With over 40 food trucks in the city, (and growing) how do you choose? Where do you start? Jay and I (Jolene) were lucky enough to be invited by Tourism Winnipeg on a Food Truck Crawl. Mike Green with Tourism Winnipeg selected his top 5 favorites. (He was in the top 5 on Masterchef Canada and also writes for Peg City Grub, so he knows his food!)
Our mode of transportation was a tandem bike from Bee2Gether Tandem Bike Rentals. They are trickier than they look. Maybe it’s because I haven’t rode a bike in 15 years. It was a lot of fun though, and I’d like to rent one to go for a cruise around The Forks! Anyway… we were off to Broadway to go try some tasty treats. And Winnipeg food trucks did not disappoint!
Here’s the top 5 (in no particular order) from Mike:
Better Than Baba’s Food Truck specializes in authentic Ukrainian cooking. The truck’s owner was not exactly impressed with the Winnipeg perogy scene (do I hear some collective gasps?) and decided to share his Baba’s signature recipe with luckily us! He uses locally sourced ingredients including Manitoba grown potatoes, Manitoba made cheese and free-range ethically raised meat. There are 6 different types of savory perogies and two dessert varieties: Blueberry and Wild Cherry. The Wild Cherry is amazing! I know what you’re thinking… dessert perogy? Trust me, try it, you won’t be sorry. Also, while you’re there grab some Borsht or some deliciously seasoned Cabbage Rolls.
Their specialty is authentic German Doener Kabab (like you’d get after the bar in Deutschland) with is slow roasted chicken cut from a spit, served with fresh vegetables and homemade doener sauces, on their own homemade thin bread pockets. There is also the option of a wrap or kebab salad.
They won the “People’s Choice Award” in the Manyfest Food Truck Wars and the truck alone is a sight to see. It’s the biggest one in the city and they’re Winnipeg’s first wood fired pizza truck. Every ingredient used is local. Organic flour milled in Elie, heirloom tomatoes preserved locally, free range ethically raised meat and herbs and vegetables grown in their very own garden! In fact, the menu changes so frequently because they use whatever is fresh and in season on a daily basis.
4) Tot Wheels
Gourmet tater tots. Owner Darryl Crumb (who was in Top Chef Canada) starts with the taters, adds cheese and then goes from there, topping it with everything from grilled beef short ribs and braised pork to shrimp and seared pickerel cheeks. They even have a menu item called Le Renault which contains fried frog legs with green beans, mushrooms and feta cheese. They’re also one of the only food trucks to serve breakfast. Tots topped with bacon, chorizo, sautéed mushrooms & onions with a fried egg. Now that’s breakfast!
5) Waki Temaki
Waki Temaki is the very first Sushi Food Truck in Winnipeg. There menu is always changing and the ingredients are always fresh. The fish is only out of the sea for 2 days! Their Handrolls make it easy to eat sushi on the go. It’s a cone shaped sushi roll available with tons of different fillings including spicy breaded shrimp, teriyaki beef or tuna and green onions.
We also got to try Pop Cart’s handmade gourmet popcycles for dessert. They mix fresh herbs and hand squeezed juices to make a whole variety of different flavors like Grapefruit Mint, Chili Mango, Blackberry Ginger, Toasted Marshamallow, Buttery Brown Sugar and Pop Rocks. (Just to name a few!) They also make popsicles for dogs! They’re very new so if you’re wondering how you can get your hands on one of these delicious treats you can check them out daily on Instagram and Twitter to see where they’re hanging out.
I probably shouldn’t have posted this around lunch time. I’m now hungry. HERE’S a list of all the food trucks in the city which is making me more hungry…
A BIG thanks for Tourism Winnipeg for taking us on this tour right in time for summer.