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Sep 20, 2007 01:29 PM

fast breaking food in MPLS

saturday is the day to break the fast! while I'm not Jewish, I still love to have that great food on Saturday morning. Anyone know of a place to get home made gefilte fish, chopped liver, matzoh balls and the like in Mpls? Smoked fish would be a plus too!

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    Seriously, excellent quality Jewish delicacies do not exist in MSP. It pains me to say that as these are beloved foods of my youth.

    You can get by with the stuff at Fishman's in St. Louis Park. I recommend it not because it's great but because it's the only place that has all of that stuff.

    1. You could break Ramadan fast one night with a trip to Holy Land. Two years ago a trip there coincided with sundown and they had a spectacular spread of food.

      1. If I am not mistaken, breaking the fast will occur sundown on Saturday night not Saturday morning. Fishmans should have much of what you are looking for.

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        1. re: Latinpig

          Bear in mind that Fishman's will be closed on Saturday for the Sabbath. I would guess that they're not open Saturday night either.

        2. Also on Central, north of the Holy Land, is a place called Marina Grill. I noticed they had a huge tent outside their restaurant to handle overflow from Ramadan crowds. Might be great for break-the-fast.

          We'll be breaking the fast at Los Andes, the new Ecuadorian restaurant on Lake Street. Not too Jewish, but seems like a good place to feast.

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          1. re: dlgoldie

            Please post your impressions of Los Andes. I asked about it last winter and got one response. I have yet to make it over there to try it out.

            1. re: bob s

              It's not as good as a first-hand impression from a fellow chowhound, but Dara reviewed Los Andes this week. I am on a personal mission to try empanadas everywhere I see them, and I have a fascination with Andean cuisine in general (and Bolivian/Peruvian in particular, so, this isn't a perfect fit, but, still...) so I insist on heading over there soon to check at least those out. But, I have a long list of other things I need to try there including the salchipapas and bistec a caballo and the various smoothies, including my favorites naranjilla and or guanabana and one I've never heard of called lulo. And, of course, plantains!



              Los Andes
              317 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Sorry to threadjack, bu I love, LOVE empanadas. It started years ago at a Chilean Resto in Omaha, carried on in Brazilian joints in Japan, and working in Argentina. I have yet to find the empanada of my dreams, but I still live in hope. I highly recommend that you make your own empanadas! They are the perfect lunch food. Very portable and delicious cold or hot.

                1. re: bigchow

                  hi bigchow.. totally missed your reply earlier. do you have a good recipe you can count on?

          2. Fishman's has the best challah in town. The rest of the stuff is so-so. The Byerley's in St. Louis Park has a large selection of Kosher foods. The best matzah ball soup is at Crossroads Deli in Hopkins. I brought it to our Rosh Hashana dinner last week and got a lot of compliments and people asking for my recipe.

            For smoked fish, I get mine at two places: The Wedge and Costco. Costco has good lox and the prices are very reasonable -- but you have to be willing to eat a lot. I think the packaged stuff at Whole Foods might be slightly better, but it is more than double the price and not that much better. The Wedge's brown sugar smoked salmon is excellent, but it is in chunks -- not like lox or Nova. I have not seen anywhere in town where they slice smoked salmon to order like they do at a Zabar's or Russ and Daughters in New York.

            Now I would love to hear if anyone in town sells smoked sable. I totally miss that from CT/NY.

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            1. re: Josh Resnik

              Josh, good to hear from you.

              I can say with 100%...nee...1000% certainty that STILL no place in Minnesota sells sable which I find completely and utterly unfathomable. Eating sable appeals to nearly every sense -- taste (obviously), smell (oh the wonderful combination of the sea and a smokehouse), touch (smooth, buttery, oily, decadent) and sight (pure, clean flesh with a festive dash of paprika). Oh man.

              If I found a place, not only would I instantly buy them out of their entire supply, but there is no way in H - E - double hockey sticks that I would announce it on this board!

              1. re: MSPD

                We need smoked Sable in the Twin Cities. Maybe someone should alert Fishmans of our collective need. Ever been to Barney Greenglass in NYC? We need something like that here!

                1. re: PhilESL

                  I've professed my love for Barney Greengrass (and Russ & Daughters) many, many times on these boards. To keep it MSP-appropriate, Barney Greengrass orders via mail to the Twin Cities arrive in excellent quality and freshness. I'm always skeptical of that but NYC-MSP works great for smoked and cured fish.

                  1. re: MSPD

                    Smoked Sable is coming to a town near you. A friend of mine wrote Stewart Fishman yesterday, and they will now Fishmans will start to carry it. Good news for all.

                    1. re: PhilESL

                      Phil, I kiss your friend's feet! I've never had sable, but after reading this thread, I REALLY need some. I can't wait!


                      1. re: AnneInMpls

                        Oh, yeah - the places link for Fishman's...

                        Fishman's Delicatessen and Bakery
                        4100 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

                      2. re: PhilESL

                        Great. I just started working over near there. There goes my weight and bank account. Thanks alot Phil's friend.

                        p.s. Anne and those who haven't experienced sable -- go in with accurate expectations. To appreciate sable, you need to be a person who enjoys fish. Not fishy in the bad way, but sable has FLAVOR unlike, say, walleye (I know...I never stop taking shots at the beloved walleye). It's not delicate. It's also at the oily end of the oily spectrum. It's akin to mackerel (different taste but same intensity) which many people don't like because it tastes too much