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Jamie Malone: A Chef’s Tour of the Twin Cities
By: Stephanie March | Posted: 06/08/2012
It's Fresh Forkin' Friday and I'm pretty sure most kids are out of school. For many moms that means you have to stock up on ham. And ramen. And anything that will feed the teenagers' gaping maw when they are awake/hungry. My favorite summer was the one after I turned 16 and my friend Ally would come to my house and wake me up at 11 a.m. We'd go put gas in her car and get some Sunkist Natural and cheese popcorn and plan our night of driving around. Should we check out the Medina Ballroom to see if anyone was playing vids and pool or should we stick to cruising the lake and hope to run into people? Those heady days before cell phones, there was such mystery to each night, drenched with humidity and possibility. ***** OPENS
Icehouse opened yesterday, making the corner of Eat Street and 26th the official Hot Corner of the summer. It's all warehouse-cool with touches of industrial design that keep it simple, because there's a stage that should command your attention. There will be music every day there in some form. The joint is the work of the Be'wiched duo and I'm happy to say there is pastrami on the menu. As well there are some sophisticated snacky small plates, some burgers (with a nice course grind), and a Johnny Michael's drinks list that will knock your socks off. He really cut loose on this one and it's a lot of fun. Beyond the normally kooky-delicious specialty drinks, there is a whole list of rocks drinks for $5 such as the For His Majesty: a sazerac with black pepper gin & a pine smoke absinthe rinsed glass. Game on.
In soft-opening this week is Birdhouse, the Stewart and Heidi Woodman project that rehabbed the former Duplex house in Uptown. With a fire-red exterior, the house is more open and airy inside with cream walls and slate-blue accents. Downstairs seating will include a few seats around the kitchen bar, while the main bar commands much of the top floor. Chef Ben Mauk will be the main guy in the kitchen, which is open for breakfast and lunch during soft-open, serving up healthy, creative dishes such as a sweet pea pate that is smooth and fresh, tasty little quinoa/wild rice croquettes, and roasted chicken sandwiches with arugula and fig jam. Dinner will be added later along with the liquor license.
Maruso Street Food & Bar opened this week as well.
The new Lunds in Downtown Minneapolis will open on June 14 in what we are now calling the Historic Harmon District, because that's just nice. It will be a full-service grocery plus a wine/spirits shop!
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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