Dined on April 22nd.
This past weekend, I rediscovered one of my favorite places in the Cities, Victor’s 1959 Cafe. We stopped in for lunch with some friends, prior to taking a stroll around Lake Calhoun. On their website, the restaurant calls itself a place where you can escape from everyday life, eat some mighty tasty food, experience another culture, and maybe even feel like you are on a mini-vacation. In a nutshell, you go there to experience some delicious Cuban food.
First Impressions – As I mentioned before, this was not my first time at Victor’s 1959 Cafe. However, I can tell you that the place is nestled right in the middle of a residential area in Uptown. The building is so little, you might miss it. There is often a long wait to eat due to the lack of seating, but you do have the option to eat inside or outside, at least in the summer. When you are there, take a peak inside the quaint dining area and experience the Cuban culture that is well represented in the decor.
Service – I have never had a bad service experience here, including this last visit. Our server was friendly and welcoming. Our party of 6 was well taken care of.
Eats – The daily menu offers the option of ordering either breakfast or lunch food.
The Picadillo ($9.50) was my meal. Sauteed ground beef with red and green peppers, potatoes, Spanish green olives, capers and raisins, finished in their creole sauce. It is served with rice, black beans and sweet plantains. The best way to eat this is to mix everything together, and then experience all of the different crazy flavor combinations inside your mouth. It was simply delicious.
Sarah ordered the Sandwich Cubano ($12.95), which is served on toasted Cuban-style bread with a side of white rice and beans. The sandwich consists of sweet ham, pork loin, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. The sandwich was huge and could easily be shared between 2 people. Sarah enjoyed the sandwich but thought it was very heavy on the mustard.
All breakfast is served with multi-grain toast, English muffin, or 2 gluten free corn tortillas. You have the option to substitute those with the Cuban toast ($1.95). The toast also comes with guava jam which is available upon request. I highly suggest you get the Cuban toast and guava jam with your breakfast order. I can’t really explain how absolutely perfect this slightly sweet, crispy bread is. I can only tell you to go and find out for yourself.
Verdict – Victor’s 1959 Cafe is a hidden gem that I think everyone should experience at least once. As I mentioned earlier, this is one of my favorite places to eat in the Twin Cities. The food is just that good. In 2008, Victor’s was also featured on the popular food network show – Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives; check out the video here.
Victor’s 1959 Cafe
3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Breakfast and Lunch daily – 8 AM – 2:30 PM
Dinner Tuesday – Saturday – 4:30 PM – 9 PM