60th and Nicollet, Minneapolis
There are two restaurants at 60th and Nicollet that I have been curious about for a while. One is a Mexican seafood place called Perla del Pacifcio and the other is a Persian restaurant called Shiraz. I have seen little about them on chowhound or in the popular press food reviews. Has anyone tried either of these places, and if so, would you recommend them? If so, what would you order?
Mrs. Gutgrease and I went to La Perla del Pacifico last night. We went with minimal expectations and were very happy with the restaurant. The chips and salsa were good, nothing special, but good. I had the red snapper special and was extremely happy. The flavor and heat were perfect. Mrs. Gutgrease had the vegetarian burrito and told me that it was the best she'd ever eaten (this from a lady who says that she's never been "wowed" by any food).
The marguritas tasted good but, like most places, was lacking in the tequila. Overall we liked the place and will be going back soon.
I've been to Perla once and would agree with CGG. I had a pretty good fish dish, but my wife's was a little bland. It's a place that I would return to if I was in the neighborhood, but would not make a special trip to it.
There was one thread about Shiraz that popped up a couple of months ago. I'd do a quick search if you want more info.
CG and I have tried Perla, and we found it to be lacking. Service was friendly and the chips and salsa were good enough, but the entrees were merely adequate, seemed like not a lot of fresh flavors, more canned/prefab in taste and texture. Not much spice (neither in terms of heat nor flavor). For the seafood aspect, which it its supposed specialty, we MUCH prefer Pancho Villa's, on Nicollet
I added links to your places, for people who may be using the Search feature. I don't know why the link to Perla is so misspelled.
Pancho Villa Restaurant
2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Shiraz Fire Roasted Cuisine
6042 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
La Perla del Pacifico
6009 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419