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May 8, 2019
If you’re out looking for food trucks this season, you’ll find most of your favorites from last year and at least one new offering.
A couple of Hispanic food trucks haven’t resurfaced yet this year, and a pregnancy and mechanical issues will keep a couple of other trucks on the sidelines. We’ll keep updating this guide throughout the summer, so check back.
Making its debut next week is a second truck from the owners of Backyard BBQ called Ollies with a different menu. And if this summer is anything like last year, a half-dozen or more new offerings will pop up along the way.
While most of the food trucks in Sioux Falls focus on festivals and catering, a few of them are out most days of the week and are pretty good about posting locations on their Facebook pages.
So here’s a thorough look at who’s new, who’s closed and who’s back. We’ve also compiled a list of regular gatherings such as Food Truck Tuesdays at Golf Addiction and Fridays on the Plaza outside the KSFY-TV studio.
Omar and Katherine Donis are trying to sell their truck this year and eventually open a takeout Hispanic restaurant on the east side of Sioux Falls. They started Antojitos Latinos, or “Latin Munchies,” in 2016. They’re known for pupusas, a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling. Other Salvadoran and Hispanic foods include tacos, burritos and French fries topped with ketchup, mayo and parmesan cheese. The first event this year will be the Cinco de Mayo Falls Park Fiesta on Saturday. In addition to events, the truck has a regular spot at soccer games at Yankton Trail Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Antojitos Latinos will be out during the week, probably starting in June, Omar Donis said.
This is the fourth year Backyard BBQ restaurant is operating its food truck at events, businesses and private gatherings. It serves pulled pork, brisket and smoked chicken sandwiches and St. Louis-style ribs. Customers can add sides of molasses baked beans, mac and cheese, cornbread, potato salad, coleslaw and kettle chips. Smoked wings are a new addition to the menu this year, said Eric Elenkiwich, whose father started the restaurant in Brookings and expanded to Sioux Falls in 2014. The wings come in four sizes, and customers have their choice of two sauces or a dry rub. The business also is starting a new food truck called Ollies — see details later in the article.
While BellaLuna Pizza fills its schedule with private events, there are a couple of public events on the calendar this year. The 1951 Chevy pickup that holds the pizza oven will be at the bikers’ night June 12 at the Red Rock Bar & Grill near Rowena and at the Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park the first weekend in August. Gordon and Joan Williams started the business in 2009. They’re still taking bookings for private events.
Scott Berke is cutting back on evening events this year for Berkes BBQ, but he’ll still be at Food Truck Tuesdays at Golf Addiction. His focus is on lunches outside businesses across the city. He’s at Midco on Tuesdays when it’s not a Food Truck Tuesday, YRC Freight or the nearby Military Entrance Processing Station every other Wednesday, Meta Payment Systems on Thursdays and Esurance on Fridays. He’s trying out Saturday afternoons at JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars. Berke started the truck in 2015 and runs year-round, serving lunches catering style inside businesses during winter. He serves brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken as sandwiches and tacos, and makes several side dishes. Customer favorites are the pulled pork and cheesy hash browns.
The colorful Big Orange Truck made its debut late last year and plans to be parked downtown when it’s not at events in Sioux Falls or other towns. Owners Dean Marshall and Allen Wright are chefs and plan to feature a “world tour” menu that changes weekly. It’s “real food by real chefs with an emphasis on farm to plate using local farmers and butchers to create a high-end restaurant out of a food truck,” Marshall said. A sample menu might be street tacos, humus, poke bowls, lamb or beef chislic, hand-cut fries and South Dakota poutine, which is pheasant, fries and cheese curds covered in pheasant gravy. The Big Orange Truck will be at Golf Addiction’s Food Truck Tuesdays and KSFY’s Fridays on the Plaza.
It’s unclear what the future holds for the bricks-and-mortar location of Big Rig BBQ & Catering, but co-owner Bob Brenner said Big Rig is continuing to cater and will be at events this summer. The restaurant at 41st and Minnesota closed at Christmastime, and Brenner said in January that he’d be announcing new hours soon but has not. Big Rig started in 2015 out of a trailer that was parked in front of Home Depot on South Louise Avenue and added the restaurant in December 2016.
The mobile eateries expanded into the Jones421 Building last year, but they’ll continue to be found at events such as the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Hot Summer Nites, the Festival of Cultures, JazzFest, the Sioux Empire Fair, Riverfest and the Sidewalk Arts Festival. The dessert operation serves gelato, shaved ice and gourmet waffles, and it’s adding a new treat this summer: the egg, or bubble, waffle, which is filled with gelato and toppings. The street food truck serves paella, which is rice, chicken and vegetables simmered in a gigantic pan.
Carlos Salgado is entering his fourth year with Breaking Burrito. He’ll be out most days, parked near businesses across town and serving food at festivals and other public events such as Golf Addiction’s Food Truck Tuesdays and Levitt at the Falls concerts. In addition to burritos, his Mexican offerings include tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and tamales. The menu varies depending on the event. This year, he’s adding a Philly cheese steak and a grilled chicken sandwich with chipotle aioli, mozzarella, lettuce and cilantro. He got a new truck last year, and this year he has a new generator that’s not as noisy. Salgado said he plans to post his schedule at the beginning of each week on Facebook and add daily reminders of where to find him.
Yankton-based Broken Trellis will be in the Sioux Falls area several times this summer, starting with Food Truck Wednesday on May 15 at Brandon Lutheran Church. It also will be at some of the Levitt at the Falls concerts. Owners Jenna Baley and Gregg Brandt started the truck last summer. “We are constantly changing our menu,” Baley said. “We want to offer people things they can’t find around here. We like to put our own spin on it.” Gourmet burgers are a constant on the menu, though. “We’ve kind of become known for those.” Broken Trellis uses pork and beef from D&S Meats of Avon that has been raised naturally. “We try to source as locally as we can for produce and everything we use,” she said. The couple, who have full-time jobs at the Human Services Center, started by cooking breakfast Saturdays at the Market at the Meridian farmers market while they were selling produce. This summer, they plan to split their time between that market and another one in Yankton.
This year, Dakota Snow is transitioning to a new name – Sub Zero Desserts — to better reflect its offerings and to stop the inquiries about snow removal! Jessica and Matthew Rooney started the business in 2015 serving shaved ice from a trailer. Now, they also serve rolled ice cream, Stensland Family Farms dipped ice cream, edible cookie dough and State Fair Mini Donuts on cooler days. New offerings this year will include espresso drinks and acai bowls, which are like “a smoothie in a bowl,” Jessica Rooney said. They’re also adding a “semi-permanent” location. The Rooneys are in the process of converting a shipping container into a shop. It will sit in the parking lot at Your Pet Stop, 501 E. 41st St. and will be open most days, hopefully by Memorial Day weekend but possibly later than that, Rooney said. The trailer will be used mostly for festivals, events at businesses and schools, and private gatherings. “We do any situation where you want us to come out and serve,” she said. The business also is one of the food vendors at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
DL’s Banh Mi will be back for a second summer. Owners Luan Ha and Duong Thia operate as a tent-based vendor at festivals, but they hope to get a trailer by next year, Ha said. In addition to their signature Vietnamese sandwich that’s part of the business name, they make fried rice, lo mein and made-from-scratch egg rolls. “We’re looking into some new items, so customers don’t get sick of eating the same thing,” he said.
East River Treats has two ice cream trucks that drive through neighborhoods. They’re also available for public and private events, serving more than 30 types of prepackaged treats, slushies and cotton candy. Mark Severson started the business in 2009. It also provides party supplies and inflatable bounce houses.
The owner of Everest Oriental Food said he’s trying to sell the food truck but didn’t reply when asked if he will operate it until it’s sold. Last year, it didn’t start operating until June and then was open on weekdays in the Mekong Asian Market parking lot at Rice and Cliff. The menu features authentic Nepali dishes.
Family Treats Homemade Ice Cream has new owners this year. Scott and Carmen Giles of Brandon bought the business from Joy and Larry Johnson. The truck will continue to spend most of the season at the Sioux Falls Canaries stadium, and the trailer will be at festivals and events in the area. The couple is looking at buying a second trailer, Carmen Giles said. Scott Giles is making the ice cream, and he’s using the Johnsons’ recipes and working on additional flavors, including chocolate chip cookie dough and salted caramel pretzel, and seasonal options such as raspberry lemon cheesecake. Their sons have peanut and tree nut allergies, so that awareness is leading them to work to make the business free of those ingredients by the end of the summer.
Fergie’s Midwest Dineout will be back for a second year. Casey and Jessica Rasmussen plan to be out most days at businesses, festivals and events. They plan to offer a similar “Midwest fare” menu with items such as barbecues, walking tacos and hamburgers, and add a few dishes such as pot pies on chilly days. Breakfast offerings were popular last summer too, Jessica Rasmussen said. Find location updates on Facebook at Fergie’s Food Trailer.
Flyboy Donuts plans to bring out its trailer this year and likely will be out some mornings in the southeast and northwest corners of Sioux Falls, owner Ben Duenwald said. He has bricks-and-mortar locations on the south and east sides of town. In addition to doughnuts, the trailer serves its own brand of coffee. Businesses can request to have the trailer on site with a minimum volume requirement.
Melissa Vandenhoek started Get Your Grub On last summer, but she’s expecting a baby and has been put on bed rest, so the trailer won’t be out this year, she said.
The bright yellow truck returns for its sixth year, mostly appearing at weekend events in the region and occasional outings during the week. Harry Schlisner isn’t resting on his reputation though. New offerings this year include chicken club and steak sandwiches. Schlisner said he’ll offer a rib eye or flat iron cut depending on the venue. The beignets and marinated lamb chislic will continue to be stars on the menu, which also features smoked meat sandwiches, hamburgers, jumbo hot dogs and chicken strips.
Hunny & Bunny is already running several days of the week, parking outside businesses for lunch and downtown for the late-night bar crowd on Fridays and Saturdays. Owner Melissa Hamed keeps her Facebook page updated with her schedule. For lunch, she’s typically near Midco and Esurance in the northwest on Tuesdays and downtown on Wednesdays. Hunny & Bunny will be a regular at KSFY’s Fridays on the Plaza lunchtime events. The business also does events and catering. The Mediterranean food truck serves shawarma, falafel and gyros, and has vegetarian and gluten-free options. “I plan to add something new every week,” she said. One of her newest offerings are samosas, which are fried bread with a filling of ground beef and potatoes.
With one season of experience behind it, Jekyll & Hyde Barbecue is ready to introduce more people to its signature dry rub and variety of smoked meats. The business, which is owned by friends Garrett Gross, Nick Verzani and Mark Hauser will focus on bigger public events this year, Gross said, and has lots of catered parties lined up. Jekyll & Hyde will be at PorkPalooza and has several dates booked at Levitt at the Falls. The menu features ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Pork wings and bacon steaks are new this year. The steaks are “a quarter-pound piece of bacon correctly cut out of pork belly that’s honey cured and then prepared the right way,” Gross said. Jekyll & Hyde keeps its Facebook page updated with the schedule, and it has added a text messaging feature. Text JHBBQ to 72727 to track the trailer and get special offers.
Kabab King is building on the reputation it earned last year for flavorful Middle Eastern food. Moe Fares and his son Firas make kabab and gyros with a combination of lamb and beef, shawarma with chicken or beef, and falafel. They plan to be out for lunch when the weather is nice and serve the late-night bar crowds downtown on the weekends. Kabab King will be at KSFY’s Fridays on the Plaza and Golf Addiction’s Food Truck Tuesdays. They have several festivals lined up into late summer and are booking catered events too.
KK & Sons Lao & Thai Food will focus more on events this year rather than being parked somewhere every day for lunch. “Last year was good, but this year should be better,” said Mikey Siyawong, who cooks on the truck with his relatives Tiou Xayavong and Ava Senephan. The rotating menu features street food found at stands along the Mekong River between Laos and Thailand such as fried chicken with papaya salad and sticky rice, and larb, which is shown in the photo. New offerings are coming, Siyawong said. They’re planning to do sausages with herbs such as lemongrass and other Lao seasonings, and Laotian barbecue, which “is way different than Korean barbecue style.” Find location updates on KK & Sons’ Facebook page.
Willy Mateo is sticking with the same plan for Krazy Concessions in his third year. He’s out frequently for lunch and will do events and a few private parties. His regular locations include YRC Freight on Tuesdays and KSFY’s Fridays on the Plaza, and he updates his Facebook page with his schedule. The regular menu features Guatemalan tacos, burritos and quesadillas, but Mateo likes to be creative with his offerings throughout the season. He’s planning to add waffle nacho fries for morning events, and he has created an Andouille sausage ‘po boy with a spicy remoulade and pepper jelly. The quesadillas were a big hit last year, so he’s adding more options this year. Mateo has several friends who are chefs, and they want to create guest dishes occasionally.
Loncheria La Chiquita won’t operate this year because the truck needs repairs, said Juan Contreras, whose family owns the business. The truck, which was based on West 12th Street, featured his mother’s authentic Mexican recipes. They hope to be back next year.
You won’t find creme brule on very many food trucks, but The Lunch Box is the exception. It’s one of the offerings on Glen Drew’s menu, which rotates weekly, and features an entree, sandwich, wrap and dessert. Popular choices are the buffalo chicken, banh mi and chicken bacon ranch wraps, the Indian tacos and steak sandwiches. This is Drew’s third year running The Lunch Box, which operates year-round. He has a regular lunch schedule: Monday near Bright Horizons and Citibank, Tuesday at Cigna, Wednesday at TCI, Thursday at Daktronics and Friday at MetaBank. Saturday nights, he’s at the Sioux Valley Cycle Club meets. The Lunch Box also will be at some of the Food Truck Tuesdays at Golf Addiction, Levitt at the Falls concerts and other public events. Drew posts locations at on his Facebook page.
The Meat Wagon, a Sioux Empire Fair staple that also operates a kiddie train, also will be back at Family Fest and German Fest this summer. The ride for kids is becoming even more popular than his pulled pork, joked Pat Minihan, who runs the business with his wife, Melissa. They spend most of their time catering for private events. The Meat Wagon serves St. Louis and baby back ribs, shredded brisket, pulled pork, sliced pork loin, hot dogs, hamburgers and more.
This Ward-based business has two ice cream trucks that run seven days a week. Scott and Debbie Handberg started Monkey Business Treats in 2015 and expanded to the second truck in 2017. The trucks fill their schedule with public and private events and drive through neighborhoods in more than 30 towns in South Dakota and Minnesota, with locations posted on Monkey Business’ Facebook page. They might come to Sioux Falls this year, Debbie Handberg said. Monkey Business Treats serves more than 50 varieties of frozen treats, hand-dipped root beer floats and frozen treats for dogs. This year, the Handbergs are adding dairy-free treats to their alternative choices that are gluten-free and nut tree-free.
Maxine Montreal, who describes her food as “grandma-type cooking,” keeps busy serving food at businesses, festivals and auctions, and catering private events. She always serves hamburgers and goulash, and has a variety of rotating specials and homemade desserts. She also has a breakfast menu that includes casseroles and biscuits and gravy. Montreal keeps her Facebook page updated.
It’s a small menu of single or double hamburgers, but the trailer for the legendary Brookings restaurant will draw a line for the rare occasion when it’s out for public events. It will be in Sioux Falls again this year at First Bank & Trust’s Food Truck Fridays at Dawley Farm Village. Those dates are June 28, July 19 and Aug. 1. May is booked for private events, but there’s availability after that, owner Todd Fergen said.
This new food truck from the owners of Backyard BBQ makes its debut Tuesday at the first Food Truck Tuesday at Golf Addiction. The menu will feature gourmet burgers, steak sandwiches, smoked wings and fresh-cut fries, said Eric Elenkiwich, whose dad, Alan, started his barbecue operations in Brookings before expanding to Sioux Falls in 2014. Ollies also will offer sides of potato salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese, and kettle chips. It will be available for public gatherings and private events, Elenkiwich said.
Last year, Ol MacDonald’s Kettle Corn popped 3,000 pounds of popcorn kernels, and owners Jay and Marie MacDonald are expecting another big year. Their farm-themed trailer will be at several festivals this summer, including the Peach Festival, Family Fest, JazzFest and the Sidewalk Arts Festival, and they’re thrilled to be part of two concerts at Levitt at the Falls, Jay MacDonald said. They also provide kettle corn for graduations, weddings and other gatherings. The MacDonalds’ make their kettle corn fresh at each event on the truck and recently added cold-brew coffee, lemonade and iced teas.
Papa Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza is opening a restaurant this month in the Jones421 Building in downtown Sioux Falls. That means the trailer Lisa Esser and her husband, Steve Blumke, used to start their business three years ago will make appearances now only at private parties and special events. Esser updates a calendar on Papa Woody’s website, so clients and event organizers know which dates are open.
The traditional Vietnamese food trailer that Van Nguyen and her mother, Oanh Phan, started last year will be more selective about events this summer, Nguyen said. Phan Food still will be at festivals and business lunches but won’t be at the Sioux Empire Fair again. She posts locations on Phan Food’s Facebook page. Both women have full-time jobs but enjoy cooking for people. The menu includes crab rangoon, egg rolls, spring rolls, banh mi sandwiches and chicken or pork with rice or noodles. Event organizers can request pho and other specialty dishes. Options such as those also are available for catering.
Raclette Corner made its debut last year at German Fest and plans to do more events this year. It’s an extension of the business started by Sonja Hoffmann in 2002 that sells equipment and cheese to make the food that originated in the Swiss Alps. Her online shop draws customers nationwide. From her tent-based stand, Hoffmann melts cheese and serves it over prosciutto, boiled potatoes, bread and cornichons. She’s planning to serve raclette in a sandwich version this year too. In addition to German Fest, Raclette Corner will be at some of the events at Strawbale Winery, Fernson Fest and the 605 Made Night Market. Hoffmann is looking for additional festivals.
Last year, Israel Davila served Puerto Rican dishes from his food truck in the parking lot of the Food-N-Fuel at 4701 W. 12th St. The gas station closed in September 2018, and it’s unclear if Sabor Boricua has found a new home. The menu included dishes such as alcapuria, which is green bananas filled with beef, and pastelillo, a meat-filled pastry.
Scotty D’s BBQ makes a few appearances in the Sioux Falls area every summer. Most of the time, it operates out of Mitchell on Monday and Friday, Huron on Tuesday and Thursday, and Yankton on Wednesday. On the weekends, owner Scott Deschepper is smoking meats and cooking sides for public and private events. So far, the only date on the calendar for Sioux Falls is May 24 at J&L Harley-Davidson. Deschepper makes Kansas City- and Memphis-style ribs, Texas-style brisked, pulled pork, smoked meatloaf, smoked prime rib, barbecue nachos and more.
This will be Mark Promes second year operating SDSU Ice Cream Truck, which is actually two trucks and a trailer. He bought the business last year. SDSU Ice Cream Truck goes to public and private events and travels through Sioux Falls neighborhoods on some evenings. It carries more than a dozen flavors of SDSU ice cream and also sells shaved ice, cotton candy, smoothies and floats. This year, Promes is adding slush cream, a mixture of shaved ice and ice cream, that comes in a half-dozen soda flavors.
Skipping Stone Pizza is a highlight for many at the Falls Park Farmers Market. Kyle and Nicky VanDerWerff started the business in 2012, toting around a wood-fired pizza oven in trailer made out of the bed of a pickup truck. Most of their business is private events, but they’ll at the farmers market every Saturday with a breakfast pizza and one or two specialty options. Skipping Stone Pizza also is a regular at Strawbale Winery’s Summer Porch events on Thursday nights. The VanDerWerffs are making their first appearance at Food Truck Fridays at First Bank & Trust at Dawley Farm Village on June 21.
The owners of Snortz Barbecue are trying to sell the truck but plan to do a few events in the meantime. Mitch Runge said he and his wife, Amanda, bought out their partners in the Red Rock Bar & Grill near Rowena and had another baby earlier this year, so they’re ready to let Snortz go. Fans can find the ribs, Texas tacos and barbecue nachos at some of Red Rock’s Wednesday Bike Night events starting May 15. Snortz also will be at Porkpalooza.
Spicy Wheels made its debut in 2017 selling Indo-Thai food. It didn’t operate last year and now is officially gone. Eswari Muthu said she sold the truck to someone out of the market.
The popularity of Squealer’s Smoke Shack led to a permanent location in Tea, but the truck is still used for public and private events. This year’s events include Teapot Days in Tea, the Fourth of July celebration in Lennox and the Sidewalk Arts Festival in Sioux Falls. Popular items include homemade sides, ribs, a Memphis pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw on it and the Stockyard sandwich, which is half beef and half pork, co-owner Dustin Kuipers said. He started the food truck in 2014 with his wife and parents.
Jeff and Tess Stone sold off part of Stone’s Famous Kettle Corn. While they won’t be doing the wholesale side of the business anymore, which included fundraisers and supplying the Denny Sanford Premier Center and other event locations, they’re keeping the trailer and will continue to be at events. “We’re going to take the truck out and have fun,” Jeff Stone said. The Stones make kettle corn in variety of flavors, including their signature product, Famous Fetti, which has blue raspberry, cherry, orange and green apple flavored popcorn. The truck also serves cotton candy and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Taqueria La Gordita operated the past two summers from the parking lot of a church at Eighth Street and Sycamore Avenue, but it’s not there so far this year. Owner Rocscana Porras did not return phone messages.
Aurelio Sanchez has fixed locations for both of his Taqueria Sanchez trucks this year and will move them occasionally for events. One truck is at the original spot on 10th Street just east of Interstate 229. The new location is on the north side of 12th Street west of Interstate 29 where Loncheria La Chiquita was last year. Sanchez started his business in 2009 and sells tacos, burritos, quesadillas, gringas and tortas, and makes menudo on the weekend. The trucks open at 11 a.m. daily and close sometime between 9 and 11 p.m., depending on the night, Sanchez said.
Jairo and Suyapa Motino started Taqueria Suyapa last summer and are operating again from the Auto-Net parking lot on 271st Street on the way into Tea. The truck features Mexican food and recipes from Suyapa Motino’s native home of Honduras. This year, they’ve added a fish plate, chicken salad and vegetarian burrito to the menu. In June, they’ll start doing ribs on the grill. Taqueria Suyapa is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.
The iconic 26-foot trolley serves 40 flavors of soft-serve ice cream and toppings. Other menu items include walking tacos, hot dogs and super nachos. Tony and Kelli Ritter started the business in 2016 and do public and private events. They’re planning to book more events this year, Kelli Ritter said. The Tasty Trolley is available for gatherings such as graduation parties, weddings and company picnics, with a $400 minimum for an event.
Tim Tennessen of Lyons, Iowa, started Tim’s Grill seven years ago. While he caters for lots of private gatherings, he also wants to do more public events this summer. He’ll be at Strawbale Winery’s Summer Porch event May 30 and expects to return to the winery’s Folk Off and Rib Challenge and the Sioux River Folk Festival and Fall Festival, both at Newton Hills State Park. The menu varies, but Tennessen often grills steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs and barbecued choices such as pulled pork, brisket and ribs.
Several businesses and organizations are organizing events, most of which will bring together several food trucks for lunch or dinner. Service First Federal Credit Union won’t be hosting Food Truck Wednesdays and Fridays this year. Here’s what we were able to find:
Food truck season is here, and we’ve compiled a list of what you can eat — everything from barbecued ribs and Thai food to wood-fired pizza and ice cream — and where you can find them.