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Our little red tent is back at Thursdays on First! We’re serving up our classic dishes: chicken paella, giant empanadas, and Tessa’s signature sangria!

paellaSontes is perfecting the art of gourmet street fare the same way we do it in the restaurant: by starting with fresh, local ingredients. We add in Bomba rice, chicken (with our own spice rub), white wine that gets cooked off, garlic, a little butter, parsley, saffron (which gives it that bright gold color), and bell peppers and onions from the Farmer’s Market. It takes 40 minutes to an hour to make a pan of paella from scratch. The time depends on the wind, as it is truly cooked in the open air. Don’t worry–we always have a backup pan going!

Paella is to Spain what the hot dish is to Minnesota. And at Thursdays on First, we dish up a whole container of paella for you, so it’s easy to eat on the go, or to seal closed and save for dinner.

Alex 2.0In addition to our paella, we’ve got giant empanadas—pies made with flaky, hand-made dough and stuffed with your choice of chorizo sausage, or vegetarian potatoes and cheese. We serve our giant empanadas in a paper sleeve, making them easy to eat with one hand (leaving the other hand free to hold your sangria!).

Tessa’s own secret recipe sangria is always a street favorite! We make it one day in advance, giving the flavor time to marinate. Our red sangria is light and refreshing, with just a touch of cinnamon among the fruit and red wine. Out at our red tent, we also have flavored San Pellegrino water, bottled water, and choice beers. Look for us at the corner of First Street and Third Avenue SW.

If you prefer air conditioning and comfy seating, we’ve got you covered! The restaurant is open for lunch and Happy Hour on Thursdays and every weekday, and we’re open for dinner Monday-Saturday.

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And don’t forget: our new wine boutique, Tessa’s Office, is Monday through Saturday starting 11 a.m. (And earlier by request. Call 507.226.7763). Located to the right of our entryway, Tessa’s Office offers specialty liquors, wines, and beer, and an entire wall of wines that are $20 and under! Feel fee to stop in at one of our numerous tastings!

For more information about blogger Jody Brown, see our Who We Are page.

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