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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 05/16/2012
The biggest weekend of the year in Nordeast, Art-A-Whirl brings everyone to the neighborhood looking for art, artists, and good times. If you've never been before there is one big thing to understand, there's no base camp, no main stage, no midway for you to aim for. It's basically one large gallery crawl and progressive party which is awesome, except when you get peckish and feel the need for duck fat fries, stat! There are a ton of great eateries in Nordeast, but you know I've scoped out the goods and have some nice fat picks for you...
To kick it off, Modern Cafe is hosting a little Art-A-Whirl Eve cocktail party on Thursday night.
If there was a ground zero, it might be The Sample Room. Ther'll be four new sausages on the outside grill (gyro sausage, Polish dago, Buffalo chicken, and green chili pork) plus plenty of beer,wine, and cocktails on the patio and under the tent, They'll have live music all weekend, including an acoustic brunch on Sunday.
Check out the parking lot outside of Create Catering in the Waterbury Building. On Saturday Philip Dorwart and his gang will be serving up Chicago dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, duck fat fries, and tons of local beer. There will also be live local music from noon onward.
The other ground zero might be Nordeast's Eat Street: 13th Ave. On it you will find: Anchor Fish & Chips and a mighty chipper truck, beer of Euro descent, and plenty of music. And besides Northeast Social and Maeve's Cafe you should peek behind Two 12 Pottery where there's usually a crepe stand cranking.
I bet you'll see a ton of food trucks all over the hood. World Street Kitchen will be parked outside of the Future Presence Gallery on 2nd Street all weekend. Chef Shack will post up over at Northrup King and Co-Exhibitions. The Waffle Van and Taco Taxi should be at Casket Arts.
Chowgirls are hosting a bash on Friday night with Bike.Walk.Move. Bike over to take part in some free chow, local beer, and boozy popsicles from the ladies of 10,000 Licks, all while enjoying an ArtCrank poster show.
Check out Brat-a-Whirl Bar & BBQ Open at Mill City Cafe in the California Bldg., it will stay open late serving brats, veggie burgers, and pulled pork sandwiches. I always think this is a great opportunity to nosh at MCC because the patio is no nice and you sometimes forget it's there.
Psycho Suzi's will not be outdone, it's hosting a Rock the Riverfront event on Saturday with tons of bands, tiki drinks, deep fried goodies, and an adult bouncy house. Good luck.
Element Pizza is worth a stop if you're leaving the Grain Belt building, and it's better than a boxcar. And if you're toting kids, see if Uncle Franky's is open and then get the Maxwell St. Polish with kraut and onions or the Philly cheesesteak, k?
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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