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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

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