It’s mid-December, and we’re winding down a great 2015, but not without first checking out a few of my prior favorites (and some new ones, too). The agenda thus far has included Marla’s, Saint Dinette, Black Horse, Lela, Northbound, Unideli (a future review location), and this month’s hit, Pilgrimage. Located in the Standish neighborhood of Minneapolis, west of Hiawatha at 2403 E. 38th St, Pilgrimage is chef Craig Ball’s owned and operated eatery. Our recent visit was on the one-year anniversary of Pilgrimage’s opening. It was a small crew for this event; just two of us on a quiet Saturday afternoon with nothing to do but explore and eat. We settled into the bar seating area which I generally prefer, ordered a beer from their limited but qualified offerings, and engaged in conversation with our server to uncover her recommendations. We quickly settled on a to-be-shared assortment, beginning with APPETIZERS of Spicy Shrimp Rangoons, cream cheese, habanero and scallion | Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, whole jalapenos sliced and hollowed of their ribs and seeds, filled with cheddar and wrapped in bacon, served with maple dipping sauce | Steak and Asparagus, expertly grilled and served on red pepper coulis. We followed with an order of the perfectly prepared Fries, a pair each of the Cuban-Style Shredded Beef Tacos with cabbage and cilantro and Blackened and Spiced Fish Tacos with sliced onion and cilantro. The tacos were accompanied by lime wedges, pico de gallo and guacamole. They were simply spectacular, as you can see.
As another year is ending, I offer my sincere wish and hope that you, your friends, and your family have a fun filled and safe holiday season!
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
Only available for a limited time, try this pale ale to warm up your holiday season. Notes from the brewery, “A spruce-infused pale ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA.”