Stopped by last Sunday at the Uptown Market and found a couple of new food vendors: She Royal and Hola Arepas. She Royal’s menu includes a chicken curry and a delicious Ethiopian veggie combo – red and yellow lentils, chopped spiced greens and rice, with pita on the side ($6). Owner Samson Benti also operates a cafe in the basement of City Hall, where they feature Ethiopian specialties on Wednesdays and Fridays.
A variety of arepas are offered, with fillings of pulled pork or chicken and breakfast versions with eggs. We ordered a black bean arepa with queso fresco, marinated cabbage and tomato – very tasty – and washed it down with a refreshing cucumber lemonade.
The Uptown Market features crafts and produce as well as prepared foods, and is open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the two-block stretch of 29th St. between Dupont and Lyndale Avenues.
Across Lyndale Avenue from the Uptown Market, Rick Nelson reported recently in the Star Tribune, Heidi’s Restaurant is now serving a patio menu, Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu offerings include a fried egg sandwich, lamb burger, rabbit meatball sandwich and a pita stuffed with chickpea salad – all $8.