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A worthy ‘Tigo fries successor

Pic posted June 8, 2024

Thanks for saving the day, Taco John’s


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Dinner @ Chilango ✅

Posted June 7, 2024

Earlier this week, Colleen and I battled the construction of Uptown to visit Chef Jorge Guzman’s new spot, Chilango. Located in the former Calhoun Beach Club spot that was previously Urban Eatery, the space has been updated with beautiful art and had a nice Mex-Tex vibe. That said, the menu seemed to be heavy on the Mex and light on the Tex. We also agreed that having daily specials make up half the menu meant your options seemed to be more limited than they needed to be.

We had high expectations, based on Stephanie March’s glowing preview story in MSP Magazine and our past experience at both Brewer’s Table (RIP May 2015 – August 2018) and the excellent Petite Leon. Chilango opened on April 18, 2024 and chef was there on our Tuesday night visit (not sure how he splits his time between the two spots).

I drove from work to meet Colleen and was glad I made it in time. I had no idea that Hennepin Avenue is half torn up for much of my journey from downtown (and completely shut down once you hit Uptown). I was detoured west to Lake of the Isles, which of course goes one way the opposite way I needed to go to get to Chilango. And since everyone was diverted to side streets, things got very backed up the further I went. Thankfully, there was a small MINI-sized parking spot on the marathon route a block over from the restaurant.

Here is the list of things we ordered (along with the menu descriptions):

  • Chile con Queso: melty cheese, roasted chiles & charred onions served with tortilla chips $9
  • Enchiladas Verdes: heritage breed chicken, cheese, chilessalsa de tomatillo verde, cilantro, crema y queso fresco $26
  • Baja Fish Taco: (2 tacos per) battered white fish, red cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, chipotle crema $14
  • Gem Salad: gem lettuce, jalapeño – mango vinaigrette, hooks aged cheddar, peanut yaji, cucumbers & radish $15
  • Banana Pudding: bananas, vanilla wafers, toasted coconut, salted peanuts, whipped cream $11
  • I live across the street: Mexican Gustoso, rum, watermelon, olive oil drizzle, lime, salt $13
  • Mexican Coke $4
  • Riesling, Raimund Prun “Solitar”, Germany $14

We thought prices were a little on the high side for what was served, but overall I liked everything I had. Colleen didn’t think it matched the quality of his past work, but it is a different type of operation (as the March story mentions). With a lot of other strong Mexican options in town (and the current traffic issues), it might be a tough ask. I do think it’s worth a visit, though.

RECOMMENDED


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Link: 2024 Worlds Best Restaurants 💫

Linked June 7, 2024


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Buon Appetito! 🍕

Pic posted June 5, 2024

Lunch @ Cossetta with Mr. Trejo and the St. Paul crew


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Naz Reid 🏀

Pic posted May 28, 2024

Naz Reid. See ya Thursday


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Royals @ Twins for Memorial Day ⚾️

Pic posted May 27, 2024

Weather just can’t decide – rain to sun to rain


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🫡 2024 Kickoff to Summer

Posted May 25, 2024

Everything about the actual Milk Run was good (the threatening letters and emails about it not being a fun run this year were terrible). Free parking on Como and the early access to the event post-race was nice. Heard today sold out – they may want to add more stands next year…

Pronto Pup ✅ Fresh French Fries ✅ Sweet Martha’s ✅ Peachey’s donut ✅


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Bring Ya Ass Ribs

Pic posted May 24, 2024

Nicely done, Levy – the gold is a nice touch


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Chicken Two Ways

Pic posted May 24, 2024


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Storm Chasers @ Saints ⚾️

Pic posted May 19, 2024

Sunday afternoon baseball with MK
11-2 L


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A steak sandwich and a steak sandwich

Pic posted May 17, 2024

Need to try the new Manhattan Luncheon Steak sometime


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Link: State of the Plate: Lerner Learns

Linked May 15, 2024


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LVTC Night @ MNUFC ⚽️

Pic posted May 15, 2024

Thanks to Atomic and Yagya for hosting
Loons 2, LAFC 2


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My Burger BOM – The Darth Tater 🍔

Pic posted May 15, 2024

Burger of the Month: 1/4 lb all beef patty loaded up with bacon, cheddar cheese, tater tots, and Top The Tater seasoned sour cream


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First Punch patio of 2024 🍕

Pic posted May 13, 2024

The hidden gem of Woodbury


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First visit to Diane’s Place

Posted May 9, 2024

Colleen and I ventured to Northeast Minneapolis last month for Sunday brunch at Diane Moua’s new restaurant, Diane’s Place. Our 1:00pm reservation got us there just in time to order the last of the almond croissants (and a wonderful pain au chocolat for me) from the counter in front before our table was ready.

We have been a huge fan of Chef Diane during her time with the Soigné Hospitality Group and have really been looking forward to the opening of her own place. We were also excited to see Heather Ann Mady from Mucci’s in the GM role and were super surprised to see Chef Chris helping out in the kitchen during our visit.

Located at 117 14th Avenue NE in the Food Building, the room was relatively small, but lively and full of positive energy. They are currently open daily from 8:00am – 2:30pm for breakfast and lunch, with dinner “soon to come.” There is also a private event space, but we didn’t get to see that area on our visit. Reservations are via Resy and can be found here. Plenty of free street parking nearby, but you might need to walk a little.

We started with the MAKERS’ BOARD (daily selection of meats and cheeses from Lowry Hill Provisions, Alemar Cheese and Baker’s Field Flour toast, accoutrements), followed by the SWEET PORK BOWL (steamed rice, brown sugar marinated egg, pickled mustard greens) for Colleen and DIANE’S HMONG SAUSAGE (sticky rice, sweet & sour and over easy egg) for me.

I ordered the Gardens of Garibaldi cocktail (fresh oj, negroni bitters, clementine, jasmine) and had a shot called the Honey & Cream (Red Locks, egg, cream, honey). For dessert, Colleen ordered the Tropical Sundae (coconut panna cotta, pineapple, guava sorbet & mango), while I had the Five Spice Chocolate Mousse with malted milk chocolate ice cream. Classic Diane.

And we see you, Bill Summerville, with the Madeira menu item – very fun…

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


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Jeff Probst Appreciation Night

Pic posted May 9, 2024

Feelin’ good in the neighborhood – dinner with MK in Woodbury


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Link: Sameh Wadi to Bring Back Saffron 💫

Linked May 6, 2024


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Link: The Two Tims – Niver Niver Land

Linked May 5, 2024


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Home grilled burger

Pic posted May 4, 2024

Prefer to leave the cooking to others, but I can fire up the Weber when I have to


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Eggflip Visit #2

Pic posted May 3, 2024

The Mr. Bacon burrito + tater tot side = too much food


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Double free peanuts (+ Austin Martin)

Pic posted May 2, 2024

Guessing Mr. Martin is heading across the river tomorrow


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Remembered I had DK Mix in the crib

Pic posted May 2, 2024

Nice little Candyland mid-afternoon break


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(Unplanned) Prescott road trip

Pic posted April 26, 2024

Saints cancelled on us, so last minute run for the border


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Obey Your Thirst 🏀

Pic posted April 26, 2024

Don’t think I noticed that they installed this before playoffs


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