Chimbarazo and In the Time of Butterflies
Want to pair a tasty meal with a night at the theater? Sophie Kerman over at Aisle Say Twin Cities and I have got you covered. Check out Sophie’s review of In the Time of Butterflies, a bilingual sociopolitical drama set in the Dominican Republic and currently running at the Mixed Blood Theater on the West Bank.
To set the mood for the evening, we went in search of some Latin American flavors. And judging by the line out the door of Chimbarazo, a nondescript Ecuadorian spot in Northeast Minneapolis, we were in the right place. Hefty portions, clean flavors, quality ingredients, and plenty of options for carnivores and vegetarians? Our group was happy, happy, happy.
This is great food at a good value. Two bucks gets you two deliciously crisp cheese empanadas topped with powdered sugar—a surprising but tasty combination of sweet and savory. A heaping portion of Churrasco—grilled flank steak, French fries, rice, plantains, beans, and fried egg—is a delicious deal at just $11.50. Frankly, everything we tried was skillfully prepared and flavorful. Even deep fried turnovers and croquettes managed to feel fresh, rather than over-salted or dripping with grease.
Chimbarazo’s food is deeply satisfying. Hearty but not heavy, it’s ideal for a pre-show meal (or any meal, for that matter). This eater highly recommends a trip up Central Ave.
“Una Mas,” Roy Hargrove