The opening night of Off the Grid's food-truck gathering at the Menlo Park Caltrain station parking lot in February 2014. (Photo by Michelle Le)
By Kate Bradshaw
After taking a break for the winter, the Bay's food truck market series, Off the Grid, is back for its 2023 season.
Off the Grid returned to Foster City April 5. This year, they’re also offering food truck dining at Stanford University several days a week at two locations, on Campus Drive and Via Ortega.
The initiative began in 2010 to bring street food vendors together and now includes more than 60 weekly public events.
Here are the Peninsula locations that have launched this season so far:
• Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m. - The Shops at Tanforan, 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno
• Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m. - 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City
San Francisco International Airport
• Several days per week (days vary) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - 638 W. Field Road
• Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. - 735 Campus Drive, Stanford
• Several days per week (days vary) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - 401 Via Ortega, Stanford
Among the food trucks slated to make Peninsula visits in the next few weeks are Miss Subi, El Paisa by Los Alegres, Lilo's Kitchen, Borsch Mobile, Korean Bobcha, Rice Bucket, Sam's Chowder Mobile, Señor Sisig and Capelo's Barbecue.
Isaiah Leyva hands an organic shake to Ruby Johnson on the opening night of the Off the Grid food truck event in February 2014. (Photo by Michelle Le)
Notably, Off the Grid does not have any Menlo Park locations listed for this season.
"We are currently not reopening the Menlo Park location this summer but are working with our partners to see what the future of this market could be," Lex Scala, president of Off the Grid, told Peninsula Foodist. "We are always working to bring the best experience to our guests and the small businesses we support."
The city of Menlo Park has permitted Off the Grid to operate through 2025, according to Clay Curtin, the city's public engagement manager.
"To my knowledge we haven’t taken any action to prevent them from returning," Curtin says. "We certainly would like to see them return."
Access the full calendar of Off the Grid events here.