Food & Drink

The 20 Best Food Trucks in the Twin Cities and Where to Find Them

There’s nothing better on a beautiful day than walking the streets of one of our major downtowns in search of the perfect lunch -- served, of course, out of a truck window. Colorful vehicles dot Marquette and 2nd Avenues in Minneapolis and the streets surrounding Mears Park in St. Paul with badge-wearing employees waiting in long lines for the most sought-after bites. Each year, more resta-preneurs try their hand at life on wheels. Currently, the Minnesota Food Truck Association counts more than 125 members and estimates there are more than 200 trucks operating around the metro area. But, we’ve taken into account things like actually being able to find the truck on the regular in addition to grub to pick our top 20 favorite food trucks. The next time you’re craving a meal from wheels, just pull up this list!

Anchor Fish & Chips

Downtown Minneapolis
Locals say it’s hard to find fish and chips this good outside of England -- and we think they’re right. This super-authentic British truck serves wild Alaskan cod lightly deep-fried, as to not overwhelm the fish’s flavor. Round it out with the hand-cut chips with gravy and a battered banger sausage and you can almost close your eyes and pretend you’re in the U.K. instead of on a Minneapolis street corner. The truck also serves great meat and veggie pasties if you’re not a fish fan.
Where is it?Website lists locations

Animales Barbeque

Northeast Minneapolis
Arguably the best barbeque in the city is parked outside Able in northeast Minneapolis. Owner and chef Jon Wipfli graduated from the French Culinary Institute and worked at Bachelor Farmer as sous chef before transitioning over to life on wheels as Animales’ pitmaster. His smokin’ magic includes beef ribs, pork shoulder, sausage, along with a great Texas chili.  If it’s Sunday, the Meat Tornado (ribs, sausage, bacon, and all the cheese) should be your go-to order.
Where is it? Able Seedhouse & Brewery (permanently parked)

Bibuta

Downtown Minneapolis
Ever thought about eating sushi as you walk down the street? Probably not, since chopsticks would make that a tricky endeavor. So, chef Billy Tserenbat came up with a creative solve -- “sushi burritos” as well as sushi-inspired bowls -- to make getting your omega-3’s on the go a lot less messy. Aside from the burrito (a mix of tuna, salmon, eel sauce, and spicy mayo), the teal truck also serves up a mean pork belly spring roll and seaweed salad.
Where is it? Find the locations on Twitter

Butcher Salt

Downtown Minneapolis
This truck takes its name from the seasoning -- sea salt infused with herbs -- which flavors everything on the menu. (Appropriately, staff members also scrawl the daily menu on a sheet of butcher paper.) The classic street fare includes everyday foods like quesadillas, hot dogs, sandwiches, sliders, and loaded hash browns tinged with hints of rosemary, thyme, sage, and marjoram. Be sure to try Brocky’s Quesadilla (chicken, bacon, onion, pepper, and chipotle cheese).
Where is it? Find the locations on Twitter

Dough Dough

Citywide
We’ve all heard that thing about not eating raw cookie dough, but that’s never stopped us before. Dough Dough capitalizes on this obsession by serving (safely edible) cookie dough by the spoonful. With flavors like chocolate chip,  salted caramel, and puppy chow, you really can’t make a bad decision. The best way to sample is by ordering a Flight of Dough, or five mini-scoops. Lately, the truck has been posted up by Target Field but it moves around the metro.
Where is it?Website lists locations

Gastrotruck

Citywide
Best described as “sustainable street cuisine,” this gastropub on wheels uses locally raised and grown products and runs its business as a zero-waste operation. Dishes are made from scratch and “artisanal” in nature, changing often depending on the season. Recently, gourmet nachos, jerk chicken, local lettuce salads and pork belly sandwiches were on the menu. A black bean patty with jalapeño relish was also a standout. Gastrotruck also travels all over the metro -- it’s been spotted at office parks from St. Paul to Eden Prairie to Burnsville.
Where is it? Website lists locations

Herbivorous Butcher

Downtown Minneapolis
Grabbing a bite with a non-carnivore or looking for earth-friendly options? This “butcher” shop owned by a brother-sister duo is on the streets slinging what appears to be meat (as well as cheese) … but everything is vegan. Sausages, brats, ribs, chicken -- you name it, they’ve figured out how to imitate it. The truck makes regular appearances at the UofM and Audubon Farmers Markets, as well as breweries and distilleries, too.
Where is it? Find the locations on Twitter

Hibachi Daruma

Downtown Minneapolis
Japanese street food at its best, Hibachi Daruma brings serious flavor to a ho-hum workday. And, among the line of trucks snaking down the block, you can easily spot the violet-and-magenta ombre vehicle. Run by husband-and-wife team Ying and Miguel Alvarez, the truck’s staples include fried rice, noodles, chicken, beef and shrimp along with house-made sauces like teriyaki, yum yum, garlic butter, and their signature Daruma sauce.
Where is it? Website lists locations

Hot Indian Foods

Downtown Minneapolis
What do you get when you combine Indian food with a burrito? Answer: an “Indurrito.” Former General Mills marketing pro Amol Dixit spotted an opportunity to combine exotic curry-laden flavors with the convenience of a burrito -- and launched his creation from a food truck. Now, Hot Indian Foods drives around downtown Minneapolis and parks outside of brand-new Allianz Field serving meats like pork vindaloo and chicken tikka masala, as well as vegan options.
How to find it?Website lists location

MidNord Empanadas

Downtown Minneapolis
Minnesota native Phil Gaffney started his career as a caterer for big movie sets, but returned to his home state to start one of the original food trucks, MidNord Empanadas. The name refers to traditional Spanish empanadas made “middle-north style” with creative twists like steak, potatoes, yucca, dates, and bacon. In an especially local nod, there’s the Juicy Lucita (Angus ground beef and “fancy sauce.” You can enjoy these pastry pockets on your lunch break downtown Minneapolis as well as at food truck rallies.
Where is it? Find the locations on Twitter

Minnesota Nice Cream

Northeast Minneapolis/varies
If you’re on Instagram, you’ve definitely seen these famous soft serve cones in your friends’ snaps. Loaded with fun toppings like gummy bears, puppy chow, and edible confetti and glitter, they were made for social media -- but they taste as good as they look. Minnesota Nice Cream has toured town at major music fests like Rock the Garden and Basilica Block Party, and is often booked for private events like weddings. 
Where is it? Find the locations on Instagram

Nautical Bowls

West Metro
Lake Minnetonka couple Bryant and Rachel Amundson’s super-healthy, super-delicious food truck is in its first year, and its maiden voyage has been a hit. The menu features acai, pitaya, and matcha-based bowls topped with granola, peanut or almond butter, fruit, and seeds. Cute nautical touches (sizes are named dingy, cruiser, and yacht) are a nod to lake life, and if your summer plan is to look uber-fit while lounging on a boat, this is your truck. Order a Blue Majik bowl with coconut vanilla hemp granola.
Where is it?Website lists locations

‘O Cheeze

Downtown Minneapolis
Whether you like your grilled cheese plain and simple or classed up with gourmet ingredients like pears and honey, O’Cheeze has you covered. Owned by a local couple with a love for the childhood classic, regular items include caprese with fresh mozz and basil, chipotle-pulled chicken and bacon, and toma-cado soup for dipping. The truck cruises around the metro as well as local festivals satisfying cheesy cravings.
Where is it? Website lists locations

Passionflower

Downtown Minneapolis
If you’re looking for a healthy option, Passionflower’s your place. With a variety of superfood smoothies, shakes, and bowls, this truck will power you up for the afternoon ahead. The sleek black truck serves up blends made with oh-so-healthy and exotic ingredients like lavender, plant protein, hemp milk, chia seeds, avocado, and dragon fruit.
Where is it? Find the locations on Instagram @passionflower

R.A. MacSammy’s

Downtown St. Paul/East Metro
If comfort food is what you crave, look no further than this truck with a mouthful of a name. We’re not quite sure what or who R.A. MacSammy’s is named after (other than the “mac” part), but it’s delicious. The menu features iterations of homemade mac and cheese like the bacon cheeseburger and Buffalo chicken, along with some sandwiches like grilled ham and cheese. The truck stops often in Lowertown and St. Paul breweries like Lake Monster and Bad Weather.
Where is it?Website lists locations

Reverie

Citywide
Another stellar vegan/vegetarian standout Reverie takes plant-based options and makes them taste so good you’ll never miss the meat. While the menu changes seasonally, it currently includes items like nachos supreme, loaded potato wedges, and cauliflower tacos. If you’re lucky, the KBLT (kimchi and tempeh-bacon BLT) will be available. The truck frequents a lot of breweries in town and has a “residency” at Dangerous Man.
Where is it?Website lists locations

Tiki Tim's

Downtown St. Paul/East Metro
Want to escape your 9-5 grind and pretend you’re eating lunch on a beach? Tiki Tim’s has you covered with island-inspired cuisine like fish tacos or a Hawaiian pulled pork sandwich. Often found at corporate behemoths like Thomson Reuters, the State Capitol, or breweries like Bad Weather, Tim’s provides a taste of the tropics without leaving the block. Don’t leave the truck without trying its Tiki Cakes, aka crab and shrimp patties.
How to find it? Find the locations on Twitter

Tot Boss

East Metro
Not only is this truck the boss locally, it’s also the boss nationally as Minnesota’s only mobile kitchen on Food Network’s “25 Best Food Trucks in America” list. Tot Boss specializes in -- shocker -- tasty taters and creations where they’re a primary ingredient. Try the chili tots, tot poutine, tot nachos, pizza tots, or tot hotdish with scratch-made cheese sauce. You never knew potatoes could be this spectacular.
How to find it?Website lists locations

Tru Pizza

West Metro
Tru Pizza has the only mobile wood-fired Neapolitan pizza oven in the Twin Cities and it takes making authentic Italian ’za very seriously. The dough is made from long-fermented flour and most ingredients are locally sourced. Pizzas are individual 12-inch pies and include classics like marinara, margherita, and bianca, as well as rotating daily specials. With cook times of just 60-90 seconds in the massive oven, even if the line is long, your wait shouldn’t be.
Where is it? Website lists locations

World Street Kitchen

Downtown Minneapolis
WSK is one of the pioneers of the Twin Cities’ food truck scene -- local restaurateurs Saed and Sameh Wadi started this unique truck way back in 2012. You’ll find global street food that’s big on flavor, texture, and lots of love, all spun into delicious harmony. Dishes include bites like a Mexican steak and egg'wich, red curry chicken, and a Yum Yum rice bowl drowning in a secret sauce and an over-easy egg
How to find it? Find the locations on Instagram

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Jenna Bennett Williams is a writer for Thrillist who works downtown Minneapolis and wanders Marquette and 2nd looking for usually-healthy lunches. You can catch her Instagramming @jennabennnettwilliams.