Off the Grid Announces Vendors for Inaugural Market

The grand opening of the Belmont food trucks market has been pushed back one week to Feb. 25.

[Editor's Note: Off the Grid trucks will begin serving Belmont on Monday, Feb. 25, NOT Feb. 18 as originally scheduled.]

In January, the Belmont Planning Commission granted the application for a conditional use permit to the company, Off the Grid, to operate the al fresco grab-and-go grub that's become so popular nationwide.

Off the Grid will roll its trucks on Mondays from 5-9 p.m.  in the north Caltrain parking lot in the 1300 block of El Camino Real. (On the site of the Sunday Farmer's Market.)

According to its website, Off the Grid "is your roaming food truck extravaganza....bringing you delicious food with a free side of music, craft and soul."

Week one's featured trucks will be: The Chairman, Hiyaaa Roll, Sanguchon SF, Sam's Chowder, El Sur, Hapa SF, Del Popolo and Kara's Cupcakes.

According to a press release issued by Off the Grid, the food truck company began in June 2010, "With the simple idea that grouping street food vendors together would create an experience that would allow neighbors to connect with friends, and families to reconnect with each other. Since then Off the Grid has worked hard to develop markets that are both located in urban cores of cities, and that utilize spaces that are not easily activated effectively throughout the day"

Currently, Off the Grid operates 16 weekly markets in the greater Bay Area, and works with nearly 150+ vendors weekly.

Off the Grid will provide lights, chairs, trash/recycle receptacles and covered areas in case of rain.

For more information, check out Off the Grid's website by clicking here.

Will you try out Off the Grid food trucks? Have you eaten at food truck markets in other cities? Tell us in the comments below.

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Justin March 06, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Michael--4 hours one day a week has zero effect on 5 Guys or Panda, regardless of the food they're selling. There were no traffic issues--I observed and even asked a police officer. Money is inconsequential. There are some things that are good for a city, regardless of whether they generate income. Please come to the lot next Monday and have dinner. There is so much positive buzz and people talking and visiting. There's a vibe that is good for our city. Maybe you should learn a few backroads, or just suck it up on Mondays. You're sounding like a Debbie Downer.
Michael Craig March 07, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Justin-my response is-Utter Nonsense. Of course it creates more traffic. I drive it every Monday and I have figured out the back roads but it is creating more traffic but you would not know that if you have not driven it every Monday night for the past 6 years as I have. Why don't you try supporting some of the local restaurants in Belmont and stop acting like no businesses are affected because of this.That too is Utter Nonsense. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer but reality is reality.
Justin March 07, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Michael--I agree that your response is Utter Nonsense. I support restaurants in Belmont 5 nights a week. One little 4 hour window, one day a week affects no business. Period. Embrace the food trucks--and have some wine with your whine.
David Hasselbacher March 12, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I love the idea of the food truck market in Belmont. We just tried it tonight and returned home with a few impressions. First, the assortment of food among the 7 or 8 trucks leaves something to be desired. Where is the garlic noodles truck? A BBQ truck, burger truck, cupcake truck(which closed up and was out of treats with well over an hour left) and a few others is okay but could be better. I think there should be more trucks for more variety and also to thin out the lines a bit since there were at least 20 plus people waiting at each truck. We waited at least 45 minutes in line to order and then get our food, and this was at 8:00. There is no way people are going to wait that long for food truck chow on a consistent basis. They need to work out some kinks and it could be a big hit long term.
Tommy Tee March 13, 2013 at 08:44 PM
That's interesting. I thought there was a great selection. There was Vietnamese, Korean, Burgers/Fries, Ribs, Sam's Chowder, Chairman Bao Buns, Empanadas, Peruvian Sandwiches, and Cupcakes. If you don't want to wait in line, you probably shouldn't go, as it's the nature of food trucks. Once you order, though, you don't wait long. Honestly, I think people will still go and wait in line. It's a social event.


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