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.
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