Is your email inbox full of marketing emails from national retailers? It’s hard to resist because we’re all busy…it’s so much easier to just buy your present from a big box store or national retailer when they’re offering BIG discounts and even free shipping/guaranteed shipping before Christmas.
We hope you consider SHIFTING some of your spending this holiday season to a local business because…
There has always been something appealing about getting a quick bite at a taco truck but in the past couple of years, the food truck business has really taken off. I used to go to Off the Grid in the Civic Center and UN Plaza when I was going to UC Hastings but since graduating, I have not really had a chance to get my favorite food truck grubs.
I found out last month that Off the Grid expanded to Hayward and I was definitely excited to check it out. Marc and I along with a few other friends went on Monday night and we got my favorite pork belly and braised pork on steamed bun from The Chairman, a couple of bulgogi tacos from Seoul on Wheels and the super delicous roti bouquet from House of Siam.
Last night, I was in Union City for my internship and my friend/co-intern and I realized that Food Truck Mafia had food trucks set up right by City Hall (near Logan High School) and as if I did not have roti in my system yet from the night before, I got chicken satay skewers and roti with curry from Conklin’s Catering.
From bottom left to top right: The Chairman, House of Siam, Seoul on Wheels and Conklin’s Catering.
Although not all food trucks are independent and locally-owned businesses, a lot of them are. I think it’s a wonderful place for aspiring restauranteurs to give themselves a shot in making it in this super competitive market. I bet it’s less costly for them to get it started and they get customers from all over the bay. One criticism that I often hear is it’s too pricy but I suppose that we pay a little extra for convenience and having a chance to try out all sorts of food.
What’s your favorite food truck?