June is officially the official start of food truck season, because let’s face it, May is iffy. But now school is out, movies in the parks have started, and there’s so much crazy mobile eating to be found around town. Food trucks are no longer the domain of skyway trapped downtown lunchers, you can find them at taprooms and distilleries, festivals, fairs, farmers markets, backyard parties and beyond. So it’s time to get in the know and find a truck for you. Here is some fresh hot intel to get you truckin’.
Sushi Fix was our first local truck to offer sushi. Though it has rooted in Wayzata and no longer trolls the avenues, this new Bibuta (meaning beautiful pork) truck from the same owners is also setting the bar by freestyling creative sushi burritos. Wrapped in soy paper, the hand-held rolls can be packed with fresh sushi grade tuna and salmon, or Okinawa-style pork belly, Bulgogi beef, or even grilled chicken if you like. But for my money, I’m all in for the sushi bowl option which is a $13 bowl of miso dressed greens stacked with a mixed assortment of fresh sashimi cuts. Non-pescatarians will also love the meaty and generous Gyudon bowl with thinly sliced beef and avocado over rice. Besides downtown Mpls. lunches, you’ll be able to find Billy and his Bibuta on Saturdays at the MN United home games.
An extension of Richfield restaurant Lyn65, this Winnebago camper is one of the coolest trucks of the season and I kinda feel like it should drive up to my Barbie Dreamhouse. Mainly because Barbie likes her fried chicken cold, and you can usually score a sweet $2.50 paper tray of cold fried chicken from the back door of this camper. If you like it hot, don’t worry: cornmeal crusted hot fried chicken, hot melty bologna sandwiches, fried yams, mac 'n' cheese, and all sorts of crazy chef-hungry eats are on order from the main window. Find them all over.
Bark and The Bite
These guys rolled in at the end of last year, so we didn’t get to gnaw on their bones until recently. Noah Miller and Toph Heubach were cooking artisan BBQ at Sapor before it closed, and now their perfected smoked meats are on the streets. Pulled pork, shreddy chicken and the like can be had as a “sammich” or just a pile ‘o meat, you paleo fiends. Do not skip that potato salad, and steal as much house sauce that you can cram in your purse. Find them mostly at breweries and distilleries.
I am a little smitten with yetis and ‘squatches, and this truck is no different. Plus, all sandwiches are $10, and are worth the Hamilton. The signature Sasquatch Sandwich is braised shortrib on a milk bun, go ahead and get it sloppy style with onion and cheddar if you’re not going back to work. The grilled cheese is made with granny smiths and brie with rosemary butter, there’s usually a Crispy Chicky thigh and the Chupacabra sausage does not mess around. I had a corned beef this spring that rocked it, hoping to see that again. Usually at breweries and festivals, but sometimes they roam the streets for lunch.
Do not let this little silver trailer fool you, there is some serious soul food being cooked on deck. This is a mother and daughter family affair and they are cooking up healthier versions of their favorite family recipes, and there’s something beautiful about the slim blackened catfish sammie on buttery brioche. I’ve heard rumors of wings that make you sing , special brisket sliders, peach cobbler, and a baked mac with 8 cheeses ?! Hello. Mostly at breweries, distilleries, and office parking lots.
Misfit Coffee Co.
More coffee trucks, please. And more third wave coffee trucks that have the vim and vigor to offer both Chemex and a dark chocolate sea salt flavor shot. These guys were the ones who took over the Izzy’s coffee menu during winter, which explains why most mornings they are still in the neighborhood by the Guthrie and Gold Medal Park.
Whole Sum Kitchen
We are going to have a generation of children who run screaming down the street after the smoothie truck, “smoooooooooooothieeeeeeeeee!!” And I’m fine with that, especially if it’s after this truck. The treat-yo-self is real with the smoothies and fresh pressed juices from this truck that pack a flavor wallop. And now smoothie bowls with granola and fruit and smoothness in a bowl. Good and good for you can be found mostly at fests and fairs, but there’s talk of a brick and mortar in the works.
Fresh on the scene, the hopes are high for these Baja-style surf and turf tacos. I have one loyal/rabid tweeter who said he is addicted to the crab cake popper, and that he loves the vegetarian fried avocado taco, even though HE ISN’T VEGETARIAN!!!! Get down with that. They’ve been spotted in Uptown across from the Wedge a few times.
If you can't wait to get out and trucknic don't forget to zip into our FOOD TRUCK GUIDE that we are constantly trying to keep updated with the freshest of intel. On a daily basis, nothing beats the @TCStreetFood handle on twitter for the daily mapping of lunch trucks. And if you need a critical mass to be happy, know that the Uptown Food Truck Festival is just a few weeks away, June 26 to be on point, where some 50 trucks will gather among the sweaty hordes. Gotta love summer.