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The president hates who and what we love: Or, here's a list of local restaurants to support today (and always)

Boludo chef/owner Facundo Javier Defraia photographed at the restaurant with a photo of his mother and grandmother behind him.

Boludo chef/owner Facundo Javier Defraia photographed at the restaurant with a photo of his mother and grandmother behind him. Star Tribune

The ways to express one’s discontent with the worst men in our nation visiting Minneapolis today are… legion. Unrest is important. It is patriotic. 

The City Pages Food & Drink Desk, however, would like to point out there are a few ways of going about this that don’t involve feeding The Monster himself, while still quietly irking the shit out of him. After all, kinda like the world’s worst Stay Puft Marshmallow, he thrives on attention (any attention… at all).

His tenure on Pennsylvania Avenue has already been outrageously anti-immigrant in both rhetoric and policy. So, one method of persistently undermining this (today, tomorrow, forever) in our own backyards involves supporting our local immigrant community. Think: 2017’s Day Without Immigrants, but subverted.

Follow along as we make this proposition too easy (and too tasty) for you to ignore…

Here is a truly incomplete, far from comprehensive list of immigrant-originated restaurants in the Twin Cities, all of which we've come to love. Community support is how they thrive. Patronize their establishments. Especially small ones you've yet to visit. Then tell someone new about your experience there. 

You're helping them fight with your fork, every time you show up to eat. 

People move in silhouette against the Taqueria La Hacienda food truck.

People move in silhouette against the Taqueria La Hacienda food truck. Star Tribune

*Again, for the people in the back: We don’t consider this a final, definitive list, but it’s one heckuva start. Leave a note in the comments mentioning your immigrant-owned/run fav that’s not already on this list, and we’ll add it! 

  • $5 Pizza
  • Adelitas
  • Afro Deli & Grill
  • Aki's Bread Haus
  • Ali Baba's King of Gyros
  • Arepa Bite
  • Ari's Best Steak House
  • Atlas Grill
  • Babani’s
  • Bambu
  • Basil Thai Cafe
  • Beirut Restaurant
  • Big Marina
  • Boca Chica Restaurante y Cantina / Boca Chica Taco House
  • Boludo
  • Brothers Taquiera
  • Byblos Lebanese Grill
  • Cafe Racer Kitchen
  • Cahill Bistro
  • Cano Grill
  • Capitol Cafe
  • Caravelle / Pho79
  • Centro & Popol Vuh
  • Cheng Heng
  • Chimborazo
  • ChinDian Cafe
  • Christos Greek Restaurant
  • Cossetta
  • Crescent Moon / Football Pizza
  • Daalo Grill
  • Darbar India Grill
  • Dearest Baker
  • Deg Deg
  • DelSur Empanadas
  • Dilla
  • Dini Kitchen
  • Domacin
  • Dong Yang
  • Dulceria Bakery
  • Eastside Thai
  • El Burrito Mercado
  • El Chinelo Market
  • El Nuevo Mariachi
  • El Nuevo Rodeo
  • El Norteño
  • Emily's Lebanese
  • Everest On Grand
  • Falafel King
  • Fasika
  • Franklin Deli & Market
  • Gandhi Mahal
  • Gardens of Salonica
  • Ghebre's
  • Gorditas el Gordo
  • Gorkha Palace
  • Grand Catch
  • Harriet Brasserie
  • Harry Singh's
  • Hello Pizza / Young Joni / Pizzeria Lola
  • Himalayan Restaurant
  • Hmong Village
  • Holy Land
  • Homi Tacos
  • Hop21
  • India House
  • India Palace
  • Jasmine 26 / Jasmine Deli
  • Karibu Grocery & Deli
  • Khyber Pass
  • Kimchi Tofu House
  • Kolap Restaurant
  • Kramarczuks
  • KuhnNai Thai
  • La Alborada
  • La Fresca / Costa Blanca Bistro / Cafe Ena / Rincon 38 / Don Raul
  • La Loma
  • La Mexicana
  • La Poblanita
  • Los Gallos 
  • Los Hornos Del Rey
  • Los Ocampo
  • Lu's Sandwiches
  • Lucy's Market & Carry-out
  • Marc Heu Patisserie Paris
  • Marhaba Grill
  • Maria’s Cafe
  • Marissa's Panadería
  • Martina / Colita
  • Mercado Central
  • Merlins Rest
  • Mesob
  • Morroccan Flavors
  • My Huong Kitchen
  • Ngon Bistro
  • New York Gyro
  • Olive & Lamb
  • On's Thai Kitchen
  • Panadería San Miguel
  • Pancho Villa
  • Peninsula Malaysian
  • Pho Ca Dao
  • Pho Pasteur
  • Pho Tau Bay
  • Pimento Jamaican Kitchen 
  • Pollo Movil
  • Prieto Taqueria
  • Quang 
  • Quebracho
  • Que Viet
  • Rainbow Chinese
  • Ruam Mit Thai & Lao
  • Samba 
  • Sen Yai Sen Lek
  • Shish
  • Slice of New York
  • Soberfish
  • Sole Cafe
  • Sol Taqueria
  • Sonora Grill
  • Spinning Wylde
  • Star Wok
  • Sushi Tango
  • Taco Taxi
  • Taqueria La Hacienda
  • Tay Ho
  • Teque Arepa
  • The Black Forest Inn
  • The Black Sea 
  • The Original Mediterranean Grill
  • Tibet Corner
  • Tinto Kitchen
  • Trieu Chau
  • Trung Nam French Bakery
  • Vo's
  • Wally's Falafel, Hummus & Bakery
  • World Street Kitchen / Milkjam 
  • Zen Box Izakaya
     

Now, who's hangry? Get to it.