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Victor's 1959 Cafe: A culinary journey through Cuba

I love breakfast. More so, I love it when someone else makes me breakfast on a Sunday morning while I sit back and reminisce about the evening prior. Often my grumbling stomach wins early on, and we end up frequenting the breakfast establishments in our own neighborhood. On occasion, however, I'll actually make plans to enjoy breakfast with friends and venture into other Minneapolis neighborhoods. This Sunday we did just that, and took a quick jaunt down to South Minneapolis to enjoy an authentic Cubano breakfast at Victor's.

Without reservations, we arrived around 10 a.m. Being the small yet efficient restaurant it is, we, along with a dozen other patrons, patiently waited until our table was ready. Apparently the restaurant underwent a slight "remodel" opening up counter seating at the entrance, and expanding a section in the small dining room. My guess is that this added about 10 additional seats, not to mention a new canvas for the rebellious to leave their graffiti in fresh ink.

 

Once inside we were quickly greeted with good coffee and friendly waitstaff. Taylor, our dining companion, had at one time been the Foursquare major of Victor's, so we took both his and our server's recommendations when it came to our breakfast choices. Though skeptical of the combination of olives and raisins, I settled on the Cuban hash and was thrilled with the results. The raisins were not a main player in the savory hash and added only a touch of sweetness, and the side of sweet plantains made my tongue sing.

Victor's 1959 Cafe: A culinary journey through Cuba
Kate N.G. Sommers

 


Victor's 1959 Cafe: A culinary journey through Cuba
Kate N.G. Sommers

Taylor ordered the Bistec Criollo and as he isn't keen on eggs, replaced them with the protein rich white rice and black beans. The bite I had was tasty, but in agreement with our server, I wished there was more criollo (a garlic and lime marinade) accompanying the dish.

Victor's 1959 Cafe: A culinary journey through Cuba
Kate N.G. Sommers

Kyle ordered the Basque Scrambler, a savory, stick-to-your-ribs meal that would cure even the worst hangovers.

 

Victor's 1959 Cafe: A culinary journey through Cuba
Kate N.G. Sommers

Taking the server's advice, we ordered a side of Cuban toast for the table. Smashed and buttery sweet bread with a nice dollop of guava paste was the perfect "dessert" for our lovely Sunday brunch.

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Victor's 1959 Cafe

3756 Grand Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409

612-827-8948

www.victors1959cafe.com


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