This was my first experience and I was SO impressed. I mean, I have been to one or two of these, but mostly in Europe. The idea of restaurant style food and not necessarily “fast food” but fast for the customer is awesome. For those of you who don’t know much about food trucks or haven’t really paid attention, I will give you a breakdown on this trend. For the longest time I didn’t really understand the craze.
A food truck usually has a short menu, specializing in one kind of food. Every day they park the truck in a different place, usually in the same general area. The place is announced in the morning, via social media using outlets such as twitter and facebook to alert food truck customers. Most trucks are open just during lunch hours, therefore sometime between 11-2. Brilliant business idea for both the business owner and customer. Saves the business building costs, which is obviously the most expensive part of running a restaurant. The customer benefits from the conveniency especially food trucks located downtown. When you are only given 30 minutes for a lunch break like most Americans, that does not leave much time to venture far, limiting options to get something delicious.
The food truck that I tried, was ironically the first one I saw. It was called Dandelion Kitchen. After seeing there was a line (BIG hint) I decided to walk over and check out the menu. The menu was right up my alley. Filled with local, organic ingredients serving both salads or sandwiches. All the items were unique and high quality. I had a very hard time choosing one thing, I wanted everything! After much indecisiveness, I decided on the seasonal salad; mixed greens, goat cheese, pecans, fennel, sun dried tomatoes, added chicken topped with a maple vinaigrette. It was definitely one of the best salads I have had in a long time! Check out Dandelion Kitchen’s website http://dandelionkitchen.com/
Minneapolis and the St. Paul have quite a few food trucks that you should check out. Now that I have finally been to one, I definitely plan on checking more out! Here is more information on food trucks in the Twin Cities http://www.citypages.com/microsites/food-truck-map/