The newest fleet of Twin Cities food trucks

From pizza to barbecue, here are the best new bites to look out for

The newest fleet of Twin Cities food trucks
E. Katie Holm For City Pages
O'Cheeze's Mac & Cheeze grilled sandwich withToma-cado soup is a unique twist on two childhood favorites

Some may look for buds on the trees, the return of the robin, and other signs from Mother Nature or whatever, but as far as we're concerned, spring in the Twin Cities has only officially begun once we experience the following things: opening day at Target Field, Scott Seekins changing from his black suit to his all-white uniform, and new food trucks preparing to hit the streets. There are significantly fewer trucks this year (so far), which makes us wonder whether we have reached maximum saturation or a new food trend is quietly in the works. Either way, there are some promising mobile kitchens debuting this season and we have the inside scoop on what they're serving and where to find them.

Butcher Salt

Owner: Jean Hutar, whose previous experience includes helping to run her family's restaurants, Vertins in Ely and Greg's Place in Eveleth, and nearly a decade working as a restaurateur with Chipotle.

Sample menu items: The truck's tagline and mission statement is "season the day," and Hutar's food makes good on that promise. Expect flavorful, sustainably sourced meats like all-beef Minnesota-made hot dogs; Thousand Hills grass-fed mini burgers topped with fried onions, bacon, and pickles; indulgent loaded hash browns cooked until crispy on the truck's flat top and sprinkled with their namesake butcher salt — sea salt infused with rosemary, sage, marjoram, and thyme. If you need something to offset all the savory, a vanilla bean-flecked pot of freshly torched creme brulée should set you right without putting you over the edge.

Stomping grounds: Downtown Minneapolis along Marquette between Seventh and Eighth, North Loop on Washington Avenue, Steel Toe Brewing in St. Louis Park, and Fulton Brewery

Try them if you like: Natedog's, Moral Omnivore, Tollefson Family Grill

How to find them: @ButcherSalt

Grill Works Truck

Owners: Will and Amy Cave

Sample menu items: American diner classics with an emphasis on burgers. They've been working on a porchetta roll stuffed with gremolata and have promised to include Spam, the most Minnesotan of all canned meats, on one of their breakfast-influenced creations.

Stomping grounds: Grill Works is planning to launch in the next two months, so check their Twitter account to find out where their first lunch will be served.

Try them if you like: Simply Steve's, Neato's Burgers

How to find them: @Grill_Works

Tru Pizza

Owner: Jason Montgomery

Sample menu items: Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas made with Easy Bean Farm produce, Cedar Summit cream, and grass-fed beef from Prairie Fare. Build your own with fennel sausage, roasted peppers, and caramelized onions, or choose one of Montgomery's custom creations. The Love Pizza, topped with beets, blue cheese, arugula, garlic, and burrata cheese, and the Health Pizza, covered in kale, pine nuts, and feta cheese, both sound particularly tasty. They'll also serve warm, wood-fired foccacia and have been playing around with both gluten-free and multigrain pizza dough. Tru Pizza's catering menu includes a s'mores calzone smeared with Nutella, but no word yet on whether the truck will do desserts. Here's hoping they do because that sounds crazy delicious.

Stomping grounds: Tru Pizza doesn't officially hit the streets until June 1, so check out their Twitter feed for location updates.

Try them if you like: Little G's Mobile Pizzeria, Potter's Pasties

How to find them: @TRUPIZZATRUCK

O'Cheeze

Owners: Haley and Tony Fritz, partners in business and in life, who are both alums of the University of North Dakota and major cheese enthusiasts.

Sample menu items: This truck is all about gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. There's a lovely and light caprese-inspired one with fresh mozzarella and plenty of basil; a hearty, St. Paddy's day-appropriate creation with creamy and sharp Dubliner cheese, a layer of garlic mashed potatoes, and a sticky-sweet reduction of Irish whiskey; and a surprisingly irresistible version of handheld mac and cheese with elbow pasta and three kinds of cheese fused between slices of buttery, crusty bread. They also serve a few smart soups for dipping, including the Toma-cado, a take on classic tomato basil bisque made with avocado, and a multicolored bean chicken tortilla soup.

Stomping grounds: 612 Brewery, Surly Brewing, Indeed Brewery, and John Ireland Boulevard near the State Capitol Building in St. Paul

Try them if you like: R.A. MacSammy's, Fork in the Road

How to find them: @O_Cheeze

Big Brother Almighty BBQ

Owner: Kenneth Frazier

Sample menu items: Saucy smoked meats including ribs, chicken wings, and pulled pork. They'll also be doing classic smokehouse sides like creamy mac and cheese and coleslaw.

Stomping grounds: Big Brother is yet to roll out, but they have indicated that when they do, they'll be serving not only Minneapolis and St. Paul, but also Brooklyn Park.

Try them if you like: Gogi Bros., Cafe Racer, Melch's Meat Wagon

How to find them: @BBAlmightyBBQ

Undead Frank's Zombie Bites

Owner: Leslie Bock, who also owns Psycho Suzi's, Donny Dirk's, and the upcoming Betty Danger's Country Club

Sample menu items: Funky fusion bar food. Undead Frank's actually launched at the beginning of this winter, but frigid temps meant they kept their service hours pretty brief and never went beyond the outskirts of Donny Dirk's Zombie Den. This spring they'll have more regular hours and might even get on the move with other trucks around northeast Minneapolis. The bile-green truck serves Voodoo Zombie Bites, a Thai take on cheese curds with hot chilies and peanut dipping sauce; a couple of melty grilled sandwiches stacked with beer-braised chicken or slow-cooked beef, jammy wine sauce, and fontina cheese; and deep fried mini Mexican eggrolls.

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22 comments
Erika Caufman
Erika Caufman

Had the BACHN from OCheeze yesterday and it was DELICIOUS!!

Porky Noh
Porky Noh

Spring arrives with the first Wood Duck..L check them out at MLS4387033

Laura Franzen
Laura Franzen

I'm so hungry, probably gonna go to a food truck today

Tiffany Ng
Tiffany Ng

Uhh... Tiolora Lumbantoruan & Laura Franzen???!

Selena Cripps
Selena Cripps

they are talking about food trucks not just mac n cheese sammach people lol

Kou LorPao Vang
Kou LorPao Vang

Mac n cheese sandwich? Just have the wife make it at home.

Amy Stone
Amy Stone

I think the Mac and cheese sandwich sounds bomb except it's def not on my diet

Sami Caswell
Sami Caswell

Amy Stone Colin Wieberdink YES, totally!

Amy Stone
Amy Stone

Colin Wieberdink Sami Caswell let's go to all of them!!

John Bunch
John Bunch

Macaroni in a sandwich is just gross

Tommy Drummond
Tommy Drummond

Seriously .... A mac & cheese sandwich? Guess I can't judge until I've had it .... interesting ..!!

 
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