Emconadas: A first look at the spicy, savory street eats

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Meat in cones

It's a cone! It's an empanada! It's an emconada! One of the gentlemen from this truck was canvassing the sidewalk, enticing passersby to take the quick out of their downtown Minneapolis I've-got-business-to-get-to step and linger over a spicy bite of their wares. Just one bite had most of them hooked.

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One order of the chicken emconadas ($7.50 for two) arrives packed with saucy, tender meat, graced with a roasted, slow-burn tomato salsa, and packed into a fried, rolled up tortilla. They arrive atop either a pile of bright, saffron-colored rice or a salad, depending on the diner's choice. The rice was studded with green beans, peas, and carrots and was mild in flavor.

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Easy to eat on the streets

The cones are easy to handle and nibble on while walking down the street -- no need to wait to get to your destination. Amble down the crowded sidewalks, feast on the flaky fried tortilla-like empanada dough, and take a moment to look up. Part of the fun of eating from these street vendors is the spontaneity of stumbling upon a new treat, out in our wild, urban element.

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