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New in town from Chile: Pisco? Chilean/Peruvian/Argentinean food?

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L12 Aug 9, 2010 11:13 AM

Hi,

I'm new in MSP from Florida actually but my wife is from Chile.

We love and miss frequently food from Chile/Peru/Argentina, and Pisco, and would love any recommendations on where to buy such things and restaurants!

We know they are rare in the US so I don't expect much but really appreciate any help.

Would even be interested to know about anything in Wisconsin or Iowa or Canada or anywhere remotely near.

Gracias!

  1. Davydd Aug 16, 2010 03:13 PM

    When we got back from Lima, Peru we were addicted for a while to Pisco Sours as a drink of choice. :) That was 5 years ago. We got our Pisco at Surdyks. At the time Haskell's didn't have any nor did the MGM Liquor stores.

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      mnpisco Aug 16, 2010 10:55 AM

      You can find Fuegos pisco from Chile at France44, Sorella Sisters Wine & Spirits, Southside Liquor, Haskells.

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        stpaulbreadman Aug 14, 2010 07:24 PM

        There is a market inside the midtown global market in the south east corner (I forget the name of the store) that carries products from those countries. I go there to buy Argentinian frozen empanada wrappers to make at home and they also have imported frozen/canned/boxed things from that part of the world.

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          picante_Ev Mar 13, 2011 09:57 AM

          I just followed up on this tip and that store no longer has empanada wrappers, BUMMER. Just got back from Argentina and was hoping I'd finally tracked them down...

        2. katebauer Aug 9, 2010 06:07 PM

          You can also purchase Pisco at Surdyks.

          My husband's aunt is from Chile and I've never heard her mention a Chilean-specific restaurant in town. There's an extremely active Chileans in Minnesota group so perhaps connecting with them can help you locate any hidden gems (and then report back to us!)

          http://www.chilenosenminnesota.com/

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            KTFoley Aug 9, 2010 02:29 PM

            Here's what we know collectively with regard to Peruvian offerings, which naturally spread into other SA cuisines: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/515196

            I am pretty sure you can get a pisco sour at Fogo de Chao; if not, France 44 has pisco in stock.

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            Fogo De Chao
            645 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

            France 44 Wines & Spirits
            4351 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

            La Hacienda
            2467 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55116

            Guayaquil Restaurant
            1526 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

            La Gran Colombia Restaurant
            2207 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

            Chimborazo
            2851 Central Ave, Minneapolis, MN

            Los Andes Restaurant
            317 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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              KTFoley Aug 16, 2010 11:33 AM

              I had a pisco sour at Town Talk Diner yesterday. My only quibble is that the drink needs only a teeny-tiny drop of bitters, not a swirl through the eggwhite foam as though it were a decorated cappuccino. Yow. That was all I could taste.

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              Town Talk Diner
              2707 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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              Haricotsv2 Aug 9, 2010 12:24 PM

              Kincaid's in downtown St. Paul has Pisco, although the food isn't South American.

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                SmartCookie Aug 9, 2010 11:34 AM

                Since this is the Twin Cities board we can only comment on local places; place another query on the Midwest Board for other areas.

                Chimborazo, an Ecuadorian restaurant in Minnapolis was recently reviewed: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6209....

                I believe the address is 2851 Central - can't seem to find a website for them.

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