Now that the weather is gorgeous, there are lots of opportunities to eat alfresco when you’re staying in Winnipeg. The last few years have been significant for Winnipeg food trucks, and what started as a fairly small scene in 2011 has grown significantly in the past year or so. Eating from food trucks is fun whatever city you’re in, and the food trucks in the ‘Peg serve up varied and exciting offerings. Here are a few you should make it your business to sample when you’re in town:
If you love chicken wings, then Little Bones Wingery will make you very happy indeed. Sure, you can get all the regular wing varieties such as buffalo and honey garlic, but you’ll also find inventive twists such as pineapple curry and lemon pepper tango. Don’t forget to order a basket of checker fries and serving of fried pickles to complete your meal.
At Habanero Sombrero you can score delicious tacos stuffed with pulled pork, beef, chicken, or black beans, served with coleslaw, pico de gallo, and fresh crumbled cheese. Everything is made fresh, and even their tortilla chips are house (or rather truck) made, and it tastes so good! Pick up a spicy chocolate Aye Carumba cookie for dessert.
Always had a deep affection for tator tots? Totwheels makes theirs fresh and serves them slathered in gourmet toppings. For the very adventurous, Le Renault is Totwheels signature dish and comes with crispy fried frog legs on a bed of green beans, mushrooms, and feta. Alternately you could go for slow braised short ribs, sour cream and bacon, or bacon and eggs.
The Red Ember dishes up incredibly good wood-fired pizza (yes, they have a wood fired pizza oven on the truck) that embraces seasonal local ingredients such as house made turkey sausage, caramelized manitoba onion sauce, local tomatoes and mozzarella for their The Gobbler pizza.
Indulge your sweet tooth at Tokyo Rabbit, a truck that serves up “sweets from the streets of Japan.” There are yummy crepes, cakes, custard tarts, and a selection of Japanese teas to sample. They also offer Japanese fried pork sandwiches (official name Katsu Sando) should you require a savoury item before hitting the sweet.
At Stuffit Foods you can grab a hollowed out baguette that’s been stuffed full of tasty fillings such as chilli, chick-pea curry, fried pickles, and more. servings are huge, so come hungry.
Mikky’s serves up massive European style hot-dogs and smokies, served with excellent fries. Big on taste, but not on social media, you just have to hope that you run into this truck.
Wondering where to find these Winnipeg food trucks? Check out their Facebook or Twitter pages to see where they’re parked when you’re on town.
If you want to eat all the food truck offerings and are lucky enough to be in Winnipeg in September, then you could attend Food Truck Wars and sample as much of the deliciousness as possible before voting on which you think is best. Be sure to book one of our Winnipeg Suites to rest up in after the food coma starts!
Photos courtesy of Travel Manitoba.