Shift gears for dinner and park yourselves near the neighborhood food trucks. These rolling restaurants are ideal for families: the whole crew enjoys an inexpensive gourmet meal, everyone gets their choice of cuisine and you get to chill outdoors. Many Bay Area food truck meet-ups are open with COVID-19 precautions and pre-ordering in place so get ready to dine out!

San Francisco

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Off the Grid Fort Mason

Now in its 10th year, Off the Grid at the Fort Mason Center is offering a rotating selection of food trucks to satisfy your take out needs. You'll often find sushi from @shoubufoodtruck and Peruvian eats from @lomolibre. Whatever you choose, it's going to be delicious! 

2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
When: Tues.-Fri. 5-8 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Online: redtri.com 

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SPARK Social SF

SPARK Social SF is a food truck park, beer and sangria garden, and event space located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. There's a rotating selection of food trucks that you can see on their schedule, and many are currently offering pre-ordering so that you can grab your dinner and go. Bonus: Stagecoach Greens mini golf is right across the street if you are looking for some more family fun. 

601 Mission Bay Blvd. North
San Francisco, CA
When
: Weekdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (with trucks rotating 3-5 p.m.), Saturdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Online: redtri.com

 

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Parklab Gardens

Right across the street from SPARK Social SF you'll find another food truck gathering spot, Parklab Gardens. Here you'll find three awesome food trucks: @sf.rasarasa @domingosinternational and @hooktdoughnuts. You can currently order ahead from Rasa Rasa. Reservations are available if your family wants some dedicates space to eat on-site. 

1379 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Online: parklabgardens.com

East Bay

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Off the Grid—El Cerrito

Every Wednesday you'll find this mobile food truck meetup hosted by the City of El Cerrito. Grab your sliders from @curveballmobile and dessert from one of the other food trucks that rotate weekly.

6159 Fairmount Ave.
El Cerrito, CA
When: Wednesdays 5-8 p.m.
Online: redtri.com

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Off the Grid—South Shore Center, Alameda

Check out this pop-up lunch event, open every Saturday with food trucks and live music at Off the Grid: Alameda @ South Shore Center! They're in the parking lot of South Shore Center, a 594,000 square-foot open-air shopping destination featuring a variety of nationally known retailers and restaurants to serve the residents of Alameda.

535 South Shore Center
Alameda, CA
When: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Online: redtri.com

Peninsula/South Bay

 

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Ladygomitas y Misterbirria

If you are looking for that food truck favorite, the birria taco, this is the spot. They are typically open from 5:30-10:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday but follow @ladygomitas2019 on IG for the full scoop. We recommend the quesitacos with a small consomme for dipping. Grab some gummies in tamarind sauce for dessert!

70 Pullman Way
San Jose, CA
When: Wed.-Sun., 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Online: @ladygomitas2019

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Wednesdays at the Hiller Aviation Museum

The parking lot of the Hiller Aviation Museum turns into a food court every Wednesday when several food trucks serve their fresh eats. The trucks rotate weekly so come for your favorite truck or try something new! Check the schedule to see what food trucks you can expect this week. 

601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos, CA
When
: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Online: redtri.com

photo: Kate Loweth

Kona Ice West San Jose—South Bay

When you follow the Kona Ice West San Jose Facebook page, you'll get all the intel on when they'll be delivering to your neighborhood (serving West San Jose, Campbell and Saratoga at the moment). You'll place your order in advance and we definitely recommend you go for the color-changing cups as the kids will love them. Looking for a Kona Ice truck in another neighborhood? Find yours here

Online: facebook.com

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Off the Grid—Serramonte Center

Off the Grid: Serramonte is your Tuesday night dinner spot in Daly City. Join OTG for street food from a rotating list of food trucks right outside Serramonte Shopping Center. 

39 Serramonte Center
Daly City, CA
When: Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m.
Online: redtri.com

photo: Kate Loweth

Mr. Softee NorCal—Throughout the Bay Area

If you want to get soft serve ice cream delivered right to your door, then you need to download the Mr. Softee NorCal App or check the online map. After lunch each day, you can go to the app and find out where the trucks will be that day. Track them in your neighborhood and get ready to place your order.

Online: mistersofteenorcal.com

—Kate Loweth

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