Sunday, December 27, 2015

Taco Cat / Eastlake Brewery – Minneapolis, MN

A-Wow and I were going to watch my new copy of “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas” (which I would NOT recommend), but we needed some grub beforehand. We walked up to Midtown Global Market to the new brick and mortar location of Taco Cat. I hadn’t been before, but had only heard good things about it.

It was really tough to decide what to get, but I ended up going with the exact same thing A-Wow got – a sort of sampler. I went with three different specialty tacos. The Ruckus, The Outlaw, and The McFly.

The tacos didn’t take a long time to put together, and when we got them, we headed to the nearby Eastlake Brewery. This place doesn’t serve food, but they welcome you to go to any of the nearby food places in the Midtown Global Market and bring the food in while you drink their delicious beers. I got a pint of their Oostermeer 21 Belgian Strong Ale – it was pretty tasty and paired well with the tacos.

The Ruckus taco is grilled angus beef, cheese, pickled radish, onions, cilantro, mint chimichurri, and housemade salsa. Great beef flavor and it complemented the chimichurri quite well. Fantastic.

The Outlaw taco is slow roasted pork, kim chi, pickled jalapeno apple slaw, crème and salsa verde. The pickled jalapeno apple slaw went well with the pork and crema. I’m a big fan of this one.

The McFly taco is braised chicken tinga, red cabbage slaw, crème, cilantro, and salsa verde. Great taco with great chicken flavor.

Each of the tacos has two tortillas, which surprisingly held up throughout the entire meal without getting soggy and fally-aparty. The ingredients are super fresh and well paired. This place is really quite good. It originally started as a bike-supported taco delivery service, but this new brick and mortar has really blown me away. I can’t wait to come back to both of these places, hopefully without the Kirk Cameron dessert next time.

Not enough to do a Top 5 list, but thankfully, nothing bad would have made it to the list anyway! Thanks, Taco Cat and Eastlake Brewery.

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