FFTC’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Food Trucks

Food trucks are taking over our city!  Family Fun Twin Cities has  the scoop for you and your family.

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My husband and I love the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. The show fascinates me. The way the producers make it happen is a tad cheesy but totally worth it.

In Season 4, they drove through Minneapolis/St. Paul. I was so proud that they referred to us as the Twin Cities.  They identified great landmarks like the Stone Arch Bridge and the State Capitol and Midway Stadium (filming was a couple of years before CHS Field opened). What I liked the best was the references to some of our local businesses.

Where did the food trucks do the best? Parked in front of Grand Ole Creamery!

Proud doesn’t begin to express my emotions.

The show got me thinking about the different food trucks that are here in the Twin Cities. One thing I’ve noticed about these cuisine-on-wheels-mobiles is the food can be a little unique.  While we are big fans of all the ethnic and inventive options, a lot of kids I know aren’t into “interesting” food.  They may be okay with  a small variation from what they know and love, but usually, they aren’t looking for exotic.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a list of the most kid-friendly food trucks that you can find around the metro.

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Food Trucks for Lunch/Dinner

Bacon Me Crazy (vegan options available)

Based in St. Paul – Check their Roaming Hunger page for events.
Kid-Favorite: Slap Yo’ Mama, 4 slices of perfectly grilled thick-cut bacon slices

Fair Faves Food Truck

Check their Roaming Hunger page for location
Kid-Favorite: Pretty much anything.  It’s fair food anytime of the year.

Lake Monster Brewing

LMB keeps a Google calendar of upcoming locations or check their website.
Kid-Favorite: Pretty much anything.  It’s fair food anytime of the year.

Nate’s Dogs

NE Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Blaine (to name a few)
Kid-Favorite: Classic Nate-Dog, just a perfectly perfect hot dog

Tot Boss

White Bear Lake, Food Truck festivals, Minnesota State Fair
Kid-Favorite: Tater Tots, classic deep fried tots & Pizza Tots, tots tossed in garlic-infused olive oil, covered in pizza sauce and mozzarella. Gluten-free options available.


Downtown Minneapolis, local breweries, and farmers markets.
Kid-Favorite: Margherita, organic and super fresh cheese pizza

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You can even play pretend Food Truck with this adorable Melissa & Doug cardboard play truck. *Amazon affiliate link. As an Amazon associate FFTC earns from qualifying purchases. 

Food Trucks for Dessert

A Peace of Cake

Check their Roaming Hunger page for events.
I see these guys around town all the time. I always want to follow them to their next stop wherever that may be.
Kid-Favorite: Artisan Mini Donuts.  I don’t think I need to say anything more.

Crepe and Cake

Find them at the Maple Grove and Golden Valley Farmers Markets.
Kid-Favorites: Include Fruit, Nutella, Dark Chocolate, Caramel, Cinnamon Sugar, Marshmallow. Savory crepes are also available along with gluten-free & vegetarian options.

Food Trucks to Order

Minnesota Nice Cream

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Summer Food Truck Events

Food Truck Fridays

April 16th-August 20th, 2021
Alternating between Mahtomedi District Education Center & White Bear Area Senior Center. Learn more.

Bakken Food Trucks

May-August, 2021 – Select Days
Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy some food in the Bakken courtyard. Museum admission is not required to hang out in the courtyard, but timed tickets are available to reserve if you want to make it a twofer.

Food Truck Wednesdays

June 2nd-August 18th, 2021
Arbor Glen Senior Living in Lake Elmo. Alternating between lunch 11am-3pm and dinner 4pm-8pm. Learn more.

St. Paul Food Truck Festival

July 17, 2021
Annual festival. Learn more here.

IGH Food Truck Days

July 22, 2021 & August 26, 2021; 4:30pm-7pm
Annual festival at Rich Valley Athletic Complex in Inver Grove Heights, includes family entertainment. Learn more here.

Eagan Food Truck Festival

August 3, 2021
Annual festival. Learn more here.

Anoka Food Truck Festival

August 21, 2021
Annual festival. Learn more here.

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