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Cozy Trinidadian restaurant in South Minneapolis
Marla's second Minneapolis restaurant, specializing in Caribbean (specifically Trinidadian) cuisine. Jerk tofu, curries, pelau, brown down, samosas, and doubles, that can be made (or are already) vegan.
Marla is often in the restaurant herself, and is quite willing to customize dishes. All diners are encouraged to offer suggestions to improve the menu.
Starting in September, Marla has added a lunch buffet that usually offers at least three vegan items.
on Jul 3 08
(last updated Dec 15 08)
Mark this place closed (permanently).
Most Recent Reviews
If you grew up in a small town, like me, you may love living in the city but find the personalized aspects of such a life often absent. Marla's not only offers wonderful food but is a family run business that cares about every single customer who walks through their door and it shows. I was there on a recent CAA dine-out and ordered a curry dish with tofu and veggies, make that Minnesota mild on the spice please :-) It was delish! And served by the daughter of the owner, who was friendly and very attentive. After our meal, Marla, the owner stopped by our table to ask how we liked everything. I found this gesture to be most kind and made me want to go back all the more. Not only that, but she also prepared a special vegan dessert for all of us that was yummy! Not many other food establishments would work that hard to make sure you're well taken care of. I will most definitely be going back to try some of the other items on the menu and enjoy more warm hospitality such as that. A few caveats... Marla's is definitely a neighborhood restaurant and although the ambiance is "warm" it's far from fancy and feels much like being in a big dining room of someone's house. Also, you may have to wait a little while for your food -- I get the feeling the kitchen gets easily overwhelmed and may need to upgrade at some point to accommodate the popularity/demand for their restaurant. Lastly, no alcohol is available :-( Marla's is still well worth a trip and you can always go to some fun bar before/after your meal (or both!) Thanks for a wonderful experience, Marla! Cheers!
I enjoy the food, it's affordable with large portion sizes, and the flavors are interesting and subtle. There are a lot of vegan options, and the staff know what's what.
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Right off the 14 and 23 bus lines.
$ - inexpensive
- Large Group-Friendly