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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The Green Mill

The Green Mill is a restaurant chain in Minnesota and other midwest states. Known best for serving pizza, they also have a broad restaurant menu as well as a full bar. Today I went to the Uptown Minneapolis location with my roomies from breakfast brunch lunch (how does time fly by in the morning?!).

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Yes, that is my finger in the picture. Just in case you don’t have enough of me as it is. 🙂

The meal started with the bruschetta appetizer and a strawberry smoothie:

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The bruschetta was pretty impressive – cheese melted onto the bread, served with plenty of veggies, cheese, and an olive tapenade.

For the meal we ordered a thai chicken salad:

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Veggie burger with fruit:

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And a walleye sandwich with asain slaw:

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I ordered the walleye sandwich. It was lightly breaded and topped with parmesan cheese. Delish! The asain slaw wasn’t the greatest…I was expecting something veggie based and was surprised to find it was more of a noodle dish.

The food was good, but nothing too spectacular. The menu was a typical ‘we do everything’ restaurant and was, quite frankly, a bit overwhelming to order from. Maybe I am just too indecisive at restaurants, but I have a lot of trouble ordering if there are a dozen sections in the menu! This is an okay spot for a quick meal in Uptown when the better restaurants are too crowded (we ended up eating here since there was too long of a wait at Uptown Diner), but I would put a lot of other places before it.

The Herkimer

I tried The Herkimer in Uptown for the first time today.

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It’s right in the heart of Uptown on Lyndale between Lake and Lagoon. I got a Groupon for brunch here a couple months ago, and I’ve been waiting for a good opportunity to use it:

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It was a gorgeous day, so we decided to sit outside. Everyone else seemed to feel the same way, and the outdoor tables were packed while the inside was pretty deserted. There was a cute dog at the table next to us:

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I will admit, my expectations for the food at the Herkimer were not too high. I figured it would be regular bar food – standard fare cooked in a way that wasn’t anything special. I was wrong! The food was a lot better than I expected, and there were several interesting items on the menu that looked delicious. I settled on a breakfast burrito (without sausage and without sour cream). The burrito came with cheese, eggs, onions, potatoes, black bean spread, and a side of guacamole:

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Very yummy! Two of my table mates got the veggie burger which was a homemade mix of quinoa, black beans, pico de gallo, and almond basil pesto. One person ordered the burger with a side salad and the other with sweet potato fries:

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I didn’t taste the burger myself, but it got very positive reviews. The other order at our table was an ALT sandwich (avocade, lettuce and tomato):

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This sandwich was also greatly enjoyed.

Overall, the Herkimer was a pleasant surprise – and it’s only a few blocks from home! I would definitely go back here.