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West 7th’s All Fire Cantina Opens Inside Keg & Case Today

Elotes, from the owners of Hope Breakfast Bar and The Gnome, serves party time vibes and tacos

Flower tortillas on a grill grate over fire
Elotes serves flour tortilla wrapped tacos, plenty of grilled corn, and a bar stocked with tequilas
Joy Summers

Elotes Woodfire Cantina, the newest good time eatery from Brian and Sarah Ingram opens for lunch and dinner today inside Keg and Case on West 7th. The restaurant takes the place of In Bloom and trades the fine dining vibes for a more casual mood, while still preparing all of the food over the massive, room-dominating hearth. The menu was constructed with Justin Sutherland as Elotes culinary director.

Outside the restaurant is a new patio overlooking West 7th Street and the surrounding buildings from the historic Schmidt Brewery. Inside the restaurant has added a street side entrance in addition to the one inside the food hall. The hearth is now crowed with a rough hewn wood mantle and three new murals have been added by local artist Annika Leiknes.

A large curved counter frames a crew of chefs working in front of a large hearth.
Overlooking the hearth inside Elotes

Upstairs, what used to be an event space is now additional, spaced out seating and a private tequila tasting room. The glass case now contains all kinds of rare and expensive bottles of agave spirits that will be available for purchase by the ounce, making these exclusive bottles more accessible.

Banquettes upholstered with lavender velvet line the right side of the lofted space. A red, yellow, and orange sun mural dominates the brick wall at the center, back of the room. Two two top tables are placed in front of it.
The upstairs seating area is framed by a mural of the sun
Joy Summers

On the menu are several tacos, all wrapped in flour tortillas. Some, including some served wet, like the beef, soaked in a beef consommé broth. There is also a selection of elotes dishes, including corn and beets served as a salad inside a cucumber boat, and a traditional grilled corn cob, coated in mayonnaise, crumbled cheese, and lime wedges on the side.

Three cast iron pots filled with charred cheese next to red cast iron grill pan
Cast iron pans of cheese ready for the fire
Joy Summers

Drinks are a selection of fruity concoctions including a spicy piña colada, and margarita topped with cotton candy.

Outdoor seats under several strings of lit bistro lights at night. There are yellow, green, and black umbrellas over the tables.
A new patio outside Keg & Case at the historic Schmidt Brewery
Joy Summers

Elotes Woodfire Cantina is the third restaurant from the Ingrams. The duo first opened Hope Breakfast Bar at the end of 2019, serving breakfast all day. During the early days of the pandemic, the restaurant began offering free meals to anyone in need. This summer, they opened The Gnome on Selby Avenue in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood. That was their first collaboration with Sutherland as culinary director, who rose to fame on Bravo’s Top Chef season 16. All of the Ingram’s restaurants give 3% of all profits to their Give Hope charity.

Three small beef tacos with a toasted shell on a gray pottery plate next to a bowl of dark soup
Wet beef tacos served with a side of beef consommé for dipping
Joy Summers

Elotes Woodfire Cantina opens at 11 a.m. today for lunch and will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Keg and Case

928 West 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102 Visit Website

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