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(Hopefully this is posted in the right place :) )

I made this list for the Chowhound forums, but I'm sure somebody here will find it of use. It's a list of restaurants serving less common cuisines (Somali, Hmong, Ecuadorian, Cambodian, Persian, Guyanese, Ugandan, Dutch, etc.) in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area:

http://www.geocities.com/tvdxer/chow.html
 

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Since this hasn't been inviting any discussion despite getting 80 views, I'll post the list so you don't have to download it...

Restaurants serving more unique cuisines in the Minneapolis / St. Paul Area

AFGHAN

Crystal Bistro Afghan Cuisine
6408 Bass Lake Road
Crystal
763-533-4900

Da Afghan
929 W 80th St
Bloomington
952-888-5824
http://daafghan.samsbiz.com

Khyber Pass Cafe
1571 Grand Ave
St. Paul
651-690-0505
http://khyberpasscafe.com

CAMBODIAN

Cheng Heng
448 University Ave. W
St. Paul
651-222-5577

Kolap Restaurant
601 N Dale St
St. Paul
651-222-2488

Saigon Star
2480 N Fairview Ave
Roseville
651-631-8849
Vietnamese, Thai, and Cambodian

COLOMBIAN

Cafe Ena (Carribean/Columbian) .
4601 Grand Ave
Minneapolis
612-824-4441

CUBAN / LATIN CARRIBEAN

Babalu
800 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis
612-746-3158
http://www.babalu.us/

Cafe Havana
119 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis
218-338-8484
El Meson
3450 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis
612-822-8062
http://www.elmesonbistro.com/

Victors 1959 Cafe (Cuban) .
3756 Grand Ave S.
Minneapolis
612-827-8948
http://victors1959cafe.com

DUTCH

Pannekoken Huis (four locations)
http://www.pannekoeken.com/

White Bear Ave at 694
Maplewood
651-779-7844
Best Buy Mall

Hwy 55 at 494
Plymouth
763-559-5177
Next to Kelly Inn

CR 42 at O'Connell
Savage
952-226-4795

4995 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park
952-920-2120
(Miracle Mile)

ECUADORIAN AND PERUVIAN

Guyaquil Restaurant
1526 E Lake St
Minneapolis
612-722-2344

La Hacienda
2467 W 7th St.
St. Paul
651-699-3213
Mexican, Salvadoran, and Peruvian Cuisine

Machu Picchu
2940 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis
612-822-2125
http://www.machupicchurestaurante.com

Sabor Latino
2505 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis
612-789-1754
ETHIOPIAN

Blue Nile Restaurant and Lounge
2027 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis
612-659-7666
http://www.bluenilempls.com/

Dashen
2713 E Lake St
Minneapolis
612-724-8868

Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant
510 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul
651-646-4747
http://www.ethiopianrestaurant.com/...

Queen of Sheba
2447 W 7th St
St. Paul
651-690-0068
http://www.ethiopianrestaurant.com/...

Red Sea Bar and Restaurant
320 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis
612-333-1644
http://www.redseaclub.com

FRENCH NORTH AFRICAN

Barbary Fig
720 Grand Ave
St Paul
651-290-2085

GUYANESE

Aribel's Guyanese Restaurant
1120 E 66th Street
612-243-8993
Richfield

Palm Court
2424 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis
612-789-3373
http://www.palmctmpls.com/
Traditional Guyanese / Carribean

HMONG

Foodsmart
544 University Ave.
St. Paul, MN
651-665-0949
Grocery store with Hmong cafeteria in back.
Golden Triangle (Va Lor?)
371 W University Av
St. Paul
651-602-0602

Hmong Market
217 Como Ave
St. Paul
651-487-3700
Food court

INDIAN – GUJARATI

Bombay 2 Deli
1840 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis
612-788-4571

INDIAN – HYDERABADI

Kabobs Restaurant
7814 Portland Ave S
Bloomington
612-636-7786
http://thekabobs.com

ISRAELI

Little Tel-Aviv
3228 West Lake St
Minneapolis
612-929-1111
http://www.littletel-aviv.com/

KURDISH

Babani's Kurdish Restaurant
544 St. Peter
St. Paul
651-602-9964

LAOTIAN

Family Lao / Thai Restaurant
501 University Ave W
St. Paul
651-224-5026

Thai Bazil
704 University Ave W
St. Paul
651-225-8080
http://www.restaurant.com/...

Vientiane Restaurant
995 University Ave W
St. Paul
651-645-4351
LEBANESE

Beirut Lebanese Restaurant
1385 Robert Street South
West St. Paul
651-457-4886
http://www.beirutrestaurantanddeli.com/

Emily's Lebanese Deli
641 University Ave NE
Minneapolis
612-379-4069

MALAYSIAN

Peninsula
2608 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis
612-871-8282

Rasa Sayang
2480 Winnetka Avenue North
Golden Valley
763-525-9876

Satay 2 Go Asian Cuisine
Apple Valley
6670 150th St. W.
952-891-8551
http://www.satay2go.com
Singapore!
5554 34th Ave S.
Minneapolis
612-722-0888

MOROCCAN

Mairin's Table
23 Northeast Fourth Street
Minneapolis
612-746-4272
http://www.mairinstable.com/
Some Moroccan dishes

MULTI

Midtown Global Market
Lake Street & Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis

NEPALI – TIBETAN

Everest on Grand
1278 Grand Ave.
651-696-1666
http://www.hotmomo.com


Namaste Cafe
2512 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis
612-872-2496
http://www.namastechai.com

PALESTINIAN

Abu Nader Deli & Grocery
2095 Como Ave.
St. Paul
651-647-5391

PAN-AFRICAN

Tam-Tam African Restaurant
605 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis
612-339-0854
Ugandan, Ethiopian, and West African

PERSIAN

Atlas Grill & Clubroom
200 S 6th St
Minneapolis
612-332-4200
http://www.atlasgrill.com

Caspian Bistro
2418 University Ave SE
Minneapolis
612-623-1113

Good to Go
200 S 6th St. / 330 2nd Ave. S. Minneapolis
612-341-4600 / 612-338-8400
http://www.urgoodtogo.com/

PROVENÇAL

La Fougasse
5601 W 78th St
Bloomington
952-835-0126
http://www.sofitel.com/...

SCANDINAVIAN

Kaffe Stuga
Radisson Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd
Edina
952-893-8473

Scandia Bake Shop
5011 34th Ave. S.
Minneapolis
612-724-8353
Taste of Scandinavia (four locations)
http://www.tasteofscandinavia.com
Bakery and Cafe

401 W 98th St
Bloomington
952-358-7490

3251 Northdale Blvd NW
**** Rapids
763-421-4749

2900 Rice St
Little Canada
651-482-8876

845 Village Center Drive
North Oaks
651-482-8285

SOMALI
http://www.somaliresource.net/business.html

Al-Uruba Restaurant
2800 27th Ave. South
Minneapolis
612-729-9898

Banadir Coffee
370 W Lake St
Minneapolis
612-821-9010

Café Sport
425 E Lake St
Minneapolis
612-825-6776

Cairo Grill
1922 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis
612-870-6200

Casablanca Restaurant and Coffee Shop
411 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis
612-746-3489

Gazira International Food and Deli
2115 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis
612-872-0001

Gulet Deli and Grocery
922 E 24th St
Minneapolis
612-874-6970


HAMDI Restaurant
818 E Lake St
Minneapolis
612-823-9660

Hodan Restaurant
1304 E Lake St
Minneapolis
612-729-9988

Indian Ocean Restaurant
1401 11th Ave S
Minneapolis
612-338-1817

Kaah Restaurant
912 24th St E
Minneapolis
612-872-8390
Kilimanjaro Café
324 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis
612-333-2211

Lake Plaza – Food Court and Bazaar
413 E Lake St
Minneapolis

Madina Somal Restaurant
3205 Cedar Ave South
Minneapolis
612-729-6884

Mandeeq Restaurant
1202 E Lake St
Minneapolis
612-724-8133

Marka Cafeteria
1206 E Lake St
Minneapolis
612-724-6711

Merkato Restaurant
605 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis
612-746-0333

Safari Restaurant
1424 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis
612-872-4604
http://www.safarirestaurantmn.com/

Sahara Restaurant
408 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis
612-332-1822
Tariq Restaurant
137 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis
612-874-9500

SRI LANKAN

Sambol
1260 Town Center Drive
Eagan
651-688-8686
http://www.sambol.com/

TAIWANESE

Evergreen Taiwanese Restaurant
2424 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis
612-871-6801

TRINIDADIAN

Marla's
1123 W Lake Street
Minneapolis
612-306-7659
http://www.marlascuisine.com
Trinidad/Indian

TURKISH

Black Sea Restaurant
737 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 917-8832
http://www.blacksearestaurant.com/

Istanbul Bistro
15718 Wayzata Blvd.
Wayzata
952-476-7997
http://www.citypages.com/...

WEST AFRICAN

Akwaaba
1823 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis
612-872-4414

Ghana
864 University Ave
St. Paul
651-762-9451

Kenkayba's Place
864 University Ave
St. Paul
651-762-9451
 

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Thanks for the list! I didn't know Mairin's Table was Moroccan. It's a cuisine I've not tried yet and it's in my neighborhood.

I miss Caravan Serai in St. Paul, but I hear Khyber Pass is good. Anyone know? And also anything about Machu Picchu?
 

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I've really enjoyed Khyber Pass in the past but I haven't eaten there in years. I went to college with the owner, he is an amusing lunatic. He also hosts International Jazz Conspiracy on KFAI.

Fasika in St Paul is very good and inexpensive.

I worked with the owner of Babani's Kurdish Restaurant before he openen his restaurant, he was a prep cook a Buca St Paul. He is an incredibly nice guy. He had a degree in wildlife management from the University of Baghdad which does him absolutely no good in the US. He came over as a refugee after the first Gulf War. His restaurant isn't bad but I wished I liked it more.

I have never eaten at Guyaquil Restaurant but all the Ecuadorians I know tell me not to eat there, they prefer Los Andes. Since I work in kitchens and most cooks in town are from Ecuador I have eaten my fair share of Ecuadorian food, I'm not sure how popular it would be with the general public. It tends to be light on flavor and heavy on starch.
 

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^^Chicago dogs are the way to go for hot dogs! Whoever invented those things is a genius. Isn't a coney just a hot dog with chili on it?

I live by this place, used to be called Joey D's, but they changed the name to Chris & Robs, and their hot dogs taste real nice:

http://www.chrisandrobs.com/index.html

This is my hot dog place while at work in downtown:

http://walkindog.com/
 

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Hey, for Colombian, is Maria's over on Franklin still open? That was a great place. And how about Cafe of the America's?
 
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