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rockyd Oct 11, 2012 06:05 AM

So sad to read this in the paper this morning. El Mason was a frequent (every couple of months) mid week stop for us. The food was almost always good and the prices reasonable. It had that nice combination of feeling like more than a burger joint, but not quite fussy and pretentious. You could get a nice glass of wine without cashing in bonds, too. I will personally miss it. (The space was in need of some sprucing, but no complaints other than that.)

Cafe Ena is great, but a little harder to get to from my end of the world and bit more than I spend on a mid week meal. (There is something about that over $20 entree price point that still hits me as making a place more "special occasion." )

So, where do we go now for a good Spanish/latin-influenced meal?

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    BigE Oct 11, 2012 06:53 AM

    Huh...I went there for the first time a month or so back. It was good, not great. Seemed to be doing OK business; probably half full or so when I got there, empty when I left though.

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      meljohns Oct 11, 2012 08:06 AM

      I think they are still on track to open another restaurant called Rincon (?) over close to Grand Cafe at 38th and Grand.
      I hope they pull a few of their menu items over to Ena, like the arroz dishes.

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        SmartCookie Oct 11, 2012 08:13 AM

        Rincon 38 - though they were supposed to open in the spring; hopefully it's still happening.

        http://southwestminneapolis.patch.com...

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        rockyd Oct 11, 2012 06:55 PM

        Embarrassed I cannot spell or type--El Meson, what was I thinking.

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          AnneInMpls Oct 11, 2012 11:11 PM

          As a native English and learned-French speaker, I can't get the hang of the spelling either. But I'll really miss this place! It was a great place for a good, affordable meal in an area with easy parking. Can't say the same for Cafe Ena, even though I liked my one visit.

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            discus Oct 14, 2012 10:29 AM

            What a shame! It's one of my favorite places for authentic, unpretentious dining. I just loved the paellas. Tried Cafe Ena twice and it just doesn't do it for me.

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