Ok so this is not necessarily a restaurant per se, but rather a collection of unique ethnic restaurants (and shops!) all in the same place. It’s located in South Minneapolis, in the old Sears building (for those of you who have the luxury of living in the Mpls/St. Paul area!).
Picture courtesy of ndc-mn.org
The boyfriend and I visited (or as we like to say, went on an adventure!) one afternoon to this little gem of a place. And oh what a wonderful little adventure it was. Due to extreme hunger, we decided to start at El Burrito Mercado where we ordered one cheese and one pork pupusa. Quite honestly, I just wanted to try it because of the cool name So what exactly is a pupusa? A pupusa is a thick masa tortilla filled with cheese, pork, and/or beans, served with a cabbage slaw and tomato salsa. Not bad for the first thing we tried. However, nothing compared to what we had next.
Next stop was a place called Sonoma Grill. We ordered a skirt steak taco. And oh-my-goodness was it delicious! The best taco the boyfriend has had in a looonng time, and that’s saying a lot The meat was wonderfully juicy and tender, cooked to perfection. Topped with cilantro, jalapeño, and lime, and served on a flour tortilla. So simple, the flavors just popped. We wanted to eat more there, but had to move on as there were too many other choices we wanted to try!
The last stop was Taqueria Los Ocampo. Voted “Best Mexican Restaurant” in 2012 by City Pages (the go to for finding great restaurants in the Twin Cities area). We ordered a shredded chicken taco. Soft corn tortillas (my favorite!) topped with cilantro, radishes, and lime. The chicken had a nice spice to it, however, it not quite as good as the skirt steak taco from Sonoma Grill.
So, we went back to Sonoma Grill and ordered four tacos to go. A chicken verde, tongue (scary!), carnitas, and one of the skirt steak. I have never had tongue before, but honestly, it wasn’t that bad! Kind of tasted like corn beef, but mushier. After trying each (all of which were delicious), the skirt steak was still our favorite by far.
And of course I couldn’t leave the place without buying some treats from Salty Tart (which won “Best Bakery” in City Pages for 2012, by the way). I ordered a flour-less almond cupcake, whole wheat peanut butter cookie, and a savory tart with caramelized onions with goat cheese. Had half the savory tart on the way home, and man was it good! So buttery soft, with such great flavor. Doesn’t hurt that I love goat cheese either And as for the whole wheat peanut butter cookie, it was probably the best peanut butter cookie I’ve ever had. And I don’t even like peanut butter cookies that much. As for the flour-less almond cookie however, it was ok, but not my favorite. I’ve decided I like my desserts with flour, and that is that.
One regret from the day’s adventure, I didn’t take one single picture of all the deliciousness we encountered! So you’ll have to use your imagination, and of course, get there to try for yourself if you can.
Places we visited (Sonoma Grill does not have a website, unfortunately):