Cheeky Monkey's Kale: 100 Favorite Dishes

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As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, The Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to [email protected]

No. 36: Cheeky Monkey's Kale Crinkly, wrinkly, spiky kale tends to look more like something you should use to scrub a toilet bowl than serve on the dinner table. (Its image wasn't helped by the nearly nude Powderhorn May Day Parade participants who used kale leaves as strategically placed covering.) For many, it's one of those things that you know is good for you, but it's hard to bring yourself to eat. So here's how you become one of the few who's been let in on kale's cult secret: order it at Cheeky Monkey. Kale is one of several sides served at the classy St. Paul sandwich shop and makes a perfect pairing to a Cuban or a muffuletta. The kitchen blanches the leafy greens and then sautés them in olive oil with garlic and lemon. From prickly to perfect in just a few minutes--giving you just enough time to order seconds.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi
No. 99: Eclair at Butter
No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica
No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe
No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya
No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep
No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen
No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French
No. 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips
No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill
No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant
No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's
No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe
No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog
No. 86: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe
No. 85: Ropa Vieja at Victor's
No. 84: French Toast of the Dead at Chino Latino
No. 83: Uni at Origami
No. 82: Bagel at Common Roots
No. 81: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì
No. 80: Pho 79's bò cuốn lá nho
No. 79: Sweets Bakeshop's Kettlecorn Cupcake
No. 78: D'Amico Kitchen's Chicory Salad
No. 77: Be'wiched Deli pastrami sandwich
No. 76: La Grassa's lima bean appetizer
No. 75: Bulldog NE Tater Tots
No. 74: Pop's Swedish Meatballs
No. 73: Hot Plate's Caramel Apple French Toast
No. 72: Grand Cafe's Ham and Cheese
No. 71: Galactic Pizza's Thailander
No. 70: Jackson's milk chocolate gelato
No. 69: Patrick's Bakery and Cafe's tiramisu

No. 68: Punch's Chopped Italian Salad
No. 67: Red Stag's Smelt Fries
No. 66: Mancini's Grilled Garlic Bread
No. 65: Uptown Bulldog's Chicago Dog
No. 64: Crema Cafe's Sorbet Spritzer
No. 63: Matt's Bar Jucy Lucy
No. 62: Baker's Wife Doughnut
No. 61: Bar Abilene Guacamole
No. 60: St. Paul Cheese Shop Cheesemonger
No. 59: Fasika Vegi Sampler
No. 58: Sen Yai Sen Lek Lettuce Wrap
No. 57: Saffron Mini Lamb BLT
No. 56: Dominguez Family Restaurant Green Salsa
No. 55: D'Amico Bottomless Glass of Wine
No. 54: Pizza Luce Spinach Salad
No. 53: Barbette's Mussels
No. 52: New Scenic Cafe's Triple Berry Pie
No. 51: Birchwood Cafe's Cobbler
No: 50: Tanpopo's Mackerel Teishoku
No. 49: Town Talk Diner's Frickles
No. 48: La Sirena Gorda Ceviche
No. 47: Spring Grove Soda
No. 46: Subo pork candy
No. 45: Cocoa & Fig Carrot Cake Cookie No. 44: Kramarczuk's Holubets
No. 43: Midori's Udon Noodle Soup
No. 42: Key's Caramel Roll
No. 41: Blue Door Pub's Jiffy Burger
No. 40: Om's Wild Salmon
No. 39: Acqua's Ragu alla Bolognese
No. 38: Monte Carlo's Chicken Noodle Soup No. 37: Hong Kong Noodle's e-fu noodles


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