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Puerto Rican Food in Twin Cities or anywhere in the State

ozuye Jul 26, 2011 04:59 PM

Like the title says. I've recently moved back to Red Wing and desperately miss the Puerto Rican food I was getting in Cleveland. I haven't been able to find any PR restaurants in the Twin Cities area, does anyone know of one?

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    dansmiles RE: ozuye Jul 26, 2011 05:32 PM

    Try Victor's in South Minneapolis for great Cuban Food.

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      ozuye RE: dansmiles Jul 26, 2011 06:10 PM

      Yeah I've already been there. Great empanadas but their Lechon Asada was garbage IMO. I'd like to try some of their other items before I write them off. Do you know of any other Latin/Caribbean places?

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        The Dairy Queen RE: ozuye Jul 26, 2011 06:14 PM


        Cafe Caribe in St. Paul.

        There used to be a Puerta Azul in St. Paul but they closed maybe 3 years ago saying they would reopen, perhaps in the Western Suburbs (I think), but I never heard what became of that.


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          steve_in_stpaul RE: The Dairy Queen Jul 27, 2011 03:26 AM

          Didn't Puerta Azul ("Blue Door" in Spanish) reopen in the same spot as "Blue Door"? Different menu (more of a bar now), same people IIRC.

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            The Dairy Queen RE: steve_in_stpaul Jul 27, 2011 04:17 AM

            All true except the last part: different people.


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          mtullius RE: ozuye Jul 31, 2011 09:07 AM

          Not Puerto RiceƱo, but you might also enjoy Cocina Latina, on Nicollet in the Kingfield area. They do Ecuadorean and Colombian food, I believe, along with general Latin American stuff. One warning: no A/C! Can be a bit miserable on these hot days....

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            Ummm RE: mtullius Jul 31, 2011 03:31 PM

            Not Pureto Rican food either, but we tried Chimborazo (Ecuadorean) and enjoyed it!

            2851 Central Ave, Minneapolis.

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            eltom117 RE: ozuye Sep 7, 2011 01:30 PM

            There is a place just got opened back in September 1st 2011, at 39 street and Minnehaha Ave called Sosa Foods @ Deli, they serve Puerta rican foods...its awesome, the got Mofongos like shrimp mofono, and tostitos and so on...it's worth the try...their phone number:612-728-9662

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              ozuye RE: eltom117 Sep 7, 2011 06:28 PM

              Sounds great eltom. I did look on Sosa's menu and didn't see any Puerto Rican dishes but I imagine it's like most delis where things are ever-changing.

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          justalex RE: ozuye Jul 26, 2011 06:41 PM

          I haven't been in a few years, due to distance, but Conga Latin Bistro was quite good the the few times I was there. They had a tasty rendition of black bean soup. We also enjoyed the Ropa Vieja, shrimp empanadas and fried plantains. It's a popular dance club at night. We've only been there for lunch and service was a bit slow though not horribly so.

          They are on Hennepin in Northeast Mpls.

          Conga Latin Bistro
          501 E. Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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            ozuye RE: justalex Jul 27, 2011 04:55 AM

            Thanks for the replies. I will try all of them.

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              The Dairy Queen RE: ozuye Jul 27, 2011 05:38 AM

              Good luck! Please report back!


          2. diesel RE: ozuye Jul 28, 2011 09:44 PM

            Manana in St. Paul does some Puerto Rican dishes from time to time, and at one point they were talking about offering Puerto Rican food once a week (not sure if that happened or not). It might be worth calling them. They sure as heck can make Salvadorean food. Oh man.

            Manana Restaurant
            828 7th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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              foreverhungry RE: ozuye Jul 29, 2011 07:37 AM

              Not strictly Puerto Rican, but El Meson on Lyndale and 35th in MPLS is very good. I'd also second the Caribe Caribbean Bistro on Raymond in St. Paul.

              El Meson
              3450 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

              Caribe Caribbean Bistro
              791 Raymond Ave, St. Paul, MN 55114

              1. daniellempls RE: ozuye Aug 5, 2011 08:59 AM

                Well- having lived in PR for three years, I can tell you there are not any Peurto Rican restaurants in the Twin Cities. In general, Puerto Ricans I think are scared to venture this far north ;) Ozuve if you know how to cook you might have yourself a side business.

                Puerta Azul, which has since closed, was a Puerto Rican restaurant, but had mediocre food at that. The other ones mentioned here may have fine food themselves, but they do not fit the real Puerto Rican bill, with yummy tostones, mofongo, rice and beans, arroz con pollo, asopao, etc like made on the island.

                The one thing worth mentioning is that Caribe Caribbean Bistro in St Paul does have their hands on some authentic Pan de Agua. I asked where they get it and they said from some bakery in the suburbs, and no the restaurant would not sell me a loaf.

                Your closest bet is probably Chicago. :(

                Caribe Caribbean Bistro
                791 Raymond Ave, St. Paul, MN 55114

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                  The Dairy Queen RE: daniellempls Aug 5, 2011 09:41 AM

                  El Centro on Lake Street in Minneapolis has tostones. I have no idea if they are sufficiently Puerto Rican, but, they've got them.


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                  eltom117 RE: ozuye Sep 8, 2011 08:42 PM

                  I don't think their website is updated yet ..as far as I know it used to be Mexican Deli before they switched to pure Puerta rican joint, my last stop was last Sunday and served Mofongo, Plantains...etc.
                  and it was delicious..

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                    soupkitten RE: ozuye Nov 3, 2011 03:50 PM

                    bumping the thread to note that the former columbia grounds coffee shop, on central ne, has reopened as "alu" & they claim to serve a menu of puerto rican and venezuelan and mexican specialties, which i have not tried yet, but intend to soon. their coffee, which i have tried, is good!

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                      ozuye RE: soupkitten Nov 3, 2011 04:56 PM

                      Cool, I'll hit that up when I visit my friend in Coon Rapids.

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                        soupkitten RE: ozuye Nov 3, 2011 05:02 PM

                        gah! it's in columbia heights/northeast minneapolis. . . so, wait, that's not on your way at all, right? special trip maybe? :)

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                      KaylaP RE: ozuye Nov 3, 2011 08:34 PM

                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi... this is a link to a pic of their menu. it is puerto rican food with american food also. if u cant see it go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/SOSA-Pu... and it's one of their profile pics. It's good :))))

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                        The Dairy Queen RE: KaylaP Nov 3, 2011 08:38 PM

                        Kayla, for those of us who aren't on facebook, what is the name of the restaurant you're recommending? I can't access anything through either of the links you've provided.


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                          KTFoley RE: The Dairy Queen Nov 3, 2011 08:54 PM

                          TDQ, that is a link for the Sosa Puerto Rican deli mentioned upthread. All of the posts are in Spanish, but the basics are:

                          3909 Minnehaha Ave So., Minneapolis


                          Open 7 days a week, 7am-8pm

                          Kayla added the photo of the menu below.

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                            KaylaP RE: KTFoley Nov 3, 2011 08:56 PM

                            Yup, KTF said it perfect ! ;)

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                              The Dairy Queen RE: KTFoley Nov 4, 2011 12:53 AM

                              Thanks! I completely missed that. I swear I've driven by that place 1,000 times. Is it really new?


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                          KaylaP RE: ozuye Nov 3, 2011 08:36 PM

                          Here's the pic :)

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                            ozuye RE: KaylaP Nov 4, 2011 01:52 AM

                            Have you tried the Pernil con arroz y frijoles?

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                            mikejgale RE: ozuye Feb 21, 2012 01:49 PM

                            Sosa Puerto Rican Deli... http://www.sosafoods.comcastbiz.net/5... its a hole in the wall but it was soo soo good!! wow!

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                              discus RE: mikejgale May 6, 2012 06:04 PM

                              My wife and I drove right over after reading this thread. We had spent a month on the southwest side of the island, away from all the cruise ships and tourist trips of San Juan about 25 years ago as newly weds.

                              The bride had the roast chicken and I ordered the pork mofongo. Alas, both were significantly overcooked. The thigh meat was dry and the pork was equally overcooked. So was the yellow rice. Nostalgia alone could not overcome food quality.

                              We'll have to keep looking.

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                                The Dairy Queen RE: discus May 7, 2012 05:31 AM

                                Oh how disappointing. This place was definitely on my list to try. What a letdown.


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                                  GutGrease RE: discus May 7, 2012 07:10 AM

                                  Not to disparage discus's report, but I think one bad internet review is not enough to deter me from trying a restaurant TDQ. I know that my tastes often differ from those on these forums so it's probably still worth your effort to make the trip!

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