Two late arrivals to the food truck scene

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November 19, 2012 // UPDATED 5:58 pm - January 1, 2013
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

Despite the onset of winter, several food trucks continue to serve downtown crowds, including two late arrivals, Greek Stop Food Truck and Café Racer. Both businesses plan to stay out on the streets as long as there are customers willing to brave the cold. 

Greek Stop offers gyros, falafel and burgers with a Mediterranean flair. The entire serving side of the truck is visible through large windows, which owner Ahmed Makaraan is to help people who might not be familiar with all of this menu items. By making the prep area visible, customers can point to entrees or toppings they want through the glass.

Makaraan said the first few weeks have been good and that the truck is his first step in what he hopes is a long food service career.

“My dream was always to have my own restaurant,” he said. “I’ve got a food truck now and I’ll open a restaurant in the future.”

Café Racer owners Luis and Christine Patino said their new Columbian food truck is allowing Luis to live his dream. Luis Patino worked his way though college with food service jobs and still has a full-time job as a paralegal. But the corporate world didn’t click with him and he wanted work that he found more meaningful. 

The concept of being able to do your own thing and to serve another human being, that is why I do this in the first place,” said Patino. “It’s tough, it’s not glamorous. But it’s absolutely, 100 percent what I asked for and I couldn’t be happier right now.”

Café Racer’s offerings include pulled pork and pulled chicken, available as a sandwich, entrée or salad. Sides include Columbian carrot soufflés, rice, roasted vegetables and sweet potato pomme frites. The truck also includes several vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as hot dogs served Columbian style with crumbled potato chips, queso fresco, pico verde, pink sauce, sweet peppers and pickled red onions.

Both Greek Stop and Café Racer announce their daily locations on social media. Find Greek Stop at or @greekstopfoodtr. Find Café Racer at or @caferacerMN.