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.
Despite a chilly wind, curious eaters were lined up to try Butcher Salt's locally made hot dogs, sliders, hashbrowns, and sandwiches. The stylish black and white truck features a menu written on craft paper and t-shirts and hats on sale for fans to sport their Butcher Salt pride.
The truck is owned and operated by Jean Hutar, who has hospitality in her blood. Her parents used to own Vertins Cafe in Ely and Greg's Place in Eveleth, and before that, her grandfather owned a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. Prior to trying her hand at the food truck business, Hutar also had a successful run opening and operating Chipotle restaurants.
We sampled The Ranger ($8), a roast beef sandwich with peppers and onions as well as the stuffed hashbrowns ($8).
Toasted bread was packed with thinly sliced, well-done roast beef, green onions, barely-cooked button mushrooms, a hint of bacon, and purple onion and lightly dressed with a cheese sauce that promised spice, but didn't deliver.
The hashbrowns were loaded with green peppers, mushrooms, bacon, copious amounts of cheese, and topped with a medium cooked egg. Unfortunately, the hash had near to no brown crust and nothing except the edge of the egg was crispy.
However, we'll be back to try it all again because although the first bite wasn't a home run, there is definitely tasty promise inside this new truck. Follow them at Butcher Salt.