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, they’re 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 they’re a Holidazzle must.
Misfit Coffee is offering two festive new lattés 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 season’s rib-sticker can be found at Lady A’s. It’s a paper boat filled with whole steamed potatoes buried under gooey raclette, a feeds-a-crowd serving ($12) that’s 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 that’s 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).
It’s too bad that Friday is the only time to enjoy make-your-own s’mores ($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 s’more makers to a nearby bonfire. It’s tasty, nostalgic fun; why didn’t 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.