Chuck’s first stop in this town that was made famous by flour, as having the only waterfall on the upper Mississippi River, the perfect place for milling Midwest wheat, and inspired its historic nickname, “Mill City.”
The city was made famous for its Scandinavian population, but more recently the Latino community has been a large part of Lake Street. Manny Gonzalez is the chef and owner of Manny’s Tortas. Manny is famous for his authentic Mexican sandwiches. So he showed Chuck how he makes a Manny Special with steak, onion, mushroom, tomato, jalapeño, grilled together then topped with ham & cheese. It was a beautiful sandwich, but one needed a large mouth to chomp down on this flavorful wonder.
At Moto-I Chuck met up with Omar Gillego, the chef of this ramen and sake house where he takes Japanese bar food, mixes it with his Filipino heritage and a pinch of Korean influence for a fusion that is spot on. He made his JFC, Japanese fried chicken that he serves with delicious slaw and kecap dipping sauce; it was amazing with a hodgepodge of flavors.
Chuck went to one of the 10,000 lakes with Ryan Swaim, chef of The Craftsman, Lake Minnetonka for some ice fishing to catch walleye for tonight’s menu. With no luck catching fish, they went back to the restaurant where they were hooked up with a large piece of walleye from the fishmonger. Ryan was making pan-seared walleye with popcorn cream sauce. The fish was crispy on top; the popcorn sauce was tasty and Chuck was loving it.
Next stop, an iconic outpost, Ingebretsen’s, to meet with Steve Dahl, the owner, who like his father is keeping the Scandinavian traditions alive. Chuck tasted lutefisk, and was surprised that he liked it and told Steve it may be his next tattoo on this episode of “Chuck’s Eat the Street.”