The Twin Cities are home to more than 60 food trucks that bake, fry, grill and use every other culinary technique imaginable to whip up dishes and baskets overflowing with food from countries all over the world. Whether you’re craving Louisiana-style seafood or Venezuelan arepas, these four-wheeled eateries take your taste buds on an international fare adventure all from the comfort of your own backyard.
Chef Shack Ranch
Run by duo Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson, Chef Shack Ranch is an excellent choice for affordable food with fine-dining quality—yes, even out of a food truck. With an emphasis on local and organic ingredients, you can get your fill every Saturday morning at three different farmers markets. Head to Mill City, Fulton or Kingsfield farmers markets between May and October, or head to their restaurant in Minneapolis year-round.
Believe us when we say this is the best falafel you can find in the Twin Cities area, not to mention savory gyros, housemade kombucha and more. Visit them at Kingsfield Farmers Market every Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., every other Wednesday at Nokomis Farmers Market from 4-8 p.m. and on weekends at various events. You can also get some tasty falafel at their brick-and-mortar restaurant in St. Paul year-round.
Green + The Grain
Craving a phenomenal salad? Green + The Grain has so many delicious options you may be forced to come back time and time again. Build your own or go for favorites like Caprese, Buffalo Shrimp Caesar or whatever it is they’re serving from the streets of downtown Minneapolis that day.
Hot Indian Foods
It’s hard to miss this bright orange truck, and you don’t want to. The Indurrito—aka Indian Burrito—is what dreams are made of, and so are the Indi-Frites, their Indian-spiced fries. You can find them all around town at various farmers markets and events, or daily at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.
Winner of the 2015 Charlie Award for Most Outstanding Food Truck (basically an Oscar of the Twin Cities food scene), Tatanka Truck is one-of-a-kind, serving up unbelievable Native American cuisine. Order Indigenous Tacos made with bison meat and roasted sunchokes and a Cedar-Maple Iced Tea, or some Sumac Popcorn for a small treat.
The Anchor Fish & Chips
You guessed it—this British-inspired food truck slings Fish and Chips all day long, along with Meat or Veggie Pasties and sides of Mushy Peas, Curry or Gravy Chips, and more. Visit their website or social media channels to see where they’re headed next, or visit the original brick-and-mortar location in Northeast Minneapolis.
The Moral Omnivore
“Ethical eats from bacon to beets”—that about sums up The Moral Omnivore. With a focus on local, organic ingredients and sustainable practices, this is some of the best food for your waistline and your conscience. Their menu items are colorful and delectable, and you can find the food truck around the Twin Cities almost daily.
We know Food Truck season doesn’t last forever, but thankfully some food trucks have brick-and-mortar locations, too. Check out six of our favorites that fill every season with gourmet grilled cheese, global food, sweet treats and more.