In the mid-19th century, food-savvy Americans invented crêpes and delivered them to the masses in milk trucks. Today’s Groupon celebrates the rigorous crepage that swiftly conquered appetites across the nation with $10 worth of crêpes and crêpe-complementing beverages at La Belle Crepe for $5. Sweet and savory will tempt your buds when you indulge in one of the most charming and adored foods to ever grace this or any other earth, including Superman's Bizarro World, in which, in theory, bad foods should taste good.LibertyFrance: The ideal of liberty consists of being able to do anything that does not harm others.USA: Liberty is used mostly to wear pajama pants outside.
Luckily for the patrons of Las Sirenas, the restaurant is so authentic that staffers are happy to blend the creative ingredients to make a michelada. And the michelada is just one example of authentic Mexican coastal culture and cuisine at Las Sirenas, which translates to “the mermaids.” The concept and theme behind the restaurant stems from the Mesoamerican myth of sea-bound nymphs, and diners can see that influence in the restaurant’s watery lighting effects and mural of a mermaid lounging on the ocean floor. A glowing bar dispenses drinks and offers 12 Micheladas, or Mexican beer cocktails—some served in coconuts and pineapples, just like Caribbean divorce papers—that are playfully assigned names such as Mermaids in Heat and Tails Up.
To soak up the spicy drinks, a menu of Mexican seafood offers an ocean of options, such as ceviches and aguachiles, as well as an variety of shrimp dishes such as Sirenas en Brama and shrimp in a chipotle-cream sauce. From shrimp wrapped in bacon to oysters on the half-shell topped with ceviche and a raw-bar smorgasbord with shrimp and fish ceviche, aguachile, and octopus ceviche, each dish bears the indelible stamp of south-of-the-border inspiration. So, too, does the eatery’s entertainment, which includes karaoke, weekend live mariachi and Mexican music, and dancing when the space transforms into a Latin nightclub after-hours.
A silvery wand dips into a carafe of fresh milk, which will be used to form the foam that tops a steamy cappuccino. The smell of freshly brewed Arabica beans wafts through the air, countered by the buttery aroma of a crepe cooking on a circular griddle. Serving up sandwiches at lunch as well as sweet and savory crepes for breakfast, the staffers at Brix Coffee offer visitors a taste of Europe without the unpleasant aftertaste caused by chewing on a map. After meals, the café's daily-made custard can be blended into shakes and smoothies or scooped into sundaes or waffle cones.
In 1918, Brian Tam’s great-great uncle opened Nankin Café in downtown Minneapolis. His family would continue to shape Minnesota’s relationship with Asian cuisine, even introducing the state to dim sum in 1968. A fourth-generation restaurateur, Brian has picked up where his relatives left off.
It’s good that he listened to his parents, because their lessons are apparent in nearly every dish at Asia Bistro. Brian and his team don’t limit themselves to a single country or tradition, opting instead to gather their inspirations from across the Asian continent. This results in a diverse menu that includes Thai red curries, Chinese sweet-and-sour chicken, and short ribs marinated in rice wine and Korean spices. Behind the sushi bar, chefs assemble edible artworks such as a Woodbury roll stuffed with tempura shrimp, mango, and salmon and a Philadelphia roll wrapped in the same thin parchment that the Constitution was first penned on.
More than 30 years ago, owner Soile Anderson carried a suitcase full of delicious heritage from Finland all the way to the Twin City area. Soile's menu is full of Finnish-inspired fare replete with American twists. Savor the comfort of a loaded baked-potato pizza, which features fresh onions, cheddar cheese, and applewood-smoked bacon resting on a buttery garlic-mashed-potato foundation set deep into an earthen crust and served with a side of sour cream ($9.95). Beef tenderloin, carrots, rutabaga, and onion can be relieved of their cramped quarters by biting into a Finnish-beef pasty, served with cucumber dill sauce ($9.95). Evening diners can potably punch-up their meals with a variety of wine and Teutonic beers, and the early-rising avian can start the day the Nordic way via a traditional Finnish breakfast of smoked salmon lox, pickled herring, salami, egg, and rye crisp ($8.95).