More and more food trucks are landing permanent homes. Hurrah.
Cafe Racer Kitchen owner Luis Patino has given the former Donut Cooperative a cheery once-over, and is serving the lively Latin American fare that has made his vehicle a destination. Roast chicken and slow-braised pork is routed into entrees (with delicious side dishes, headlined by a carrot soufflé), open-faced arepa sandwiches and salads. The well-embellished hot dogs have also made the move. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday, lunch Saturday and Sunday.
2929 E. 25th St., Mpls., www.caferacermn.com
At her colorful Sassy Spoon, owner Tamara Brown channels her nutrition counselor background into highly appealing, comfort-minded (and gluten-free) dishes. The counter-service operation’s don’t-miss dish is a carryover from the truck: slow-roasted, miso-scented, Minnesota-raised pork, sassily served with a tangy ginger slaw and pickled onions. Dinner Wednesday through Saturday, brunch Saturday and Sunday.
5011 34th Av. S., Mpls., 612-886-1793, www.sassyspoontruck.com
Out with the old, in with the new, right? That’s the case in the downtown Minneapolis skyway system, which improved exponentially in March when Vellee Deli took over a space previously occupied by a Taco Bell and began serving its trademark Asian-flavored burritos (bulgogi beef, Thai-seasoned curried chicken) and excellent BBQ pork banh mi. And yes, the hot sauce isn’t kidding around. Lunch Monday through Friday.
109 S. 7th St., Mpls., 763-350-2994, www.velleedeli.com