Catalina’s Restaurant opened up in our neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis about a year ago, in a small strip mall down the street. They claim that “taste is our specialty”, and serve up both Mexican and various other Latin American cuisine.
We decided we were way past due to give Catalina’s a try. Upon walking in, I must admit that Catalina’s isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing place around…fluorescent lighting and plastic tablecloths in a tiny dining space. But seeing as taste is their specialty, we weren’t about to let the décor deter us. Besides, the space was very clean and organized, which is certainly a plus.
In true Latin American fashion, our visit started out right with a small basket of homemade chips and salsa. They had me at hello. We went through 2 of these baskets and ate every. last. drop. of the hot salsa.
Mike ordered the chicken burrito – a flour tortilla stuffed with beans, rice, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, and chicken. The meat was tender and super tasty with a nice smoky, cumin-y flavor.
I ordered “la especialidad de la casa”, the scallop soup, cooked to perfection with a mixture of yucca, plantains, potatoes, scallops, carrots, and cabbage. This soup was absolutely BOMB (am I too old to use that word?). The broth was light but creamy (coconut milk perhaps?), and the sweet and savory flavors complemented one another so well. I almost licked the bowl clean.
I am disappointed that we waited so long to discover Catalina’s amazing food. It is a very affordable, no-frills restaurant that is truly dedicated to creating delicious food with quality ingredients. We look forward to visiting again (sooner rather than later). If you’re in the market for an authentic Mexican or Honduran meal, check out Catalina’s.
Paella for 4, anyone?
YUM RATING: 9.5/10
What’s your favorite family-owned ethnic spot?