Larkspur, CA: Small Plates – Marin’s Little Places—with Big Taste

Treats from the trucks

By Tanya Henry  |  Pacific Sun

Treats from the trucks
Treats from the trucks

It was an exciting time when food trucks finally came to Marin and began hawking their tasty wares curbside in the parking lot of the Larkspur Landing Ferry terminal. The still-burgeoning trend hasn’t slowed down a bit, and the original Food Truck Crush has since morphed into an Off the Grid experience which calls itself a “roaming mobile food extravaganza—bringing you delicious food with free sides of music, craft and soul.”

As many as eight trucks (they are a completely different mix from the Food Crush days) show up on Sundays between 11am and 3pm at Larkspur’s Marin Country Mart. If you haven’t discovered this Cape Cod’esque, whitewashed outdoor mart with its spiffy collection of retailers, restaurants, and yoga/fitness studios, it’s high time for a visit.

Lunch goers beware—this is not a low cost dining experience. A meal typically runs the average diner anywhere from $12-$20 with a drink. Options range from my son’s favorite fried chicken and beignets from Arki Truck to the ever-popular Koja Kitchen with its Kamikaze Fries—a mysterious and generous mound of criss cut fries, barbecued Korean beef all slathered with kim chee, onions and hot sauce.

Chicken tika masala burritos from Curry Up Now are my favorite by a long shot. Pick your spice level and choose between a wrap with a filling of Mary’s chicken or paneer—there is also a vegan option. A deconstructed samosa—really a rice bowl with garbanzo beans and chutney is another option. Be sure to opt for a cool, sweet mango lassi to wash down the heat.

Typical trucks that turn out on Sundays include An the Go (Thai garlic noodles), Cupkates, The Taco Guys and Hapa SF (Filipino combo plates). On my most recent visit I noticed Alicia’s Tamales set up under the large white tent at the end of the parking lot that also provides plenty of shade and tables with benches. A water station is also conveniently provided for drinking and hand washing—the handheld items can get pretty drippy.

If you’re ready to mix up your lunch routine, head down to the Marin Country Mart and choose from the inventive truck offerings. Plenty of parking, tables and chairs, and live music all make this Off the Grid experience a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Off the Grid, Sundays 11am to 3pm at

Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur.