Restaurant Recommendations: Food Trucks!

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Tis the season for food trucks. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of eating from a food truck, you are missing out my friends. It’s a fairly recent trend (not sure if I should even use the word trend, as I hope it’s here to stay!) here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, with more and more food trucks joining the scene each year.

This summer I’ve had the opportunity to sample deliciousness from the following:

1) Foxy Falafel

2) The Moral Omnivore

3) Chef Shack

4) Get Sauced

Last year I ate at The Dandelion Kitchen (where I had the best BLT ever – read on!).

Although I thoroughly enjoyed each one, I definitely have my favorites. Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures of these dishes, as I was out on the street, too busy enjoying the scenery (and food!) to think about those kind of things :) Better luck next time I guess!

Here’s the scoop:

1) Foxy Falafel – The best falafel I’ve ever had. Not that I have a lot to compare to, but still. I honestly didn’t think I really liked falafel as I’ve had it a few times before and it hasn’t done much for me. Not this stuff. So moist and delicious on the inside, crispy on the outside. The picked toppings and sauces were a nice compliment. I was seriously sad when my falafel was all gone. Was even at the Twins game randomly craving one of these the other day. Will have to visit again soon!

http://foxyfalafel.com

2) The Moral Omnivore – Although I do enjoy beet salads occasionally, I would have not have thought to put it in a sandwich. The BLT and Beet sliders were both surprisingly good. The fried tomato on the BLT was a nice touch, and the thin slice of beet on the other was tender and delicious. The combo of ingredients in these sliders is spot on. Even if you think you don’t like beets, I’d still give it a try. It just might make you a believer! :)

http://www.themoralomnivore.com

3) ChefShack – The bf ordered the duck nachos at the Farmer’s Market one Saturday. Tasty, but it fell short of my expectations. Would have liked a bit bigger of a portion for the price too! However, being I’ve heard good things, I’m going to have to give this one another go!

http://www.chefshack.org

4) Get Sauced – Some seriously delicious tacos and corn. I had the Mexican style tacos. Juicy chicken, topped with fresh pico, cilantro, queso fresco on top of soft corn tortillas. The creamed corn that was on special was also amazing. Fresh, flavorful, and a bit of creaminess going on. Mmm, mouth is watering just thinking about it!

http://chefdrivencompanies.com/home/get-sauced/

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5) Dandelion Kitchen – Like I said before, the best BLT I’ve ever had. Maple-glazed bacon, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce (obviously), and avocado. The bread had a nice crunch on the outside, but was soft on the inside. My favorite :)

http://dandelionkitchen.com

Alright, that’s my take. Feel free to leave me a comment on your own favorite food trucks in the area. There are definitely quite a few more I’d like to check out!

Happy Food Truck Eating! :)

Restuarant Review: Wise Acre Eatery

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This week has been crazy (or cray-cray as my students say  – sometimes their vocab rubs off on me, just ask the bf!). Anyway, I’ve literally had something going on every day/night this past week/weekend (thus why I haven’t been blogging!). And I have eaten out 5 out of the past 7 days – bah! So unlike me, but I’m not complaining too much. I’ve had some good food :)

It all started on Tuesday night when the BF and I celebrated my birthday (it was in March – but I was out of town during the actual day of). We went to dinner at a place called Wise Acre Eatery in Minneapolis. Most all their food comes from the Tangletown Gardens in Plato, MN. On their website it states that “80-90% of what we serve is sustainably grown on our farm, less than an hour away- something we can all be proud of”. How cool is that?!

Needless to say we had heard good things, and thus decided to check it out. It doesn’t take a lot of convincing us to try out a restaurant that uses local fare :)

Wise Acre is in a little bit quieter part of Minneapolis, away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown, Uptown, and Dinkytown (for those of you familiar with MPLS!). The interior is small, but hosts a nice size bar and a case full of some local goodies ready to purchase. Clean and classy, but not up-tight, is how I would describe it. In fact, it’s a pretty laid back atmosphere. The food and drink specials are up on a blackboard, and they even have a “living” wall filled with green plants.

The food was pretty darn delicious as well. Before we even ordered, we were brought a nice lil sampling of seasoned popcorn (from the farm of course!). We also had a sampling of local cheese curds and summer sausage to start (can’t go wrong there). For main dishes, the bf ordered the East Meets Midwest, an 11-spice half-rack of ribs with sesame-ginger bbq, ham hock fried brown rice, and sweet-n-spicy sugar snaps. Oh that fried rice! I was such a fan. The eggs in it were so light and fluffy, and the flavoring of the rice just delicious.

I myself ordered the It’s Back, a dill pickle fried chicken. I don’t even like dill pickles (or pickles at all for that matter!). But it sounded good, and that is was. The chicken definitely was not your typical greasy fried chicken. Actually, it wasn’t greasy at all. It was perfectly dry and crispy on the outside, and moist and delicious on the inside. It came with wild rice slaw, and summer potato salad. Not your typical potato salad. The potatoes were cooked perfectly, and dressed just right. Not to mention the flavoring. So fresh! This picture does not do the dish justice. Partly because I took a few bites before I was like “Ahh! I should take a picture!”. And so there you have it.

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If you’re from the Minneapolis area, or your stopping by for a visit (or you want to plan a visit now that I’ve convinced you of how great a place it is!), Wise Acre Eatery is definitely a unique dining experience. A unique local dining experience. And it doesn’t get much better than that.

http://www.wiseacreeatery.com