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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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

La Colonia on Central in Minneapolis YES!!

Hot day Earlier This Week:

La Colonia on Central Street in Minneapolis

La Colonia on Central in MinneapolisWe need some lunch...not too heavy, maybe mostly veggies.   Here we are on Central Avenue in Mpls and we're right in front of La Colonia.  It's late for lunch, so parking right by the door!

Lots of big menu items...big servings of various chicken dishes with lots of accompanying goodies, same with fish...too hot today for all of these.

So, an appetizer and the lighter plate seem like great options.

Chips and a smooth salsa arrived...they almost brought us was more than enough.

We selected the cheesy potato cakes as the appetizer and the veggie plate as our main course.   I needed some non-alcoholic sangria...too hot for booze today.

La Colonia on Central in MinneapolisWhile we were chowing down our chips and salsa, a little serving cup on a plate with a doilie and a cute tiny spoon arrived.  By the color, we knew.....hotter than  hot...we were NOT wrong.   Whoooooooo (I loved it).

La Colonia on Central in MinneapolisThen both of our plates arrived. 

Three beautifully browned cheesy potato cakes, topped with a poached egg and a salad of lettuce, tomato, onion with salsa of peanuts, tomatoes, onions and more.    Think of cheesy mashed potatoes patties browned, with a dollop of cheese melted in the middle.   Break the egg on top, and it's the creamy version of hash browns with cheese, topped with a perfect egg.    Fantastic.  The salad was relatively plain, so topping with the some salsa brought it all together.

La Colonia on Central in MinneapolisThe veggie plate......oh, never try to eat this all by yourself.  Waaaaayyyy too big.   Three giant pieces of yuca, a gorgeous half plantain, a perfectly boiled red potato cut in half served over fresh salad of lettuce, tomato, green pepper, and red onion.   It's all accompanied by a bowl of the  tastiest beans and a bowl-size scoop of rice.  

La Colonia on Central in Minneapolis

Let's start by saying....every single item on the plate was perfectly prepared.  The potato was just at that point of perfection....a minute less and it would not have been ready....2 or 3 minutes more and it would have suffered.  This one was spot on.   The yuca was rich and creamy tasting, but with a firm texture---nice for sliceable bites.   The tastiest beans, perfect plantain, slices of avocado, and a really fresh salad to bring that note of crispness to the whole picture.   We tried mightily to clean our plate, but we just couldn't do it.....97% completion...the spirits were willing....our tummies failed us!!!

Overall a wonderful lunch at La Colonia on a hot day.   

Light (except for that gush of warm cheese in the potato cakes), yet satisfying.   Great flavor makes the day!

...and yes, we made ample use of that little cup of very hot orange pepper sauce!

La Colonia = Great meal.  We recommend it without hesitation!

La Colonia on Central in Minneapolis

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