Food truck guide 2014: The best new and returning mobile kitchens in the Twin Cities

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E. Katie Holm
Trucks are lining up to feed you. Here's where to find them.
Our ever-evolving food truck scene has undergone yet another wave of transformation. 

Back in its infancy, the main challenges facing these vehicular restaurants were getting proper permits and finding available street parking. Then came the success stories, the kooky concepts, the carts, the one-offs, and the brick-and-mortar dreams. Fairs and rallies were organized. Inevitable turf wars surfaced. Winter-specific trucks like Warming House popped up and made us re-think these mobile kitchens as a spring and summer-only affair. Existing restaurants got the bright idea of adding trucks as an offshoot of their thriving businesses. Kickstarters launched. Some succeeded. But most importantly, the trucks found their fans, the people followed their favorites from downtown lunch to weekend brewery event, getting to know the dedicated makers behind those sliding service windows. 

If you've been meaning to get out and discover the truck that makes your ideal meal, now's your chance: The warm weather means the fleet is out in full force. Here's a handy guide to our picks for best new and returning food trucks.

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Sassy Spoon
What they're known for: Fully gluten-free, nutrient dense meals from brunch-y hashes to whole grain salads, all designed by the registered dietician who also happens to own the truck. Without a doubt our favorite dish here is the rich tomato-y braised beef with creamy cauliflower mash. 
What's new: Sweet potato chips, Paleo-friendly tortillas, coconut-chocolate bars
Where to find them: @SassySpoonTruck

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E. Katie Holm
Behold the glorious Indurrito
Hot Indian Foods
What they're known for: Their sole and signature item is the Indurrito. As the name suggests, it's an Indian version of a burrito made with warm roti (a type of flatbread), rice, and your choice of spicy, saucy filling. We love the fragrant aloo gobi version with curried cauliflower and potatoes.
What's new: Hot Indian Foods is moving into the stall left behind by the Left-Handed Cook at the Midtown Global Market. They're expecting a late-May opening, but the bright orange truck will still be in regular rotation outside local taprooms.
Where to find them: @HotIndianFoods

Cafe Racer
What they're known for: Pulled meats and a fresh take on soul food. The dry rub achiote pork is a game changer served as a sandwich with mixed greens and queso fresco or as an almost poutine-style entree with pomme frites, pickled veggies, and a smooth, peppery sauce.
What's new: Cafe Racer is showing up more regularly in the taproom rotation. Look for them at Harriet Brewing where you can pair a delicious brew with their tender shredded beef.
Where to find them: @CafeRacerMN

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42 comments
lanalynch100
lanalynch100

I've always wanted to try food from a food truck, they don't have very many of those where I'm from. It's amazing that they can do anything in those tiny kitchens of theirs. That's got to take some talent!


Lana Lynch | http://www.caliberkitchens.com.au/

eatlikethat
eatlikethat

Some of these comments are idiotic.  Really,  obesity ? Economy ? Just go eat the food and support local business !


Heather Gilsrud
Heather Gilsrud

I saw a, "Taco Dick's" truck outside of the St Louis Park Rainbow a couple of years ago. I was SO sad that I didn't snap a picture of it. Wanted to post it to my FB acct, with the tagline, "And you thought Califlower Ear sounded painful!"

Shirley Schleis Goff
Shirley Schleis Goff

Andrew, you will have to take one of Uncle Rogers ice cream trucks, You could have a part time job!

Positive Penny
Positive Penny

Dana Laughton Logan Heinz more brainstorming. :)

MzMayla Ancero
MzMayla Ancero

Neah Hafften Sade Clay Shantell Clay Positive Penny Jordan Macon culinary adventure anyone?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

seems like the shit economy and NO jobs has turned up a new industry that further shits the economy.


sooner or later its just gonna be commodity trucks and the internet.


maybe a good thing if the rent goes down on all the vacant commercial space


WINWIN

John Bunch
John Bunch

Yes, there are imbisses in Europe, but the continental Europeans don't have as much of an obesity problem as we do. On the other hand, people in Minneapolis do seem to be pretty fit.

Cheryl Robinson
Cheryl Robinson

Stop by downtown St Paul at lunchtime - it's a smorgasbord!

Kim Tee
Kim Tee

I have a dream! That food trucks would park outside Regions Hospital during the night shift!!!!!! Please please please oh please...

Wanda Ortiz-Maysonet
Wanda Ortiz-Maysonet

It seems John Bunch has never been to Europe (I'm pretty sure you have so don't tell me about it), can you spell Imbiss? Look it up.

Doug Wallick
Doug Wallick

And the building staff where they park in front of get to pick up their trash and listen to generators all day, they belong at the State fair.

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson

@john ~ I don't think you're required to eat food truck food while walking. Depends on where the truck is.

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson

@sharon ~ good luck with that, Peter's Grill is closed. Now it's Hen House Eatery.

Kristen Havisto
Kristen Havisto

Sara Moris Freeland love them but wish they were a little cheaper.

Sharon D'Amico
Sharon D'Amico

Yeah, like I'm going to invite my friend out for lunch and then go stand in front of a truck on a dirty, windy street and eat my food out of a paper bowl? I'd rather go to Peter's Grille.

Gonzalo Guerrero
Gonzalo Guerrero

W nead to check it out Erick Cruz-Blanco some time soon!!!!

John Bunch
John Bunch

If you have ever been in Europe, you will notice that Europeans only eat while sitting at a table. They very rarely eat while walking.

gabriellehruska
gabriellehruska

I am a food truck newbie...How do you find out where food trucks are?  Is there still a food truck day at Rice Park once a week?

adam0499
adam0499

@PottersPasties is far and away my favorite, surprised to not see them mentioned here now that they've been around a few years. 

John Bunch
John Bunch

Just what Americans need - food that is even more convenient. This will cure the obesity epidemic.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

I loved you on The Office.

bobob1916
bobob1916

Who cares about Europe?  Nobody cares about those socialist bastards.


bobob1916
bobob1916

Judging just by your picture you are part of the epidemic.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

How does your comment make any sense at all? If people were to drive somewhere for lunch, they would be seated the entire time. Bring their lunch from home? That's a short walk to the break room to get it out of the fridge. Going to a food truck is actually the most active way to get your lunch, since you have to leave your office, and walk to the location of the truck. Stop me when I start making too much sense to you, John.

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