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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.

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Giliberto's in Blaine ... A Game-Changer

giliberto's in blaine Giliberto's in Blaine is a 'taco search' Game-Changer!!

Thanks to a friend of Marianne's Kitchen...John G...who clued us in about Giliberto's in Blaine (near the soccer fields).

Giliberto's Take-Aways

  • Fantastic
  • Huge portions (sorry John...we slipped up didn't follow your advice...ordering 2 items we had enough food for 4 people!  )
  • Friendly staff
  • Many, many choices
  • Lots of interesting condiments and sauces
  • Great Food!

giliberto's in blaine

Giliberto's ... Details from a late-night visit

giliberto's in blaine Once we heard about Giliberto's, we just had to get there.   We're always eating at odd hours...always.  If we're going out, we say...'gee, what's still open'.  Usually a fast food drive-thru.

Not anymore!  Giliberto's is open 24x7, you can dine in AND they have a drive-thru window.

giliberto's in blaine

Giliberto's opened about 4 months ago in Blaine.  This is their seventh location.....but the others are in places like SoDak or Wilmar.  Blaine is a lot more convenient!

Giliberto's Menu

The menu is extensive...with many meat choices, breakfast options (yes, even huevos rancheros), burritos, tacos, quesadillas.....many, many menu choices.

giliberto's in blaine burrito platter We started with the '2 smaller burrito' platter (so, with rice and beans).   Ha, we knew we were in trouble when that showed up.  Yes, a small burrito is not as big as the 'baby thigh' size at Chipotle, but it's a good sized burrito--certainly one is enough for a meal.  We should have followed John G's advice and just shared this one menu choice.   We ordered a green chile pork burrito and a carnitas burrito.  We never even got to the carnitas burrito (we think one of our grandchildren has already eaten it...we dropped off some of the 'extras' at their house on the way home).    The
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green chile pork burrito was excellent....spicy, meaty, wrapped in a fabulous tortilla.   The rice and beans on the platter were also excellent---and in such a huge portion that half of that went in the to-go box, too.  A whole large meal as a 'leftover' after 2 of us tried to tackle the other 'half'.

We also chose a marinated chicken quesadilla
giliberto's in blaine quesadilla
This was messy----and nobody cared!   This was the most delicious marinated chicken I can remember at any Mexican restaurant anywhere.   And the tortilla
giliberto's in blaine quesadilla
was beautifully thin, and grilled to a crispy edge with those delightful brown marks - as you'd expect on a well-grilled quesadilla.  It was joined on the overflowing plate with HUGE sides of guac, sour cream, and nicely chopped ripe tomatoes.   There were so many goodies, that the condiment bar seemed almost unnecessary.....but that didn't stop us.

giliberto's in blaine The condiment bar could be a meal.  I love, love, loved the pickled carrots...just the right texture.   The cabbage was salty and delicious.  The pico (heavy on the onion) was fresh and addicting.  Four sauces...I'll call them 'hot red', 'hot orange with bits', 'green', and 'creamy green'....a range of flavors and textures.  My favorite was the hot orange with bits....a little bit thin, with tiny veggie pieces, and great 'warmth', followed by the 'green'.  John's favorite was the 'creamy green', followed by the 'green'.  

giliberto's in blaine Everything was so flavorful that you hardly needed any sauces.  I reserved them for accompanying the crispy edges of the tortilla from the quesadilla, and for that first bite of burrito where there's a lot of tortilla in proportion to ingredients.   Those also serve as a good neutral backdrop so you get the complete flavor of the sauce.

Giliberto's also has a variety of bottled sauces if the selection on the condiment bar isn't big enough for your appetite!

giliberto's in blaine John G was absolutely right.  This place is fantastic and the portions are enough to feed your whole family with just a couple of selections.  It will take you many visits to work your way through the whole menu.   But based on how many people were eating in and taking out after 8 p.m. on a Friday night, we'd suggest you start your journey soon.  We think the place will be packed once everyone finds out about it.     So get there now before the lines start to form!

Location:  Google Maps

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