Would we go back:
3756 Grand Ave S
• Garlic Shrimp $16.25
• Pina Colada Cake $7.95 (shared)
So we are back after a very long break. After some discussion we decided we missed trying new restaurants, so we decided to start up again, kids or no kids. The kids are older now, so hopefully new restaurants will be easier to navigate for them. This may not have been the best first choice, no kids menu, etc. but my oldest, now 8, ordered the cubana sandwich (13.95). Sandwiches is one area he is a bit more adventurous and he liked it so that worked. My youngest had the meatballs and white rice and mainly ate the rice, but he is 5 so you take what you can get.
I had the Garlic shrimp and they were fantastic it even came with a little umbrella which of course the kids fought over. The pina coloda cake was fantastic as well. I love to bake so I am pretty critical of cakes and baked goods in general. This one however was worth the price and I am glad we ordered it. I am just sad I had to share it with three other people.
• Ropa Vieja $16.25
Victor's 1959 Cafe is a hole in the wall in the middle of South Minneapolis, which is no small feat. They have about ten tables and a small 3-4 seat bar. It looks like they have a nice patio in summertime.
We received a warm welcome from the host and server. We had early reservations (reservations recommended) so we could finish before the date crowd arrived. We had good luck with street parking at that time.
The food was fantastic. I had the ropa vieja, which was very tender and flavorful. It was nicely spiced, but not hot. The plantains on the side were a nice change of pace in Minnesota, and the rice on the side was delicious. The bites I had of Cubano sandwich and shrimp were excellent. Overall, I highly recommend Victor's, though you will need to time your visit.
January 29, 2016