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Off the Grid Brings Food Trucks to Big New Embarcadero Market

In the shadow of the ferry building

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Off the Grid adds Embarcadero market

As if the Ferry Building and its environs weren’t already excellent places to eat, food truck cohort Off the Grid is bringing a fleet of options to the area on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The location is Don Chee Way, between the Embarcadero and Steuart Street in the shadow of the landmark Ferry Building. Expect rotating trucks from Da Poke Man, Kurotaka Ramen, Curry Up Now, Happy Dumplings, Lamas Peruvian, and more.

Epicurean trader Hayes Valley

Looks like the Epicurean Trader, whose upscale markets in Bernal Heights and Cow Hollow sell an assortment of high-end pantry goods and treats, is heading to Hayes Valley. The growing chain is opening at 465 Hayes Street in the former Photograph & Frame space in a spot that will be 50 percent larger than existing stores, owners tell Hoodline.

Breadbelly dips a toe into dinner with karaage pop-up

Chicken pop-up the Karaage Kid rides again in SF, this time at Breadbelly, the Richmond District’s buzzing destination for Asian-American baked goods and more. It’s Saturday, May 4th, from 5:30 p.m. till sold out: The menu includes a chicken menchi sandwich from Karaage Kid (Rich Lee), plus dishes from Breadbelly like a pepper bun and kewpie chocolate cake for dessert. It’s first-come, first-served at seated tables with a limited take-out menu.

Mendo for Palo Alto tomorrow

The Palo Alto branch of booming sandwich and salad chain Mendocino Farms is open tomorrow, May 2. The address is 167 Hamilton Avenue, in the former LYFE kitchen space, with 70 seats. Expect the established menu of “Mendo”hits like the “not so fried” chicken sandwich and Mama Chen’s Chinese chicken salad, plus 20 taps of beer and wine.

Z&Y Bistro adds happy hour

Beer, wine, sake, and yakitori are all on the happy hour menu at Z&Y Bistro, the spinoff of Chinatown Sichuan classic restaurant Z&Y that opened last fall. The menu is available 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday (closed Tuesdays, though), and robata and yakitori (such as duck breast, chicken thighs, and asparagus) are $3.50 to $6 a piece, with beer on draft for $4 and a carafe of sake for $10.