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Berkeley’s Off the Grid with a kid

If you’re thinking about moving family dinner to Berkeley’s new Off the Grid, you’re not alone. In fact, you will likely be swarming with like-minded families hoping to get a few tastes of the street food scene before bedtime. I tried it on week two and waited in line for about an hour before I got my family’s falafel; I have other friends who have waited and just given up in frustration. Next time I go, I plan to arrive at 5pm on the dot and see if I can fare any better. I’ll also pack a few snacks for hungry little ones (or pregnant ones) with no patience.

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El Cerrito mom, Sunny McKay, thinks that Off the Grid with a kid is a great idea! Her son Lucas is old enough that he can hold a place in line as she scouts out other lines. They’ve been twice and here’s their report:

The first time we ate at Hapa SF and the snowcone place, this last time we were in line at FiveTen Burger for their grilled cheese sandwiches, but the line wasn’t moving at all. So we hopped in line at Hapa SF. He loves the adobo chicken. We topped it off with a treat from CupKates.

Tips: if you have more than one adult, you can branch out and eat from two different places. With one adult, you have to get all the food from the same place. Also, it’s good to bring your own knife if you need to split something; sometimes the disposable knives break.

Off The Grid Berkeley is a weekly market of local food truck vendors offering prepared “gourmet street foods” based on sustainable and local business practices. In addition to the trucks, some local Gourmet Ghetto restaurant chefs (like Saul’s) are offering a version of their own street food. It happens every Wed night 5-9pm as of June 1, 2011. It lives in that little triangle of the gourmet ghetto at Shattuck and Rose where the Farmer’s Market lives on Thursdays.


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You can follow which trucks and neighborhood chefs will be appearing each week by liking Off the Grid on Facebook, signing up for emails through the Gourmet Ghetto website, or checking out

[photo from Sunny of Zak and Lucas happily eating from Hapa SF]

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2 thoughts on “Berkeley’s Off the Grid with a kid”

  1. We’ve (my kids ages 10 and 5, and me) been three times now.
    1st week – we turned around and left because of the lines and my little one couldn’t take the chaos.

    2nd week – went with my older one only. Stood in line for 15 minutes at Liba Falafel and got order (hot and delicious) five minutes later.

    3rd week – went with both kids again (at the 6:00 hour) and the lines everywhere were quite short. We waited less than five minutes for our falafel and both kids LOVED it. Little one got a Cupkates and Big one got a snow ball.

    I think it would be more fun (especially for the little ones) to plan on meeting friends there. That way the adults and older kids can branch out in to more lines and still get the timing right to eat together.

    Speaking of eating together – I love that Off the Grid supplies chairs! But I saw other folks came prepared with a blanket and set up a picnic on the grassy divide.

    I love it.

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