Restaurant review: Two food trucks ar...

Restaurant review: Two food trucks are earning street cred in St. Paul

There are 17 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 21, 2010, titled Restaurant review: Two food trucks are earning street cred in St. Paul. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Chef Shack is a new street-food vendor in downtown St. Paul. Downtown St. Paul restaurants better step up their game.

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Joy

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jul 22, 2010
The Chef Shack is a different truck than the one that is at the Mill City farmer's market on the weekends. The St. Paul truck also has awesome food, but don't go looking for the mini-donuts. Those are only at the Mpls one.
Amy

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jul 22, 2010
Check out another fantastic mobile food truck called FORK IN THE ROAD in Mears park/Rice park.

Serving lunch from 11-1:30!

Check out their menu & times/locations via:
Facebook: Fork in the Road
Twitter: Forknroadtruck
observer

Hillsboro, MO

#4 Jul 22, 2010
I hope for much success for these and all enterprising small businesses. The reality of it is this: St. Paul is a very difficult place to do business, the workers downtown have limited funds and character, street works fees,city licensing costs, parking fees, and all other business costs , plus the cold weather cosiderations make this an almost impossible successful business model. the only real value being exposure for your food to bring customers to your other venues. Hey how about getting real input from the operations around this city. I mean the small ones. maybe publish their thoughts on how doing business in this city might improve.
Vader 16

Cokato, MN

#5 Jul 22, 2010
It's Obama's fault.
Not for long

Louisville, KY

#7 Jul 22, 2010
The city will find away to tax them right out of business.
StPaul TheNewDetroit

United States

#8 Jul 22, 2010
So who inspects these trucks? The food trucks in L.A. are mostly filthy mobile rat holes.
The real - NICE

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jul 22, 2010
StPaul TheNewDetroit wrote:
So who inspects these trucks? The food trucks in L.A. are mostly filthy mobile rat holes.
Good thing they are not in St. Paul then.
Ms V

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jul 22, 2010
Other than maybe Rice Park, Mears and behind MPR take quite a bit of time to get to if you are based at or near the Courthouse. I suppose the hot dog vendors have dibs on that area, though.
Error America

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jul 22, 2010
I would guess that the restaurants that are required to have multiple insurances, including workers comp, unemployment, fire suppression systems, hood inspections, food inspections, liability for liq/beer and property are all thinking WOW, these trucks don't have to do any of those fun things. What crap. Regular businesses get the all the expenses while these folks get by with little to no requirements of others? How fair is that? It ain't.
SUE

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jul 22, 2010
AHH - GOOD OLD FASHION 2010 VERSION OF THE ROACH COACH - WHAT COULD BE BETTER !!!!
anywho

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Jul 22, 2010
I work downtown and this food definately beats the fast food chains. I'm all for the small local businesses and will give them my business. Buy local and your money stays local in my book.
observer

United States

#15 Jul 22, 2010
hey error america,
health and sanitation,insurance of all kinds, safety, workmens comp,fica all these are required to do business.
Pete Wendell

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jul 22, 2010
Around $6 for food at Chef Shack? Must be different than their Mpls menu as the ones things under $6 there are the donuts and ice cream.
Tripp

Manchester, CT

#17 Jul 22, 2010
Error America wrote:
I would guess that the restaurants that are required to have multiple insurances, including workers comp, unemployment, fire suppression systems, hood inspections, food inspections, liability for liq/beer and property are all thinking WOW, these trucks don't have to do any of those fun things. What crap. Regular businesses get the all the expenses while these folks get by with little to no requirements of others? How fair is that? It ain't.
Um, I believe that the 128 Cafe is an actual restaurant in St. Paul as well. I'm sure they're well aware of and paying for all of these insurance and safety measures.
ABS

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jul 22, 2010
Error America wrote:
I would guess that the restaurants that are required to have multiple insurances, including workers comp, unemployment, fire suppression systems, hood inspections, food inspections, liability for liq/beer and property are all thinking WOW, these trucks don't have to do any of those fun things. What crap. Regular businesses get the all the expenses while these folks get by with little to no requirements of others? How fair is that? It ain't.
Quite the opposite- these trucks get to do most of those fun things and pay for additional insurance, and permits, and parking. If you are worried that the heavy arm of government isn't imposing enough burdens on these entrepreneurs, fear not.
Not worth the cost

San Antonio, TX

#19 Jul 22, 2010
The level of noise that the generator in the 128 puts out is totally unacceptable. The food may be good, but having it parked outside your workplace kills casual conversation within a 50' radius and is a distraction far beyond. Nothing better than a little sidewalk lunch at Kincaid's....until you can't hear the person sitting across from you.
billy rae

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Sep 19, 2012
You need to try Jerkville food truck is St.paul food is awesome. Haven't had no real jerk chicken in alongtime. Good job Jerkville

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