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Friday Feast - Friends Cafe

LandandLiving Staff - Friday, March 13, 2015

Good afternoon Feasters and welcome back to this week's special edition, and wonderfully alliterative, Friendly Friday Feast! This week not only brought us sunshine and colors, other than white and grey, but its brought us hope. Hope for an easy commute, hope for warm sunshine and cold cocktails, hope that the weight falls as easy as it went on, and finally hope for yet another life changing restaurant review by none other than your truly! This week we bring you the Thai- Burmese cuisine from our friends at Friends Cafe on Rice St in St Paul. It is one block north of The Lamplighter Lounge....you're welcome.

Samosa- Siamese pastry stuffed with ground chicken, potato, onion

They should call these somemore-sa's....get it...some more sa's.. Beautifully golden crispy crust with a deliciously warm, soft and moist inside. I did, however, find myself looking for a dipping sauce. Although, FIFA(Fairness in Food Act) I love sauce. 3.5 out of 5 forks


Thai Sausage- Ground pork, rice and garlic

Jack talk Thai, Jack talk Thai real well! I love Thai sausage. They cut them for us, which was nice, so they did not look like fried thumbs. Having said that, I would eat fried thumbs. These were salty and garlicky and were sausages. 'Nough said. 3 out of 5 forks  

Burmese Curry


Pork Stew- Pork/chicken (we had both:), onion, garlic ginger and Burmese spice

Thick, intense flavor that sticks to the ribs....how good would ribs be in curry?...anyways, Burmese curry is more like a stew over steamy sticky rice. Garlicky, gingery, fresh veggie-licious comfort food. 3.5 out of 5 forks

Chicken and Thick Rice noodle salad- thick rice noodle, chicken, onion, garlic oil, fish sauce, tamarind sauce, and toasted bean powder.

This is my kind of salad, as in , not at all. This, I can only imagine is the Burmese version of mac and cheese. Thick noodles, creamy salty sauce with of course garlic. I think I am in love. Much better hot by the way. I went back for thirds and it was not as good. 3.5 out of 5 forks


Beef intestine and stomach soup- beef intestine, soup with lime juice, spicy chili and cilantro.

Extremely fresh tasting. Lemongrass, lime and cilantro with the spicy broth and chewy stomach pieces makes this immensely tasty. My favorite item. 4.5 out 5 forks.

Friends Cafe was a great find. Friendly service, fresh ingredients, authentic cuisine served with love. I will continue to support this place for all of these reasons. Food is great and portions good. Ambiance is perfect, which means all their money went into the food, where it belongs.

Friday Feast - Kyatchi

LandandLiving Staff - Friday, March 06, 2015

ようこそ。金曜日ごちそうに戻る or Hello and welcome back to Friday Feast for those of you who, for some reason, don't speak Japanese. If you are like me, you have often wondered why there is not an establishment that offers hot dogs and sushi, oh wait, KYATCHI!!!

  

HOUSE DOG

raw vegetable salsa and Japanese mayo

Grilled bun, good bun to hot dog ratio, but salsa lacked flavor. Would have been great with a kick. hot dog was loaded with flavor but a tad over cooked. 2.5 out of 5 forks.

YAKISOBA DOG

stir fried noodles, onion, red ginger and Japanese mayo

This dog was exceptional. The stir fried noodles were loaded with flavor which is weird because my mouth was loaded with bites from this dog 4.5 out of 5 forks

KIMCHI DOG

mustard, sesame oil and Japanese mayo

Love me some Kimchi and this dog didn't disappoint. If it would have been a little spicy it could have been perfect. The dog again was flavorful and the bun was grilled and slightly crispy. Textures and flavors were great together. 4.5 out of 5 forks

 

AVOCADO & EGG DOG

with avocado, chopped egg and Japanese mayo

I love all these topping but it lacked , really, any flavor at all. I am not sure what Japanese mayo is made of but flavor is not one of them. This dog is one crispy flavorful ingredient away from be good. 2 out of 5 forks.


KINGFIELD ROLL

albacore, kichimi, cucumber, avocado, kaiware

Seemed to be like most tuna rolls I have had. Their presentation, thought is a notch above most. Good middle of the road roll. 3.5 out of 5 forks.


TATAKI ROLL

seared sockeye salmon, faux nagi sauce, ebi mayo, cucumber, asparagus

Salmon was fresh tasting and the ebi mayo was delicious. Crunch from the cukes and the asparagus were a nice touch. Good clean flavors. 4 out of 5 forks.

 

PORTLANDIA ROLL

cucumber, tomato, asparagus, kaiware, avocado, shiso, yuzu paste

Beautiful roll. Have not seen presentation like this. Flavors were unique and loved the different textures. a must try. 4 out of 5 forks

  

IWANA ROLL

arctic char, fresh squeezed lemon juice, inari, kanpyo, shiso and avocado

This roll was the best. Great flavor. I have not had this combination before and would definitely order each time. flvors, the color and presentation were all top notch. 4.5 out of 5 forks.

Kyatchi was a great find. The hot dogs were a fun twist to their menu and would definitely recommend trying a couple of them. Their sushi was above average and did do a few things that I have not seen locally. The service was very good and the staff was friendly. Add the good food with the intimate atmosphere and you have a great date night spot.

Friday Feast - Prairie Dogs

LandandLiving Staff - Friday, February 27, 2015

A great man once said, “There are no two finer words in the English language than 'encased meats', my friend”. That great man would me none other than the visionary who did for hot dogs what Steve Jobs did for the computer, Mr. Doug Sohn. The reason I bring this up is because we have a sausage factory that has opened on Lake St. in Minneapolis that has been one of the most anticipated openings of the year. They offer encased treats the likes of which our wonderful state has never seen. Fairness in conversation, I have been to Mr. Sohns place, located in Chicago but now closed, about 5 times. He is a genius and I have often wondered if he and I should get an apartment together. It goes without saying, that I have high hopes for the establishment.

 

Spicy Merguez-Lamb sausage, piquillo peppers, feta, mint aioli

Some very strong flavor here. The mint and feta dominate the delicious lamb. Bun was dry and little big for the 2 thin lamb tubes. Love the piquillo peppers as they give it a smokiness. Not a bad start. 3.5 out of 5 forks.

Backyard Brat-Pork Sausage, bacon sauerkraut, grilled onion, house brown mustard

I love a good backyard. Bacon sauerkraut and grilled onions were fabulous but the brat lacked snap so the whole thing came off as mushy. Good flavors but need to crisp up the brat or add crispy onion strings. 3 out of  5 forks.

The Pig Easy-Hot Boudin (Cajun Pork sausage), pickled peppers, cracklins, blue cheese

I love blue cheese but didn't think it fit on the sausage. Maybe a sharp cheddar, a head cheese or one with some smoke or spice. The rest was great. 3.5 out of 5 forks.

Pliny The Elder-Duck fat fried dog, foie gras torchon, currant apple relish

Savory , sweet, and salty. I would be careful with the relish because it could get too sweet and take over the fabulous foie. Creamy and rich. Very good dog, but again not crazy about the bun. 4 out of 5 forks.

Micho’s Sonoran Dog-Bacon wrapped and grilled, cilantro aioli, bean spread, avocado, cotija, onion, tomato, salsa verde

Right away I was disappointed because they just slapped everything into a traditional bun. IT needs to be a roll, a warm roll at that. Also, my favorite versions always have chorizo which would have added some heat, warmth and spice, to all the cold toppings. I only took one bite, poor execution. 2.5 out of 5 forks

The All-American-Crispy pork belly, morning potatoes, sunny egg, Sriracha aioli, cilantro

Loved this dog. Everything went perfectly together. Runny egg was cooked perfectly. I would only add that I would make sure the potatoes are crispy and didn't taste the Sriracha very much. I will be back for this dog alone. 4.5 out of 5 forks

Bahn Mi Joy Dog-Char siu pork, chicken liver pate, pickled carrot & daikon, jalapeno, shoyu mayo, cilantro

I think that need to offer double meat or cut down on the bread. The bread choice was great but there was too much of it. The ingredients were fresh and the pork was tasty but I tasted mostly bread and veggies. 3 out of 5 forks

 They had some good dogs and some not so good ones. I will be back, especially when they have their liquor license. I think with a few tweaks this place could be exceptional but they were lazy with a couple dogs. I consistently did not like the buns and bread. Hot dogs buns should be like the CIA, when you do your job, nobody knows it. I am not supposed to be talking about the bun. They were either too big or dry. I will probably be back a few times just to be thorough.


Friday Feast - The Third Bird

LandandLiving Staff - Friday, February 20, 2015

What do Bryant-Lake Bowl, Cafe Barbette, and Red Stag Supper Club, Tiny diner, and The Third Bird all have in common? Kim Bartman. Miss Bartman is CEO and proprietor of the aforementioned establishments whose dedication to local sourcing, sustainability, and support for local farmers are just a few of the many reasons her neighborhood restaurants have the reputation and staying power required to succeed in this increasingly competitive culinary culture that is the Twin Cities. This week, myself and a couple of drakes, flew into The Third Bird , located on Harmon Place in Minneapolis, to fill our beaks with some lunch.

french onion soup- miche, taleggio

Third Birds version of French Onion may be one of my favorites. It is thick and rich with deep complex flavor. This was the first menu item I tried and it really set the tone. If they put this much care and attention into the whole menu then we are in for a treat. The taleggio was so creamy you could mix it right into the soup. It was so perfect that it should be the required cheese for French Onion.  The miche, or pan de campagne (country bread in French)is a chewy bread but after sitting in heaven for bit it became perfectly pliable. 4.5 out of 5 forks

beets- vanilla, burnt cinnamon, orange, macadamia nuts

If you are a beet fan, I would be sure to order the beet salad. The vanilla and cinnamon are balanced out with the citrus from the orange. The macadamia nuts and texture. Well done. 4 out of 5 forks.


grass-fed bison burger-1000 ISLAND DRESSING, CORNICHONS, iceberg,  house-made milk bun

The grass fed-bison burger was my least favorite item. It was decently cooked but considering how difficult it is to cook bison I overlooked it. I like red meat rare-mid rare but I don't think the average person would have had a problem with the way it was cooked. As for taste, I think it did not offer anything more than many other burgers in the Twin Cities, other than that it is bison. Points for the house made bun, which again shows the attention to detail. 3.5 out of 5 forks.

“caesar salad”- roasted CAULIFLOWER, romaine, brown butter bagna cauda, cherry tomatoes, Parmesano vinaigrette, crouton

It is hard to do but often tried. How do we offer a Caesar salad but in a way that is unique. The Third Bird did add a unique twist with the roasted cauliflower and the brown butter bagna cauda (bagna cauda is usually made from garlic, anchovies, butter, and olive oil), but how amazing this sounded on paper I don't think completely translated to the plate. The cauliflower seemed misplaced along with the croutons. The "dressing" seemed a bit absent but had immense flavor. The amount of dressing a caesar salad has is a delicate balance, some want more while others want none, so I think they played it a little safe. 3 out of 5 forks.


grilled cheese- flatbread, carmelized onion, ROASTED TOMATOES
Add bacon | Add egg

Messy, cheesy, caramel goodness! Did I mentioned there was bacon? All this thing needs is an ...oh wait, there is an egg. This thing has the potential to blow minds while simultaneously making us fat! Perfect combination. Wait...why did they put the egg on top of the sandwich? I tried to put it inside the sandwich where it belongs but it broke up and the deliciously gooey yolk, that should have been running into my mouth, ran all over the plate...fail:( I had high hopes for you. 3 out of 5 forks.

I think Kim Bartmans latest creation has staying power and do look forward to my next visit. I think she does an excellent job of reading a neighborhood personality and then translating into a restaurant the fits. Each one of her establishments is unique in character, unique in flavor but all are equal in the way they execute and make the customer feel invested. Give The Third Bird a try.

Friday Feast - Lagos Tacos

LandandLiving Staff - Friday, February 13, 2015

Hola y Bienvenidos a esta edición de semanas del viernes un festin! I apologize for the long hiatus but I have been busy helping trustworthy, hardworking Americans find affordable housing. Some call it honorable but I think it's a calling.... Any who, who's hungry? I obviously am and am excited, nay, elated to bring you this week's feast. This week we bring none other than the world famous, and by world I mean the Twin Cities metro area, Lagos Tacos. Lagos Tacos is a Fresh Mex restaurant located on Lyndale in Minneapolis and also in Excelsior. They specialize in street tacos, large burritos and....blah, blah, blah ...let's just see how the food is...



Carnitas Tostadas

Fresh corn masa shells, salsa verde, lettuce, avocado & queso fresco

Woo, can you say fresh? Delicioso!! Very fresh tasting ingredients, chewy masa shell, and the carnitas were well seasoned and not dried out..aka moist. I like my salsa verde with a little more kick but then again I am Mexican. 3 out of 5 forks

Sweet Corn Cakes with Shrimp

Avocado, pico de gallo & salsa verde, sour cream

I used to date a girl named sweet cakes. These cakes were sweet, delicate, moist, and juicy, just like good ole sweet cakes herself. The shrimp were grilled and seasoned to perfection. 4.5 out of 5 forks (I miss you sweet cakes)


Walleye

Beer battered, chipotle mayo, cabbage blend, pico de gallo avocado & queso fresco

No joke, some of the best Walleye I have ever had was when I was a boy growing up in Juarez...these remind me of those...except deep fried. Not a whole lot of flavor here. 2.5 out of 5 forks

Al Pastor

Marinated pork, grilled pineapple and onion, salsa verde, avocado & queso fresco

The only thing I did not like about these Al Pastor tacos,was the absence of Al Pastor in the tacos. I could have wrapped the tortillas around the meat twice. Good flavor though, I like it sweet. 3.5 out of 5 forks

Chicken Tinga

Slow cooked w/ chipotle peppers, salsa verde, Lago rice, refried pinto beans, co-jack cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo & sour cream

Damn it! I love a good burrito and this did not disappoint. Luckily the smoke show of a waitress we had recommended we get smothered, which is weird cause that's the way I like it. We had spicy out and sweet in. The delectably chewy tortilla was doing all it good to keep the deliciousness from busting out of its flour cage. I say NO!!! Let the flavor be free. And run all over my plate…... That is how flavor was meant to be! 4 forks out of 5


Lagos Tacos will be a good addition to our fat kid restaurant rotation. The server was great and I am pretty sure she wants to friend me on Facebook. The food was good but was slightly disappointed in the tacos. I would however go back for the sweet corn cakes and the smothered burritos.


JAX CAFE

LandandLiving Staff - Friday, March 14, 2014

Good Afternoon Feasters, welcome to this week's installment of FRIDAY FEAST. This week our shrinking wallets and expanding waist lines were undoubtedly honored to be in the presence of the greatness that is Jax Cafe. Jax Cafe, who is part of MSP Magazines top 50 restaurants for the 2014 edition, has maintained greatness for 75 years, which means they have done it for almost twice as long as I have. That said, I think it time for me and my overdeveloped palate to see what delectable dainties Jax has to offer.

 

Pierogi Platter

3 Potato & Cheese

3 Pot Roast

3 Featured Pierogi

  I know this will be hard to believe but I love dumplings. They come in so many different forms and I they are all good. Jax Cafes Pierogis are no different. Slightly seared, in butter I'm sure, delicate and tasty. Stuffed with Roast, cheese and potato and the special was stuffed with sweet potato. They only way they could be better is if they were stuffed with Pierogi. 4 out of 5 forks

 

 

Jax Crabrolls

 The “Jax” Sandwich

Chilled and thinly sliced prime rib, served on

toasted ciabatta bun with lettuce, crispy fried

onions, provolone and creamy horseradish aioli

I love crab and I love rolls so this was a no brainer. They were not exactly what I was expecting, I was thinking Lobster Roll with crab, but tasty nonetheless. It is quite impressive how they managed to liquefy the crab as to inject it into the pastry. I am assuming thats what they do because I saw no presence of real crab. 3 out of 5 forks.

 

 

Jaxburger

Certified angus chopped sirloin topped with

Tillamook Cheddar and crispy fried onions

 THEY COOKED IT CORRECTLY!!!!! That earns to 2 forks because apparently that has become a skill. This was a solid burger. Nice warm pink center, juicy, big beef flavor and I like the crunch from the onions. I am also a bit picky when it comes to a burger bun and this was a bit on the dry side. Overall, I give it 3.5 out of 5 forks.

 

 

Chicken Pot Pie

A Jax favorite for years!

 Really Jax? It's been a favorite of mine for years too! FICKA (Fairness in chubby kid act), my Grand Mammy used to make these every Saturday on the farm from scratch. Mmmmmmmmmm...that lady could cook. I miss helping her chase the chicken, pick the veggies, and rolling out the dough. She said she had a secret ingredient but I could never get it out of her. My guess is its was the well water. Nothing better than well water after playing in the yard. She used to tell me stories about how she met Grandpa and that she thinks it was her pot pies that got him to marry  her. Anyways, I digress, Jax version was not Grand Mammys but it was damn close. Flaky on the outside, chewy on the inside, tons of veggies and chicken. 4 out of 5 forks.

 

 

 Golabki (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls)

Cabbage roll, filled with beef and rice

covered in tomato sauce

 Hell , I didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I mean cabbage...? Were they out of tortillas? It was really good so quit with the faces. Make sure it is on your sh@t I should try list while in NE MPLS. I must say it is the first Golbaki I have had so I don't have a great reference. But the sauce was sweet, the beef and rice was seasoned to perfection and the cabbage was indeed present. 3.5 out of 5 forks.

 

 

The “Jax” Sandwich

Chilled and thinly sliced prime rib, served on

toasted ciabatta bun with lettuce, crispy fried

onions, provolone and creamy horseradish aioli

 If I was not already fat, this sandwich would take me there. Chilled prime rib cooked perfectly (they can cook meat here) and then stacked on a chewy ciabatta bun, and the horseradish sauce...If you do not dump that damn ramekin of sauce on this sandwich..well, then we are not friends!  Did I mentioned the crispy fried onions? This may be the first time I have teared up while writing, exquisitely I might add, a food review. Just a great samich. 4.5 out of 5 forks.

 

 

 Jax Cafe has been a staple in the NE MPLS neighborhood for years. The food was very good and the atmosphere can't be beat. Makes you think you have a net worth just by walking in there. The service was as good as it gets. Our server Cheryl, was outstanding! She told us the entire story about the Jax Cafe, showed us the outstanding patio for the summer(look for us on Fridays with Cigars) and most importantly she reminded me of Grand Mammy. All around great experience and can't wait to be back.

World Street Kitchen

LandandLiving Staff - Saturday, March 01, 2014


Hello Feasters! Welcome back to yet another ridiculously well thought out and in depth report on a another local purveyor of edible creations. This week we head to Minneapolis again, c'mon St Paul, lets step it up, for World Street Kitchens fancy new brick and mortar in uptown. Delectable treats brought to you by the brothers responsible for flavor crushing over at Saffron in downtown....try the octopus. Just reading WSK's menu makes me want to punch you right in the kisser., or maybe its WSK punching you in the face but using flavor as fists. The creations look outstanding but...are they. Lets find out.


Plate O’ Dips

hummus, smoky feta, spiced olive with griddled pita

 I'm more apt to call this the Plate O' holy crap did you make this fresh and do you sell it in the store? Little wordy I know but the dips are dope. Great chewy pita accompanied with 3 very different dips. Creamy, savory to spicy, salty to tangy. Love them. 4 out of 5 forks

 

 

Bangkok Burrito 

Korean “BBQ” Beef Short Ribs

flour tortilla stuffed with fried rice, "secret sauce", cilantro and basil

 Holy F-word. A Korean burrito!! This could be one of the best burrito creations i have ever had. Juicy, flavor packed Korean BBQ with fried rice stuffed in a flour tortilla with a special sauce and fresh herbs. Food porn 101.  4.5 out of 5 forks

 

 

 Charred Squash & Shiitake Mushrooms Tacos

queso fresco, pumpkin seed

 

Great taco for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Full of wonderful meatless flavor. Would go great with little strips of steak. Don't leave it off your order and out of your face. 4 out of 5 forks

 

 Yum Yum Bowl

“La Panza” Caramelized Lamb Belly

our signature dish, steamed rice with

soft cooked egg, peanuts, crunchies

and “secret sauce”

 WSK's version of the Korean favorite Bi Bim Bop. Wonderfully thrown together and then shoved poetically into my yearning mouth. Special sauce makes an appearence again...you likea da sauce. Caramelized lamb belly went perfectly with my belly. It was like the two were seperated at birth. 3.5 out of 5 forks

 

 Rasta Torta

spicy jerk beef with white cheddar and charred scallion sauce 

 What an original samich. I love unique bites especially ones as diverse as this. Flaky, chewy bread and a charred scallion sauce...what ever that is. Deliciousness at it samichy finest. 4 out of 5 forks

 

 Sweet Onion Stuffed Falafel “Burger”

with tahini/turkish pickle sauce and

lettuce on a sumac/onion bun

 

I am not a falafel fan, mainly because it doesn't taste good. Considering they called it burger

I felt obligated to order it.....and man was i right. I am sure it is as good as everything else if your into that whole lets not eat meat/delicious food thing. I just havent met a falafel that I was glad i ordered. Sorry. 2.5 out of 5 forks.

 

 World Street Kitchen was a very pleasant surprise and i do plan on going back soon. And by soon I mean tomorrow. All the food was good to great. Ideas and flavors that were invented in their kitchen especially for us. I strongly recommend giving it a try. Don't forget to use the bottle of homemade hot sauce they give you.


 

Freehouse

LandandLiving Staff - Friday, February 21, 2014
Feasters!!! How excited are you for this weeks Feast? After narrowly missing a  concrete wall this morning I bring you this edition with a new found perspective on life...and all that is important...in food. This week we traveled to the everchanging North Loop in our skinny jeans and ironic t-shirts to see The Blue Plate Restaurant Company's newest creation, The Freehouse.
 
 
I think Freehouse has a ton of promise. The menu is intriguing, the decor looks trendy and original and the wait staff looks like they could chop down tree at any moment. We didn't get to try the beer because it was lunch, and by we I mean me because Craig always drinks at lunch. I will be back to try their brewed in house concoctions and TRY not to creep out the waiter. Sorry guy!*?

Friday Feast - Sonora Grill

LandandLiving Staff - Friday, February 14, 2014

Buenos Dias Feasters. Welcome to this weeks edition of Friday Feast where I bring you my witty, but at times unintelligible, thoughts and no doubt sought out opinions on all things edible. Considering the time gap since my last post, we should go over some ground rules. I love opinions, suggestions and pithy quips, as long as it has to do with deliciousness and not my horrendous writing skills. I do not love miserable lettuce eating blog hating trolls who views are only that of the contrarian. I do realize that my opinions, on occasion, are not always that of the majority, so no need to point it out.

This week I bring to you the Sonora Grill located in the Longfellow neighborhood on Lake St in Minneapolis. When ordering I do my best to include a bit of everything so I may judge the menu as whole and at only the expense of my waist line and the company credit card. I always love the reaction of the young girl taking my order when she thinks I am ordering for the 8 people in line behind me but, to her horror, I am not. After paying what is no doubt their rent for the month, we begin....

Bocadillos -Spanish & South American style sandwich served with french fries

I enjoyed their Pork Guajillo version of this delectable samich. Think pulled pork with a kick. Twas deliousness but I could have used a little more of the juicy meat shreds. It came with a generous amount of crispy fries and was served on a very good, moist and chewy bun. Just about everything, including the samich, came with generous amounts of cilantro aioli. Definelty dont pass over thr Bocadillo section of the menu when ordering. I give this particular creation 3.5 out of 5 forks.

Caramelos- Sonora style taco

  • Beef Skirt Steak- Was chopped up steak with some filler. Not sure why it called skirt steak cause there was nothing pretty about it. Don't get me wrong, I would eat it again, but it was my least favorite. 2.5 out of 5 forks
  • Shrimp- Was coated in a spicy red tempura batter which was great and unique. Generous amount of it to the point I had to eat some of the shrimp out of the taco before I could pick it up. My favorite taco of the experience. 4 out of 5 forks
  • Tongue- The tongue was shredded. I normally like the texture of tongue and was supried to see it in this form. It was accampanied with a red sauce and bit of jalapeno. Not bad but may not be great for tongue lovers 2.5 out of 5 forks
  • Tilapia- Tilapia was coated in a green tempura like batter. A bit too much batter for my liking, I had a hard time tasting the fish. Batter was tasty though. 3.0 out of 5 forks

Sonora Hot dog -Bacon wrapped served with turkey-chorizo, sauteed onion, cilantro-aioli, tomato and french fries

I am convinced that they opened this restaurant just to serve this damn hot dog, I am glad they did. There are not many good dogs in the twin cities area but this one is good and different. May annoy hot dog purist, but nobody likes purists anymore anyways. Hot dog wrapped in bacon and stuffed in a large, chewy, sweet roll with chorizo, onion and that great cilantro aioli. One of my favorite dogs in the state, easy. 4.5 out of 5 forks

Elote Cilantro- Elote, Elote, Elote. Elote, chiquita, grandote. Yo quiero, yo quiero, yo quiero. Sorry, that song popped in my head. You don't see this done right very often and I can appreciate the Sonora grills version. It game drenched in flavor and sitting atop a bed of sauce absorbing white rice. I thought it was very good but if you don't like that omnipresent cilantro-aioli than we may have a problem. 4 out of 5 forks.

In all I would eat here again. I do wish they had homemade tortillas but I do realize how difficult and expensive that may be. I encourage everyone to give it try and give me their opinions. I always cheer for new restaurants, especially ones with style and the willingness to try new ways to serve things we have all had. Sonora does a good job and I don't think you will be dissapointed.

Grading Review:
.5 fork- what the f#*!
1 fork- I could make this in a microwave
1.5 forks-Think Applebees
2 forks- Needs work
2.5 forks-Menu filler
3 forks- tasty but probably wouldn't order again
3.5 forks-deliciousness. Would order again.
4 forks- Very good. Something I would seek out to shove in my face
4.5 forks- Has vision, unique, and one of the best damn bites in the Cities
5 forks- Welcome to flavor country

Friday Feast-Red Cow

LandandLiving Staff - Saturday, June 08, 2013

Well hello again feasters and welcome to Friday Feast 2.0.

 After having a kid and losing a couple lbs I am once again ready to treat my body like an amusement park. Kicking off this new and improved version of The Feast will be the Red Cow at 50th and France in Edina. They specialize in "Fine Burgers", homemade samiches,soups and deliciously delectable shareables, or appetizers for the lay person. I had high hopes considering I was already impressed with this undoubtedly well thought out restaurants name in which the the terms red wine and beef were crammed into an extruder and the name Red Cow was spat out. Lets find out....

BBQ angus burger, blue cheese, onion petals, bacon, BBQ sauce

Probably the least over cooked burger we had was the BBQ burger was still tasty. Being a blue cheese fan I could have used a bit more of it to keep the sweetness in check but overall it was a decent twist on the normally predictable BBQ burger. 3.5 out of 5 forks.

Barcelona angus burger, manchego, prosciutto, piquillo pepper & smoked aioli

Easily the tastiest burger we had. Smoky, salty, tangy with a hint of sweet and spice. I would definitely order this guy a gain but would ask them to make sure to cook it to temp. 4 out of 5 forks.



Royale angus burger, pork belly, brie, arugula & tomato jam

The Royale was a bit of a disappointment. I forgot it had pork belly and when I remembered I couldn't find any. Would have liked more belly and would have paid more to include it. Other than the idea of the pork belly it was an ordinary, overcooked burger. 2.5 out of 5 forks.

Poutines saucy goodness over hand-cut fries braised beef & Summit beer cheese apples, bacon & bleu cheese

We chose the apples, bacon and blue cheese option. The flavors where really great except for the dish being cold. Would have liked the "sauce" to be at least warm and the apples the be slightly cooked or caramelized. Great idea but the execution was lacking.



Wisconsin Cheese Curds beer-battered, served w/triple berry ketchup

Damn it I love good cheese curds! These were very good. Very lightly breaded and homemade and served with a cool berry ketchup. Great take on a classic. 4 out of 5 forks.

Grinder Genoa salami, capicola, pastrami, gruyere, giardinara veggies & pepper aioli on soft hoagie

Who wouldn't like to Grind-er ...? This samich reminded me of a hot beef but with Italian cuts. Very delicious and original and would be prefect if you can't decide between a Sicilian and a hot beef. 4 out of 5 forks.

Overall I think Red Cow has lot to offer. The big complaint I have is that none of the burgers were cooked Medium Rare like we asked and besides vegetarians and vegans nothing annoys me more than an overcooked burger. Service was extremely friendly and I appreciated the manager coming over and chatting with us. Decor is warm and dimly lit and would be great place to meet a friend, a date or watch game. The menu looks extremely promising and I would have no problem meeting a group here again.


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1083 Minnehaha Ave W

St. Paul, MN 55104

Status: ACTIVE
List Price: $165,000
Structure: Single Family
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sq Ft: 760
Parking: 2

Description: C2 bedroom house with fenced yard. NEW furnace. NEW water heater.NEW roof to be completed before closing. NEW carpet. Open, Large kitchen. Main floor laundry. 3 season front porch. Ramps at front and back doors. Den off of living room. Large 2 car garage with paved parking pad on the side.


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