Reader Art, also known as UpWithTheMooses, invited me and the ever so famous Sank (read his post about the Wolves Den) to dine at one of his favorite lunch spots for what he claims is the best kept secret in town… The Wolves Den‘s (inside the Minneapolis American Indian Center) $3.50 Friday Frybread Taco special.
We arrived at the MAIC and walked towards the simple grouping of tables and booths which make up the seating area of the Wolves Den. We walked to the metal concessions window which serves as the gateway into frybread heaven and placed our order for our Friday Frybread Taco Specials. Art, well known at the MAIC, was asked if he was ordering two (for himself!) but he insisted that while he was getting two one was for me. As we placed our orders, with extra jalapenos of course, we watched as one of the staffers in the back prepared a very large batch of frybread from scratch on a large wooden table meant for that purpose.
We sat back down at our table and chatted for a while before our orders were called. Sank and his son’s were up first and they came back with the small mountains of wonder and sat down. Sank’s son, a growing college boy with the appetite of a horse, looked on in wide-eyed wonder at the food before him prior to his grabbing a hold of his fork and knife–in a very caveman sort of manner–and digging in to the beautiful pile of food in front of him. While more restrained, Mr. Sank also looked at the pile of food as it was going to eat him before digging in and beginning the daunting task before him.
Eventually our orders arrived and I added the provided sour cream and salsa to the mountain of lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, tasty beef, and the single largest piece of fried dough (think elephant ears at the State Fair but with taco toppings) I have ever seen in my entire life. While I have had frybread before, at Art’s house for the Superbowl, the size was no where near what we had that Friday (Art noted that there are different size options available for order).
While there is nothing inherently special about any of the toppings, the incredibly low price (they are basically giving this thing away) and the very tasty frybread makes these tacos not only the best deal in Minneapolis on Friday’s for lunch but quite possibly the tastiest. Some people would easily be able to feed a family of four for $3.50. For the rest of us, $3.50 will get you full until the next morning for sure.
Overall I was EXTREMELY impressed by the size, taste, and price of the Friday Frybread Taco Special at Wolves Den in the Minneapolis American Indian Center and I HIGHLY recommend that you get out there this Friday and try one for yourself. You will NOT be disappointed.
Have you ever eaten at the Wolves Den in Minneapolis? If so what did you think? Have you eaten anything else there? If so what was it and what did you think? Do you plan on heading over there for a Friday Frybread Taco Special? Want company? ;-) Whatever you have to say about the Wolves Den and their $3.50 Friday Frybread Taco Special go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
1530 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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