Sometimes the name of a business alone is enough to demand its inclusion in an issue of Shop.Dine.Live. When a great magazine editor learns that there’s a food truck called Potato Brothers, and in the Fargo-Moorhead area no less, he must dramatically swipe everything off of his desk and start feverishly at work until he’s gotten the full scoop.
The Potato Brothers are Anthony and Patrick Frost, Moorhead natives and appropriately graduates of Moorhead High School. (Go Spuds!) They’d each done their time working for other people’s restaurants before they decided to do things on their own in 2017. But why a food truck?
“The key advantages to a food truck are its startup cost and mobility,” explained Patrick. “You don’t have to sink six figures into brick and mortar if you’ve got a truck, and if you pick a bad location then you can change it immediately. If there’s something big going on around town, like a music festival, then you get to bring your business to the customers instead of hoping they’ll come to you.
“Sure, being in business with your own brother can have its challenges. Sometimes you’re bound to butt heads, but we’ve worked together in restaurants before partnering up and get along well most of the time. This can be a high stress business, with a line around the block one minute and tumbleweeds the next. Having a partner that you can trust absolutely — that’s peace of mind which most entrepreneurs will never get to enjoy.
“We chose to feature the potato for a few reasons. We’d never seen a potato-themed food truck before, and thought it would be an interesting angle. It’s an important crop to the Red River Valley, which enables us to source our ingredients locally as well. It’s also delicious!”
Buying local is a big deal to the Potato Brothers. All of their potatoes, from red to russet to sweet, come from the nearest farms that they’re able to get them from, and their other ingredients follow the same rule. They’re equally devoted to sustainability — bamboo forks and spoons, post-consumer recycled napkins, and cups made from sugar cane are the kinds of restaurant apparati that put big smiles on the faces of the environmentally conscious.
Of course, without great food a bamboo fork won’t have much to do. Potato Brothers honors their titular tuber by doing beautiful things with it. Their tater tot hot dish makes the Midwest’s most important gift to culinaria fit for street eating, and is built in its bowl with homemade tots and organic beef from Lakeside Prairie Farm in Barrett, MN. Their hand cut french fries are tossed in brown butter to give them an ineffable flavor and served with a side of homemade buttermilk ranch. Said fries comprise the basis of turkey poutine doused in hot gravy and dotted with fresh cheese curds, another Midwestern requisite. For afters, one can’t do better than the Frosts’ sweet potato cheesecake, made with a gluten free pecan crust and seasoned with nutmeg and cinnamon.
“Considering how short an amount of time we’ve been in business, we’ve gotten a great response from the people we’ve been able to feed,” continued Patrick. “We even won first place at the Fargo Food Truck Festival last year — a great way to get our message out into the community! All we want to do now is to keep growing, doing bigger and bigger venues, and serving our food to as many people as we can.”
Whether you’re lucky enough to catch their truck on the street or would like to invite them to take care of the people at your special event or place of business, the Potato Brothers are going to wow you. Visit facebook.com/potatobrothersllc to learn more about the duo and to have them come out.
By David Scheller