Street Food

  • Calendar

    October 22, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Fill Your Weekend With Food Trucks, Nordeast Beer Festivals, And New Beers

    It's never a dry weekend in the Twin Cities. This weekend's highlights include beer tastings, food trucks, fresh hops, and plenty of new beers out on the shelves. Saturday is especially packed, with options for beer lovers of all types. The Fall Feast Food Truck Rally at Harriet Brewing will featur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    What Happens to Twin Cities Food Trucks Over the Winter?

    As both leaves and temperatures start to fall, there's another noticeable change that comes about with the turning of the seasons: fewer food trucks on the road. This year, some will brave the cold, some will hibernate for winter, and others will choose to limit their appearances to certain events. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    All Pints North, Tour de Fat, and Goose Island tap takeover this weekend

    If you're a beer nerd, this is a weekend of amazing events, new beers, tap takeovers, and, most likely, a ringing headache come Monday. See also: Beer, cider, spirits, and food trucks: NE Brewer's Block Party is this weekend

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Belgian-style beers and a new cuvée on tap at Boom Island's Boom Days

    Boom Island Brewing has been crafting Minnesota-made, Belgian-inspired brews since 2011. Earlier this year, the brewery completed an expansion that increased production and taproom capacity and included space for a soon to be annual event -- Boom Days. From July 18 to 20, the weekend leading up to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Baby food as haute cuisine? Taste for yourself this Friday

    Food trucks are known for inventing unique flavor concoctions, especially in Minnesota, where the warm months bring out State Fair favorites like camel burgers and fried lamb testicles. But despite our familiarity with bizarre ingredients, baby food never struck us as a suitable focal point for food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    TGI Fridays to debut food truck in the Twin Cities

    TGI Fridays, everyone's favorite strip mall stop, is launching a food truck featuring eight items from its "handcrafted" menu. Even if you aren't a fan of franchise fare, you might appreciate this part: Everything on the menu is free. The TGI Fridays food truck is about to set off on its Summer of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Weekend brew round-up: Tin Whiskers, Art-A-Whirl, and much more

    This weekend brings a wealth of brewery news, from anniversaries to new taprooms opening for the first time. It's the close of Craft Beer Week, and the start of Art-A-Whirl. You'd be hard pressed to not be somewhere with an impressive line-up of local brews. On Friday, Tin Whiskers will open in St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    First look: Butcher Salt, a new meat-centric food truck

    Nothing heralds spring like the first sighting of a string of food trucks lining Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. On Friday morning, the lineup included Butcher Salt on its inaugural downtown lunch run. We stopped by for a first taste.See also:Butcher Salt, a new themed food truck is coming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    New food truck in the works from MasterChef contestant

    Does this face look familiar? It might if you saw him make it into the top 10 as a contestant on the last season of MasterChef, where he gained a reputation as a superb sauce-maker with a flair for making simple food into complex, composed plates. Or maybe you know him as your friendly neighbor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Chef Shack finds a permanent home in Seward

    Though the novelty of getting Indian-spiced mini donuts from a big red truck still has not worn off for us, there is a wonderful comfort in knowing that we can now get these perfect little treats just about any time we want. That's right: Chef Shack has gone brick and mortar.Following the trend of m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Hot Indian Foods giving away free Indurritos today

    Got lunch plans for today? You do now. As part of an event for local small business owners organized by Square, the plug-in credit card reader that most food trucks use, Hot Indian Foods food truck will be giving away free Indurritos to the first 100 people to get in line.See Also:The Twin Citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Asian Invasion food truck packs some serious heat

    Just because it's officially fall doesn't mean we're going to part with our favorite curbside lunch routine. Recently we visited St. Paul where we found a lunch well-suited to these cooler days.See Also:Best Street Food: Dandelion KitchenZen Box Izakaya to throw big time ramen bash

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Weekend brew round-up: Lift Bridge Anniversary party, Kielbasa Fest, and more

    It's a real sausage fest this weekend as Kramarczuk's kicks off its fourth-annual Kielbasa Festival at 5 p.m. tonight. In fact, in honor of the event, Mayor R.T. Rybak has declared today "Kielbasa Day" in Minneapolis. The Kielbasa festivities include lots of live polka and Ukrainian folk music, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Hibachi Daruma: A first look at teppanyaki on a food truck

    Their colorful truck is adorned with the daruma from which they get their name. Inside the truck is a teppanyaki chef (who spent some time doing all that fancy flipping food works at Bennihana) serving several meat and rice options to food truck fans.See Also:First-annual Great Food Truck RallyJake' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Friday brew and food truck roundup

    The best way to beat those winter -- wait, we mean spring -- blues is to quaff a few craft brews while feasting from some of our favorite mobile food vendors. We have your weekend rundown on who will be where, plus information about Fulton's Beer Truck Fest. See also:Cafe Racer's Pork Plate, 50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    YumMi Banh Mi is selling its food trailer. Here's your chance.

    Food trucks may be in hibernation (although not all: Chef Driven Co, Tot Boss, Fork in the Road, and a couple others are still braving the frigid temps). However, street eats season is just a couple of months away. Have you got a great mobile food idea? We found a trailer that's looking for a new ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Messy Giuseppe and Bloomy's up for new food truck award

    Two newcomers to the Twin Cities food truck scene have made the short list of nominees for a Rookie of the Year award from Mobile Cuisine, a nationally focused (with occasional reports around the globe) blog dedicated to providing information to mobile restaurateurs and generally fueling America's c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Love Your Lunch Day today at two food trucks

    See also:Top 10 Street Eats in the Twin CitiesHola Arepa Ginger Lemonade [RECIPE]Fork in the Road truck is a labor of loveReusable container company Aladdin is sponsoring Love Your Lunch Day tomorrow. Nationwide, food trucks will be participating by handing out their goodies in reusable containers. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Tollefson Family Grill: A new food truck alert

    Back in 2006, Minneapolis Farmers Market staples Dan and Jenny Tollefson of Tollefson Family Pork won the City Pages award for Best Hot Dog. They've remained regular vendors at several local farmers markets and added all kinds of new pork products to their repertoire, including an ingenious bratwurs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Tot Boss' Daniel Docken: Five questions for the new food truck owner

    The already bustling community of food tucks is about to receive a new member. And this member is aiming to please the little kid in all of us by serving all things tater, including tater tot nachos, bacon-wrapped tater tots, and something called Mama's Tater Tot Hot Dish. As he readies his truck fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Golden Tummy: A new food truck debuts

    Thanks to my eagle-eyed friend, we saw a new food truck out on Marquette this week. A sliver of bright yellow peaking out behind the another truck.  Turns out this was the first day of business for Nancy Yang and her crew at the new Golden Tummy. The jolly Buddha seems to say, "Hello! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    RA Mac Sammy, new food truck specializes in mac and cheese

    ​We first spotted them at the St. Paul winter carnival. A sun-colored new food truck specializing in custom-made mac and cheese. Now that the weather has turned warmer, they're out on a more regular basis. We decided to stop by and give their comfort food a try. We also chatted with the mac and ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Chef Shack named one of America's 'most creative' food trucks

    ​Many of us are well aware that we can get amazing, global cuisine handed directly to us from the windows of our local food trucks, but now the rest of the nation is sitting up and taking notice. Chef Shack, already named one of Bon Appetit's Top 10 Lunches at Farmers Markets and one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Turkey To Go opens storefront location in St. Paul; Minneapolis next

    Turkey To Go sells slow-roasted pulled turkey sandwiches.​You no longer have to go to the State Fair or the ball game--or even a Turkey To Go food truck--to get your fill of pulled turkey sandwiches. Owners Drew Levin and Dan Perkins have opened a storefront location in St. Paul, with plans for an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    A last gasp for food trucks this week in food

    A trip to Alsace via Edina's Salut​Let's get right to it: The best part of this week in food is a last chance to get your fill of the popular food trucks next Saturday. Sure, it's going to cost you $125 (for charity!), but might we float the idea that it's worth it for one last paper boat of I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Food truck fix: Kitchen in the Market brings street eats inside for winter

    Food trucks are pulling in and serving up at Midtown Global Market​The air is turning chilly, which means street diner numbers are dwindling and the herd of food trucks is thinning.   Luckily, the ladies at Kitchen in the Market understand the attachment people have to their favorite str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Food truck season almost over: Who's still open and who's closed

    Gastro Truck: Still open.​The food truck season is almost over. Last Wednesday was the last food truck court in St. Paul, and today is the final food truck rally until spring. But even as many food trucks shut down for the winter, others are staying open, and some are just getting started. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Street Eat Awards crowns the best curbside cuisine in the city

    ​The scent of mini donuts that wafted past the gates at the TCF Bank Stadium last Saturday had nothing to do with football. Instead the scent was emanating from the road warriors at the Chef Shack: their signature dessert of fried dough tossed in an alluring mix of spices that include cinnamon, su ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Four indie food trends stolen by chain restaurants

    WestwordApplebee's: Corporate posers​The Simpsons famously asked, "If you take away our right to steal ideas, where are they gonna come from?" Entertainment is built on stolen ideas, of course. But so, it seems, is the food industry, especially in recent years. Indie food trends--from food tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Food truck owners to restaurateurs: Blame yourself, not our trucks, for business problems

    Barrio Restaurant Group think it's easy for restaurateurs to blame food trucks for their problems.​Local food truck vendors are striking back at the suggestion that their trucks are eating local restaurants' profits. "I think in a downward economy we blame everybody but ourselves as restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    St. Paul restaurant owners say food trucks are eating profits

    Brent SchoonoverSt. Paul restaurants vs. food trucks.​When the city of Minneapolis was creating its food truck policy, several restaurant owners spoke out against it, saying the competition was unfair. Now that food trucks have come out in full force in downtown St. Paul, the Pioneer Press h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Five favorite Twin Cities food trucks

    Brent SchoonoverOur favorite meals on wheels!​Food truck season is in full swing. Now, if only the weather would cooperate! Here are five of our favorite street eats well worth braving the dreary damps.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Rhubarb Ginger Lemonade from Hola Arepa [RECIPE]

    Zingy rhubarb lemonade with just a smidge of gin and Aperol​After a long, soggy, cold spring, the weather turned on us. It's like Mother Nature is giving us the ol' "Oh, yeah? You don't like sweatshirts in summer? Well how do you like me know?"  The best way to combat our sweltering environs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Twin Cities Food Truck Map featured on FOX 9

    Brent SchoonoverThe making of the Twin Cities Food Truck Map.​City Pages Art Director Mike Kooiman was on FOX 9's Buzz Bash with Jason Matheson and Keith Marler this morning talking about our new Twin Cities Food Truck Map. Kooiman explains how the site works and why it's a useful tool for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Twin Cities Food Truck Map debuts!

    Brent SchoonoverTrack this truck!​Looking for an easy way to track your favorite food trucks in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul? City Pages Art Director Mike Kooiman worked with local illustrator Brent Schoonover to create our Twin Cities Food Truck Map. It plots the regular haunts of popu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Food truck food court every Wednesday in St. Paul

    Jill Wilson of the 128 Cafe​Long lines of smiling faces braided together as they stretched out on the downtown city sidewalks across from City Hall last Wednesday in downtown St. Paul. It wasn't long before menu items were being erased from boards as they sold out. Jill Wilson watched the crowds a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Food truck food court coming to St. Paul

    Jill Wilson and the 128 Cafe Food Truck​Wednesdays this summer, downtown St. Paul will handily have food truck vendors in one easy to spot location. Spearheaded by 128 Cafe's owner, Jill Wilson, the city will be hooding parking meters for food trucks to rally at Kellogg and Wabasha.  We're su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    What are your favorite food truck treats?

    ​Many of the trucks--Fork in the Road, Smack Shack, Dandelion Kitchen--have been rolling out in full force these last few weeks, with Chef Shack planning to reappear at the opening of the Mill City Farmers' Market on May 7th. What street eats have you been dreaming of all winter? Join the Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Ian Pierce of 128 Cafe: Chef Chat, Part 2

    Driver, chef, artist Ian Pierce of 128 Cafe​Today we bring you part 2 of our conversation with chef Ian Pierce of 128 Cafe in St. Paul.  (Here is Part 1 if you missed it.)  128 Cafe was one of the first brick-and-mortar restaurants in the Cities to load up a truck and hit the streets. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    The Twin Cities' best new food trucks of 2010

    Chef Shack paved the way for a crop of new street food vendors​Most of the food carts have been put away for the season--even street food pioneer Chef Shack is skipping Holidazzle this year. But a few brave souls, such as Fork in the Road, have been serving through the snow, and several others ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 8, 2010

    Street food takes over the Twin Cities

    In search of the best meal on wheels

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Chef Shack in this month's Bon Appetit

    Chef Shack​The September issue of Bon Appetit is all over the Twin Cities food scene as Chef Shack shares the pages with Bar La Grassa (honored as a Top 10 New Restaurant). Chef Shack was named in the article "The Hot 10: Lunch at the Farmer's Market," highlighting vendors at farmers markets aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Chef Shack in contention to be Food Network's favorite food truck

    Chef Shack could be #1 with your help...​Chef Shack, pioneers of the local street food scene, have been nominated one of America's Favorite Food Trucks in the Food Network's contest. Now it's up to the voting public to push one sidewalk vendor over the top. If Chef Shack wins, they'll receive $10, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Elite Street Eats

    Minneapolis's Chef Shack featured in Forbes...

  • Restaurants

    June 18, 2008

    Chef Shack brings curb appeal to summer eats

    For two entrepreneurial chefs, street food means grass-fed bison burgers andtorched-to-order crème brûlée

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2008

    Chef Shack Preview

    A taco truck that sells creme brulee? Coming this summer to a farmers' market near you.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2008

    Chef Shack Preview

    A taco truck that sells creme brulee? Coming this summer to a farmers' market near you.

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