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Aug 27, 2009 08:55 AM

MSP - Barrio Taco Truck in 2010!

Rejoice! The street food movement is getting a much needed shot in the arm here.

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  1. This is great news.

    But why, why, why is there no street food in the city of Minneapolis? Do city officials not look outside on a summer afternoons and evenings and see the throngs of people on every street downtown and uptown? Why not have tacos trucks and brat carts and tamales wagons when everyone is out and about in social summer mode? Couldn't the city make money on the licenses? Wouldn't it create jobs? Is there some movement I can join or petition I can sign to help change this?

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    1. re: mankymiss

      Yeah, its called patronizing the street food purveyors of st paul. i dont think theres any way to fight irrationality with reason here (there is no legitimate reason to prohibit these establishments) but it could be helpful if mpls representatives could look across the river and see safe, thriving examples of the street food culture that could be, if they just let it happen.

      1. re: tex.s.toast

        Good idea, tex.s. It's inexplicable to me why a city would deny its residents such a quintessentially urban experience. I moved here from NYC a few years ago and actually joined Chowhound there originally to follow recommends on where to get good street food. It's such a part of urban life.

        Maybe if we hounds support on any trucks we hear of we can make a difference.

        And turtlebells'a friend should totally start a noodle truck!

        1. re: tex.s.toast

          The Minneapolis law stopping food trucks is worthless and archaic, from everything I've read. Hopefully things like this will help get rid of it.

      2. Yay for the taco bus!

        There's been a taco bus parked on University Ave in St Paul (in front of Super Target) for most the summer. I don't know if it is the same as Barrio mentioned in the article. I've eaten there a few times, and there's always been a line (around lunch and dinnertime). I wouldn't call their food the best tacos I've ever had, but they are the very good option for the University Ave area.

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        1. re: mmm789

          Different truck. But, the more the merrier, I say. A rising tide lifts all, uh, trucks. Or something like that.


          1. re: mmm789

            That truck is called Border Tacos/Tacos Frontera and is run by folks with a restaurant on arcade (maybe robert?) streets.

            I reported on an experience earlier but i also felt like the food was ok but not great - really good salsa and very servicable al pastor. Super high on the convenience factor.

            1. re: tex.s.toast

              I think this is the same truck that has been at the corner of Arcade and Maryland for at least part of the summer. They were out of al pastor and tamales when I went (bummer!) but I did enjoy the salsa, as tex.s.toast did.

              I love street food and street trucks and am happy to see more of this with the Barrio truck. My best friend has a dream of opening a noodle truck...wouldn't that be cool?

              1. re: turtlebella

                A noodle what an awesome idea. But back to the Border Taco Truck my advice is head straight for the Al Pastor. Not on par with Los Ocompos but still very good. The Steak Tacos are average, but with onions,cilantro and that tangy orange sauce they are very good. Steer clear of the Lengua (tongue). I've had enough Lengua in my life to know that the Border trucks was either rancid or some other kind of offal disguised as tongue.