The cooks at New Louisiana Cafe craft American diner fare accented with a Cajun flair. In the morning, diners can unleash their inner child with malted-caramel apple-crisp waffles or chocolate-chip cookie-dough pancakes. And the kitchen can whip up savory breakfasts, too, like steak and eggs or biscuits and country-style gravy topped with crumbled italian sausage. In true Louisiana style, the eggs benedict comes with andouille sausage, while the blackened catfish is paired with two locally sourced eggs. At lunch, patrons can tear into the El Cubano sandwich, which is piled with pulled pork, or a BLT, which in Louisiana stands for bacon, love, and tomato.
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.
Giant buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh blueberries (when in season), fluffy three-egg omelets, and steaming skillets overflowing with fries, eggs, and melted cheese. Hearty breakfasts are the star at Egg and I. The diner has been serving up the classics?pancakes, waffles, and dragon eggs?for more than 20 years at a pair of Twin City locales affectionately named "Big Egg" and "Little Egg." And like any great American diner, it satisfies patrons with a wide variety of lunch options, including grilled sandwiches, burgers, and housemade soups.
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.
Chefs at New Woodbury Cafe add inventive twists to classic breakfast and lunch dishes such as topping the caprese benedict with fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil-pesto hollandaise or scooping portions of signature cashew chicken salad on crunchy beds of greens. Their house specialties include the walleye breakfast of blackened or panko-crusted filet, farm-fresh eggs, and side of house-made hash browns. Servers flit about the warm atmosphere, delivering fresh-baked corn bread and chocolate shakes to diners seated in cozy booths.
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.