Cuisine: Breakfast, South American
Restaurant Features: Beer & Wine, On-Site Parking,
Location: Northeast Minneapolis, MN
Address: 2851 Central Avenue NE Minneapolis, MN 55418 612-788-1328
Hours: Mon-Thur: 11a–3p / 5p–10p Fri: 11a–11p Sat: 8a–11p Sun: 8a–9a
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Atmosphere: Chimborazo is located in Northeast Minneapolis on Central Ave at 29th Street. The building is small and stands alone at the corner and the sign is easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Inside the restaurant there are several tables running along the walls and a handful of round tables in the middle. It is cozy, with warm yellow walls and framed woven tapestries in the style native to South America. Each table had a little vase with cute fresh flowers that we thought was a nice touch.
Menu: Breakfast is available from 8am-2pm and includes Chimborazo (pancakes, roast pork and egg), Tungurahua (eggs, rice, beans), Cotopaxi, Llapingachos (potato pancakes with onion and cheese), Mote Pillo (Hominy with scrambled eggs), Tortilla de Puerco, Tortilla de Espinaca), Buttermilk Pancakes, Pancakes de Platanos, Empanada de Queso, Eggs, Chorizo, and Bacon.
Appetizers include Ceviche de Camaron, Muchin de Yuca (cassava croquettes filled with onion and cheese), Yuca Frita, Empanada de Queso, Empanada de Carne, Llapingachos, Patacones con Queso, and Platano Maduro.
Chimborazo has a selection of Sopas including Soup of the Day, Encebollado, Caldo de Bolas de Verde, and Caldo de Bagre.
Sandwiches offered include Roasted Pork, Grilled Chicken and Veggie.
Entrees at Chimborazo include Hornados con Papas, Seco de Carne, Seco de Pollo, Saltado, Milanesa de Pollo, Churrasco, Llapingachos con Chorizo, Chaulafan (Ecuadorian Fried Rice), Encocado de Mahi Mahi or Shrimp, Chupe de Pescado, and Ecuatoriano Vegetariano.
Desserts include Coconut Batido, Tres Leches Cake, and Higos con Queso
Price guide: Appetizers $2-10 Sandwiches $7-8 Entrees $9-12
What we ordered: Chimborazo does not have a bar but does serve beer and wine in addition to a couple of non-alcoholic drinks such as the Coconut Batido. This was my first time trying this particular batido and I loved the toasted coconut flavor of the drink, it gave it a nice nutty taste that was quite pronounced in a very good way. It was a frozen blend of coconut milk, ice, toasted coconut, (and perhaps other magical ingredients) then was topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut. It wasn’t overly sweet but would be great for dessert; I took me an hour to finish it but it was delicious.
My companion and I started off with a couple of different Appetizers, starting with the Platanos Maduros. These were thick slices of sweet platanos (banana) fried and then topped with soft, mild, melted white cheese. The platanos were served with the most delicious sauce called aji criollo, an Ecuadorian hot sauce made with hot peppers, cilantro, garlic, onion and lime. The spicy, citrusy sauce worked well with the sweetness of the banana and creaminess of the cheese. Yum!
We also tried the Empanada de Queso. This pocket of dough was filled with soft, mild white cheese then fried until golden brown and flaky. It was dusted with powdered sugar that gave it a hint of sweetness. This makes a good appetizer, snack or dessert!
We also tried the Empanada de Carne. This was fantastic! Inside the beautiful crispy brown crust were bite-sized pieces of grilled steak, peas, red pepper and onions. It was served with fresh diced tomatoes and I also dipped it in the aji criollo sauce which made it even better.
There were many dishes that sounded really good but I ended up ordering the Hornados con Papas for my entree. The pork is slow roasted for 16 hours until it is extremely tender. The pork was served with llapingachos, which were ‘pancakes’ of creamy seasoned mashed potatoes filled with cheese and then browned. Very tasty! The dish was also served with salad and mote, which is what hominy is called in Spanish. It is similar to corn but bigger and not nearly as sweet.
My companion ordered the Encocado with Mahi Mahi. This dish was rich and full of flavor, the sauce made from coconut milk, coconut, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, onion, cumin, coriander, bell pepper and cilantro. It was both sweet and savory at the same time, and went really well with the mild mahi mahi. The rice was just the right accompaniment to soak up the rich sauce.
For dessert we shared the Tres Leches Cake, which was very good . It wasn’t overly moist but the leches were still distinguishable. It was topped with whipped cream and slices of fresh strawberries. I wish I hadn’t been too full to have more than a bite or two.
Service: My companion and I met at Chimborazo on a weekday when it was just opening for dinner. We had our pick of both parking spots and tables in the dining room. Our server was nice and took time to explain various items from the menu and we were very happy with her suggestions.
Overall Impression: We both enjoyed Chimborazo a lot and I am now very much turned on to South American food. The food and service were both very good at Chimborazo and the prices were reasonable for the amount of food we got. If you like coconut, there are many dishes you will likely enjoy at Chimborazo. We will be back!