The Twin Cities' new fleet of food trucks

The lowdown on a dozen brand-new trucks hitting the streets this summer

The Twin Cities' new fleet of food trucks
E. Katie Holm
Paulette Bakery serves two-wheeled commuters

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Picture it: Minneapolis, 2009. Food trucks saturated the streets of most major cities, but local municipal codes and a lack of regulation for street-cart vendors meant they were just barely "a thing" in the Twin Cities. Sure, Chef Shack was already turning up at farmers markets, and every so often you'd see a somewhat seedy taco truck (or, more accurately, taco trunk) parked outside the Turf Club, but we had no idea this was just the calm before the storm. There are now around 80 trucks that regularly rove the metro area, but our desire for these meals on wheels has become insatiable, demanding more trucks with more options, and this year is no exception. Here are a dozen trucks that are new this season, with info on where to find them and why they're worth seeking out.

Hot Indian Foods

When it hit the streets in mid-May, Hot Indian Foods was mistaken for a mobile version of Chino Latino (which, for clarification, does not exist). It makes sense, with all the bright colors and fusion food, but HIF is indeed a unique entity with a menu that revolves around a unique item. Their signature Indurrito has all the saucy curry, rice, and paneer of an Indian dinner, rolled up into a tortilla. You can also get it as a deconstructed plate without the tortilla and add tasty, crispy, Indian-spice battered fries — a mix of regular Russet and sweet potatoes — to any order. Pro tip: You can shave $1 off your meal by showing owner Amol Dixit (he's usually taking orders in front of the truck to help keep the line moving) your best Bollywood dance move. Find the truck at the Linden Hills farmers' market, outside the 612 Brew taproom in Northeast, and @HotIndianFoods.

A la Plancha

This Spanish-inspired truck is doing ham, cauliflower, or pepper croquettes; veggie, beef, banana, or seafood empanadas; and grilled skewered chicken or beef with garlic aioli and vibrant chimichurri. The truck itself has a diesel engine with a gravity-fed veg oil tank, so all the fryer oil used to make your crunchy croquettes is later converted to fuel. Smells good, does good. They're roaming around Uptown and Eat Street but are adding more events, hours (hopefully late), updates, and locations @aLaPlanchaMPLS.

Lulu's Street Food

Based in Hudson but frequently setting up shop in downtown Minneapolis, Lulu's Street food is serving Caribbean, Latin, and other surprise fusion cuisine, like the Cuban-Polish hash with Polish sausage, diced potatoes, peppers, and onions all grilled up and topped with a fried egg. Feeling less breakfasty? Lulu's recently did a lobster, snow crab, shrimp, and blue claw crab salad on a sweet Jamaican toasted bun. Look out, Smack Shack. They also have fresh-cut black truffle and Parmesan fries, ahi tuna tacos, and anything else they dream up that day. Look for the sunny truck at Eighth and Marquette and @LulusStreetFood.

Check out our awesome photo tour of these Twin Cities food trucks...

Gogi Bros.

Its claim to fame as Minnesota's first and only Korean barbecue food truck would be enough to get us searching for this tiger-striped vehicle, but mostly we love to say "mobile bulgogi." Fans of Hoban in Eagan, the Left-Handed Cook at the Midtown Global Market, and enthusiasts of meat in general will be delighted with the selection of galbi (super-tender spicy beef short ribs), bulgogi (barbecued beef), mandu (crispy fried potstickers with soy dipping sauce), and sticky rice with kimchee. Gogi brothers Fred and John are all over the place — Rice Park, outside Bar Abilene, the shops at the West End — spreading good cheer and good barbecue from St. Paul to St. Louis Park. Find their exact daily location @GogiBros.

Paulette Bakery

Now that this mobile bakery with a French accent is on the streets, you really have no excuse for skipping breakfast (or mid-day pick-me-up or late-night snack). Paulette Bakery features sweet and savory croissants like chocolate-almond and ham and gruyere. Since the menu is small, the focus is on super high-quality ingredients such as vegetarian-fed, nitrate- and antibiotic-free Beeler ham. Even so, they still took the time to make the cutest little Eiffel tower-emblazoned wax paper bags for carrying out your pastry. Piping hot Peace Coffee is available too. Find Paulette on Hennepin between Sixth and Seventh, behind the Lagoon theater, and on Washington at Second Avenue North, or @PauletteBakery.

B-52 Slider Squad

This is actually the mobile version of B-52 Burgers and Brew out in Inver Grove Heights, serving house-made veggie burgers, traditional beef sliders with your choice of cheese and a little pickle, mini Reuben sandwiches, and a sometimes-available Bavarian slider that comes on a pretzel bun with sweet and spicy mustard and white onions. Every sandwich arrives with a fistful of fries, but the must-order item is the doughnut-like fresh sweet corn fritters with chipotle mayo dipping sauce. The squad is mostly in the St. Paul downtown and West Seventh surrounding area, specifically Wabasha and Cedar, Seventh and Walnut, and near Tom Reid's sports bar, but they're adding new spots all the time, so keep up to date @SliderSquad.

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