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"Have you never tried my flan?" Alfonso Menendez asks incredulously. "No? Then you are in for a treat." And he ain't kidding. The owner of both La Sirena Gorda obviously takes his flan just as seriously as he does the seafood for which his Midtown Global Market restaurant is more widely known. This is not the bready, eggy stuff you've had at other Mexican restaurants around town. No, this flan is a rich and creamy custard treat with just a hint of orange and caramel, chilled to the perfect temperature to cool your tongue after a spicy Mexican meal, and served inauspiciously in a paper basket with a plastic spoon. The only thing to complain about, really, is that it's served a bit smaller than most flan, which leaves us wanting more-but that would be true no matter the size.
Minneapolis's Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue abound with mom-and-pop taco shops--places where vats of greasy, precooked meat await deposit in soft corn tortillas and a sprinkling of hot sauce. These restaurants have their appeal, but for those looking for a taco that doesn't leave the lips coated in fat, the shrimp version at La Sirena Gorda is the best bet in town. Succulent shrimp are sautéed in onions, corn, and cilantro and served with a side of savory rice. La Sirena Gorda... More »
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