You don’t have to go to Minneapolis or St. Paul to find some of the best food trucks in Minnesota. In fact, many of them can be found in a small, west-central Minnesota city near you.
If you happen to be in Fargo this weekend, you’ll have a rare chance to try them all at the Fargo Food Truck Festival. It’s a great opportunity to try a few trucks from outside the state, all in one place. I joined the judges panel yesterday and it was a blast to see what the regional food truck scene has been up to since last year.
Here are five of my favorite Minnesota food trucks, their standout dishes and where to find them.
Lupe’s Tasty Tacos
Home Base: Ada, MN (Whoo hoo! That’s close to my hometown. Norman County girls represent!)
Don’t Miss: The chicken fajitas are the truck’s original offering and still a best seller.
“I only served at the beginning of my career chicken fajita, and I would sell out every night,” says Lupe as she spoons luscious chicken and colorful salsa onto a plate. It’s balanced, flavorful and perfectly prepared.
Standout Touch: The fresh salsa — a riot of fresh cilantro and fat, red tomatoes — is made daily.
Home Base: Hallock, MN
Don’t Miss: The Buffalo Cauliflower Lettuce Wrap offers up a bold, zesty flavor and a little bite, served up on a bed of fresh and tangy slaw. It’s a rare and welcome find for gluten free folks and vegetarians, a filling and hearty dish that’s a breath of fresh air in a food truck landscape still dominated by meat.
Standout Touch: This place does sauces beautifully. The honey garlic sauce and the garlic parmesan sauce for the fries are addictive.
Home Base: Red Lake Falls, MN
Don’t Miss: The Bangin’ Shrimp Tacos are aptly named. Succulent shrimp nestled in sweet chili sauce are topped with an artful drizzle of sour cream and lots of fresh romaine, green onions and tomatoes for the perfect amount of crunch and color.
Standout Touch: The sweet chili sauce is a revelation. I want to buy it by the gallon.
Home Base: Thief River Falls, MN
Don’t Miss: The Kart Nachos combine picnic classics like pulled pork, baked beans, homemade coleslaw and kettle chips into new take on a street food staple. I usually skip coleslaw and baked beans, but I devoured this dish, which is a heck of a compliment.
Standout Touch: This place does bacon like a boss. It’s won the bacon award at the Fargo Food Truck Festival in the past and liberally incorporates little pieces of salty, fatty goodness into many of its dishes.
Home Base: Thief River Falls, MN
Don’t Miss: The lobster mac and cheese is rich and buttery. Unlike most Midwestern mac and cheeses, which tend toward the super rich and creamy (often augmented with faux cheese products), this one features complex, nutty cheeses that create long, melty strands of cheesy goodness. The lobster itself is extremely subtle.
Standout Touch: Little touches like perfectly toasted bread crumbs on the mac and cheese and savory, homemade bourbon sauce on the food truck’s burger add extra dimension to comfort food classics. (The punny name is an added bonus.)
What about you?
What’s your favorite food truck? Give it a shout out in the comments below.
Where do you find food trucks in your city?
Which food trucks should I visit next?
Have you tried any of these dishes? What did you think?
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