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Off The Grid’s Telegraph Ave. debut attracts young crowds

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Haste Street was crowded with Berkeley residents and students for the inaugural Telegraph Off The Grid street food market last night. Long lines of customers formed for each of the eight trucks, which served everything from Filipino fusion to southern-style sandwiches to crème brûlée.

Telegraph Off the Grid (OTG) joins similar events in San Francisco, Marin County, Alameda and North Berkeley. In fact, some customers were drawn to the Telegraph premiere because of enjoyable past food truck experiences.

“It always seems like the food the trucks serve is really interesting, and the people making it seem to really care,” said UC Berkeley student Tim Woods. “I think that food from food trucks is better than food from restaurants.”  … Continue reading »

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Why does the street food scene bypass Berkeley?

Skylite Snowballs will be at Berkeley's inaugural Off The Grid event. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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At Berkeley’s Spice of Life Festival yesterday, for the first time in the event’s eight-year history, street carts were part of the mix. Jon’s Street EatsPrimo ParrillaChairman Bao and Skylite Snowballs were among the dozen or so street-food purveyors who signed up to join Gourmet Ghetto chefs and local D.I.Y. food artisans doling out morsels for the masses.

Normally, though, there’s a dearth of brightly colored food trucks roaming the streets of Berkeley, while Oakland, San Francisco and Emeryville have thriving street-eat scenes. A taco truck or two can usually be found in West Berkeley, a couple of food trucks work the Bancroft-Telegraph corridor near campus, and Cupkates makes a weekly appearance on Fourth Street. That’s about it.

Red tape seems the biggest barrier to food trucks cruising city streets. Sidewalk cuisine purveyors say the cost and bureaucratic hassle of doing business in Berkeley make it less desirable to serve meals on wheels here than in other Bay Area locations.

Some point to the fact that the city is already saturated with brick-and-mortar joints, lacks a light industry customer base, and includes a significant student population unwilling to pony up much cash for food. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Suzanne Schafer & Shari Washburn, Ebbett’s Good to Go

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The Twitter handle pretty much sums things up.  Two food-obsessed moms try to have their cake and eat it too: Start a food truck and still be home with the kids.

Meet the newest truck on the block to hit the streets of Emeryville. You can’t miss the baby-blue colored vehicle emblazoned with the Ebbett’s Good To Go insignia. And there’s no mistaking this mobile food biz for some roach coach come to dish up cheap, tasteless … Continue reading »

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