I stopped by Spicy Mina today, which looks just about finished. All the doors are wide open, windows ungated, but....they're not serving till Sunday. I didn't quite get the reason. Maybe they're waiting out Ramadan.
The space seems tiny but actually seats 45, and the menu includes all her old favorites, plus some new things (liver fry, chicken lollipop, a few other things).
The surprise it that prices will be more like Angon than like the original Mina restaurant. This is a pretty downscale block, so I was surprised to see entree range of $12-16. This stupendous level of cooking would be a bargain at twice the price, but I hope there are enough people who share my admiration to keep her in business. The address is a doomed location, the area's got little else going for it, and those of us with a self-interest in seeing this restaurant remain open had better do a good job of spreading the word.
The power of Mina is substantial. Just around the corner, Casa de Pollo, a Colombian underachieving lunch counter I've long had hopes for, seems to have suddenly gotten lots better. This is how it works; quality clumps. And boy, could this micro neighborhood use some clumps.
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