Up in the northern region of the Midwest, food isn’t just necessary for survival: It’s practically an art form. Wisconsinites and Minnesotans love their grub, and the more creative it is, the better. That’s why you’ll find an increasing number of food trucks throughout these states year after year. Here are some of the most popular ones.
As Door County’s only food truck, Nistebox has become a well-known lunch spot for locals in the area. Usually parked on Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, Nistebox’s bright seafoam green truck serves “North by North Mex” cuisine like slow-cooked pork shoulder, a sweet mashed potato burrito, loaded nachos and sometimes specials like fish tacos and meatball sliders. Drinks are crucial, and Nistebox serves local craft beers, wines and various handmade drinks.
Get Sauced (Minnesota)
You can’t make a magnificent meal without getting saucy. That’s the philosophy behind the Get Sauced food truck, whose chefs pile their Tex Mex-inspired dishes with savory, made-from-scratch sauces like their award-winning Sweet Heat BBQ, tomato-based Oaxacan and Ginger Ponzu. Try the sauces on top of pulled pork and dry-rubbed chicken or inside a hearty taco.
Umami Buns (Wisconsin)
The Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar is primarily a restaurant, but operates a food cart between April and November. The restaurant` consolidates its extensive menu of entrees, sandwiches, dumplings and ramen into a streamlined, cash-only mobile kitchen menu. Order a bun box of one, two or three sandwiches from Umami Buns that includes edamame or wonton chips. Bun fillings vary from house-cured pork belly to braised pork shoulder to fried tofu.
The Moral Omnivore (Minnesota)
Ethically produced, sustainable ingredients aren’t often used by the biggest restaurants and eateries, so some food trucks like The Moral Omnivore in Minnesota are on a mission to provide diners with meals they don’t have to feel guilty about. Dishes like wild rice sliders, butternut squash taco bowls, curried mushroom fries and beet sliders are served in 100% compostable to-go ware.
Curd Girl (Wisconsin)
What list of Wisconsin food trucks would be complete without a mobile kitchen that serves the Badger State’s favorite dish? Named the producer of the best cheese curds in the state by website The Bozho and winner of the 2015 silver star in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison awards, Curd Girl is a relatively young but respected kart that — simply put — serves darn good cheese curds. No amount of words can substitute for a taste, so look for the Curd Girl truck at the Dane County Farmer’s Market or around Madison.
Tot Boss (Minnesota)
Yes, you can make an entire meal out of tater tots, and the Tot Boss has discovered how. The genius behind this food truck in the Twin Cities serves crisp, flavorful Ore-Ida tater tots incorporated into unique recipes like bacon wrapped tots, pizza tots, tater tot hot dish and poutine tots. In consideration of those with food allergies or celiac disease, many of the Tot Boss’ creations are gluten-free, including the from-scratch cheese sauce.
If reading about this delicious food has made your mouth water and your stomach grumble, search out any of these food trucks, or see what your local neighborhood has to offer in terms of mobile kitchens.
This article is presented by Zimbrick European in Madison, WI.