|A glorious pasty from an underground lair at Potter's Pasties brick and mortar store|
It was a particularly overcast day in the middle of a week of consecutive overcast days when we decided to stop by Potter's Pasties new brick-and-mortar location on Como Avenue. for a taste of their traditional tasty hand pies, the official food of depressing weather. The store is the latest in a welcome and growing trend of popular food trucks (Foxy Falafel, Smack Shack, and World Street Kitchen) that have expanded their business by adding year-round, all-hours, sit-down versions of their mobile restaurants. But it was clear from the moment we parked and started poking around that Potter's is aiming to do things a little differently.
For starters, Potter's brick-and-mortar is not, in the strictest sense, a sit-down restaurant. It's more like an order window/pickup counter that's open to the public in Potter's prep kitchen, where they also make the pasties you get from their food truck and put together their catering orders. The pick-up spot is located in the lower level of the Joe's Market building, so even though Potter's signage is on the front, you have to go around to the back and down a flight of stairs to actually place your order. The entrance looks a bit sketchy, but handheld pies are at stake so just suck it up and venture underground.
|What's going on down under at Potter's Pasties brick-and-mortar location|
This is what you'll see once you're down there. There's a small refrigerator case with awesome housemade ginger-mint limeade, cans of soda, Vietnamese coffee, and day old pies; an order window that gives you a peek into all the carrot-chopping and egg wash-brushing that happens behind the scenes; a rack of hodgepodge items for sale like Heinz beans and Potter's own pickle mix; and a simple chalkboard menu consisting of a market special (that day it was a BBQ pork ones with potatoes and roasted red pepper), made-to-order dessert, and a selection of savory pasties.
|Potter's sausage roll|
The pasties come in a few varieties: Traditional (basically a lovely peppercorn-laced beef stew with chunky vegetables but not much gravy - that comes as a side order if you like it saucy - all wrapped up in a pastry case), Vegetarian (spicy and lemongrass-y Thai red coconut curry tossed with potatoes, carrots, spinach, and ginger that left a pleasant burn), Pig (pulled pork, apples, and coriander), and Chicken (think chicken pot pie you can take on a walk). They also do a traditional sausage roll (pictured above) that has a slightly thinner, richer, more crisp pastry crust and contains crumbly, salty, lean sausage within. It's coal-mining food, and tastes like a day's worth of calories, but along with the Vegetarian pasty it was one of our favorite items. All pasties come in a small size for $5 or a large for $8. The small size seemed plenty big, especially since one whole side of each pasty is essentially a big braid of pie crust.
Outside the back entrance, there are two old wooden church pews for seating, a carpet sample-covered bench near the pick-up window downstairs, and a few tables inside Joe's Market where you can enjoy your pasty. Most people seemed to be taking theirs to go and true to their mobile roots, Potter's also delivers within a limited radius of the store. It's a great option if you want something cheap, hearty, and warming, but don't feel like chasing down a food truck to get it.
1828 Como Ave. SE, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Fri.- Sat. 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
1828 Como Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN