Pinky’s Bakery, epicenter of inked-bakery-goodness in the heart of the SOMA district. A foodie friend and I were talking scones the other day and he mentioned his own killer recipe for butterscotch scones, and it got us to thinking here at MUS•e•YUM . . . Caramel, beware.

We submit to you the kitchen-sink style ”Crack” cookies of hot new food truck, 3-SUM EATS, which feature prominently butterscotch chips. The only pudding on celebrity chef/owner Ryan Scott’s dessert menu is butterscotch. But, that’s not the only place to get your butterscotch pudding fix. You can find it at Susie Cakes in the Marina, as well. We think we might be seeing the making of a trend.

But perhaps the most decadent offering of  them all, and the one that seals the deal for us, was found recently at Off the Grid. On the heels of a salted caramel love-fest here in San Francisco what did we find. . . ? The butterscotch parisian macarons of Christopher David, sold, courtesy the Curbside Coffee truck.

We love the idea here at MUS•e•YUM. What do you think? Caramel or Butterscotch? The phone lines are open.


MUS-e-YUM does 3-SUM . . .

 

3-SUM-EATS at Off the Grid, Haight

3-SUM-EATS at Off the Grid, Haight

-and MUS-e-YUM loved it.

3-SUM-EATS, the new venture by Top Chef Alumnus Ryan Scott, made its debut tonight at Off the Grid/Haight and despite the rain, and despite feeling unwell, I made the trek because the menu sounded so good . . .

Ryan, you had me at the fried gnocchi tater tots, in your dirty ranch dressing, no less. And, frankly, you had me when I heard the name of your food truck. But then, there was more. There was the beef short rib sandwich. the Roasted Pear Salad. The maple/ bacon cupcake. THE CRACK COOKIE.

buttermilk cupcakes with maple/bacon frosting at 3-SUM-EATS, Off the Grid Haight

buttermilk cupcakes with maple/bacon frosting at 3-SUM-EATS, Off the Grid Haight

 

It was a cold and rainy night but it was so worth it. The prices aren’t cheap but when you see the size of the portions, most can (should?) be split by two people. And there was no line!  If you’ve been wanting to try an Off the Grid without all the crowds, this location is for you. (On a rainy evening.)

menu at Ryan Scott's 3-SUM-EATS food truck, OTG HAIGHT

menu at Ryan Scott's 3-SUM-EATS food truck, OTG HAIGHT


off the grid, street food festival in Fort Mason

eating cactus huarache from El Huarache Loco, OFF the GRID Street Food Festival, Fort Mason, SF

eating cactus huarache from El Huarache Loco at OFF the GRID Street Food Festival, Fort Mason, SF

Mobile street food vendors have become something of a phenomenon here in San Francisco and beyond. From whoopie pies (gobs) to paella, from Korean tacos to Indian burritos, local entrepreneurs have focused their business on a specialty dish or two and have taken their food to the streets, via bikes, carts, backpacks or trucks. While most rely on social networking to broadcast the time and place one can find them (facebook, twitter and their own websites), the organization “Off the Grid” has emerged to not only bring a bunch of the vendors to a single location but also to provide a venue for live music and fun for a ‘foodie’ crowd (oh, and they sell booze).

It’s a weekly street food festival and it’s a blast!

The particular mix of vendors changes from event to event. As of this post you can find festivals weekly at the following times/locations. Check out the Off the Grid website for details.

Thursday Nights: Upper Haight
Stanyan and Waller Streets, San Francisco 4-8.30pm

Friday Lunch: Civic Center
In Front of City Hall, 11am-2.30pm

Friday Nights: Fort Mason Center, 5pm-9pm

banana fritters and lacy crepes with Malaysian mint chicken curry by Azalina Malaysian Lacy Crepes

banana fritters and lacy crepes with Malaysian vegetarian curry by Azalina Malaysian Lacy Crepes

paella by Venga Paella

paella by Venga Paella

eating Bhel Puri from Soul Cocina at Off the Grid, Fort Mason, SF

eating Bhel Puri and chicken curry from Soul Cocina at Off the Grid, Fort Mason, SF

huarache with cactus by El Huarache Loco

huarache with cactus by El Huarache Loco

Chairman Bao Bun Truck at Off the Grid Fort Mason

Chairman Bao Bun Truck at Off the Grid Fort Mason, the line was soooo long!

Chairman Bao Bun truck at Fort Mason, Off the Grid street food festival

Chairman Bao Bun truck at Fort Mason, Off the Grid street food festival

Chairman Bao Bun truck, my pick for the coolest design

Chairman Bao Bun truck, my pick for the coolest design

dinner music at Off the Grid

dinner music at Off the Grid