Farm fresh food at Phil's Spot
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When it comes to places to eat in Red Wing, there isn't a shortage of destinations. But every weekend during the warmer months, the American food truck Phil's Spot has proven to be a hot spot for the community.
Reviews on Yelp have also been in favor of Phil's Spot's ever-changing menu and farm fresh ingredients.
"Love this food and truck ambiance. Everything is excellent," one Yelp review said.
During this spring and summer, owner Phil White said he hopes to have this food truck open more than just on the weekends.
While he focuses primarily on providing fresh dishes on the weekend to the public, he sometimes is asked to help with catering events.
"A friend of mine's mom passed away and wanted to have a party," White said. "They had me bring the food truck and serve food for the celebration."
White primarily focuses on serving dishes with raised meat, but is known for being accommodating by supplying vegetarian and gluten-free options.
"We do tacos, I do a lot of raised meats, soups, lots of salads," White said. "I try to do something different each time. I always try to have something I can whip up quick for a vegetarian on hand."
With spring and summer vegetables right around the corner, White is gearing up for another exciting season with the food truck. With his wife, Millie White, who helps with the business side of the truck, the two hope to open a fine dining restaurant in the near future.
While harvest season is busy, White ends up spending time off during the end of fall and winter with Millie and their three children when the food truck isn't out, as well as planning for the next season.
The inspiration and initial start for his culinary career stemmed from his love for travel and how different areas of the world look at food.
"The way that people in Europe look at food and appreciate it and where it comes from," he added, helped push him to continue pursuing the art of food business.