Vellee in the Skyway with Burritos


You know what the sorta funny thing is? There’s at least… what, 5 (likely much more) food truck restaurants and other standing operations that have opened up in the past two years that I STILL have yet to get to in the Twin Cities, and yet I literally only found out on Twitter about Vellee Deli’s Skyway place, located in the Baker Building off 8th and Marquette, on day 2 of their opening and I’m able to make it out there a week later! Well, guess it was the straw that broke this camel’s back, thank god I’ve finally broken down and accepted the need for using Twitter (shudders); I mean, I can’t miss out on my favorite truck’s new operation can I?


And I’m not the only one apparently; whether it’s die-hard truck fans, other hipster-like foodies glued to twitter, or simply skyway workers really looking forward to the different, delicious fair, the line out the opening was well and long! Let’s hope it stays like that, as it should; if there’s any skyway food business that should stay successful for a long time, I think Vellee deserves it (who cares about the boring fast food companies?).


An open-air kitchen filled with more than double the number of people that worked in the truck dealt with this line rather fast, serving out the large menu drawn in chalk, the same as on the truck but with a few extra, tasty items. I of course had to try one of these newer items myself, grabbing the Tofu Burritio (made with curry, zingy cream sauce, and some mushrooms and lettuce) and Chips w/ Pineapple Salsa.


Yeah yeah, the guy who complains about the logic of ordering chips and guac from a truck got some here. Well it’s a sit-down restaurant so I have the right! And it was quite tasty… was a bit surprised seeing the tomato base, figured it’d be more ike the typical Caribbean, all-pineapple with some mix-in salsas, was very much worried about the flavors being too muddy/mixed… but it actually tasted really good. Fresh, tart and lightly sweet, tangy, not thick and very crunchable on the chips.


Then there’s the burrito, I mean who can complain about their burritos? It’s practically an indulgent sin, but vegetarian… and after just coming out of a month of vegetarianism, I’ve found new appreciation for the product that is Tofu, along with other non-meat-based thingies. Safe to say, scrumptious and nummy, the only reason it took me 10 minutes to eat being because I had an 8-minute phone call after I started! Plus I can’t say no to a good dish of curry and rice… I’ll admit my nerves waned slightly at the notable inclusion of simple lettuce, but it fully heightened the experience (I need to stop doubting lettuce… I blame taco bell).


Well, it’s no different than my other ravings on Vellee’s offerings. As always, I wish them luck and good fortune in all their ventures, and hope those reading get the chance to try their Minneapolis Skyway location sometime soon. Just remember it’s only open 10-3, like all the other locations up there (think they’ll start complaining about losing business to food trucks now? Haha). Now, what truck restaurant to visit next…


Oh, gotta love a fully stocked quality soda bottle section while you’re at it, no matter where you go.


Time for War


For those who haven’t already been made aware, it seems that the “Downtown Food Committee,” basically a group formed from the various Skyway Restaurant/Food Court business owners, has now officially moved past the point of “complaining about their new competition” to “Actually trying to change the Laws” so that the Food Trucks don’t affect their businesses as much. Yesterday they all got together to discuss the particular oridnances with the City, and see if any changes can and “need” to be made.


Currently quite a few articles have been posted already, a few good ones are: 

I have a very strong opinion about this, which I would normally love to rant about on here. However, there have been a few comments and replies to these articles already, two of which are my own, and I really believe that they all form a very good collective insight and idea for my own feelings. I truly beseech anyone reading this Post of mine to read at least one or two of the articles I have linked, as well as the replies at the end of each, becuase the truly embody the ridiculousness that this “Committee” has set its complaints as.

There is one very big, positive take away from this entire event. A Mr. John Levy, Manager (or something similar) of the AZCanteen Truck, also took part in the meeting to voice his thoughts on the subject. Not only that, word is that Levy is now looking into the idea of forming our very own Food Truck Association for the City. If this can come to pass, not only would we have yet another function to really unite and build our new, growing Food Truck Culture, but the Association would form a more concrete basis for which the various Truck Businesses can help defend eachother from attacks such as this.

I myself really look forward to this, and hope to find ways to know and connect with this Association whenever it is formed.


Let us hope that the results of this meeting have not born any negative Fruits, and that us loyal Foodies can band together to support and fight alongside our Local Trucks in this particular time of annoyance. If those reading this now can do anything to help spread this message of Union and Spirit as far as possible, then hopefully we can block and defuse any future attempts of this sort.

For now, a silent prayer for our Food Truck Brethren, and a shake of my head in sadness and disappointment towards the actions of the Downtown Food Committee.