The Great Food Truck Race (or, Happy Birthday Mom!)

Today is Mom’s birthday.

And for her birthday celebration, we ended up taking her out for the Mother’s Day lunch that she didn’t get to have this year.  You see, for Mother’s Day, Mom wanted to do Food Truck food and since she and Dad were at the cabin that weekend we have been operating on a bit of a delay.

Yesterday, it came to my attention that the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race was filming what I believe is Season 4 in the Twin Cities all weekend.  Which meant that not only would out-of-town trucks be here, but also that the local trucks would be out in full force.

More is more where food trucks are concerned, because why would you visit one when you could visit three?

So when Tikka Tikka Taco announced that they would be setting up court at the Mississippi Market in St. Paul, we grabbed our jackets, threw some umbrellas into the trunk and then started driving that direction.

Our first stop upon arrival was Hibachi Daruma.

Hibachi Daruma

That is literally the only good picture we got before the torrential downpour began.

We grabbed a few containers of their stir-fried wonders to share and then dragged them under the awning to avoid the rain as we feasted.  Marcus and I split the Beef and Shrimp.

Hibachi Daruma 2I didn’t know how I would feel about Hibachi from a truck because isn’t that basically stir-fry?  Answer: Yes.

But the flavor was really clean, none of it was Too Greasy and the amount of food you received for $12 was incredible.

Next stop: Tikka Tikka Taco.

Tikka Tikka Taco

We definitely signed releases – there’s a good chance that Dad will get a full-on moment in the sun placing our order and I am positive that we will be in some of the crowd shots (look for the maroon and gold U of M umbrella!).

The five of us split a container of their Tikka Tikka Tacos and the Naanchos.

Tikka Tikka Taco 2 Tikka Tikka Taco 3

Honest verdict?  All of it was extremely underwhelming and incredibly overpriced (we paid $40 for all of it).  The Chicken Tikka Masala I ate the night before the Paris Marathon had more flavor and the spinach leaves in the naanchos were a mess (pro tip: wilt them).

That being said, I am definitely into the idea that Indian is getting its shot at Asian Fusion since we’ve already barreled through Chinese-Vietnamese-Korean-Thai fusion.  And it was great encouragement for me to try assembling this meal at home – I think that Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos could be wonderful, especially with that crockpot recipe we action from time to time.

Our last stop and the last truck at the market was the B52 Slider Squad.

Mississippi Market


If you are selling quarter pound burgers, calling them “sliders” is probably a bit of a stretch.  But they were good burgers, well-priced ($6 for a burger and fries), and the buttered buns were truly incredible.  Marcus ended up having a bit more of the burger (though he was sure to leave the pickle for me!) and I had a few more of the fries, and we all left with full stomachs.

I am informed that on some occasions they have corn fritters and after our jaunt through the south a few weeks ago, it would be wonderful to try their interpretation sometime.

By the time we had to pile back into the car, we were all varying degrees of soaked and just a little bit (or, more than a little bit exhausted) from our time in the rain.

Happy birthday, Mom!  Now that we’re done with our Mother’s Day celebrations, we can finally get onto plotting and planning your birthday celebration.  😉


2 responses to “The Great Food Truck Race (or, Happy Birthday Mom!)

  1. Ohhhh… I would love to go to a food truck festival. I have never had any food out of a food truck.

  2. I love that that is what she wanted and that you shared everything so you could try more than one. Thanks for the reviews! What a feast. YUM!

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