6 FOOD TRUCKS TURNED BRICK-AND-MORTAR
Popular demand has inspired these six food trucks to establish permanent locations
By Taylor Weeks
Food Truck season is a coveted time of year for many Minnesotans. These mobile kitchens generally disappear when cooler weather comes calling, but some have invested in permanent spaces of their own for customers to enjoy year-round. We have highlighted some of our favorites.
Do you love grilled cheese? Haley and Tony Fritz turned their passion for grilled cheese into a business on wheels: O’Cheeze food truck. Together, they roam the streets of downtown Minneapolis serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Try their decadent s’mores sandwich, grilled to a golden perfection with marscapone, chocolate, marshmello and graham cracker crumble. Visit O’Cheeze’s brand-new brick-and-mortar location in the downtown Minneapolis skyway system.
Also from Haley and Tony Fritz is Dough Dough, a dessert truck serving—yes—cookie dough. The couple has turned a taboo, raw dessert into an eggless, safe-to-eat wonder. Dish up with any number of eggless cookie dough flavors at their food truck or up-and-coming permanent Mall of America location, which is predicted to open before the 2017 holiday season.
Devour some fresh lobster at Smack Shack, a seafood-serving food truck restaurant sure to satisfy your coastal cravings. Be sure to try some of their Lobster Mac & Cheese, a dish highlighted on “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri. You can find Smack Shack commandeering The 1029 Bar’s kitchen, traveling in its food truck, at its very own permanent location in Minneapolis’ North Loop district or inside the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
Known as the “godmothers of food trucking,” Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer bring fine dining to the street with their mobile kitchen Chef Shack Ranch. They serve a variety of items that are both expertly made and street-accessible, including pulled pork, beef tongue and roast chicken. Don’t forget to save room for one of their most popular items: organic Indian-spiced mini doughnuts. You can also visit their permanent location, a charming, self-described “modern urban truck stop” in Minneapolis.
Formed from the fusion of Asian and Mexican cuisines, Vellee Deli serves baguettes, tacos, quesadillas and burritos, all with their own cultural twist. Sample their Chicken Currito, made with spicy Thai curry, chicken, romaine lettuce, potatoes, seasoned rice and creamy zing sauce. You can find these fresh flavors at their food truck or permanent restaurant in the downtown Minneapolis skyway system.
Explore your adventurous side in a single bite at World Street Kitchen. Created and owned by the brothers Sameh and Saed Wadi, this mobile kitchen is inspired by street foods from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Asia and everywhere in between. You can travel across the globe with a Bangkok Burrito or Turk Hummus. Check out World Street Kitchen by finding their food truck or, to access their expanded menu, visiting their brick-and-mortar location in Minneapolis. There is even an online ordering system for take-out and delivery if you’re unable to make it to one of their physical locations.
VTC experts would love to see brick-and-mortar locations for The Moral Omnivore, Sasquatch Sandwiches and Butcher Salt. These mouth-watering food trucks are taking over the street: The Moral Omnivore offers local, organic and sustainable “ethical eats”; Sasquatch Sandwiches specializes in Minnesota-inspired street sandwiches; and the Butcher Salt's menu ranges from sliders to hash browns, all inspired by their special blend of herb-infused sea salt. Which food trucks are your favorites?