Sarah Burt thanks her Italian grandmother for the inspiration to open a food cart selling Italian meatball subs.
You'll find Burt on the corner of Fifth and Nicollet scooping meatballs smothered in a marinara sauce of her own creation.
"The Twin Cities was lacking in a solid meatball sandwich option," Burt says.
Burt's meatballs are made with beef, pork, and veal, and the sandwich comes with Italian plum tomatoes and lots of fresh herbs and garlic.
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The menu might expand to include more Italian foods in the future, but for the moment, the $7 meatball sandwich is it. An added chips and a drink come with the sandwich for $9.
Burt worked in politics (most recently, for Rep. Keith Ellison) before she decided to quit a year-and-a-half ago to become a chef.
"I kind of felt that I needed to do something more creative," she says. "And the place I'm happiest is in the kitchen."
You'll also find her working weekends as a brunch chef at Haute Dish.
"I decided I wanted to create my own food, and street food is a fantastic way to do that," she says.