Food trucks trending
Food trucks are all the rage right now: Even in Minnesota, where the we spend half the year covered in snow, we’ve seen an incredible influx of new trucks hitting the streets.
This has not only created a convenient dining experience for consumers, it has also offered a new business opportunity for entrepreneurs (and particularly for those with a more plant-based mindset).
When it comes to ease of opening a food truck, Minneapolis ranks 16th out of the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas (according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce): The study ranks cities according to scores based on ease or difficulty of obtaining permits and licenses, compliance to restrictions, and operating a food truck. In other words, it’s a ranking of the favorability of food truck regulations to food truck operators (288 owners in the most recent report). As each city has it’s own regulations, so it should come as no surprise that food trucks often find it difficult to operate in different cities.
MN was in the top five least-friendly food truck cities. This is not to say Minnesota food truckers are unfriendly; the report is saying that it’s more of hurdle and cumbersome for the entrepreneurs to do business and own a food truck. On average, in the city of Minneapolis, a food truck owner must complete four separate government procedures over the course of 37 business days and spend $28,276 on licenses, permits, and ongoing legal requirements within one year. That said, Minneapolis is unique amongst other cities in that there are one-stop-shops to obtain both licenses and permits, which makes it more convenient than other cities.
Click here to see the full report by city
Know where to go
Choosing from one of 116 MN’s food trucks (with more in the works) can be overwhelming, so how does one decide? Well, to make things easier, you can search by neighborhood, specific food truck, or by what you crave. Luckily, the internet offers an easy solution to plan or be spontaneous. Since I’m all about that veg, here are a few of my favorites around the metro offering plenty of delicious, plant-based food options:
Reverie favorites include:
Foxy Falafel favorites include:
Falafels (foxy, beet, & curry)
-you choose entree style, meat/falafel, & sauce-
Hot Indian favorites include:
Hi Flight (you choose 3 fillings, roti or brown basmati)
Spinach Paneer (filling)
Vegan Channa (filling)
Creamy Green (chutney)
Hi Heat (chutney)
-you choose filling, base, & chutney-