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May 28, 2007 01:11 PM

MSP - El Meson's sister restaurant?

Hi all -
I drove to Lake Harriet and saw a restaurant with a sign "from the owners of El Meson." It is a few blocks from Kings Highway off of 46th. I apologize because I didn't catch its name - but the sign said open and I was wondering if anyone knows about this restaurant, if the cuisine is similar to El Meson's or different, your thoughts on the food and service and what is the name? I look forward to your posts.


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  1. I haven't tried it yet myself, but I think you might mean Cafe Ena? Jeremy Iggers mentioned it in his blog recently.


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      Thank you TDQ - Jeremy Iggers blog says it all. I really appreciate it.

    2. I'm curious if they're aiming to differentiate themselves from El Meson at all or it's just supposed to be another outpost. I couldn't get a sense for that from that blog posting. Either way, I'm very excited to go and hope they have ceviche (I'm completely obsessed with the ceviche at El Meson, at one point I got it once a week for a about a month).

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      1. re: katebauer

        I ditto the ceviche at El Meson, however I miss the older version. I went there about two years ago a series of times just for the ceviche - and they actually made their own tortilla chips for it. The dish was a meal in itself with enough chips to soak up all the ceviche goodness. Now they only serve it with a few fried plantain. I asked if they still made the chips and they said not in a long while. So I ordered some more plantain for $5 extra dollars and it soured my experience. I hope that Cafe Ena does its own twist on ceviche and differentiates its menu to make it stand out on its own.

        1. re: MNLawGirl

          i went to cafe ena for fathers day, and thought the food was really great. service was very friendly, but pretty bad (no menus for a long time, our app got goofed and came out after our entrees, etc). a forgivable offense-- this time. everything was fresh, well-prepared and nicely presented-- and by the way, they do serve freshly made tortilla chips with the excellent ceviche. the room is also very pretty, giving no hint whatsoever that the place used to be a corner grocery. this is a slightly bizarro location, so let's hope we can make them stick around!