FFTC’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Food Trucks

Boy in stroller eating burger from a cardboard basket: "Kid-Friendly Food Trucks in the Twin Cities"

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.

TruPizza

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 22nd-August 19th, 2022
Alternating between Mahtomedi District Education Center & White Bear Area Senior Center. Learn more.

Hopkins Food Truck Festival

Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Saturday, July 23, 2022
The event is free to attend and includes live music, family-friendly games and a line of over 45 food trucks selling foods of every kind. 12pm-10pm. Learn more here.

St. Paul Food Truck Festival

Union Depot, 214 4th St E., St Paul, MN 55101
Saturday, August 6, 2022
Annual festival with over 45 food trucks serving global cuisine, music from local cover bands, games like life-size Jenga, mechanical bull and bean bag toss. 11am-9pm. Learn more here.

IGH Food Truck Days

Rich Valley Athletic Complex, 1841 105th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
Thursdays, July 21, 2022 & August 18, 2022
Annual festival in Inver Grove Heights, includes family entertainment. 4:30pm-7pm. Learn more here.

Eagan Food Truck Festival

Friday, August 12, 2022
Annual festival with food trucks and music. Learn more here.

Anoka Food Truck Festival

Downtown Anoka, MN 55303
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Annual festival with live music, fun and games for the whole family, and over 50 food truck vendors. 12pm-10pm. Learn more here.

Events We Hope Return in 2022

Bakken Food Trucks

2022 TBA – 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-August 2022 TBA
Arbor Glen Senior Living in Lake Elmo. Alternating between lunch 11am-3pm and dinner 4pm-8pm. Learn more.

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