Captain Adventure was in the driver's seat. I watched from shotgun. We were the first car in line at a red light, and we wanted to turn left. Fast. We had food to eat, dammit. Left turn light? Check. Foot ready on brake? Check. Light... almost green... wait for it...
Green! But the SUV coming from the other direction just. Sat there. The seconds stretched. The enormous cage of the vehicle made the man inside seem minuscule as he texted. And texted. Aaaannnnd texted.
Captain Adventure's knuckles tightened around the wheel. Instinct rocketed through him. Before I knew it, we were turning left RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE SUV.
Epic. I love my husband.
Mill Valley Kitchen
3906 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
MVK harkens back to Northern California in style. The menu is very clearly marked for vegans and GF-ers. However, there are at least twice (if not thrice) as many GF items as there are vegan ones. If you want a full vegan meal - an entree, if you will - you'll need to piece together a bunch of sides, which can wind up being more expensive than any one non-vegan main course. In addition to several vegan side dishes, there is some quality spicy chili and a couple killer salads.
Are you a tea person? If your answer is no, skip to the next paragraph so you feel less like poking your eyeballs out. I'm vaguely a tea person - I drink Tazo chai every day and if I'm sick, I drink roughly 5,000 times that amount. MVK's tea comes in a swank little French press. They use loose leaf tea instead of the bag variety. When you ask for hot tea with any lack of clarity, they bring you this box with 8 different unlabeled glass jars that the server will allow you to smell before making your decision. It's quite fancy pants. I recommend closing your eyes and pointing.
I happen to know through vicarious experience (thanks Jana and Carla!) that the hummus, carrots, green beans, and fresh berries are all lovely. Which ones are spicy? You'll never know until you try. I'll give you a hint: it's not the fresh berries. Gross. What were you thinking?
If you're not a grammar nerd, stop reading now. Remember when I told you to stop reading at the second tea paragraph, but you didn't listen and you read it anyway and regretted it? This time I mean it. Okay, fellow grammar aficionados: if you look at the menu section of MVK's website, you will see an inappropriately placed apostrophe. And then you will keep reading. Until you see ANOTHER inappropriate apostrophe in a sentence that may or may not make sense. Oh, the humanity! First one to find them get's ten point's.