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Food Truck Craze Hits Bay Area in Style with Local, Delicious Eats on the Street

Looking for some tasty street food in the bay? Check out these mobile food trucks.


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Mobile food trucks are taking the nation by storm, but are they just a trend? Street food has evolved with local gourmet chefs serving up locally-sourced, organic, in-season dishes. With mobile food vendors organizing in numbers at weekly gatherings and yearly festivals, they might be here to stay. If you’re out and about, be sure to check out Diablo’s picks for best street food in San Francisco and the East Bay.


Berkeley
Located in the Gourmet Ghetto, Off The Grid offers ten trucks and a alternating line-up of local food vendors. CupKates, Liba Falafel, Hapa SF, and The Taco Guys are just a sample of what you might spot here.
Off The Grid, Wednesdays 5 to 9 p.m., Shattuck Ave. and Rose St., Berkeley.

Newark
Street Eats might feel more like an outdoor food court as it’s located in the Macy’s parking lot outside the mall. Grill Stars, MoGo, That’s Sweet Dessert, 51st State, MoBowl, and Tikka Bytes are a few of the grubs you can get your hands on here.
Street Eats, Second and fourth Fridays 4:30 to 9 p.m., NewPark Mall, 2086 NewPark Mall, Newark.

Oakland - Weekly
Chow down on fancy food cart fare at Bites on Broadway. Fist of Flour, Conchita Linda, 51st State, Sue’s Sassy Pies, and Nick’s Wheel Good Breakfast are what you might get a taste of here.
Bites on Broadway, Fridays 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Broadway and 45th Street, Oakland.

Oakland - Yearly
Mark your calendar the Eat Real Festival, the food truck extravaganza, featuring all food from tacos a hundred different ways, BBQ, flatbread, noodles, curry, falafel, and ice cream for $5 for less. See live food demos, make D.I.Y. projects, and learn about backyard farming at this once-a-year fest.
Eat Real Festival, September 23-25, Jack London Square, Oakland, www.eatrealfest.com.

Sonoma
Designed with the foodie in mind, Food Truck Fridays lets you enjoy Indian food, fried artichoke and herbs, lamb sliders, sweet potato fries, or Greek wraps. There’s also kid-friendly food like hot dogs, too.
Food Truck Fridays, Last Friday of the month 6 to 9:30 p.m., Sebastiani Winery, 389 4th St., Sonoma, (707) 933-3230, www.sebastiani.com.

San Francisco
Every Friday, the largest food truck gathering in the city boasts 30 trucks. Off The Grid is great for a group of people who can’t decide on what to eat because you can sample many treats for different tastes without breaking the bank. Stop by the Crème Brulee Cart for their decadent Nutella and strawberry dessert, or try the lavender or the Mexican chocolate flavors; just make sure to get your own, as they’re too delicious to share. Chairman Bao is sure to satisfy with their crowd pleasing Chinese steamed and baked buns. Early arrival is strongly encouraged to avoid long lines akin to Disney Land.
Fort Mason Center parking lot, Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd., Fridays 5 to 10 p.m., San Francisco, Offthegridsf.com.

Smaller food truck events, with anywhere from two to 13 trucks, happen almost every day in the city.

Monday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Civic Center plaza, McAllister and Polk streets.

Tuesday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., U.N. Plaza, Market Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

Wednesday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5M, Fifth and Minna streets.

Thursday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., U.N. Plaza, Market Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.
5 to 9 p.m., Upper Haight, Stanyan and Waller streets.

Friday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Civic Center plaza, McAllister and Polk streets.

Saturday
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., McCoppin Hub, Valencia and McCoppin streets.