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Following twenty years of farmer's markets selling locally grown vegetables, native fruits, and local honey Linda created Marianne's Kitchen in Shoreview, MN, an oasis of good food, conversation and laughter in a suburban food desert. Operating from 2011-2017 the cafe offered home made soups, fresh bread baked daily, great sandwiches and treats and a complete line of gluten-free soups, pickled products, jams, jellies, salsas and locally sourced soups, honey and grains.

The Marianne's Kitchen of sharing, conversation, and learning continues with ongoing commentary, food reviews and food finds as we grow, cook and eat our food and sample local restaurants.

Friday, January 29, 2016

New Mexican Venue in the Neighborhood :)

 She said...
: ( in the neighborhood.  Tried the new, family-owned 'upscale' Mexican restaurant.  Way too salty.  My dinner was cold.  Worried when I saw 2-3 staff looking into a vat of salsa and scooping as if they were looking for something.......   The prices were fine for the size of the portions....but couldn't eat the portions without having a salt-induced stroke.  : (


He said...
I really try not to be negative...but this was not good.  The new venue had a very professionally produced menu with scores of options, all the standard variants of beans (probably from a can), rice, tortillas, bad sauce, bad tomatoes,  etc.  Chilaquiles is my go-to choice in these cases.  I should have simply gone.  While the presentation was OK and the verde sauce offered promise it was so over salted that I simply had to leave the plate three quarters uneaten.  The tomatoes were mushy hard, the lettuce should have been tossed two days ago and the quacamole was likewise over salted.

There were many people working but no one seemed particularly focused on food quality or customer service.  I would give the new venue, *********, a solid 1.5 star performance (out of five), simply not good and not worth a re-visit.  That being said, this has been a mild and pleasant January here in the midwest.