Rincon 38's Pulpo: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 6

Fired potatoes and arms of the sea (with suction cups), together at last 
Fired potatoes and arms of the sea (with suction cups), together at last
Benjamin Carter Grimes

When Hector Ruiz's Rincon 38 opened just a few months back on the corner of 38th & Grand in Kingfield - an increasingly popular intersection for gourmands and they restaurants they frequent - we expected to enjoy some small bites and some Spanish wines. What we didn't expect was to become such fervent fans of a plate of octopus. After a savory mushroom flan with quail eggs, some sangria, piquillo peppers stuffed with tuna, a little more sangria, and some fried cheese with sweet apple-fennel slaw, we were ready to attack the slightly menacing-looking octopus, suction cups and all. The meat is braised so it's not at all rubbery. In fact the texture - meaty, firm but tender, and pleasantly chewy - is really the most unique aspect of the dish and its biggest selling point.

Paired with crisply fried patatas bravas, chunks of salty and spicy chorizo sausage, and dressed with a few different creamy and acidic sauces, the overall effect of the dish is almost like a very upscale breakfast hash. It's comfort food, Spanish-style, with the unexpected texture of octopus. Try it, we dare you not to like it.

50 Favorite Dishes

No. 50: Somos Peru's crema volteada
No. 49: Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub's waffle battered chicken sandwich

No. 48: Namaste Cafe's bison mamacha
No. 47: MidNord's Argentinian empanadas
No. 46: Krungthep's Thai sausage
No. 45: Eat Shop's shrimp salad
No. 44: Icehouse's savory eclair
No. 43: Cajun 2 Geaux's beignets
No. 42: A Cupcake Social's dulce de leche cupcake
No. 41: French Hen's Creole biscuits and gravy
No. 40: The Gray House's cabbage and cava salad
No. 39: Foxy Falafel's curry falafel
No. 38: Republic's ricotta fritters
No. 37: Meritage's matzo ball soup
No. 36: Butcher & the Boar's lobster grilled cheese
No. 35: Sushi Fix's tuna poke
No. 34: George & the Dragon's Asian hangover
No. 33: AZ Canteen's Cabrito burger
No. 32: Nightingale's scallops with almond gazpacho
No. 31: Cafe Racer's pork plate
No. 30: World Street Kitchen's soft serve
No. 29: The Lynn on Bryant's baba rhum
No. 28: Fika's pork belly and poached egg
No. 27: The Kenwood's pancakes with black walnut butter
No. 26: Blackbird's spicy peanut noodles
No. 25: Sonora's shrimp caramelo
No. 24: Mona's marrow on toast
No. 23: Smack Shack's lobster guacamole
No. 22: No. 21: Neato's Burgers duck fat French fries
No. 20: Birdhouse's sweet pea pate
No. 19: Mojo Monkey's cake doughnut
No. 18: Parka's ham & pickle tots
No. 17: Blue Door Longfellow's baked and loaded blucy
No. 16: Ipotle's spicy dosa 
No. 15: Grand Szechuan's Chengdu Dumpling
No. 14: Birchwood Cafe's key lime pie
No. 13: Dandelion Kitchen's braised beef sandwich
No. 12: The Left-Handed Cook's 21-Spice Fried Chicken
No. 11: Mike Phillips's Three Sons Meats charcuterie
No. 10: Union's Duck with Whole Grains
No. 9: Borough's champagne potato soup                                                                                                 No. 8: Lucia's chicken pot pie
No. 7: Strip Club's tenderloin schiacciatta

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3801 Grand Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409


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