Goat Meat and Cheese Get Top Billing at Ian Gray's Curious Goat Food Truck

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Hannah Sayle
Goat cheese curds, the signature dish at the Curious Goat

In a little orange trailer, Ian Gray has packed all of his goat-loving culinary whiz-dom into a simple, seasonal menu. The Curious Goat is, as the name would suggest, heavily geared toward goat products, practically a showcase for nearby Singing Hills Goat Dairy. But there are plenty of other enticements: beef sliders, pork ribs, and a number of clean-eating vegetarian options.

Gray's last venture, the Gray House, was known for changing up its menu to an almost irksome degree (no dish, not even the most beloved, was too precious for the chopping block), and he promises a similar seasonal shuffle with this new venture. But if you worry you'll be annoyed with the unpredictable menu offerings, we implore you to go anyway and let this trailer, ahem, get your goat.

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What Happens to Twin Cities Food Trucks Over the Winter?

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Where's this cheesy truck going when it starts to get chilly?

As both leaves and temperatures start to fall, there's another noticeable change that comes about with the turning of the seasons: fewer food trucks on the road. This year, some will brave the cold, some will hibernate for winter, and others will choose to limit their appearances to certain events. A few are looking forward to putting down roots in more permanent digs. Whatever the situation, we have the scoop on the future plans of a few of our favorite mobile eateries.

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The Wedge 40th anniversary keeps block party season going this weekend

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Courtesy of the Wedge
Think summer festivities are over? Think again. Community co-op the Wedge is throwing a block party this Sunday, September 7 in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

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Food truck for dogs rolls through Minnesota this weekend

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Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck

Mini hamburgers and chicken meatballs anyone? Oh no, not for you Hot Dish reader. This food truck is rolling into town to serve the four-legged set, an oft-overlooked segment of the street food market. Catch Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck on its national tour at one of four stops in the Twin Cities area this weekend.

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From ramen to pies, the best Twin Cities food trucks that don't exist yet

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E. Katie Holm
How do you know you're deep in the throes of food truck season in the Twin Cities? Weekday lunch hours are spent trolling Nicollet Mall for the one truck you've yet to try. Farmers market shopping trips are easily sidetracked by paper boats full of bacon-wrapped tots. You've become an expert at scouting out three inches of curb space so you can enjoy your Indurrito in the sun. The list of season-specific behaviors goes on and on. We're reveling in it while it lasts, but we did notice that this year launched significantly fewer trucks than the previous two springs. What gives? Have we reached that total truck saturation? Or are entrepreneurs just simply out of good ideas? 

If it turns out that the latter is the case, we at the Hot Dish have a whole slew of ideas ripe for the  Kickstarting. These are the trucks we'd most like to see hit the streets next year.

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TGI Fridays to debut food truck in the Twin Cities

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TGI Fridays, everyone's favorite strip mall stop, is launching a food truck featuring eight items from its "handcrafted" menu. Even if you aren't a fan of franchise fare, you might appreciate this part: Everything on the menu is free.

The TGI Fridays food truck is about to set off on its Summer of Fridays Road Tour. The first stop? Minnesota.

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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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First look: Butcher Salt, a new meat-centric food truck

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Joy Summers
Butcher Salt rolls into downtown Minneapolis
Nothing heralds spring like the first sighting of a string of food trucks lining Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. On Friday morning, the lineup included Butcher Salt on its inaugural downtown lunch run. We stopped by for a first taste.

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Finnegans launches reverse food truck

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Image courtesy Finnegans
Filling up with food for neighbors in need
We're used to having food trucks bring us the tasty treats. But this time, local beer company Finnegans has turned its truck the other way, launching a mean, green, do-good-ing machine that will be rolling around town picking up nonperishable food items. Here's where you, fair readers, come into the picture.

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Couple launches Kickstarter for waffle ambulance [VIDEO]

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Via 91Waffle's Kickstarter page
We need 2 cc of maple syrup, STAT.
Your wildest waffle dreams may soon come true. Last week, Minnesotan couple Shana Antonissen and Tony McMullin launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their groundbreaking food truck concept, "91Waffle."

Their idea is to serve sweet and savory waffle sandwiches out of an '89 Ford Diesel ambulance at state fairs across the country. In the downtime between fairs, they plan to serve their waffles around the Twin Cities. The couple is asking for a whopping $17,000 to help gut the truck and transform its interior into a kitchen space, for which they need fridges, sinks, and a propane generator.

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