Reporting Crystal Grobe
It’s not even spring and the food truck scene is already buzzing. It seems the newest thing in food trucks is to secure a place without wheels where customers can sit down and enjoy great food and service. First there was Chef Shack opening their outpost in Bay City, Wisconsin where they continued to churn out tasty seasonal creations to delight road trippers and locals alike.
Next came Foxy Falafel, who had a big 2012 with the launch of a food truck, multiple farmers’ market booths, and a brick and mortar location in St. Paul that has been going strong with not only the signature falafel but delicious sides like cauliflower steaks and cheese curds too.
Then we had another personal favorite of mine, World Street Kitchen open in my neighborhood. It’s been a treat to run over there for yum yum rice bowls and walk out with multiple desserts. The soft serve is unbelievable! It’s tough to resist chocolate coated almonds, marshmallows and salted caramel.
Next we had the long-awaited Smack Shack which finally got all of the approvals to open a lobster focused restaurant in the North Loop last month broadening their ability to cater to non-seafood lovers too with fried green tomato po boys.
Now, sushi lovers rejoice as we can get our Sushi Fix long before the snow melts. You may remember me talking about this sushi after the truck launched last spring and I’ve been raving about it ever since. Not only is the sushi amazing, but the owner, Billy Tserenbat is a kind and generous soul. He’s enthusiastic about creating an excellent experience for his guests and you can see the joy in his face as he talks about his journey to get to where he is today.
I was thrilled to preview the Sushi Fix space this week and I eagerly await the official opening on Friday, March 1st. The menu will offer a variety of sushi options including his popular rolls like the 2-14 (aka Valentine’s roll) and don’t miss some of my favorites: tuna poke and squid salad. He has a loyal following from his days as a chef at Yumi’s and earned more fans through his food truck. That strong fan following combined with a little bit of sake is sure to produce a very joyous opening.
Be on the lookout for more food trucks opening storefronts in the near future. Next on deck: Potters Pasties & Gastrotruck. Have you heard of any others?