Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Street Food Trailers in NoMi - Amos and Amos Bar-B-Que
The street food scene in Minneapolis has been pretty non-existent until this year. A few movers and shakers in the foodie world began rattling the cages at City Hall, making the argument that if Minneapolis wants to compete as a well-rounded cosmopolitan city, we must have a street food scene. Foodie writers have been documenting the emerging scene and of course the obligatory foodie reviews are abundant. There's even a new video tour and a whole event dedicated to street food. Yes, the Minneapolis Street Food scene is an entire industry in and of itself. (I make this point to emphasize the loss of potential economic development I am about to share)
Since I don't live under a rock, and was slightly familiar with the buzz around the emerging street food scene, I found it interesting and exciting that through my travels in and out of the neighborhood via Penn Avenue over the past few weeks, I routinely see this food trailer on the northwest corner of Penn and Golden Valley Road (GVR).
Finally, one day I was passing by at supper time and had a few minutes to spare, so I decided to finally stop. I did approach the trailer and had full intentions of making a purchase, however I was greeted by, well, by not being greeted at all, and when I finally did get acknowledged, let's just say it was with less than a friendly service attitude. That's putting it nicely.
I didn't get any details about what they were selling or what the prices were, or what their regular schedule would be at the corner of Penn & GVR. I was told if I wanted that info I could return later that evening when the owner, Amos, would be there. I thought to myself "Really? If I want to know what's on the menu and how much it is I should come back when the owner is there?"
I found it extremely odd that the worker inside the trailer felt uncomfortable telling me what was on the menu and how much it was selling for. I could totally understand that she may not know what kind of regular schedule they would keep.
So, I got the hint that she wasn't interested in my money and I decided I wasn't interested enough to try and seek out Amos, the owner. Anybody out there tried them yet?
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