11 Food Trucks to Try This Summer

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Let the good times and good food roll in -- literally.

Food trucks are considered the great culinary equalizer -- they offer a variety of cuisines at low price points, with unique flavors made from scratch, flavors that can't be found anywhere else. Interested in taking your taste buds for a spin? Check out these 11 food trucks driving the Twin Cities insane with their awesome eats!

Green and the Grain

Salads don't have to be boring. Green and the Grain pulls all the stops with premium ingredients and classic flavor combos. Enjoy a Mexican-influenced Cowboy salad, for instance! Cooked chicken, pico de gallo, corn off the cob, black beans, matchstick radish, tortilla chips, Jack cheese and jalaño ranch? How many ways can you say yum?

Daruma Sushi

You might be surprised to see a sushi food truck, but try out these rolls made by the very same folks who brought us Hibachi Daruma. Delicate, made-to-order goodness, well-seasoned rice and cool seafood is waiting for you. 

Vin's Italian

Even food trucks keep it in the family. Chef Vin Spica uses his family recipes in his meals, with a little twist, from his meatballs to his cannolis. Juicy sandwiches, balsamic-doused watermelon and eggplant with mint pesto, here we come! Read More

Minnesota's Growing Craft Beer Trend Extends to Food Trucks

Brooks High Beer Battered  | Twitter

Brooks High Beer Battered | Twitter

Hoping to capitalize on the growing craft beer trend in the Twin Cities, culinary duo Pete Toft and Brett Drake are looking to bring their beer-centric, Midwestern style comfort food to Minneapolis via the Brooks High Beer Battered food truck.  Partnering with local breweries, the truck plans to serve a number of fried fish dishes made with specialty beer batters unique to each brewery.

Proposed beer inspired dishes include beer battered fish and chips, beer cheese soup, and beer bread.  Much like a craft beer bar, the truck will also feature a number of “batters on tap” with a rotating beer batter selection.  Each fried dish will also be topped with a creamy slaw that will be crafted specifically to each batter.   

Alongside crafting these local beer-centric dishes, the duo plans to use the truck as a sort of test kitchen to experiment with a variety of menu items and build brand recognition while working towards establishing a brick and mortar location. 

To make their dream a reality, Toft and Drake have launched a $25,000 Kickstarter campaign which, if successful, should have the Brooks High Beer Battered food truck hitting the Minneapolis streets as early as May. 

Do you think the trend of craft beer crossing over into the culinary world will catch on? Read More

Grocery Goes Mobile in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities Mobile Market  | Wilder.org

The Twin Cities Mobile Market | Wilder.org

With the rise of healthier concepts, it is evident that consumers are willing to pay extra for healthier meals. But, what about those who can't afford to eat healthier? Lower-income consumers tend to eat at fast food restaurants because of their value. And let's face it even with the "healthier" options being added to fast food menus, these restaurants are not the healthy choice. 

To counteract this problem, a mobile market is bringing healthy food to the Twin Cities. The mobile market (a large bus) features food items like veggies, fruit, milk, and meat at a lower cost. The mission is to give access to those who can't afford healthier foods. With 17 stops weekly, this is just one of the many mobile food concepts on the rise. Are mobile grocery stores going to replace traditional ones? Especially, for this demographic where getting to a store is sometimes not that easy? Read More