Saturday evening was Heavy Table’s fourth North Coast Nosh event, this one held at the Peace Coffee roastery.

After one of the previous North Coast Nosh events, I complained about Summit only bringing regular bottles of their standard beers, so I definitely want to thank Summit for stepping up and offering someone different than just the beers. Beer floats with Izzy’s Ice Cream was an excellent idea. Kudos.

My only complaint after this one was that the selection of items was mostly sweets, beer, and cheeses. I really missed not having the food trucks (Nate Dogs, Vellee, and World Street Kitchen) that was at the NCN at Peace Coffee Shop back in October. The Gastro Truck sliders were very good, and the meats from Three Sons Meat Co are always excellent, but I would have loved to see more.

Other favorites, the Gorgonzola dipped in honey and coffee was just outstanding, as were the cookies from Cocoa and Fig. Bogart Loves doughnuts were excellent as well, and I can’t wait for the Kingfield Farmers Market to start up again so I can get more.

The cupping class was a very nice touch as well, learned a lot about the process, though it was so loud in that room, that it was very hard to hear. I highly recommend the Mastering Coffee at Home class that Peace Coffee offers at their shop on Minnehaha.

If you haven’t been to a North Coast Nosh event yet, I highly recommend going to the next one. 

Excellent write up from the TC Daily Planet on one of my favorite Mexican places in town, Los Ocampo. If you haven’t been there yet, check them out in the Midtown Global Market or across the street on the corner of Lake and Chicago. Get the Huarachazo. You won’t be disappointed. 

Not only are sales exceptionally strong at the Chicago-Lake location, but the clientele is mixed, “fifty-percent Latino, fifty-percent everybody else,” says Armando. “Anglo, black, Asian, everybody.” Customers have been clamoring for that store to remain open 24 hours, he says. “Chicago and Lake was changing, and Los Ocampo has been part of that change.” For Flory, this is an example of the huge, but largely unacknowledged impact immigrant entrepreneurs have had on commercial thoroughfares in parts of cities that others have steered clear of.

Oh, and not enough people talk about the economic benefit Latino’s brought to the Midtown area, revitalizing Lake Street when it was needed most.

Taco Bell in Richfield Closes

Some random memories of the Taco Bell in Richfield, which has closed. That location, along with the also closed East Lake location, have more of my dining money then any other restaurant in the world. It was our hangout in High School, after football games or any other random night. And it will be missed.

- I miss the days when people would steal the real bell from the Taco Bell sign.

- I’ll never forget going to that TB every single day for a month during HS for lunch. 2 Cheesaritos and a water (fill with soda). It was a perfect lunch with the $2 a day my parents would give me. And they knew our order as soon as we’d walk in, so they’d have it ready for us, making it even easier to get back to class on time.

- Probably wasn’t the smartest idea, but it was at that TB where we would steal as much sauce as we could and we’d toss them out onto 66th St, watching them splatter as cars would drive over them. That is, until some old guy spotted us and chased us down the street in his car. He yelled at us, we ignored him.

- I’ve been known to be too lazy to get out of my car to order at that location, and instead would drive the extra mile out of my way to the one near Southdale, which had a drive through.


Farmer’s Markets


As Farmers’ Markets Boom, Some See a Glut in the Making -

I’d be interested in hearing how suburban farmer’s markets are doing, as well as the bigger ones in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, now that more and more neighborhoods are getting in on it. We go to the Midtown Farmer’s Market once a month, and business seems to be doing well. Although it looks like most people are just getting snacks from the food vendors and listening to the live music more than they are buying veggies.



To thank customers and the community, there will be an open house, featuring free snacks, coffee, and iced tea on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cake Eater is located at 2929 E. 25th Street.

- Bruce Johansen

Great write-up from the Twin Cities Daily Planet, on the closing of the Cake Eater Bakery in Seward. Unfortunately, I only went there once, enjoyed my biscuits and gravy quite a bit, but never made a return visit. I’m sad that they are closing, although I definitely miss Cliquot Club Cafe (which was there for a few years before Cake Eater), a whole lot more.

It’s really too bad that now two businesses in that building have closed. I’d blame the location, but the Birchwood Cafe is just a few blocks away, and they do just fine.