CW: Vitali’s Bistro. Creperie, cafe… Russian music jam spot in this cute counter service in a specific area called Nicollet Mall. Nicollet Mall is a highly trafficked part of the skyway system in Minneapolis.
We got a crepe. I love crepes. Crepes are either sweet or savory, thin batter that’s cooked on a special crepe comal. This falls under the savory. It’s lox and cream cheese. You got that salty, briney caper and then we have their house garlic, herb dressing aioli sauce. Cream cheese and lox is something that we are all fairly familiar. It’s an American staple of our people’s food.
CW: I’m super excited because it’s really a delicate pancake, breakfast burrito-y kinda thing with smokey, salty, cream cheesy, loxy…
(CW picks up two forks)
Judd: This is not working.
CW: You got your salty, your salty, and then you got your punch of cream cheese that smooths it all out. Delicious.
What we have here is a massive potato knish. We have this flaky dough and he has all his potatoes and there is dough in the middle. He grilled it up a little bit. This is exciting for me. Let’s break it in half.
Judd: I’m gonna let you navigate this one.
CW: Oh, why potato?
Judd: Like a mashed potato.
CW: Really you don’t do mashed potatoes?
CW: Potatoes are like vegetables to him.
Judd: Yeah, yeah.
CW: Vitali’s needs to be commended for the fact that everything here is scratch made in house.
Judd: It’s crazy.
CW: It’s not like he has three things. He’s got some great baked goods. He’s got this giant, massive knish.
Goat cheese baklava. I’m really excited about this. We don’t see enough cheese in pastry in kosher. We do, but not like goat cheese, not like the funky salty. A baklava is a natural fit. We can already tell by that crispity crunchity.
Judd: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
CW: Yeah, it has a good sugary bottom. It has a good sugary bottom.
Judd: Sugary bottom.
CW: You have a good sugary bottom. We got sugary bottom.
I think if you were rolling through Minneapolis and you were looking for a solid spot in downtown, I can tell you that this is the best Orthodox kosher certified Creperie in downtown Minneapolis. Nicollet Mall, you know where it’s at. It’s a Creperie. They’re savory, they’re sweet.
This is the breakfast burrito crepe.
Downtown Minneapolis. It’s attached to a hotel. You could always just sneak out of the hotel and grab yourself some breakfast and take it back to the hotel.
Fun fact: What’s the baseball team here?
Judd: The Twins.
CW: Why are they called the Twins?
Judd: Because of the Twin Cities.
CW: What are the Twin Cities?
Judd: Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
CW: Why are they called the Twin Cities?
Judd: ‘Cause they look very similar to each other.
CW: Wrong! Porkanopolis was taken.