Food truck fans find fresh favorites

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Lunchtime just keeps getting more delicious. With an ever-growing number of food trucks prowling the streets, new favorites are emerging amid the old standbys.

The Pioneer Press published a list headlined "Our top 10 favorite St. Paul food trucks" that sampled the best of the rolling restaurants that serve the hungry in the east metro city. Among the lunchtime picks named by food writer Jess Fleming are the 128 Cafe truck, noted for its reasonably priced, creative sandwiches, with a tip of the chef's hat to its "amazing Reuben," Neato's, praised for its fries cooked in duck fat and its variety of burgers, newcomer O'Cheeze which "is hitting the comfort food out of the park" with its updated versions of the grilled cheese sandwich, and Potter's Pasties, which peddles hand-held pies with inventive fillings as well as the traditional meat and potato.

Last June, EaterMinneapolis asked readers to name their favorite food truck dish. The winners, in no particular order, include the the lamb burger from Gastrotruck, made with local farm Shepherd's Song 100% grass-fed lamb and topped with a feta-olive tapenade and mixed greens, the indurritos (Indian burritos) from Hot Indian, the beet falafel (raw beets are ground with the chickpea mix, shaped into balls, and then fried) from Foxy Falafel and the tibsie (an Ethiopian grilled meat main dish) from the Cave Cafe, whichdescribes its cuisine as Afro-Italiano fusion.

UrbanSpoon asked its readers to select their favorite trucks in Minneapolis. Vellee Deli came in first, with a 95 percent favorable ranking. The trucks from World Street Kitchen, Dandelion Kitchen and Chef Shack were the other top contenders. Minneapolis favorites reviewed by lunchtime diners on Yelp the trucks from Chef Shack, Hola Arepa, Dandelion Kitchen and Get Sauced. WCCO put together a top ten list back in May of 2011, so there have been many additions to the scene since it compiled an unranked rundown of the top trucks

TheLine media notes that food trucks do more than fill up hungry workers. The report quoted Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District, who thinks food trucks encourage street life and generate community, making them "a must-have part of the mix for a vital and livable city."

The Pioneer Press story helpfully advises that the best and easiest way to find out where the trucks are parked any given day is to follow them on Twitter or Facebook or follow @tcstreetfood on Twitter, which aggregates and tweets a daily list of which trucks are parked where.

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