With the weather warming up as spring approaches, dining in the streets is a popular option on Friday nights, especially in Oakland ever since the arrival of Off The Grid.

First made popular in San Francisco, OTG is the festive food truck gathering connecting innovative vendors with hungry pop-up-crazed food lovers in the bay. While there’s been at least one attempt to mimic a similar food truck event in Oakland, none bring the experience and marketing pull as OTG.

Friday Night Fun
Starting this winter, OTG has parked from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, as part of the museum’s Friday Nights @ OMCA event. A side street is closed off for about six or seven food trucks, along with some dancing and beer and wine.

I visited last Friday and enjoyed the family-friendly atmosphere and the variety of food trucks, including my chance to try for the first time the garlic noodles from AnTheGo ($9 for a big pile of noodles with a skewer of your choice). There were also popular stand-bys like The Chairman, Go Streatery and Koja Kitchen. But the trucks change week-to-week, so this coming Friday’s line up might be different. (Don’t forget that this Friday night is also the First Friday street party in nearby Uptown.)

I’m glad to see Oakland Museum attracting more crowds, even if they’re just mingling on the streets. Maybe people might start exploring the exhibits to walk off their Friday night dinner.

 

Pacific Puffs food truck preps for the arrival of the Oakland crowd

Pacific Puffs food truck preps for the arrival of the Oakland crowd

I always make a stop at The Chairman food truck, especially when there's no crazy lines. I tried the spicy chicken bun with pickled carrots and tasty miso crispy tofu bun.

I always make a stop at The Chairman food truck, especially when there’s no crazy lines. I tried the spicy chicken bun with pickled carrots and tasty miso crispy tofu bun.

Go Streatery food truck was promoting some new items

Go Streatery food truck was promoting some new items for the season

The lights from the museum provided a dramatic night-time setting for the evening

The lights from the museum provided a dramatic night-time setting for the evening

The humungous serving of garlic noodles (with yuzu shrimp) from AnTheGo food truck for $9. (I saved some for lunch the next day.)

The humungous serving of garlic noodles (with yuzu shrimp) from AnTheGo food truck for $9. (I saved some for lunch the next day.)

The Oakland Museum of California provided a fun and creative environment for Off The Grid

The Oakland Museum of California provided a fun and creative environment for Off The Grid

Dessert was this salted cream puff ($3.50) from Pacific Puffs

Dessert was this salted cream puff ($3.50) from Pacific Puffs

People sat around the glow of a wood-burning pit in the cool evening air

People sat around the glow of a wood-burning pit in the cool evening air

2 Responses to Off The Grid Sparks Friday Nights at Oakland Museum

  1. Row says:

    I like reading about these food-themed events… it’s great to see people out and about, discovering their community. Oooh, I see those yummy garlic noodles again! The yuzu shrimp sounds so good. Don’t know why, but it’s hard to find yuzu over here (must be the snow or something). It’s one of my favourite flavours.

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    What a great way to draw visitors to the museum after hours like that. The setting is so great. And the food didn’t look too shabby, either. 😉