A good friend of mine, whom I shall call L.R., got a job … a pretty nice job, with benefits and a salary and everything, in the “helping” industry, which she’s good at and which she likes. So I took her out for a congratulatory dinner (and just because we had not seen each other in weeks). It took me some effort to get her to tell me where she really wanted to eat. L.R. is a sweetly, quietly self contained person (but made of steel inside, so don’t mess with her) so it was totally out of character for her to tell me where we should go so I could buy us both dinner. But I made her talk using persuasion.
It turns out she had a new favorite place, and that is what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to her favorite place, order her favorite thing on the menu (plus or minus) and drink her drink and if she normally ate desert (and thank FSM she did not) try that desert as well. I figured she would have a routine and some strong preferences, and sometimes I like to experience the preferences and choices of someone that I care for. It’s a quirk of mine.
I got lucky. Well, not lucky — I knew L.R., a very cool person with long experience in the food industry, would make only good choices. Her new favorite place is Midori’s Floating World Cafe on 27th Ave in South Minneapolis. It is right across the street from the old Resources Center for the America’s building, and next to The Real CMF’s favorite restaurant (to which I’ve not yet been).
We had one of the noodle dishes, a biggish bottle of hot sake, and some sushi.
As we were ordering, I remembered that neither of us had brought along our List of Endangered Fish: Do Not Eat Wallet Insert, but I think we did OK, staying away from sea mammals and anything that was really expensive.
Lucky again: It turns out that L.R. and I have pretty much exactly the same taste in sushi: It’s all good but there must be eel.
I have three things to say about this resturant: 1) It has a very nice atmosphere, a small establishment with a simple line-up of unpretentious tables and a sushi bar, family run, staffed with excellent servers; 2) The food is quite good; and 3) The prices are very nice.
L.R. is living in what we used to call a ‘crash house’ … the sort of place I misspent a fair amount of time in my youth … but I won’t say too much about who is crashing there these days as this blog is monitored by the You Know Who. I assume. But her stories reminded me of my own stories so I think we ended up making each other laugh a lot. Maybe we were a little boisterous, because when we got around to leaving, we were the only customers and the proprietor seemed really happy (to see us go?).
I highly recommend dinner with L.R. But since most of you can’t have that, I recommend that you try Midori’s Floating World Cafe in South Minneapolis with someone who makes you smile.
And speaking of sushi, this is the video of the famous Japanese Frilled Shark.