My fiancé, Chris, and I needed to take a trip to Sam’s Club in Concord last Sunday, so we decided to swing by Off the Grid in Marin, which was just a hop, skip and jump away (kind of).
It was a bright and sunny afternoon and there was a pretty decent truck line up. It included Little Green Cyclo, Koja Kitchen, Cupkates, Arki Truck, Curry Up Now, The Rib Whip, Twister Truck and The Taco Guys. Chris made up his mind as soon as I said Arki Truck, and though they’re definitely one of my favorites, I decided to try something new.
I’ve been curious about Little Green Cyclo’s Vietnamese street food for a while so I decided to give them a shot. The line was a bit longer than some of the others, so I took this to be a good sign.
To be honest, I was quite surprised the lines weren’t longer all around since it was such a gorgeous day.
Initially I was tempted by the pork belly special, but when I spotted the truffle oil garlic noodles on the regular menu, it was all over.
I’m a sucker for pretty much anything truffle oil, so I went for the noodles topped with pork.
Little Green Cyclo’s noodles are cooked to order, so there’s a bit of a wait, but I’d say it was worth it. The noodles were perfectly chewy, deliciously seasoned and topped with a dash of crushed peanuts and green onion.
I have to admit, normally I stick with Diet Coke or water when I’m trucking, because I often believe that beverages without alcohol (or boba or caffeine for that matter) aren’t worth the calories, but I know I’m missing out on some good stuff, so I decided to give Little Green Cyclo’s strawberry-mango lemonade a try.
I was initially confused by the over-sized boba-esque straw, until I realized that there were chunks of actual mango at the bottom of the cup. It was a perfect sweet and refreshing drink to offset my savory garlic noodles and pork.
While the noodles were hearty and filling, there was no way I could avoid Arki Truck all together, so it’s a good thing Chris ordered me an extra donut.
Could you say no to that?
On a final note, I have to say I was pretty impressed with this event. The crowds were manageable and not only did they have chairs set up around perimeter, but there were also several picnic tables set up under a canopy for shaded seating. In addition to that, the shopping center itself has quite a few permanent benches and seating options. I’ll definitely be stopping by again next time I’m relatively nearby.