Here’s a reason to get on Twitter (it’s free, and it’s easy): It’s the most expedient way to track the whereabouts of all the trucks and carts that are making the Minneapolis and St. Paul street-food scene so dynamic.
There are hot dogs, and then there are Natedogs. Nate Beck turns to Pastures a Plenty Farm in Kerkhoven, Minn., for his uncured, all-pork dogs and brats, and garnishes each snappy bite with a medley of handmade condiments: sweetly caramelized onions, tangy sauerkraut and fabulous coarse-ground mustards blended with Minnesota-brewed beers. Wash it down with a fizzy, brightly flavored soda from the 116-year-old Spring Grove Soda Pop company in southeastern Minnesota.
- 4th St. and Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., and various downtown St. Paul locations
Steve Ramlow has it covered at Simply Steve’s, where he and daughter Katie Newham serve up substantial, all-American fare. It’s scrambled egg/sausage red chile sauce burritos, scrambled egg/bacon bagel sandwiches and scones and muffins for breakfast (served all day), and jumbo California-style burgers, thin-sliced roast beef sandwiches, grilled chicken Caesar wraps and more for lunch. Prices are reasonable, and smiles are plentiful.
- Various downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul locations
Chef/entrepreneur Sarah Burt is serving up fantastic meatballs (a veal-pork-beef combo) at Saucy Burt’s, splashing them with a light and lively basil- and parsley-flecked red sauce and making them portable by serving them, three at a time, in a soft torpedo roll. Caution: This $7 lunch on the go is awfully habit-forming.
- 5th St. and Nicollet Mall, downtown Minneapolis