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Meals on Wheels

The Bend rides the hotter-than-ever food truck trend.


My, how times have changed. Escargot, duck a l’orànge, and cherries jubilee were on the menu for decades at Walnut Creek’s Le Virage, a French restaurant managed for 20 years by Ed Marinelli. Now, Marinelli and his son Matt are turning the space where the restaurant once stood into The Bend, a park for food trucks.

Food trucks have become such a hot trend, they’ve spawned a Bay Area company called Off the Grid to manage spaces for trucks to gather. Off the Grid, which already has East Bay locations in Pleasanton and Concord, is now eyeing Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek. Another company, the Food Truck Mafia, runs in Pleasanton and San Ramon. And Taste of the World Market just debuted near Pleasant Hill BART.

The Bend plans to host eight trucks nearly every day—but with a fancy twist and dinner service. There will be table seating for 72 plus chairs spread throughout, with umbrellas and music, including live performers every week.

Food trucks offer a quick, one-stop way to taste a number of different cuisines, ranging from Vietnamese (Blue Saigon) and Peruvian (Cholita Linda), to French desserts (The Crème Brûlée Cart). And with different trucks rotating in and out, the food never gets stale.

Moonstruck                                                            Curry Up Now

Kinder's BBQ                                                          Lexie's Frozen Custard

Photos by Samantha Schneider

The Bend Mon.–Sat.: 2211 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, thebendwc.com.

The Food Truck Mafia Tues. and Wed.: Bishop Ranch, San Ramon; Fri.: Stoneridge Mall Dr. and Workday Way, Pleasanton. Sat.: Marina, 7 North Court St., Martinez, thefoodtruckmafia.com.

Off The Grid Sat.: 1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Sun.: Stoneridge Mall Rd. and Springdale Ave., Pleasanton, offthegridsf.com.

Taste Of The World Thurs.: Contra Costa Transit Centre, Walnut Creek, facebook.com/TOWmarket.

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