We are actually making a dent in our Diners, Drive-In’s & Dives restaurant list here in Minneapolis. Let me tell you, it hasn’t been exactly easy, the list is rather lengthy, but slowly but surely we’ve been making our way around town. I have to admit it has been rather fun! :) The latest crossed off the DDD list: Victor’s 1959 Cafe.

Victor’s 1959 Cafe has been inching its way towards the top rather quickly however as I love small, kitchy, restaurants that serve delicious food without being overly fancy and stuffy. Located in South Minneapolis, Victor’s itself is tiny. The walls are bright, the patio upbeat with cuban music and the vibe is what I would consider to be eccentric. And absolutely perfect on a summer day.

I was surprisingly in the mood for a mojito (I’m normally just a wine girl) but Victor’s doesn’t have a liqour license so it is beer and wine only. I was a little disappointed until I saw a champagne mojito on the menu….

It was amazing/life-changing/completely delicious and I’m actually glad they didn’t have a regular mojito – this was bubbly, refreshing and we will be making them at home soon. Seriously.

In terms of food though, which was the whole reason we were there, we started with the Cubano Mix – a plate of fried tostones, croquetas and empanadas. Much of the food reminded me of the food I ate in Haiti- fried plantains, rice, beans, etc. and brought back many good memories.  The appetizers were pretty average – they were good, but nothing amazing.

We weren’t really there for the appetizers though, we were there to try the “as seen on the food network” specialties: the Sandwich Cubano and Ropa Vieja. The Cubano was the classic sandwich – ham, pork, pickles, swiss and mustard between pressed bread. It was simply delicious. And everything I had hoped for.

The Ropa Veija (literally “old clothes”) was outstanding. Served with your choice of rice and beans (we went with rice + black beans) and some plaintains, this was amazing. You can tell that the meat simmers for hours, it is so flavorful.

I love living in a city with so many cultural food dishes to experience – it is one of my favorite things to do! Victor’s was great and definitely a trip if you are in the twin cities!

Victor’s 1959 Cafe

3756 Grand Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN



21 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mercedes
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    I have never heard of this place! But it is amazing how anything they feature on Food Network makes you want to go and get the same thing immediately! I’m glad the sandwich and other entree lived up to your expectations!


  2. Nicole, RD
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    What a fun idea to try so many new places in the area. I should start a list near me!

    The meal looks wonderful and that champagne mojito…oh my!!


  3. Tracey@Tangled Noodle
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Now that we’re in Manila, I miss Victor’s 1959 Café like crazy! You should try breakfast there – I could live on the platter-sized corn pancake. Viva Victor’s!


    • Emily
      Aug 18, 2011 @ 9:37 am

      Yes, we were thinking that breakfast would be amazing! Back on the list it goes! :)


  4. thehealthyapron
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    what a cool adventure! I’m not sure I would like any of the food but I LOVE how you are open to lots of new foods! That mojito sounds wonderful too!


  5. Alyse
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    What a fabulous idea! And Victor’s looks awesome – a taste of the tropics right at home. I’d love to try a champagne mojito!


  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    I LOVE ropa vieja! There’s a Colombian steakhouse in Chicago that serves it and I think it’s the best thing on their menu. Looks like a fun restaurant!


  7. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    What a fun idea! I think it all looks delicious especially the mojito!


  8. Luv What You Do
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    I would love a mojito on a warm even like tonight and that one looked delish! I love DDandD and it is my go to show on Fridays when I am home from work and making dinner. I’ve only been to a few places, but when I lived in Memphis they were some of my favorites!


  9. Baking Serendipity
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    I love the bright colored walls in this restaurant :)


  10. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    Fun! I need to see a list of all the D.D.andD. places in Minneapolis! We have definitely been to Victors with some friends and loved sitting outside, sipping on drinks, and eating fried plantains and other deliciousness. I can’t remember what I ordered now, but I do remember it was tasty. :)


  11. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    that place looks adorable! Oh and the food looks pretty amazing too :) Have a great weekend friend!


  12. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    You better post that champagne mojito recipe when you figure it out. Or else I’ll hound you weekly…..

    Happy weekend!


    • Emily
      Aug 19, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

      Ha! I’m going to work on it this weekend. :)


  13. Katie G
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    We went there last year for breakfast with MB – Yum!!


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  15. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Wow that looks delicious and such a cute place! I’ve never had authentic Cuban food, but it looks amazing! thanks for sharing


  16. Brittnie
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    What a great idea and I love the fun look of the restaurant. Makes me want to try some cuban food. Not sure if I have ever had it before. Have a lovely Sunday!


  17. Martha
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    This looks delicious. And what a timely review. I pass through Minneapolis twice a year – when traveling between Northern Wisconsin and Phoenix. We are headed out tomorrow and hope to enjoy a meal at Victors. I too am a food and yoga enthusiast :-)


    • Emily
      Aug 22, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

      Ah, fun! I hope you enjoy. If you need any other recommendations (food, yoga studio, etc.) let me know! :)


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