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Headed to Holidazzle in Minneapolis? Here’s what’s new to eat and drink

December 7, 2018

Gorkha Palace co-owners Rashmi Bhattachan and Sarala Kattel are well acquainted with street food, having launched their northeast Minneapolis restaurant from a potsticker stand at the Mill City Farmers Market. At Holidazzle, theyre selling a hearty rice bowl topped with crunchy vegetables simmered in a curry sauce ($8), along with those signature dumplings, called mo:mo. Some are filled with ground turkey, onions, cabbage and ginger; the others are a blend of spinach, cabbage, ginger and garlic. Both ($8) are served with a lively tomato chutney, and theyre a Holidazzle must.

Misfit Coffee is offering two festive new latts for warming up from the inside out: One is infused with hints of maple and bourbon ($6), while the other has gingerbread spice flavor notes ($6) and is garnished with, yes, Teddy Grahams graham crackers.

The seasons rib-sticker can be found at Lady As. Its a paper boat filled with whole steamed potatoes buried under gooey raclette, a feeds-a-crowd serving ($12) thats garnished with vinegary cornichons, perky pickled onions and a slice of tender roast beef. Dessert? An array of cupcakes ($3 to $4).

Next door, the Kabomelette food truck folks are keeping the cold at bay with a stand thats selling well-seasoned chicken kabobs ($8), a bacon-potato-egg hash ($8), omelets ($6 to $12) and steaming cups of chicken-wild rice soup ($4).

Its too bad that Friday is the only time to enjoy make-your-own smores ($5) at North Mallow, which provides the sticks, the marshmallows (vanilla and chocolate flavors), graham crackers and chocolate (go for the Ghirardelli peppermint option) and then steers smore makers to a nearby bonfire. Its tasty, nostalgic fun; why didnt someone think of this before?

Holidazzle (holidazzle.com) is open 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23 in Loring Park in Minneapolis.

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