SPONSORED Food trucks have been all the rage lately, and it seems like a new one pops up just about every day. Street food is a relatively new concept here, and it's skyrocketing popularity is a testament to Minnesota's increasing appetite for diverse flavors and cuisines, delivered quickly and inexpensively. With our endlessly oppressive winters, we relish every opportunity to enjoy life outdoors, even if it just means a quick escape from the office to grab a bite to eat. Food trucks are all over both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, and at weekend farmer's markets, but we rarely see them on our corner of East Hennepin and University. This summer we've decided we want in on the street food craze. It's official: Surdyk's Food Cart is open for business. The thing we like most about street food is the abundant variety of options; these days you can get everything from falafel to arepas to meatballs in the span of one city block. The Twin Cities streets are like an international bazaar, a culinary celebration of the many diverse populations that make up this glorious metropolitan area. If you've ever come through Surdyk's Cheese Shop for lunch, you've seen the influence of cultures from around the world in our offerings. It was an obvious choice for us to take this global approach to our food cart this summer, and the results are, well, delicious.
We're proud to offer a daily taco special at our food cart, located just outside our front doors. Let me tell you, we do not take our tacos lightly. After much debate, research, and discussion, we've agreed on several options that bring the taco to a whole new level. My favorite: the Pork al Pastor, made with local, pastured pork shoulder that we braise slowly to perfection, crunchy cabbage slaw, spicy chile aioli, and a bright, fresh pineapple-jalapeño salsa. With incredible textural contrast and flavors that sing, this taco is a winner. You can choose corn or flour tortillas, and don't forget to shake on a bit of each of our new Rancho Gordo hot sauces. We'll also offer different variations made with grilled flank steak, chicken, fish, and more. Because one option is not enough, we've also decided to include a brat on our menu. Call it an ode to summer, an homage to our neighborhood's Polish roots, or an offering of straight-up tasty food, we just couldn't resist the idea of sausage in a bun. This year our brats are local, sourced from our beloved Southeast Minnesota Food Network—an organization that provides the most delicious, local, and sustainable foods from small farmers around the state. Top it with mustard, sauerkraut, or ketchup (if you must), these brats are damn good. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @surdykscheese for the latest updates on our daily offerings at the Surdyk's Food Cart. We'll be open for business Monday through Saturday for the duration of our summer wine sale, July 11 to 28. Grab some food on your way in or out the door. Wine sale shopping is a competitive sport, and you'll need all the fuel you can get. Hope to see you there! - Emily Dunne, surdyks.com