Midtown Global Market

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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Holy Land, a middle-eastern market, and the produce section were our favorites on a recent visit. Most of the stalls didn't have much else that we were interested in, but I'm not much of a shopper. Love the concept and hope it succeeds.

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The Midtown Global Market is a cool, unique, interesting place with numerous food stalls offering dishes from practically every continent. It's also a good place to get imported package goods and fresh produce. It speaks to the multicultural spirit of Minneapolis. I went today and the Mexico Tourism Board had musicians playing lovely tunes.

That said, I don't think there's too much for vegans here. The new Salty Tart bakery occasionally has vegan cupcakes and some other vegan baked goods, but you should call ahead to make sure stuff is in stock, as I've been there many times only to be disappointed that they ran out of their only vegan item. Holy Land Deli has some items which look vegan (couscous, veg. curry) but their veggie burger has cheese in the patty. There's a vegetarian dish at the African restaurant and vegetable roti at the Jamaican soul food place.

You can also try a vegetable torta at Manny's Tortas. They build to order, though I found that if you don't speak Spanish, describing what you want could be tricky. Fortunately I do speak Spanish and was able to get a confirmed vegan torta (vegetable sandwich). It is a soft grilled baguette filled with mushrooms, avocado, beans, lettuce and tomato. It sounds like a burrito, but it's much lighter and less dense. But at $6.45 it's awfully expensive considering the small portion size.

Be warned there are at least two large meat counters which is a huge turn-off. At least they're in the corners of the place and not dead-center in the market. On a whole, though, the Midtown Global Market is a hip place to explore different foods, do some grocery shopping or hang out and get a cup of tea/coffee at one of the cafe vendors.

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EDIT: Regarding the La Loma Tamales

1) Before I wrote this review, I asked if there was cheese in the vegetarian tamale. No, they do not.

2) I asked about chicken broth/meat broth. They told me no.

3) After eating a tamale at the MGM counter service restaurant, I purchased a 6 pack of frozen tamales which are made at the restaurant's other location and available at one of the little markets inside the MGM. The frozen tamales come with a complete listing of ingredients. I read it three times before purchasing. They use vegetable lard (aka shortening) and specifically list vegetable broth. Natural flavors are listed, so I suppose there is a *small* chance that some sort of animal-derived product is involved, but I doubt it.

I will dutifully grill the staff next time I am there and ask for a full ingredient list of the tamales, but I have a feeling they are the same as the frozen packages.

The Midtown Global Market is awesome! Lots of my favorite restaurants have their second location in the MGM, set up as smaller counter-service versions of the full sized restaurants.

Everest Cafe is the mini version of Everest on Grand, and they have tasty momos - steamed or fried veggie dumplings for fairly cheap. La Loma has excellent vegetarian tamales, perfect at 2 bucks. They're vegan, too. Holy Land is there with a mini buffet as well as a mini grocery store to pick up their goods. West Indies Soul, Andy's Garage, Safari Express -- just to name a few other counter service restaurants at the MGM.

I love to go to lots of different vendors and get my fill on a variety of foods. I also love to pick up a few groceries from United Noodles or an Asian Market or the Produce Exchange organic market.

There are also a plethora of little shops which sell everything from clothing to jewelry, spices to unique gifts.

I always have a fun time taking it all in and eating a ton of good food for great prices.

I believe that hungry_coconut is mistaken when s/he states that La Loma's vegetarian tamales are vegan. For one, I believe that they contain cheese. Secondly, I am almost positive that they aren't even vegetarian, although they are advertised as being so. Last time I saw an ingredient list for these tamales (at that time listed as vegetarian as well), ingredients such as chicken fat were listed. It would be good to double and triple check the veg status of this restaurant. Most tamales are traditionally made with meat broth or fat, which is not considered meat and therefore is often labeled as being vegetarian. I have no reason to believe that La Loma's tamales are made any other way until an ingredient list has been checked.

That stated, the Midtown Global Market rocks. My favorite places are the produce market in the center and Holy Land Deli.

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