Winnipeg Food Truck Guide: 2015 edition
The fleet of mighty-fine meals being served off wheels continues to grow in Winnipeg, with enticing new savoury (and sweet) sidewalk offerings.
We've been hard at it this year, sampling our way through most of the trucks (and carts) and have come up with this comprehensive list (but, if you do see we've missed one -- as this roster seems to grow weekly -- please let us know in the comment section so we can add it).
Just like 2013 and 2014, Peg City Grub will retweet daily locations of all city food trucks that Tweet their location and tag @PegCityGrub. If you see a food truck, let PCG know via Twitter for a retweet.
As well, we've included the Twitter and Facebook pages of all the trucks that have them, so you can use those to find them on the streets of The Peg.
Here's an alphabetical guide to the Winnipeg's food trucks, featuring brief descriptions of all the trucks we've hit up so far this summer.
A Little Pizza Heaven
Their red truck offers up the same tasty, low-frills, beer friendly 'za that is served to the young, hip set in their two storefront locations on Osborne and Portage Ave (inside the Good Will).
204-777-5255 (Osborne Village restaurant)
Website: A Little Pizza Heaven
The Bannock Factory
They turn bannock into everything including tortilla chips, while also using it as a base for pulled pork and dogs. They also do frozen bananas. Located at The Forks' #foodtruckalley.
Beaujena’s French Table
This cute yellow truck features painted scenes of a French Café with fare including Farmery beer battered wild Atlantic salmon. This year the truck will start at the Club Regent Casino, beginning June 12-14 for the Club Regent Food Truck Festival, before it moves to Broadway for the rest of summer.
Better than Baba's
Authentic Ukrainian is the name of the game at Baba's with several kinds of perogies (with multiple toppings), cabbage rolls and borscht, all served out of a purple truck. Baba's also gets bonus points for a comprehensive website that lists where they will be each day.
Burgers R US
Owned by Heathy Eats, location can be found by looking up @healthyeatswpg.
The Churro Stop
It's about time someone brought churros to the streets of Winnipeg, because really, who doesn't like fried pastries that are in long tube form? We haven't yet had a chance to try these, but we hear the version filled with dulce de leche is the bomb (they also do a Bavarian Creme stuffed one, along with plain).
Cornell Creme (ice cream bike)
Ridiculously creamy, super delicious ice cream all locally crafted by Lisa Dyck, whose own cows supply the milk. The ingredients are always natural, while the flavours are often daring, like an incredibly good honey mustard ice cream they made last year.
Typically found parked outside 387 Broadway, this black and yellow truck does a lot more than just fries.
Generally Monday to Friday on Broadway between Hargrave and Carlton Streets. But, they have neither a Twitter or Facebook page, so tracking them down might be more serendipitous than calculated.
Generally found on Broadway, or at The Forks' newly minted #foodtruckalley, Fired Up makes really, really good pizza to order in their wood fire (located inside the truck!) often utilizing locally-sourced ingredients.
Golden Boy Sandwich
Still no word if these crazy sandwich kids will be back on the streets for 2015... But we will let you know if they are.
They don't do much tweeting as to their location, but they are usually found parked beside the Cube Stage in Old Market Square blaring 80s-90s rock and serving up fries.
The only disadvantage of a Greek food truck is that after your meal you can't start shooting ouzo and breaking plates while someone rocks out a bouzouki. Yet, on that note, these fine people also cater so you could well just order in and set that up for yourself at home. Their nifty Mediterranean blue food truck is adorned with white pillars while inside only Manitoban farmed ingredients are used to make staples like gyros (pronounced yer-ros, not Gy-rows for you Seinfeld fans), souvlaki, baklava and lemon soup. They even grill over an open charcoal pit for added flavour points.
Authentic tacos like you'd get down south featuring slow braised meats on six inch corn tortillas topped with queso fresco and pico de gallo. We're big fans of their carnitas tacos, while the homemade salsas are also good times.
This mobile extension of the Lockport drive inn specializes in a diggity dog and other diner fare and can be found at festivals and events around Winnipeg (full summer schedule here)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HalfMoonDriveInn (Lockport restaurant)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (private bookings and special events)
Arguably the lengthiest food truck menu in the city, Healthy Eats specializes in everything from salads, to wraps, to fruit and yogurt parfaits, to the Bifana (a spicy Portuguese pork chop sandwich).
*info still to come
Iggy’s Family Doener (Steinbach and Winnipeg)
Since 2014 Iggy (Igor Georgijevic) and his wife Candice have been serving up German-style döner like you’d get after the bar in Deutschland, with slow roast chicken cut from a spit and a tangy cabbage salad. They even make their own thin bread pockets.
We love it.
Authentic Trini food (with some other Caribbean numbers like Jamaican patties) that will take your tastebuds to the tropics. They also tend to rock out fun dancehall jams when their truck rolls up which adds extensively to the island atmosphere this fun food truck creates.
Little Bones Wingery
These bold folks are certainly not chicken when it comes to bringing big flavours to small things. They've done more things to wings than you could ever imagine, from Alfredo sauce, to "poutinerized," to pineapple curry.
Owner Roger LeBleu has been perfecting his meat smoking techniques for quite some time, and you can taste those results at their food truck, which is an extension of their Marion St. restaurant.
This classic truck has stood the test of time, having been one of the city's original food trucks dishing out burgers, fries and various other comfort food items.
Pimp My Rice
Fun Filipino food from the food truck with possibly the best name ever. Need we say more? Okay, how about be sure to try the adobo wings, and that Pimp My Rice took the title of "best bang for your buck" at ManyFest's Food Truck Wars last year. Also the owners Helene and Roddy are awesome.
(please note: because some bad person stole their truck's generator, Pimp My Rice has not yet hit the streets in 2015, but Helene assures me they will be out there soon).
Gourmet popsicles are going to be the new thing -- we swear it. These innovative frozen pops come in a huge variety of flavours utilizing fresh herbs and hand squeezed juices. They also do more indulgent numbers too, like ice cream sandwiches. The owners, Angela & Alana, have already established a devout following of fans via pop-up services at some recent markets. Their push-powered carts should be hitting the streets shortly, and will regularly be wheeled around The Forks and at other hip happenings.
15 kinds of gourmet poutine, all served on fries that are right on the money. Located at #foodtruckalley at The Forks and all over town.
The Red Ember
Last year The Red Ember was voted as the "People's Choice" champion during Food Truck Wars at Many Fest for their incredibly good pizzas. Their crust -- made from organic wheat milled in Elie, MB -- is spectacular, while they also use only locally-preserved heirloom tomatoes, ethically raised meat and herbs and vegetables that they grow. It's also Winnipeg's biggest food truck.
Sherbrook St. Delicatessen
The unofficial king of kosher-style deli food in Winnipeg (including smoked meat that is embarrassingly good) just opened a shiny airstream food truck which operates from 11:30am - 7pm daily (weather permitting) at Pembina and McGillivray.
Simba Safari Grill
Representing foods from all over Africa (particularly the Serengeti), Simba specializes in grilled meats and ugali.
Sis and Me
Another food truck from before Winnipeg's street eat Renaissance, Sis and Me does all the standards from dogs, to burgers, to fries.
These crazy kids hollow out baguettes then stuff them with a ridiculous amount of things. A food truck to bring a big appetite to for sure.
"Sweets from the streets of Japan" is how Tokyo Rabbit rolls, with creamy, fruity crepes, katsu sando (fried pork sandwiches with shredded lettuce and a sinus clearing sauce), and mini Japanese cheesecakes, tarts and teas.
204-712-6576 or 204-712-6587
Website (featuring a festival schedule): http://www.thetokyorabbit.com
I can't lie, I'm not a big fan of cars, but I am a huge fan of car-themed tater tots (and it's not just because Darryl and I are both veterans of reality t.v. cooking shows). There is no way Napoleon Dynamite could have hoarded these tots in his pockets; they are so delicious that you have to eat them right away, while they are sauced and topped heavily with delicious ingredients like crispy frog's legs and green beans (Le Renault), so putting them in your pocket would just be too messy.
Vilai’s Spice Box
South East Asia is on the menu at Vilai's with interesting takes on the bahn mi, spring rolls, rice paper rolls and noodle bowls, along with fun things like Samurai Fish Tacos (tempura fish with Asian slaw and mango salsa) and the Ninja Burger (featuring Asian BBQ sauce and fried taro).
This sushi-focused food truck from Yujiro -- which is easily one of the best, if not the best Japanese restaurant in Winnipeg -- serves super fresh, inventive rolls (along with some rice bowls) that are straight-up delicious.