Sonora Grill

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From sonora-grill.com

Back to East Lake Street and to Sonora Grill for some thrilling craft cocktails and as good as it can get Mexican/South American cuisine.  My first visit was great and my second even better as we sampled a variety of Sonora’s unique offerings.  Items of interest included the rotating fish Mexican Ceviche which on both occasions was Barramundi, a side of Alma’s Guacamole which took a few minutes as they prepared it from scratch in the kitchen.   Crab Enchiladas with julienne red radish, greens, Chihuahua cheese and red sauce | the out of this universe expertly flavored Hermosillo Roll, shrimp, chicken, beef, scallion and avocado rolled in a thick layer of sticky rice, deep fried and placed on a bed of two secret sauces | Grilled skewers of chicken-beef-panko shrimp ponchos with cilantro and rice.

The bar is heavily stocked with a variety of top shelf tequila to accompany the impressive list of crafted cocktails.  The Obregon, a Margarita with Basil leaves and Serrano peppers or the Guantanamo Mojito with 1800 tequila and infused with coconut and pineapple are hits as was my masterpiece, the Furiosa, which includes Sauza Blue Tequila infused with Serrano and Fresno peppers, cilantro, lime and topped with cava.

Moving on to an assortment of Caramelos (tacos) were the Pork Guajillo, Chihuahua cheese, onion, cilantro, chipotle salsa | Chicken Rojo, Chihuahua cheese, arbol aioli, orange salsa | Shrimp, red tempura, cilantro, cabbage | Roasted Mushrooms, avocado muss, poblano, onions, pickled carrots  and lastly, the pride of Sonora, Beef Tongue, chipotle salsa, cilantro, onion.

Almost an afterthought and thankfully  ordered, Bocadillos, a Spanish South American style sandwich, our choice the Pork Guajillo followed by lastly dessert of Churros with chocolate dipping sauce.

Sonora Grill Longfellow is a fresh new offering to the Twin Cities along with its original and ongoing location at Midtown Global Market.  This is a special place and one to visit regularly!

Sonora Grill | 3300 East Lake Street,  Minneapolis, MN 55407 | Menu 

Bill’s Beverage of the Month

Let it Ride IPA by Indeed Brewing Company – American IPA – 6.8% ABV | 90 IBU

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From indeedbrewing.com

This newest release by Indeed combines two of my favorite past-times cycling and beer!

Notes from Indeed’s website, Riding a bicycle is all about freedom and discovery. You never know what you’ll experience or where your two wheels might take you. We like to think the same could be said about our Let it Ride IPA. Brewed with Calypso, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, American Crystal Malt and German Dark Munich Malt, this is an IPA with adventurous tendencies. Enjoy the aromas of pear, tropical fruit, and blueberry and ponder where your next ride might take you.” 

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