restaurant: victors 1959 cafe

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

612-827-8948

 

Comments

  1. says

    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. says

    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!

  3. says

    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. :)

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  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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 :-)

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