Gastro Truck, Barrio, Hola Arepa, and more

Food trucks bring new eats to the street

POTTER'S PASTIES & PIES
Facebook: Potter's Pasties
Twitter: @PottersPasties
612.819.3107

A bona-fide Brit—she has the accent to prove it—brings Potter's Pasties & Pies to downtown St. Paul. Fiona Duncan met her husband, Alec, a Minnesota native who started his cooking career at 128 Café, when the two were teaching in Peru, and after several years spent living in Southeast Asia, the world travelers decided to bring their version of the U.K.'s famous portable pies back to the Twin Cities.

Alec spent six months perfecting his buttery dough, which he forms into crescent-shaped pockets and fills with everything from meat and potatoes to Thai vegetable curry. The pasties—pronounced pah-stees—are par-baked each morning and then finish cooking on the truck. One delicious version called "the Pig" is stuffed with so much shredded pork and sweet apple that it could fuel a full day of hard labor or hiking. (Alec says his off-season project is to figure out how to sell his par-baked pasties at retail, so hopefully we can soon get them in the winter, too.)

Temptation on wheels: Cupcake on the Go's mobile bake shop
Brian Garrity
Temptation on wheels: Cupcake on the Go's mobile bake shop
Vellee Deli's BBQ pork tacos
Brian Garrity
Vellee Deli's BBQ pork tacos

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Gastro Truck

11 Kellogg Blvd. E.
St. Paul, MN 55101

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Paul (Downtown)

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GASTRO TRUCK
Facebook: Gastrotruck, Twitter: @Gastrotruck
www.gastrotruck.mobi; 763.607.6055

BARRIO TRUCK
Facebook: Barrio Truck, Twitter: @Barrio_Truck
www.barriotequila.com; 612.356.9856

HOLA AREPA
Facebook: Hola Arepa, Twitter: @holaarepa
www.holaarepa.com; 612.217.0635

POTTER'S PASTIES & PIES
Facebook: Potter's Pasties
Twitter: @PottersPasties
612.819.3107

VELLEE DELI
Facebook: Velle Deli, Twitter: @VelleDeli
www.velleedeli.com

SIMPLY STEVE'S
Facebook: Simply Steve's Mobile Food Truck
Twitter: @Simplysteves
www.simplystevesfoodtruck.com

NATEDOGS
Facebook: Natedogs, Twitter: @Nate_Dogs
www.natedogs.com; 888.506.6075

COOK'N WHEELS
Facebook: Cook'n Wheels
Twitter: @CookNWheels
www.cooknwheels.com; 763.566.3512

CUPCAKE ON THE GO
Facebook:Cupcake, Twitter: @cupcakempls
www.cup-cake.com; 612.378.4818

SAUCY BURT'S
Facebook: Saucy Burt's, Twitter @SaucyBurts

THE TWISTED SISTER HOUSE OF HUNGER
Facebook: The Twisted Sister House of Hunger
Twitter: @houseofhunger
www.houseofhunger.com

When you eat at Potter's, make sure to save room for the truck's sweetest treat: a slice of traditional British banoffe pie that's nearly impossible to find in these parts. The pie's crust is sealed with a layer of bitter dark chocolate to balance out the sweetness of bananas, whipped cream, and caramelized sweetened condensed milk.

VELLEE DELI
Facebook: Velle Deli, Twitter: @VelleDeli
www.velleedeli.com

Vellee Deli mostly haunts Minneapolis's Marquette Avenue, with occasional forays into St. Paul, serving up Asian and Mexican fare, from eggrolls to tacos. The mobile kitchen is owned by William Xiong and Joyce Truong, and the two turn out everything from a traditional Vietnamese pork banh mi to a fusion riff on the sandwich called Mojo, which stuffs a crusty baguette with a spicy sausage, pico de gallo, and fresh papaya.

Vellee's Korean BBQ burrito is another great Asi-can treat. A flour tortilla contains marinated, grilled beef short rib, rice, and spicy kimchi, creating a first-rate flavor combination. It's one of the best burritos in the metro.

SIMPLY STEVE'S
Facebook: Simply Steve's Mobile Food Truck
Twitter: @Simplysteves
www.simplystevesfoodtruck.com

Simply Steve's, which typically hangs out on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, opens as early as 7 a.m. While Steve's serves a full list of lunch items, including bacon-Gouda burgers and buffalo chicken wraps, it's the first street truck in the Cities to place heavy emphasis on breakfast.

Chef Steve Ramlow is a veteran of such Twin Cities institutions as the Nicollet Island Inn and Muffuletta, and he is assisted by his daughter, Katie Newham. While his biscuit sandwiches are convenient, they're not as craveable as the breakfast burrito. The flour tortilla is stuffed with eggs, potatoes, and spicy chorizo, which sure beats a bowl of cold cereal. All it's missing is a side of fresh salsa.

One more bonus: If you're lucky, you might get a sample of Simply Steve's chocolate chip cookies.

NATEDOGS
Facebook: Natedogs, Twitter: @Nate_Dogs
www.natedogs.com; 888.506.6075

Nate Beck is a hot dog fiend. When he makes his annual pilgrimage to the state fair, he says he puts away seven or eight foot-longs in a single day. His new business, Nate Dogs, applies an artisan approach to the humble hot dog cart, which he sets up across from Central Library at Fourth and Hennepin in Minneapolis, as well as sites in downtown St. Paul.

To pick just the right dog, Beck visited every craft butcher around the metro and collected a cooler full of samples. After taste testing, he chose an all-pork, skin-on, uncured wiener (and wiener-sized bratwurst) from the family-run farm Pastures a Plenty. Beck boils his tubesteaks so they don't risk splitting the casing and losing their juice, as they can when grilled.

Beck's homemade condiments include caramelized onions, coarse-cut sauerkraut, and a variety of blended mustards that he wears in a waist-slung holster for quicker dispensing (try one made with a local beer). The tubesteaks and toppings outshine their ho-hum, mass-produced buns, but that's kind of the point: The bread needs to fade to the background so the meat can be the star.

Beck has instilled his business with a philanthropic philosophy: For every dog purchased, he makes an equivalent donation to charity. "Get a dog, give a dog," he says. "That's our motto."

COOK'N WHEELS
Facebook: Cook'n Wheels
Twitter: @CookNWheels
www.cooknwheels.com; 763.566.3512

On a Friday night, when the parking lot at Union Liquors on Lowry and Penn Avenue North is filled with idling cars, one vehicle stands out among the others: a bright green-and-orange RV tricked out to serve picnic fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and salads. Cook'n Wheels tends to make stops in north and northeast Minneapolis, as well as outside the Midtown Global Market. One of its specialties, the Memphis pulled pork sandwich, tastes just like summer, piling creamy coleslaw on top of tender shredded meat in a super-sweet barbecue sauce.

CUPCAKE ON THE GO
Facebook:Cupcake, Twitter: @cupcakempls
www.cup-cake.com; 612.378.4818

The bright orange van parked along Nicollet Mall doesn't look that conspicuous until you notice the cartoon cupcakes painted on its exterior, and the small tray mounted on its hood to hold the coffee fixings.

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