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The Tasty Trolley is Eau Claire’s Tastiest New Food Truck

EC family serves up BBQ, super tacos, and dozens of flavored soft-serve ice cream options

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

TASTY FOOD FROM THE TASTY TROLLEY. Check out barbecue meats and taco eats at thte new Tasty Trolley, which is geared up to go as soon as this summer!
TASTY FOOD FROM THE TASTY TROLLEY. Check out barbecue meats and taco eats at the new Tasty Trolley, which will hit the Chippewa Valley event scene by as soon as this summer!

A new Chippewa Valley food truck aims to bring eye-catching and colorful eats to families starting this summer.   

The Tasty Trolley – owned by Eau Claire couple Carolina and Josh Hepler – aims to serve up pulled pork sandwiches, super nachos, walking tacos, and dozens of flavored soft-serve ice cream options. You’ll know when it’s around because of its authentic Charlie Bell, which lets out a retro ring when in town.   

It's Unique.

We like the trolley because it's eye-catching and it's different.

Caroline Hepler

Owner of Tasty Trolley

“We have four children,” Caroline Hepler said. “We know when we take our kids somewhere, they always gravitate toward fun-looking things, so that’s why we figured this would be good!”   

The eye-catching trolley (that was once a Ford Econoline bus!) is from Montana, and then journeyed to South Dakota after the original owners sold it to their children. Now Eau Claire-based, the food truck has only a slightly altered name – from “The Tasty Trolley” to “Tasty Trolley” in an effort to keep its authentic trolley theme.   

“It’s unique,” Hepler said. “We like the trolley because it’s eye-catching and it’s different.”   

Their menu includes barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, walking tacos, super nachos, and their specialty items: pulled pork walking tacos and super nachos, which substitute pulled pork in place of ground beef and can be served with barbecue sauce. The Tasty Trolley also serves up classic potato chips, baked beans, various iced and hot coffees, and lemonade slushies.   

“We want things to be simple and quick, out-the-door,” she said.   

But, perhaps their biggest – and most popular – menu item will be their flavored soft-serve ice cream options, which infuse sugary flavorings to vanilla soft-serve ice cream.   

Flavors include cotton candy, espresso, butter pecan, bubble gum, root beer, orange, peanut butter, tutti frutti, grape, peach, strawberry, red velvet, black licorice, kiwi, papaya, blueberry, black cherry, lemon – and the list goes on.   

They plan to have a set list of flavors, with a rotating “flavor of the day” to make options simple for kiddos. They hope to officially launch their food truck the first week of July, waiting only on inspections from the Eau Claire City-County Health Department to ensure everything is ready to roll forward. But, you can catch them at Sturgeon Fest Truck and Trailer Pull on Sept. 5 in Jim Falls.  

“We just want to show love to everybody,” she said. “Food is love. And there’s something about taking your family and getting ice cream on a hot, sunny day that just leaves a lasting memory.”   


Check out more about the Tasty Trolley here.