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Authentic Mexican or New Mexican food on Sunday

Hi - I am flying into/out of Phoenix on Sunday(s) next month. I have been once before and had the pleasure of trying out Carolinas, which I was hoping to go back to, until I saw it is closed on Sunday. I will have a car, as we are driving up to Sedona. We only plan on being in the Phoenix area on Sundays, but may be there for the majority of the day one day as our flight leaves late. My question: Is there anything similar to Carolinas (Sonoran style Mexican) that is open on Sunday? If not Sonoran, I will also welcome reccs to any good authentic Mexican (looks like Los dos Molina is closed Sundays too). I am also open to places serving Good authentic New Mexican style food (aware of Richardsons/Dicks/Rokerij, been there and is high on my list for a possible repeat). I can't get New Mexican style food where I live (Minnesnowta). Dives not only accepted, but welcomed with open arms.

Also: If you can steer me to a place (other than Carolinas) that makes awesome homemade tortillas, I'll be your best friend. I have been dying for a good fresh made tortilla since I bought some in a local mercado torterilla in Cancun's centro district last March. I'm serious, I am considering taking a detour to Tuscon area for good freshly made tortillas, but it would be swell if I didn't need to go that far out of my way. Once again, must be open on Sunday. Thanks!

Dec 31, 2013
autmommy in Phoenix

Long Weekend in Playa del Carmen.

I found a number of stalls selling kastacan in Mercado 23 in the Centro part of Cancun. There were about 5 or so stands, all next to each other, all selling the same thing - chicharron y castakan (this is how it was spelled on the stand we bought it from). We were there later in the afternoon, so I don't think it was quite as hot and fresh as it would be in the am. It reminded me a lot of fried chicken skin, oddly enough. These stands all also seemed to be selling the same two types of stew like items - one had various shellfish items, the other was less identifiable - perhaps menudo? There appeared to be offal of some sort in it. I don't speak spanish really, so I didn't ask a ton of questions, it was enough just to ask and pay for the castakan :)

The market itself was really cool, and I think I saw about 2 other gringos the whole 1-2 hours we spent walking around. We also bought a variety of mexican quesos from a shop run by a really helpful guy who spoke a little english and let us try samples before we bought, and some AMAZING fresh tortillas that were pressed out right before our eyes. 15 pesos for 1 KG of fresh tortillas - probably some of the best tortillas I've ever had. Needless to say, we have fixings for awesome quesadillas for the remainder of our stay :)

Mar 24, 2013
autmommy in Mexico

In Cancun RIGHT NOW, have a couple of questions

Hi fellow chowhounds! I am currently in Cancun, staying at the north end of the Hotel Zone. I have gone through the posts here, which are very Playa Del Carmen heavy. We are planning to get down that way, but we don't have a car, so most of our time will be focused in Cancun. We are quickly learning that the best food here is going to be in the Centro (downtown) area. What I am wondering is:

1. Is there ANY good food in the Hotel Zone that isn't 5 star priced hotel food? I am thinking mexican or seafood that is reasonably priced and good but not overly Americanized. We went to El Fish Frittanga which was good, not awesome, but good. I liked the shrimp tacos and guac there.

2. We do plan on doing one spendy dinner while we are here. Both food and ambiance are important for that, something romantic such as an ocean or lagoon view (or better yet outside with ocean view) would be nice. Any recommendations anywhere along the coast that we can get to by bus is ok.

3. Where is the best place to get Chilaquiles from? Cancun location preferred (Centro is fine), but if you know of any good places down the coast, that is ok too. We plan on hopping some buses and getting out of Cancun as well.

Thanks to Veggo for all of your great posts. I hope to try some of the awesome sounding Lechon stands in PDC when we make it down there.

Mar 24, 2013
autmommy in Mexico

Gluten-free, kid-friendly, and inexpensive

Ok, first of all, there are tons of good options in the area! Gluten Free is like the new "it" thing around here or something, all the cool kids are doing it. Which is awesome! My son has been eating gluten (and dairy) free for like almost 12 years now. Woah. That made me feel old.

I am going to start by sharing the most helpful thing I have found recently. There is this sweet phone app that I found in google's play store. It uses your phones signal to show you what restaurants are nearby that have gluten free options,and best of all, includes detailed info (do they have it marked on the menus, reviews that are helpful, info on if they were trained/certified by certain organizations like the GiG (gluten intolerance group), etc. The app is FREE and its called Find Me Gluten Free. I would assume that you can get it for iOS as well as Android. This is great, because it will work no matter where you are!

My top GF options in the area

Pizza Luce - not super inexpensive but not super spendy either. They have options beyond pizza too. Plus they are family friendly and have good food.

Big Bowl. They do a nice job with the GF, the manager brings the GF stuff right to the table, etc. Once again, not super inexpensive, but not fancy or anything. GF isn't ever inexpensive, imho. There is a location in Rosedale.

Tons of places in uptown have options. Off the top of my head: French Meadow, Common Roots, Amazing Thai, Chino Latino, World Street Kitchen,Ecopolitan. If in doubt, go Asian. Even Quang lists what is GF on their menu now. For real. I haven't set foot in an asian place that didn't have GF soy sauce available in a while now.

Chipotle. Almost everything on the menu, minus the burrito wraps is GF. They also have a corn softshell option for the tacos, though if you are worried about cross-contamination you might just want to get a bowl or hard tacos.

Brasa - Once again, almost everything is GF. And Awesome. There is one on Grand Ave.

Crave. I personally don't care for the place, but they have options.

I quick typed a search into Find me GF (using Falcon Heights as the location) Here's what I found near you - I cannot personally speak to the quality, or amounts of options.

Outback Steakhouse
Good Earth
Colossal Cafe (awesome! I've heard good things, didn't realize they have a GF menu)
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Z pizza - (I have seen this place, its right next to the Roseville Byerlys - Never been in)
Foxy Falafel
Birchwood Cafe

Hopefully this helps! If your peeps are here during the fair, there is a group in the KARE11 health building that hands out a list of the GF foods at the fair!

Mar 08, 2013
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Cupcakes at Target Field

Just figured I would bump this for the OP, I was at the park last night, and I spied a couple of these bakery/espresso spots (including @ 119), and there were cupcakes, individually packaged in little plastic containers. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so I didn't try one, but they appear to have a healthy (or would that be unhealthy?) ;) amount of frosting.

On an unrelated note: Surlys Bandwagon is fantastic, I *might* even like it better than Furious, which is crazy talk for me. I'm hoping that later in the season they might have both available so I can do it up pepsi challenge style :)

There needs to be more than one surly stand though... I mean, shouldn't that have been obvious, especially when the price is exactly the same for a Surly as it is for a Grain Belt?

Apr 12, 2012
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Week in Sedona...

Where is Sophia's? Is it between Phx & Sedona?

Nov 16, 2011
autmommy in Southwest

16th Street & Bethany Home has come alive! Come see, eat, drink, enjoy!

Can anyone confirm if Richardson's has actually opened? Someone once told me about that place and the awesome green chilies stuffed with potatoes they have there. I am heading to AZ from out of town, going to Sedona (flying into PHX), and was thinking about stopping there for lunch on the way up. Is it true I can still get them at Rokerij? Thanks :)

6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016

Nov 14, 2011
autmommy in Phoenix

Juicy Lucy Burger (a.k.a. Jucy Lucy)

I have eaten it, It's called The Paul Molitor @ The Nook in St. Paul. It's pretty awesome :)

Jun 24, 2011
autmommy in Recipes


Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions! I was thinking of checking out On's myself, glad to hear there are veg options. I shall let him run thru this post and decide what sounds good, and report back
You guys all rock, and I like you :)

Jun 15, 2011
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul


Hey Hounds!

It has been far too long since I have posted here, I found myself almost putting (MSP) behind my topic, then realized, Hey! I don't need to! :)

Anyway, so I am not veg. At all. I do however have a veg friend coming into town (or back I should say, he lived here 10+ years ago) and I am looking for the places that make veg stuff so good, that a bacon worshiping carnivore such as myself would order it without a second thought of what meat containing dishes I may be passing up. In short, the best things you have eaten in town that are veg friendly.

I should mention that my friend has a very very loose definition of Vegetarian. He eats eggs, dairy, and even fish every now and then (but not shellfish). He is especially fond of Thai food, so I am especially interested in any good Thai veg dishes, but open to hearing about anything. Anywhere in the MSP metro area.

I realize this is pretty broad, I can come up with obvious things like pizza from Punch/Nea, Breakfast is pretty easy too, since he eats eggs, but if you know of something awesome that fits the above, I would love to hear about it. Thanks!


Jun 10, 2011
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

State Fair MSP

For real! I tried a jerk chicken roti at the fair this year, and it ended up being the best thing I ate there. Spicy, flavorful, utterly craveable. Can you get these things at the restaurant too? Anyway, if you're headed to the fair this weekend and you love spicy food, do yourself a favor and get one! Food building. Also the hot jamacian beef patty from West Indies soul in the bazaar was pretty good. I just took their bottle of jerk sauce and squeezed some on top of the patty right into the little bag it comes in. It made for messy, difficult eating, but I think the sauce really made it even better.

Sep 04, 2009
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

State Fair MSP

I tried that shrimp cocktail, though it was a few years back. You get what you pay for. Shrimp were tiny, not deveined, and mushy. Avoid, your instincts are correct.

Aug 28, 2009
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP Hounds - Jfood needs more recommendations

Another less fancy but good food neighborhood place - Modern Cafe in NE Minneapolis

Adding places links:

Birchwood Cafe
3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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

Modern Cafe
337 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Grand Cafe
3804 Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Fugaise [CLOSED 2009]
304 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Tanpopo Noodle Shop
367 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Cosmos Restaurant
601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Nook the Casper's & Runyon's Nook - duplicate
492 Hamline Ave, S St Paul, MN

MSP : Sen Yai Sen Lek

I took my chowpup here for lunch. We went at an "off-time" on purpose, as he has multiple allergies/food intolerances. One of the owners, Holly, was very helpful in assisting us with navigating the menu for gluten-free options (not as many as you might think) as soy sauce is used in many of the noodle dishes, so even the pad thai is not an option for him.
We started with a deep-fried tofu starter. I liked it quite a bit, especially the sauce, which was totally addictive, sweet and tangy, pefectly balanced. For entrees, I had the Pad Thai, which came with chicken at lunchtime (listed on menu as shrimp, with chicken optional at a lower cost). It was a good version of Pad thai, not the overly sweet, gloppy ketchup like version that is often served around the cities. That being said, it seemed like it was missing something, some tang, or brightness that I usually associate with the dish. I much preferred my son's entree of pad prik, which had the brightness that I was missing in my Pad Thai, along with some curry spices and a mild amount of heat. He gobbled down the majority of it. Unfortunately, the curries of the day are only offered at dinnertime, because I really wanted to try one - I am sure we will go back for dinner, though.
The restaurant itself was decorated nicely, had a good neighboorhood vibe, family friendly.
The only issue I had was that there was a stong chemical odor permeating the place the day we went - The owner seemed very apologetic about it and mentioned that a new roof was being put on the building. I haven't noticed anyone else mentioning it, so maybe it has settled down a bit?
Overall, a good addition to the neighbohood, and we will be back!

Arthur Treatcher-style Fish? (MSP)

Not sure How you are planning to get there, but if you take snelling north, it splits off on the right just after you make the turn where it turns into 694. So if you take 35E to 694W, just watch for it around the snelling exit. The signs say Anoka on them IIRC. The Taco Bell/LJS is on the right, just atter you cross above 35W. There are now 2 "HWY 10's", so I can see how an internet map could get confused. The LJS is off the "old Hwy 10" I also do not recall any old country buffet around there, unless it was just recently built.

*re:Northtown - that is the right Hwy 10, LJS is about 1 mile east (closer to St. Paul), as I stated above, it will be on the right hand side just after you cross above 35W, it's up on a hill.

MSP : Sen Yai Sen Lek

Thai in NE? I'm so there! Thanks for this info!

Neptune Cafe Italiana - Blaine, MN

Interesting. I've never heard of this place, looks like it has sprung up more recently with all the new development up this way, but what I saw on the website really grabbed my attention:
Considered "Blaine's Hidden Dining Secret" by the locals, this chef-driven gem headed by Bryan Feist, formerly of Goodfellows, California Cafe, Ciao Bella and the D'Amico Family of Restaurants, offers up inspired Italian cuisine with a notable wine list to complement it

Could it be that there will finally be a restaurant up in the northern suburbs that is worth the drive up there?
Curious to hear a report back on this, as we used to live in that area and still have friends up that way that we visit occasionally.

MSP-Hot Sauce stores

If you can handle heading out to the Maul of America (or happen to be stuck there for some reason), there is a specialty store for this sort of thing on level 3 somewhere. Not sure what it is called. Don't know if they carry the brand you are loking for.

*Edit* - I looked around a little to figure out the name of this place, and it would seem that it has closed down a couple of years ago. I don't go down to the mall much.

MSP: The Fall of Saigon

I was eating lunch there just yesterday - Bahn Mi was great, as usual. Noticed that they had a sign up by the register announcing they would be moving in Nov. to the following address: 704 University Ave. West. I paid attention on my way home, and that is the storefront where Thai Bazil was located. So Saigon has their new home, and hopefully some of the original poster's concerns will be addressed once they move into their new digs. My thought is not that Saigon is struggling - they are busier than ever. (And just check out the Hummers and Escalades parked directly behind the building), but with their uncertain future, and with the economy being what it is right now, of course prices need to be increased. I can also understand placing a minimum on credit card orders, as that is a huge, huge cost to a small business. But as to the cleanliness, run down shop, well, if they knew they were leaving, and the place was being torn down, I am sure they were not planning on spending a lot of time or money to keep it fixed up. Hopefully they will have a more secure feeling in their new place, and that will be reflected in how they take care of it and run it.

2008 MN State Fair

I think she means the Nitro ice-cream stand (uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream), In the food building.

Aug 22, 2008
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP-Minnesota Renaissance Festival

I bought this really great Foccacia Bread there once, many (about 10-15) years ago. I believe that it was just being sold by an independent person/baker, I actually don't even remember it being in a stall. It was warm and fresh when I bought it, and had incredible flavor. I liked it so much, I bought a second bagged up one to bring home for later. When I went back the following years, I never could find it again. So if anyone sees anyone hawking foccacia bread there, please post.
I have often been fond of the soup/stew in a breadbowl, if it happens to be a crisp or drizzly fall day.

Big Fat Bacon (MSP)

I stand corrected. The Preferred Pickle is in the food building, doing up deep fried pickles. The stand I mentioned above is called The Pickle Dog, and it is indeed where you can get the fire dog. This Fire Dog looks like another new food that didn't make the Fairs New Foods list. Street corner for the Pickle Dog is Ligget & Carnes.

Aug 22, 2008
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Big Fat Bacon (MSP)

Maybe at the preferred Pickle Stand? They sell the original pickle dog (same thing as the fire dog, except dill rather than jalepeno marinated pickle). Their stand looks like a pickle and is on a corner across from the main Midway, next to all of those places that serve beer with thier food (sorry bad at names & streets when it comes to the fair)

Aug 22, 2008
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

2008 MN State Fair

I can always find a way to regroup the cost of the book. But I have a kid. I paid $4.00 for the book buying it early at Cub. There is a coupon for $6.00 off a sheet of tickets for the midway. I will get all my $ back, plus save two dollars just from that one coupon, everything else is gravy. Your mileage may vary.

Aug 20, 2008
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

2008 MN State Fair

OOOOH - second the Fried green tomatoes!! They became my new favorite after trying them for the 1st time last year, I was sad I had waited so long to try them. The Corn fritters sold there were not that special in and of themselves, more useful as a delivery tool for the incredible honey butter served with them.
I also love the fried pickles. I know of a lot of people that don't though.

Aug 20, 2008
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

2008 MN State Fair

The West Indies Booth was in the food building, for are not losing your mind.

Apparently the Bazaar has been redesigned, I saw on the Fair website that they are having a "grand opening" on Thursday. Hopefully they made it easier to get around in there on crowded days. I mean, before if you had a stroller or were wheelchair bound, you were pretty much SOL.

So it looks like they have done a little rearranging as to where certain booths ended up.

Aug 20, 2008
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Hyderabad house minneapolis - Closed? Changing?

Oh dear, well this is dissapointing. The new signage is up for Bilal's. It claims to have the "best taste in Afghani and South Asian cusine". Not really sure what to make of that.

[MSP] All foods at the State Fair (more or less)

Just wanted to add a link to the thread I started for 2008, with the new foods listed so far for this year. The list Anne compiled in 2006 still has a ton of great info, but this link will update you with some of the new stuff for 2008!

Aug 17, 2008
autmommy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Your Single Ingredient Sublime One Bite

Fresh shelled sweet peas - right out of the pod, after just being picked.

And Parm-Regg.

Aug 14, 2008
autmommy in General Topics

MSP - Pham on East Lake rumors...

Alexis (aka Girl Friday) seems to be pretty chummy with Thom Pham from what I've read on the interweb, so I would be inclined to believe what she has to say. I know a guy that works for Thom, if i get the chance, I'll see if he knows anyhting.