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MSP - Midtown Global Market & Somali chow (goat)

MariQ Dec 2, 2006 10:50 PM

Went to the MGM today for the craft show and was so pleased to see the crowds trying the food there. Given the recent post on goat, i decided to try the somali place, choosing the roasted goat dish. It was definitely goat - the familiar flavor that i hadn't had in a while. But unfortunaly it was overcooked & dry. On the other hand I sampled some of the chicken curry and it was very good (should had gone with that). Any other somali good finds out there?

  1. AnneInMpls Dec 4, 2006 06:32 PM

    I love goat! To diverge slightly from the Midtown Global Market/Somali theme of the original post, here's where I've enjoyed some very nice goat dishes around town:

    - Holy Land often has roast or stewed goat in the buffet.

    - Marla's Caribbean & Indian Cuisine has a WONDERFUL goat roti. It's spicy and rich and yummy.

    - West Indies Soul does a great goat roti, too, when they have curried goat. (I just LOVE saying "goat roti"!)

    - Several of the authentic Mexican restaurants have goat; look for "chivo" on the menu. I love the Birria de Chivo (shredded spicy goat) at El Nuevo Rodeo.

    I've put Safari and Everest on Grand on my list for when I'm hungry for goat. Where else should I try?


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    1. re: AnneInMpls
      djohnson22 Dec 4, 2006 07:19 PM

      Chutney Indian Restaurant at 28th and Central does goat... the restaurant by itself is nothing much to write home about, but the food has been good (at least when I was there, but as I think about it that is going on almost a year ago now)

      1. re: AnneInMpls
        churchka Dec 4, 2006 07:46 PM

        The Latino butcher on the East side of the MGM has awesome Chivo. They are now serving food by the plate, but I got a pound of Birria de Chivo a month or so ago and made my own tacos out of it. It is super tasty.

        1. re: churchka
          AnneInMpls Dec 4, 2006 08:06 PM

          Oooh! Thanks for the recommendation. I saw their birria de chivo when I was at Midtown Global Market last month, but didn't buy any (my meter ran out and I had to leave....)

          Birria de Chivo tacos would be great in a party buffet. How's that for a sneaky way to get people to try goat?


          1. re: AnneInMpls
            MariQ Dec 5, 2006 02:04 AM

            how ridiculous (but true) that we need to be "sneaky" about serving goat, when most people rave about lamb... so why not kid? (btw, chivo means kid, goat would be "cabra")

          2. re: churchka
            cayjohan Dec 5, 2006 03:02 AM

            Is this the BuyMore meats place? If so: love them!

            The pork steaks they have are wonderful.

            I will definitely ask about goat - thanks!

          3. re: AnneInMpls
            AnneInMpls Dec 5, 2006 07:39 PM

            Another place that serves goat: Que Nha Vietnamese Restaurant (on University Ave. in St. Paul). I haven't tried the goat yet.


            And, in searching for Que Nha, I found a mention of Ya Ya Foods, an African grocery & deli that just might have goat soup on Saturdays.


            Oh, it's getting goaty now!


          4. d
            Danny Dec 4, 2006 03:04 PM

            Thursday is the day Everest on Grand has Goat on their Lunch Buffet.

            I think West Indies Soul has Curried Goat as an entree on Thursdays and Fridays. You'll want to call ahead to confirm before heading over there. (I'd call now, but they're closed Mondays.)

            1. The Dairy Queen Dec 3, 2006 01:32 AM

              MariQ, was that the East African place, Starlight Cafe? We tried the sambusi there when we were there for the chowdown and thought they were fantastic. The sambusi are deep fried meat pies, stuffed with beef, onions, garlic, cilantro and a bunch of other stuff. I recall that Faith raved about their coconut/creme dessert, though I didn't personally try it. I recently had the Starlight cake, which was good in an extremely rich way, like eating a stick of butter.

              KTFoley, for some reason, I thought "goat" night at Everest on Grand was Thursday nights. Am I mistaken there or did it change? I keep meaning to get there for the goat--thank you for the reminder.


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              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                KTFoley Dec 3, 2006 05:56 AM

                I think maybe Thursday is the day that goat curry is served on the lunch buffet? It's on the dinner menu all the time.

                1. re: The Dairy Queen
                  MariQ Dec 3, 2006 09:27 PM

                  The place where i had the goat was the outpost for Safari. They are a newer addition to the MGM and may not have been open when you guys had the chowdown. KTFoley, thanks so much for the tip on EOG - i did not know they had goat on the menu! need to go check it out!=)

                  1. re: MariQ
                    The Dairy Queen Dec 3, 2006 09:49 PM

                    No, Safari was not there when we had the chowdown. I noticed it when I was there doing my holiday shopping recently. I'm glad the chicken curry dish was good; maybe I'll have to try that next time I'm there.

                    You have, however, set me off on a goat craving...


                    1. re: MariQ
                      faith Dec 4, 2006 02:01 AM

                      I just have to chime in that I had some very good food at Safari
                      tonite, not goat but a vegetarian thing (name?) that had rice
                      and fava beans and other goodies, with salad. I love fava beans!

                  2. k
                    KTFoley Dec 2, 2006 11:25 PM

                    Not Somali, but goat. The previous posts woke up a slumbering tastebud, and I got an order of goat curry from Everest on Grand last night. Very rich, a nice level of heat in the "medium spicy," and somehow one of the few foods that really seems to go well with a wheat beer.

                    (Can't explain or defend the beer part, perhaps because I don't really trust my palate for that.)

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                    1. re: KTFoley
                      cayjohan Dec 4, 2006 01:14 AM

                      KT - thanks for the tip on the goat at Everest on Grand. We've an upcoming no-kids night and it (Everest) sounds like a perfect place to go have kid.

                      Sorry for the bad pun; I'm just happy others are interested in some really good, well-flavored meat.


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