Gourmet restaurants around the country have jumped on the food truck bandwagon. Many have found it a great way to ride out the recession: food trucks have relatively low overhead and can sell cheap (but quality) eats to frugal foodies while turning a substantial profit.
Now that spring has officially hit Minneapolis/St. Paul (yes, it takes us a while to warm up here), hungry residents can find quality food trucks scattered throughout the Twin Cities.
Two food truck “hubs” are at 8th and Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis or Mears Park in St. Paul. Here you can find multiple trucks stationed in the area daily during the summer months for lunches and snacks. Here are some of my favorites. Follow them on Twitter to find out where they’ll be each day.
128 Mobile Café (@128cafe.com)
Where to find it: Downtown St. Paul, usually in front of James Hill Library or by the St. Paul Hotel.
What they serve: Salads, ribs, sandwiches, fresh breads, fresh lemonade, dessert bars (try the Kahlua Rice Crispies).
Chef Shack (@chefshack1)
Where it find it: Kingfield, Mill City, Northeast, Uptown Farmer’s Markets.
What they serve: Minnesotan farm-to-truck American cuisine. The Chef Shack features Indian-spiced mini donuts ($5), a range of sausages, bison burgers, frittatas, curries, tacos, and desserts.
Meritage Crêpe Booth (@meritage_stpaul)
Where to find it: In front of their restaurant, 410 St. Peter St. St. Paul.
What they serve: Sweet and savory French crêpes (some traditional, some with a contemporary flare).
Barrio Taco (@Barrio_Truck)
Where to find it: Around Minneapolis.
What they serve: Carnitas, tacos, fresh salsas—this is gourmet Mexican fare at its best.
Sonny’s Ice Cream (@cremacafempls)
Where to find it: 8th and Nicollet Mall
What they serve: Handmade ice cream in a variety of tantalizing flavors, served in single or double scoops.
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