It’s crowded, the lines are long, there’s not enough parking, trunks ran out of food.
I got it.
But there are ways to avoid these potential potholes if you heed some of my advice:
• Go early. That’s the easiest way to avoid most of your problems. Trucks will have enough food, lines won’t be as long, and you’ll find parking. That said, if all 5,000 people show up at 5 p.m., well, that would be an issue.
• Know what you want. Our Nonstop team, with the help of organizer Poni Askew (@streetgrindz), put together a list of vendors to help. Map out the places you’d like to try and hit only those spots. If you’ve got extra time — or the lines aren’t that long — then eat at the others.
• Bring your own beverage. While most trucks will be serving drinks, bringing your own beverage will keep you hydrated — and less irritable.
• Tag team. You can always guarantee trucks like Melt and Eat Gogi will have long lines. So disperse. Have one friend stand in one line while you stand in another. That will help speed up the process.
• Eat a little before. I know that sounds counter-intuitive, but trust me. If you have to wait for an hour to eat a grilled cheese sandwich — and believe me, it’ll be worth it — and you’re starving, you won’t be a happy camper. But if you’ve got some food in your tummy — or if you brought your own snacks to nosh on — you won’t have that I’m-starving-and-I’m-hating-life feeling.
• Bring cash — and small bills. This will really speed up the process, trust me!
• Just have fun. Accept the fact that there will be thousands of people at tonight’s event. Accept that there will be long lines at some trucks. There’s no point in getting upset. Set small goals — eat a chimney cake or the soup of the day at Melt — and be happy with that. You can always patronize these wagons on Friday!
Totally agree with the eat a little before tip. At the last ETS I got desserts early before they sold out, but then I got wishy-washy about what I wanted to eat for dinner and before I knew it almost *all* the trucks had some kind of line! 😛 So yeah try get there early if you can and hit up one of the vendors with not much traffic for a little bite of *something* before jumping into the lines for the more popular trucks. Or bring your own snacks and drinks. Like Cat said you will be less inclined to start getting snippy at people who cut through the long line you’re waiting in without saying “excuse me”. Not that I’ve ever done that. 😀 I feel like bringing a folding chair but it might be a pain to carry it around lol.
Oh if you’re thinking of live tweeting, T-Mobile data connection might suck. It did the last time for me. We’ll see what happens this time though.
What about bribing people in the front of the line to get something for you? Just kidding. Anyway should be fun tonight!
I think this is great! While I know most people go to Eat the Street to grind, it’s also a community gathering and should be a social event for us all to hang out and enjoy eachother’s company!
A good strategy is necessary if you’re there solely to eat, but if you want to meet new twitter peeps, take photos and enjoy the atmosphere, it’s the place to be!
Tonight’s event will feature live art, auctions for charity, of course, great food and good times. Hope to see you all there! streetgrindz thedailydish 808marv
@johngarcia totally missed that part abt live art and auctions for charity. must’ve been out of the ofc streetgrindz thedailydish 808marv
good point re small bills, might also help shorten lines. will stop at bank on my way down.
@nonstopmari @johngarcia streetgrindz thedailydish did not know about that either, cool!
FULLY agree with John’s assessment THIS IS A COMMUNITY EVENT, let’s enjoy each other’s company… take a page from our NIPPON brothers and sisters and be civil. if they can be, in the midst of tragedy the likes of which has never been seen since WWII… we can be while trying to nosh on ono kine grinds… See you all there!
Thanks for adding!
@808marv I like the bribing people… I actually did that last time! 🙂
Thanks for all the added suggestions and advice! I’ll be there — at the American Red Cross table with volunteers from the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce!
i heard that ekundayo is doing a live painting, is it at this event? just wondering. you guys should mention it if he is. he has had a solo show at thinkspace and is blowing up huge on the mainland.
in twitter-speak: if he twittered, he’d have as many followers as estria
supercw estria Yes! CkaweekS & Ekundayo from lightsleepers will be live painting and selling the art to support Japan. We mentioned, but it’s getting buried. Will blow it up on twitter!
Brilliant idea Cat!
study, evaluate, plan, organize, execute. you see? it’s your strong suit. this is why i keep nagging you to run for council