Hark! Twin Cities! What is that you hear? Yes, it is verily the sound of founding Minneapolis food truck Vellee Deli’s famous Chicken Currito being unleashed from its long recent dormancy and set free to delight and enflame the skyway-trapped citizens of downtown Minneapolis! I mean, the brick and mortar Vellee Deli is about to open! And the old Taco Bell in the skyway that they took over doesn’t even look like a Taco Bell anymore! And so we are happy! So happy!
I barged through the construction tape yesterday for a sneak peek, and co-owners Will Xiong and Joyce Truong gave me a sneak peek of their new baby—complete with sustainable bamboo flooring, bad ass truck parts integrated as furniture (gear heads, look sharp!), open kitchen, copper countertops, a bona fide dining room, and everything necessary to make the skyways feel less like a place you are trapped, and more like a place you want to be. Hooray!
Not too much will have changed with Joyce and Truong’s signature blend of cuisine, in which all of Asian and Mexico get all tangled up in a sort of you-got-chocolate-on-my-peanut-butter sort of way, though this earth-anchored Vellee will now regularly offer things that before were fleeting specials, like the duck confit banh mi. If you’ve never had Vellee Deli, which was one of the first food trucks to pioneer the nice streets of Minneapolis, I always recommend people start with the Mojo, in which a Hmong lemongrass sausage stars beneath fresh papaya salad and pico de gallo, or the Chicken Currito, which is every kind of good, spicy, and creamy.
And: It all starts Monday! Congrats to all.
Baker Center, 109 S. 7th St., skyway level, Mpls., velleedeli.com