Feature: Weekly Food Truck Extravaganza Comes to Menlo Park Caltrain Station

Photo Credit: Bruce Deal

Food trucks parked at the Menlo Park Caltrain station, as seen from the 3rd floor of Menlo Center

This past Wednesday night was the first installment of the weekly food truck market at the Menlo Park Caltrain station. The market, which is scheduled to continue for at least the next year, is the newest addition to Off the Grid, a San Francisco-based company that hosts 23 similar weekly markets around the bay area. The opening proved to be a hit among Menlo Park residents, but local restaurant owners worry about the possibility of losing customers to the food trucks.

 

Acoustic live music accompanied the trucks, and the parking lot was decorated with lights and filled with rows of folding chairs. The cuisine featured novelty foods ranging from Peruvian and gourmet Vietnamese to traditional southern chicken and waffles. Families, twenty-somethings, teenagers, and retirees flocked to the lines, which saw waits as long as twenty minutes.

 

The Menlo Park Planning Commission officially approved the motion at a meeting in mid-January against the wishes of several Menlo Park establishments. According to Mercury News, the owners of Bistro Vida, Round Table, and Trellis voiced their concerns at the meeting to no avail.

 

These restaurant owners, along with several others, are concerned about the potential threat to their Wednesday night crowd. Owners of the soon-to-open Borrone MarketBar, Cafe Borrone’s sister restraunt, voice these worries loudly.