The latest generation of food trucks is here for the summer.
It’s summer, and in Minneapolis that means food trucks are becoming permanent fixtures on the busy streets of downtown, outside bustling breweries or around just about any event near you. Whether they’re serving up quick dishes for the lunch break rush, or offering the perfect pairing for a beer, these new food trucks will be out and about to serve whatever diners are in the mood for.
Wyn 65 is known as a mobile food emporium. The food truck, which is really a Winnebago camper, serves up comfort foods like hot fried chicken, mac ‘n cheese and fried yams. There’s also the classic fried bologna sandwich, dubbed the Winnebago Sandwich here, with house-made pepper bologna, pimento cheese and pickles. If the name sounds familiar, Wyn 65 is an extension of Richfield-based restaurant Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar, which offers its own soulful fare. The truck, which launched earlier this year, can usually be found in downtown Minneapolis during lunch hours or at a local brewery.
Misfit Coffee Co.
While Misfit Coffee Company isn’t technically a food truck, that fact hasn’t stopped the third-wave coffee trailer from garnering plenty of fans around the Mill District for its nitro cold brew coffee and variety of unique drink specials. Founder Marcus Parkansky, who hails from Milwaukee where Misfit’s roaster, Valentine Coffee Co., is based, is adding even more into the mix with custom growlers. Misfit is also rolling out coffee specials like the Sassafras Blast ($6) with nitro cold brew, horchata and root beer or the Espresso Tini ($5), an espresso and cream concoction with graham cracker or mint flavors. The trailer has finalized its pastry selection with goodies from Silverland Bakery, Sift Gluten Free, Mon Petit Cheri and more.
The Smoking Cow
Chef Ian Gray, known for the former Gray House restaurant in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood, already has The Curious Goat food truck, but he’s launched another one with another protein in mind. The Smoking Cow features an eclectic menu that focuses on smoked meat. The truck, which can usually be found in Northeast Minneapolis outside Tattersall Distilling, offers sandwiches with smoked brisket, smoked carrots or chicken, plus options like a beef taco salad, fish tacos or turkey nachos to round out the menu. For fans of the cheese curds at the sister truck, The Smoking Cow also has cheese curd fritters.
It’s not every day a multi-generational family business becomes a food truck, but Loring Park’s Market Bar-B-Que has done it 70 years after first opening. The father-son team of Steve and Anthony Polski launched a food truck version of the classic rib joint, established downtown in 1946, in April to spread their love of barbecue across the city. The truck doesn’t mess much with original barbecue favorites like ribs, barbecue chicken, pulled pork and brisket, which are slow cooked in the restaurant’s smoking pit and then seared on the truck’s grill. Plus, the Market Bar-B-Que truck features the same marquee and jukebox as the brick-and-mortar restaurant. The mobile eatery is usually parked downtown during lunchtime, at a brewery or even a neighboring suburb of Minneapolis.
Food trucks can be elusive, popping up unexpectedly outside new cocktail rooms or at events everywhere around the city. This year, diners have found Sasquatch Sandwiches at outdoor outings like Art-A-Whirl offering $10 sandwiches and more. The food truck serves classic sammies like a toasted Cuban sandwich with roasted pork, ham and Swiss cheese and a turkey avocado sandwich with provolone, tomato and mayo. There are also the slightly less expected offerings like a grilled cheese with apples and rosemary honey butter, and an array of sandwich specials, from a bacon-topped burger to an ice cream sandwich. The concept, started by Gil Gaitan, can be found outside breweries like InBound Brewco or near the downtown St. Paul riverfront.
If you saw a food truck offering sushi burritos, you might be thinking, “when pigs fly.” Well with Bibuta, you’ll get both. The food truck, whose name means “beautiful pork” in Japanese, from the owners of Sushi Fix sells thick handheld sushi rolls stuffed with fresh tuna, salmon and, yes, Okinawa-style pork belly. Billy Tserenbat launched the truck, which features a flying pig, earlier this year and has mainly been catering to office workers downtown. Bibuta offers salads and bowls, including sushi-style options with generous cuts of meat, along with sides likes spring rolls and other vegetarian or gluten-free choices.
Bark and the Bite
Noah Miller and Toph Heubach, two alumni from the former Sapor Cafe and Bar, debuted their new food truck, Bark and the Bite, last year with a variety of barbecued meats and scratch sauces. The truck offers the choice of proteins, including pulled pork, chicken and vegetarian-friendly barbecue jackfruit, and sauces, from the sweeter cherry bourbon to the spicy vodka chile. Diners can get them served as sandwiches or simply piles of goodness. To round out the meal, Bark and the Bite has traditional backyard fare with baked beans, hush puppies, potato salad and coleslaw. You can usually find the truck at a brewery or distillery in downtown or Northeast Minneapolis.