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Smack Shack
World-famous food truck in a North Loop not-shack

Minneapolis

Plans for Smack Shack's permanent home were announced some time early in the Van Buren administration (they actually incited the Panic of 1837), but the permanent home of the lobster-ific food truck proved to be well worth the wait

They embrace their warehouse skeleton with an open kitchen next to a cluster of checkered-clothed tables. Plus overflow seating on a balcony perfect for spying on said tables

Two levels of fiberglass lobster tanks (akin to the ones on actual fishing boats) flank a lobster bar and this massive boil tank. Do they really scream when boiled? Eat here, and find out

This freaking oceanic cornucopia is the Lobster Cioppino rounded out with clams, shrimp, mussels, and halibut

Of course, they've also got on-truck faves like the Lobster Roll (on griddled milk bread), or a warm version of it on a split-top bun deemed "Connecticut-Style"

"Smack Sides" no longer just refer to those jump-high-fives athletes do: they're also tasty small plates like corn bread with honey butter, Coastal Slaw, or another decadent truck standard, Lobster Mac & Cheese

Speaking of decadence: those, friend, are Lobster Corndogs with lemon chive aiol

Though only a fool gets sick of lobster, they've also got stuff like this super-meaty Striped Bass Ceviche just in case

And if you're off the seafood bandwagonboat altogether, eat these supreme Beef Short Ribs with braised tomatoes and tater puree..

... or you can get those same short ribs in tacos with pickled Fresno peppers and ancho garlic mayo from a subsection of the menu called "Rex & Jack's Taco Shack"

Oh yeah, there's an entire other half of to this place, and it's all bar, wiith drafts like Fulton Sweet Child and Deschutes Black Butte Porter, $5 oyster shooters (yes, they also serve fresh oysters), and even a bacon-infused vodka cocktail called The Roseth, which Marty Van Buren might actually have doneth from his grave at the news that Smack Shack finally opened.

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1. Smack Shack 603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Previously, the seafood-centric fare from Smack Shack was only available out of a food truck, but now it's served up in a spacious warehouse setting with plenty of seats available that aren't a curb or roadside bench.

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