Part Panama, part New Orleans, all flavor. Chef Pedro Wolcott brings new life and energy to his own North Loop neighborhood. Guacaya Bistreaux is an order-at-the-counter, pay-via-a-QR-code tapas place, although there are full-sized entrees like jerk chicken ($26) and shrimp and grits ($25), too.
We loved the ceviche ($18)—a vibrant mix of bright green avocado and orange sweet potato mousses, with crunch from plantain chips, plus lime-cured fresh whitefish. Mini arepas ($14) with slow-roasted suckling pig were a salty, sweet treat.
Meanwhile, the yuca fries ($9) and crispy Brussels sprouts ($12) make for a great snack in between North Loop bar hopping.
Guacaya Bistreaux, 337 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, guacayabistreaux.com