Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Punch Bowl Social happy hour

John and I went to Punch Bowl Social for happy hour the other day. We just grabbed spots right at the bar, though it wasn’t very busy as all of the games were booked for a private party. They had a variety of food and beverage specials and happy hour runs from 3-6pm.
At the recommendation of our bartender/server I tried the Lil Street Tacos, which were filled with cocoa dusted pork carnitas, salsa adobo, crema,  radish, queso cotija, lime and cilantro. The prok was very tender and juicy with great flavor.
One taco was not enough, so I ordered two more to make it a meal. Not a bad deal at $2 each.

We also had the chips and dip, which were kettle chips with charred inion crème frache. The chips were decent and the onion dip was great. Great snack to nibble on.
John had the Knock Jr. burger which was grass-fed hormone-free patty, comeback sauce, pickled onion, lettuce, American cheese, sesame seed bun and fries. This was a decent sized burger for a happy hour item priced at $8.00. The only difference between this and the normal burger is the patty was smaller and the other one costs $13.

The service was just fine at the bar and the bartender had some excellent food recommendations, so I am glad I listened to her. I think we need to go back and try some items from the regular menu as it looks interesting. The food is solid for happy hour, so one would assume it is just as good or better for full entrees.

Punch Bowl Social
The Shops at West End
1691 Park Pl Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: (763) 400-3865

Saturday, June 10, 2017

El Taco Riendo food truck

So I guess I’ve been on a bit of an el pastor taco kick. I recently had the el pastor tacos from el Taco Riendo food truck, while we were visiting Insight Brewing. Food trucks are breweries are awesome and magical. I love this trend so much, even several years after Minneapolis first allowed food trucks.

These el pastor tacos were much better than the last batch I’d had. The pork was juicy and tender and generously filled the tacos. The grilled pineapple added a nice hint of citrus as well.  The tacos were topped with onions and cilantro, just as el pastor tacos should be. The truck offers many combinations of fillings, toppings and tortillas as well as tortas, burritos and tacos. Highly recommend.

El Taco Riendo food truck and restaurant
2412 Central Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Phone: (612) 781-3000