Eating and Drinking with Heavy Table's James Norton: Central Avenue Tour, part 3

Fresh tamales at Valerie's Carniceria
Fresh tamales at Valerie's Carniceria (Kate Sommers Photography)

Heavy Table food editor James Norton joins the Current's Morning Show to talk about the local food scene.

This week on Eating and Drinking, James tells Jill Riley and Sean McPherson to talk about the next chapter in his culinary tour of Central Avenue Northeast, from 694 in Fridley, Minn., down to Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. "It's an interesting street, I'll just say that," James says. "Right now, we are a little more than half way." (See Central Avenue tour Part 1 and Part 2.)

This week, James talks about something he and his team did to provide an even more comprehensive view of Central Avenue. "We did a daytime crawl to take care of all the bakeries that don't have nighttime hours," James explains. "It was epic, in a good way and a bad way — but mostly in a good way."

Here are the venues James discusses in this week's report:

Valerie's Carniceria

Al-Amir Bakery

Heights Bakery

Hill Valley Cafe

Listen to the complete interview above to hear James's thoughts on each of these Central Avenue bakeries, and to find out which one James and the Heavy Table crew plan to return to for an evening meal.

James Norton edits the Upper Midwestern food journal, Heavy Table. He's also the co-author of a book on Wisconsin's master cheesemakers and editor of The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food.

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  • Naan bread at Al-Amir Bakery
    Naan bread at Al-Amir Bakery (Kate Sommers Photography)
  • Doughnuts from the Heights Bakery
    Doughnuts from the Heights Bakery (Kate Sommers Photography)
  • Club Sandwich at Hill Valley Cafe
    Club Sandwich at Hill Valley Cafe (Kate Sommers Photography)

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