JAMIE ABOUT TOWN...AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (January 2022)

Dated: January 24 2022

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DECEMBER AVERAGE HOME SALES PRICE BY COUNTY

  • Dakota County - $365,764
  • Washington County - $427,140
  • Ramsey County - $313,893
  • Anoka County - $344,986
  • Hennepin County - $429,128
  • Carver County - $524,445
  • Scott County - $415,160

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JAMIE ABOUT TOWN (January)

Simone and I were pumped to find a new option here in our own backyard of SSP, and also something a bit out of the norm.  Can never go wrong with a good burger or pasta, and we have more than enough great options in that realm, but sometimes you just want something a bit different.  Something that you won’t have 30 different restaurant options for.  So on those days, Hilltop International Cuisine is our new must have!

Actually first heard of this place on one of the local Facebook group pages I follow, and it said they specialize in Ethiopian and Mediterranean food.  I had to ask our fellow foodie neighbors if they had tried this place yet, and they gave me the big thumbs up as they’d already eaten there 2-3 times.  So I’m deciding to write this after our 2nd visit. 

If you don’t know a ton about this cuisine no problem, neither do we.  They’ll show you the way here.  They have two different Hilltop specials, one meat and one vegetarian platter, that each gives you smaller portions of some of their signature dishes.  Chef and owner Nessib met us out in the dining room and offered to build a platter that had a bit of both.  Won’t say no to that!  Gave us the chance to try all sorts of flavors!

These platters have full and half size orders.  They said the full order is great for two people.  It was in the sense that we had leftovers for a week!  No complaints, but if we had a group of 4 or 5, a full order is still plenty!

We were treated to three different beef dishes, one lamb, and one chicken, along with a variety of vegetable sides.  With that we were also given a basket of injera, an Ethiopian bread.  It’s spongy and can soak up all the saucy goodness.  General idea is to tear of a bit and use to pinch your food.  It’s fun eating with your hands!

Some of these dishes are spicier than others, so if you’re sensitive to that you may want to have that conversation with the server.  But hands down our favorite for the night was the quanta firfir.  Air dried beef, so a jerky texture, mixed in with their spicy red sauce, and also mixed in with the injera.  That one would be hard to pinch.  Easily the spicier of the options, but we love the heat.  A very close second for me though was their shiro, an Ethiopian stew made from ground chickpeas and various spices.  Has a texture like mashed sweet potatoes, and had this amazing nutty flavor.  Not hot at all, just super flavorful.  I’m begging for a mega bowl of that on a cold night.

They also have a number of traditional options available for anyone that doesn’t feel like experimenting.  Spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccini alfredo, their house burrito, etc.  Picky kids maybe?

They recently posted they’re taking reservations for a special Valentines dinner on Sunday, February 13th.  They haven’t posted the menu yet but this is top of a short list right now for us!

You can see the menu and some great pics on the sites below.  Available for takeout or dine in.  Our first time here was a takeout night, and neither Simone’s short rib, nor my lamb shank left us disappointed.  Really hoping these guys stick around, it’s great having something like this in town!

www.facebook.com/Hilltopmn

www.hilltopmn.com

Don’t believe me?  Just ask my wife….

(Simone says) Who knew we would get a restaurant like this in our neighborhood?  What a treat!  Like Jamie said, we do not know Ethiopian cuisine very well, but their sampler platter made it easy to get to know it.  We also ordered Sambosas for an appetizer.  These are little fried pillows of goodness filled with beef, chicken or veggies and a great way to start the meal.  They also treated us to a little hummus with naan flatbread while we waited.  This place is new and I really hope that it is embraced by our community so that it sticks around. 

     

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Jamie Lindquist

I grew up in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis. I remember as a child sitting in the backseat while my parents drove around some of the higher end neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, just to look at ....

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