Big night out last night!
Taco Taxi and Goat
First, Bridget and I, Rachel and George, and Tim, headed to Taco Taxi** got the GOAT. Bridget has never had goat before, and I gave her a dinner out a month for a xmas present. Why not go low, and get the good stuff? Tim and I have been to Taco Taxi many time for late night burritos - they are open late and the food is GOOD. Ambiance - absolutely NOT!
The GOAT was excellent! George and Rachel got the quezabirria, a goat stew that looked very spicy, but was mild and delicious. Neither could finish the bowl. Tim and I went with our standard - the Birria burrito, Mexican Style. Bridget ordered a single taco (which I paid for) and it came as a full burrito! She ate half a half a burrito...
As GOOD as the GOAT was, the ambiance at the Taco Taxi is always ROUGH.
Rachel and George arrived first, and grabbed a table in the far back of the restaurant. Why?!? Because there is a single front door, so every table gets a blast of cold air with every door swing. So far so good. But now we are in the belly of the beast, sitting next to the back wall that adjoins to the kitchen. Once we got our food, someone in the kitchen was POUNDING the shit out of something. Imagine BAM BAM BAM BAM, the sound of some huge mallet banging on a table just on the other side of the wall from us.
As we stood at the counter and started ordering our food, a street person came in the door and pushed past us to the counter. Before we could react, he grabbed all the money in the tip bucket and headed out the door! Once outside the door, he lingered and faced us and mouthed something while making eye contact with each of us in order. I wanted to go out and confront him, but that only brings more trouble.
To finish off our visit there was a medical emergency. As we headed for the door, we noticed a man swerving in the isle, and sirens and flashing lights outside. In burst 3 EMT's, who started attending to the guy who was now sitting and looked ashen gray and unresponsive. We snuck out the door, as as we did, they laid the man on the floor! We said our goodbyes, then Bridget lingered and watched the EMT's bundle the guy up and take him away.
What a night!
(Side note**: To find the REAL Taco Taxi, try these links:
- http://tacotaximn.com/ - insecure link to single page website with copyright date of 2010!
- https://www.yelp.com/biz/taco-taxi-minneapolis - Yelp listing - this is the place!
- http://ordertacotaxi.com/ - another insecure place to order Taco Taxi - wrong hours, but right street address, and woeful menu.
- https://tacotaxi.us/ - This looks good! Except for 2021 copyright, and menu items Cobb Salad, Cheese Sampler, Spaghetti, and Apple Pie?!?
Just now that the Internet is no substitute for the REAL THING)
The CC Club and the Virgin
Bridget was pooped, so Tim and I headed toward Huge Theater. We had some time to kill, so Tim suggested a drink at World Street Kitchen. We parked closer to 26th St, so I suggested we hit the CC Club instead. To my amazement, Tim had never been there. This is almost unfathomable to me - a landmark institution, and just a few blocks from where I lived for 9 years as a young hellion in 'the Wedge'.
When the whole world spirals to it's demise, the CC remains the same! To our joy and delight we were carded at the door! Talk about a lift for almost seniors! We grabbed stools at the bar, and ordered from their large selection of beers. Really nothing has changed, same layout, same red vinyl booths, same pool table in the back. Lots of hipsters, and the bartender had a spendid turned and waxed blond handlebar stash.
Tim and I traded young man stories - me from the hood, and him from similar exploits in St Paul. I world apart.
Huge Theater and The Mess
The final stop of the night was Huge Theater and another improv show with The Mess. We loves us some improv, and the mess was pretty on with this show:
- Evaporating hot dogs
- '10' rated female serial killer hitchhikers
- Brownie bakers
- Savant autistic detectives
- Bondage inspired students
- Big Dogs
If you have never caught a show, do yourself a favor. The Huge Theater is in their new home on 2728 Lyndale. It's an even bigger space, and it's coming along nicely.
We got an extra bonus - the next show was free, so we watched the Temps. It was funny enough, they are a big new troupe, and they are working on it.
What a Saturday night!