We recently dined on food from the Chef Shack Food Truck in downtown Saint Paul, MN. Here’s our experience:
We sampled a few of their food items to see why there was such a long line of people waiting to order food.
We ordered a bison burger with bacon ketchup, avocado and pepperjack cheese, pulled pork tacos, a bacon brat and 2 Arnie Palmers. The total bill came to $25. Not bad for the quality of the food, but there were definately less expensive food truck options.
The bison burger was quite tasty, although with the avocado and home-made bacon ketchup, it just as well could have been a beef burger. The flavor of the bison was overshadowed by the condiments. That said, the avocado really made the burger. I’m not usually a huge fan of avocado, but in this case, it worked really well. The burger (and brat) came with potato salad which was servicable. It was a bit dry and not particularly cold although that could have been because of how long I was holding it while in the sun.
The pulled pork tacos were quite good as well. The pork was tender and juicy and it came with a spicy, acidic cole slaw on top which really added to the tacos.
My personal favorite was the bacon brat. It was grilled well and had a really nice snap to the casing. I didn’t get much cheddar flavor, but the taste of bacon was in the background the whole time. It came on a nicely toased bun and with the aforementioned potato salad.
Their signature drink, the Arnie Palmer was very refreshing on a hot day on a hot sidewalk. The Arnie Palmer is the Chef Shack’s take the the classic Arnold Palmer, which is half iced tea and half lemonade. The Arnie Palmer is made from lemons, simple syrup, and jasmine tea.
Overall, it was a delightful experience. The food was high quality and well prepared. The only downside was the long line, but that’s what happens when you are doing something right.
How was your experience at the Chef Shack? Tell us below!