Cafe Kem and Bubble Me: Two new Asian powerhouses

Quick-service cafes get it done

Bubble Me serves a basic, tasty bánh mì, as well as a less-common Asian sausage sandwich: a crusty roll generously stuffed with two pork links, plus green onions, cucumber, and cilantro. The course-ground sausage had good flavor, but its visible chunks of fat might repel the squeamish—I bit into one that was nearly the size of a nickel.

Specialties of the house: Frozen yogurt at CafŽ Kem, bubble tea at Bubble Me
Alma Guzman
Specialties of the house: Frozen yogurt at CafŽ Kem, bubble tea at Bubble Me
Alma Guzman

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Cafe Kem

2524 Nicollet Ave. S., #101
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Category: Restaurant > Dessert

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

My favorite items at Bubble Me were a few of the Sawatdee classics. The Rama Thai consists of the protein of your choice served in a thick, spicy peanut sauce that's balanced by bites of meltingly tender spinach and fresh cilantro—it's one of the best ways to spend $10 in Uptown. I'm also a big fan of the beef jerky, made from tenderloin strips that are marinated and dried to concentrate the flavor. The jerky isn't nearly as tough as the American stuff, but a carryout order would be chewy enough to occupy a barfly for a several-block hop between venues.

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