Mickey Paulucci, spawn of Jeno Paulucci, self-described “peddler’ and ‘not a nice guy’, started the Grandma’s, restaurant empire over 30 years ago, in Canal Park, Duluth, MN, across the street from his father’s office.
The original Grandma’s became known for quality food, ample servings, and fun ambiance, and grew to be a statewide mini-chain, but eventually cutting back to concentrate on opening several other eateries in the hometown Duluth area.
One of the spin-offs is Little Angie’s Cantina and Grill, a Tex-Mex outlet within avocado throwing distance of the first Grandma’s in Canal Park. Little Angie’s puffery says “Little Angie’s Cantina is the kind of place where the food is so fresh it’s still sizzling at your table.”
Minnesota Burger Reporter Kawikamedia popped into Little Angie’s the other day and checked out the Cowboy Burger $7.99, a 1/3 pound all-beef patty topped with marinated lettuce (wtf?) tomato, mayo, add bacon and cheese for $2.09. The Cowboy is served on a toasted bun and comes w/ fries.
He said the burger looks much better than it tastes, overcooked, dry, no seasoning. The fries were “passable.”
In these days of boutique burger places, restaurants that offer burgers as just “one more item” need to try a little harder to upgrade their offerings. One has a number of dining choices in Canal Park, and some of them aren’t part of the Grandma’s group, even!