Butcher Salt




Main Location: Minneapolis, Breweries, Etc

              It’s been a long, long winter in this juncture between 2013 and 2014, and I’ve had my share of boring days having to wait for the trucks to come back, and frustration in missed opportunities and futile searches. But finally, the days are warming up, the sun is back, the snow is receding, and the trucks have come back to Minneapolis!

              And just my luck, I had the chance to head down not only on the very first official day back of the year, but to the very first New mobile business of 2014! Butcher Salt has been on my radar for a while after seeing their startup posts, not to mention their signatory concept for unifying their menu items.


              With a veritable selection of different meat-based, American handheld favorites like Hot Dogs, Sliders and a roast beef sandwich called the Ranger, which are then placed next to Hashbrowns and (ugh) a Salad. With not much of a theme between items besides the fact that they might all be found in a stereotypical (though very delicious) Diner, Butcher ramps up each gloriously prepared piece of meat and vegetable with a little seasoning they name, as one would expect, “Butcher Salt.”


               Simply a good quality sea salt infused alongside rosemary, thyme, and other herbs, this large-grained rock is sprinkled liberally over their foods to provide proper seasoning and in-depth dimensions. Or something like that. They even let the grains fall over desserts, like their Salted Caramel and the oddly-placed Crème Brulee.

               Of course it’s not the only thing they rely on; pepperjack and spicy cheese sauce, sautéed peppers, and the required bacon festoon multiple items, like the “Stuffed” Hash Browns (really it’s just layered, but looks like a tasty breakfast item).


               Oh, and they have some of the coolest toys! Look at all of the fun things they got; a special wooden stand for the tablet to do your card-swiping, customized phone case, and the cutest little wooden tip Truck! Reminds me of my own childhood one. These set on top of a display case of various shirts and other memorabilia for us to purchase; seems to be a trend nowadays no?

               So, after multiple months of waiting, it’s time to get back to a full rating review! I just can’t wait for the self-centered indulgence!




                Despite only being able to purchase two of their menu items, the owners/employees were generous enough to give me a small piece of their Roast Beef to sample the flavor! And damn, it was good; tender, beefy, really moist with that au jus or whatever they keep it in. Craveably salty, but I’d imagine it’d calm down nicely in the whole sandwich.

                Overall I’d probably use that word to describe the whole menu, “Craveable.” Everything I had was just warm and comforting, umami-focused with that poignant sense that properly, fully seasoned food can do which just makes you want it more.

                I felt it a lot with those Sliders. Buns may be toasted, but that crunch is destroyed as soon as you bite into those thick little patties, their juices spreading all over the sturdy bread and your fingers; and you don’t care. The meat is just… oh, these are the closest sliders I’ve ever seen come to those good-quality, thick juicy burgers. It just has that wet, sorta chewy but fully tender texture that slicks around your mouth as you eat it. Just heaven.


                And that’s just the meat. You top this with gooey cheese and grilled onions that are sorta cooked, sorta raw, and with the other toppings taste sorta pickled too, the best expressions of all three. The pickles themselves, which I’m pretty sure are just the simpler, store-bought style, I doubt they made them, but that firm crunch and sharp salt+acid flavor is somehow just perfect with everything else, cutting through and increasing the seasoning aspect ever further. I think I can safely say that these are the best Food Truck Sliders in Minnesota (at least for now).

                As for the Hash Browns, they tasted good, had that nice gooey cheesiness and hash browny flavor; probably wouldn’t mind getting the “stuffed” version if I needed a morning fix one day. However it was all one soft texture, I wish they had been able to actually get the potatoes somewhat crispy/crunchy; really lowered the experience to something I could get at most places.


Holdability: 8

                Basket-based, with multiple items requiring at least one hand to hold part of the food while the other eats, via multiple sliders or needing a fork. Those that could be one-handed, like the beefy Ranger, are quite the juicy messy affair, not that that’s a bad thing; the best burgers and sliders leave half their flavor on the fingers! And aren’t they just nice enough to wrap the baskets completely in foil for those buying multiple items and/or needing to transport it some distance before eating.

                The Crème Brulee stands a bit out of place; I’ve never really considered it street food in any real sense. Placed inside a throwaway foil ramekin, though, it does make it possible to eat while walking, like a caramelized pudding cup!


Price: 8

                 There are two main price points; all sandwiches/main entrée-sized items stand at $8, which seems reasonable based off what I was given (and can imagine for the Roast Beef Sandwich), though I couldn’t see paying that much for the Caprese, basically just cheese and tomatoes. Besides these, Hot Dogs and Side items stand at $5, also reasonable(ish maybe) except for, in my opinion, the Hashbrowns. Just seems too small and simple for anything over even $3, I mean it’s just soft potatoes (not even fried) and cheese (well, and bacon, but sadly they ran out on my visit…). Finally, $4 for the Brulee, not sure if the salted caramel is the same or less, hoping for the latter. Overall it’s great individually though buying multiple items can grey the lines.

Speed: 7.5

                 Average cooking speeds, giving you ample time to have a fun chat and ogle over all the fun doodads!


The TOE: 9.5

                  From the front, I wasn’t really sure I’d get that much of an overall feeling of “place” that I search for, especially due to the generic-ness of using only hot dogs, small burgers, and roast beef for the menu focus. Once you eat it, though, you sorta get it… I think there’s a centered-ness to them, a great personality that rings through the deliciously prepared food. The little doodads help too.

                I still think that having Crème Brulee as the main dessert option is really weird though, sorta off-centers the whole thing a bit. Opposite that, though, the Butcher Salted Caramel sounds AMAZING; I can’t wait to come back and grab it in the Summer (when it’s served). I’d say they’ve reached Official Toe Ring status.

                       Tally: 42/50


Final Thoughts

              Probably one of the better street stops when one has that “Meat” craving, with some good, safe bets centered on the Butcher Salt Sliders and Ranger as the main items to get. Secondarily, if in the mood for breakfast with neither of the main morning trucks on the street, their Stuffed Hash Browns may just be the item to choose among the crowd. And a third highlight, with a great snack or food-truck-day stop for those Caramels. A veritable rolling triple threat.

              Definitely a great business to start off 2014!

Bloomy’s Roast Beef




Main Location: St. Paul

             The first time one visits Bloomy’s, they would swear that it was based off of an actual restaurant and diner somewhere. They would be wrong, however, just as I was. Bloomy’s is a one-of-a-kind, pure Food Truck, only selling classic Roast Beef Sandwiches and other diner sides.

            Using locally and quality sourced sirloin, Bloomy’s cooks it slow with handmade rub, slices, and uses it in a few simple and traditional sandwiches. Everything on the menu is made in house; they even smoke cheddar for their Longhorn and Jessica. The sides include Mashed Red Potatoes with Homemade Gravy (pure pan juices from the
steak), Mac n Cheese, and Purple Coleslaw.

             It’s all pretty simple and old-school, but that’s just their style.

Food: 8


             The Beef is very good, exactly that nice, meaty-garlicky flavor one expect in a properly made roast beef. Buns are soft, coming from a good local purveyor to wrap the sandwiches in a nice way. Gravy and Au Jus are made directly from the sirloin’s cooking juices, just how they should be, and come out rich and delicious. Smoking your own cheddar just creates this… oooohhh so good result.


            Mac and Cheese did not impress me that much; tasted very much like a regular side you would find in a KFC or other fast food place, maybe a little better. Makes me wonder how their other sides are. I’m guessing the mashed potatoes are still just as good as they sound.

Holdability: 4.5

             Individually speaking, sandwiches are a pretty good option for walking and eating. However, these are always served in a paper bag, so one has to try and dig in, get to the sandwich, still hold the bag while eating… Then, one has to deal with the fact the roast beef has a lot of residual heat to it, so it can be a bit tricky to hold. Then we have the sandwiches with peppers and dripping cheese on top, and that’s without getting to the French Dip, which should always be dipped in the au jus (thus, should be eaten sitting down).

            This is all before considering that the usual order is probably going to involve getting one of their sides in addition. This leaves to a result that can’t really be eaten on the street, unless one purely focuses on a “one at a time” strategy, which can still be difficult since you still have to hold the bag in one hand.

Price: 7.5

             Small, plain 1/4lb sandwiches are $5, with cheese or bacon costing $1 extra each. The larger, 1/3lb sandwiches with toppings are either $8 or $9. Sides are $2 each.

            All in all it’s a good range of prices as-is, but it can easily add up when purchasing toppings, sides, dessert, etc. Which, let’s face it, is hard not to do.

Speed: 9

           Everything being premade, sandwiches mainly just need compiling, maybe some melting of the cheese, and wrapping. Sides are all simple to place, as are desserts.

The TOE: 8.5

           I’m not actually sure how exactly I feel on this Truck. That traditional, homemade, quality feel of an old Roast Beef Diner really bring a lot of those qualities that one usually finds in a good Food Truck. Yet I feel that overwhelming Diner-ness also brings the Food Truck experience back a little bit. Think it’s safe to say that, currently, one should probably ignore this Truck’s rating and figure it out yourself. At the least, it has enough TOE to keep it in the proper, top end.

                       Tally: 37.5/50

Final Thoughts


            Your first visit should stay simple; sample the plain 1/4lb sandwich to see how you feel about the Roast Beef. Grab a side while you do; ignore the Mac and Cheese, go straight for the Potatoes with Gravy.

            If you find you like the beef, go back later and get one of the bigger sandwiches. Any of them look good, so go with whatever style you prefer (still need suggestion? French Dip, have it with that beautiful Au Jus). When a dessert is sought, I doubt theirs would not be satisfying, so go for it.

            Ultimately a good experience for a quick-grab, slightly-looser with the wallet lunch that will probably be brought back to an office or similar.