Restaurants & Bars 27

Mid-month dining out highlights MSP

faith | May 13, 200812:21 PM

I would like to see these summaries back on the board- I enjoy them- I will try to keep
mine succinct -

Common Roots Cafe- I had some excellent fish tacos made with walleye and a delicious
creamy green sauce, served with warm corn tortillas. Also really enjoyed several baked
goods- a honey oatmeal raisin cookie that had a nice honey flavor and very buttery as well,
and an almond apricot rugala that was good, not super rich though as I expected for those,
also enjoyed a roasted root veggie salad and a special with pounded chicken strips and
arugula- a dinner type salad called Chicken Paillard. I did experience one slightly surly
counter person but everyone else was quite friendly (I went two days in a row).

Jasmine 26- I ordered 2 salads- a green apple one that seemed marinated in fish sauce-
and one with fried banana blossoms that seemed too sweet, came with fish sauce dipping
sauce with chili peppers floating in it. Both looked nice and sounded interesting but I would
have preferred more control over the level of sugar and fish sauce in them. Chicken was in both salads, and was dry. have been there in the past and enjoyed the popular salt and pepper tofu appetizer and a veggie crepe.

Salsa ala Salsa downtown mpls-
I am on a hunt for good tamales- tried a chicken one and a veggie one- not great, the veggie one had bits of cooked corn and not much else in the masa. Very good homemade corn chips and homemade salsas, green and a chunky tomato one, came with the order.
I could tell they didn't put the amount of lard in that La Loma does- didn't have that
seductive flavor depth in the masa. I'd love to hear any other places recommended with
good tamales.

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