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

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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!

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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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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        1. re: KTFoley

          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

        2. 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/

          1. 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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            1. re: stpaulbreadman

              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...