Minneapolis isn’t very well known for it’s Jamaican cuisine, but a little food court stall from the Burnsville Mall has began making big waves in south Minneapolis. On a summer day you can’t miss Pimento, reggae can be heard blasting from the open store front from at least half a block away. Within that block you’ll no doubt smell the chicken & pork that’s been catching people’s attention. Formerly neighbors, Tomme Beevas linked his home recipes with Yoni Reinharz’ business savvy and a restaurant was born. After winning the Food Network’s, Food Court Wars and spending a few years in Burnville, the duo decided to open a new location in Minneapolis. The food indeed lives up to the hype. Succulent jerk rubbed chicken falls off the bone onto a bed of rice, plantains, beans and Jamaican slaw. They also offer some damn good pork and oxtails for those looking to get that truly authentic feel. The staff is helpful and the menu can be navigated with ease by just about anyone. Food for 2 will run you about $20, not bad for a fairly balanced meal with a home cooked feel; on Wednesdays they offer a solid 6 wings for $5 deal. If you live in the vicinity of 26th street & Nicollet, GET FAMILIAR! Otherwise it’s well worth the trip, click the link below for more information.
When people think of Eat Street, classic American diners are pretty much an afterthought. Sure, the Bad Waitress sits on 26th & Nicollet offering up great food, but the lower portion of Eat Street has been neglected. This all changed a few weeks ago when the long awaited Nicollet Diner opened its doors after a grueling remodel. The restaurant has that classic diner feel that you find at other places like Uptown Diner & Mickey’s, but remains relatively low key at the moment, meaning you’ll be able to find a seat quickly, if not instantly. Their menu isn’t necessarily special, but a good diner can easily get away with simply offering great breakfast, good burgers and quality shakes, after all; who cares when all you want to do is soak up last night’s party with fried goodness. Sure, I’ve eaten at better diners, but one can do faaarrr worse when hung over; the food was great and the service was adequate. If you live in Loring or Stevens Square, or if you’re simply in the area, stop in and grab a bite to eat, we guarantee you won’t regret it.