Eat Street and Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes

In Minneapolis, ‘Eat Street’ refers to 17 blocks on Nicollet that house some of the most unique, authentic, and delicious ethnic food you will ever have. In the past few weeks, I’ve visited two notable Eat Street locations.

The first is Evergreen, which is generally considered one of the best Asian restaurants in the Twin Cities. It has this reputation for a reason.

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The menu is comprised of authentic Asian dishes, so don’t come looking for deep fried lemon chicken. Everything is cooked to order by the chefs (and most likely a family member of the owner if not the owner himself). As soon as we were seated, we were served tea along with our water:

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After perusing the menu, we decided to order steamed vegetable  dumplings, orange chicken, and chow fun noodles. The prune juice was hard to pass up though.

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If you like Asian food, this is must-visit.

The second place along Eat Street I’ve visited in the recent past is Icehouse. Icehouse has been on my list to try since I saw its veggie burger featured in Mpls/St Paul Magazine over the summer. Icehouse is a bit more upscale, and their dinner menu is a bit on the pricey side. The chef was super nice though and offered to make us the veggie burgers (usually offered only at lunch time) for dinner anyway.

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It is no wonder this veggie burger has gotten rave reviews. I’m not sure of all the ingredients but there were mushrooms, spinach, cheese, deliciousness. The fries were top notch too. I would highly recommend both of these eat street restaurants!

And last but not least…here’s a recipe for baked breakfast sweet potatoes! *full recipe below

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet, add one chopped onion, and saute for about five minutes, seasoning with garlic, basil, allspice, and cumin:

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Meanwhile, chop two sweet potatoes.

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Once the onions have begun to softer, combine with the sweet potatoes and add to a 9×9 pan:

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Cover and cook for approximately 30 minutes at 350° or until potatoes are cooked through:

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Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients
 - 2 medium sweet potatoes
 - 1 large onion
 - 1 tbsp butter
 - 1 tsp basil
 - 1 tsp minced garlic
 - 1/4 tsp allspice
 - 1/2 tsp cumin
Method
1. Melt butter in a skillet and add onions and spices
2. Cook for 5 minutes or until onions start to soften
3. Chop sweet potatoes and combine with chopped onions
4. Distribute mixture into a 9x9 pan, cover with foil, and 
bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft
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Soak up the sun

Minneapolis has had a gorgeous summer. There were a few sweltering days in July, but overall the weather has been extremely pleasant – warm enough to enjoy being outside, but not so warm to get that sticky feeling. Given the sunshine, enjoying outdoor activities has been a major highlight of the summer. A few events of note…

the Ordway’s summer dance series

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The Ordway Theater in St. Paul offers free music and dancing on Thursday nights during the summer at Rice Park (right in downtown St Paul). Different weeks have different themes: salsa, polka, swing, etc. We went on swing night. I should take some dance lessons to learn how I’m actually supposed to move my feet, but with a wine+music combination, I think I did alright. 🙂

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the patio at Vincent A Restaurant

Like 112, Vincent A was also listed in the recent edition of Mpls St Paul Magazine as having one of the best burgers in town.

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Vincent A is right in the heart of downtown at 11th and Nicollet, and it has great happy hour timing: 4:30-6pm and again from 8:30-9:30pm. A lot of late happy hours don’t even start until 9:30 at most of the places in Uptown. The 8:30 start time was perfect for a late dinner featuring….

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and since it was happy hour after all…

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These burgers were no doubt delicious, but I’m still more partial to 112.

Obviously.