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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 05/16/2014
I’m headed to NYC next week, which means I’ve been kvetching and plotting my food choices for the precious 7,200 minutes in Gotham. We are staying in an apartment, so I’ll get to stock a fridge with a little nosh from Dean & Deluca and some neighborhood bagels. But really it’s about the restaurants: hitting up Gotham West Market for Ivan’s Slurp Shop, tucking in at Toro, which was a score considering chef is a fresh JBA winner. We’ve got a dinner at Blue Smoke (where my hookup is my kid, who hosts there) and post NYU Graduation cocktails and oysters at Grand Central followed by dinner at Empellon. There are a few dip-ins here and there (the 11 yo requested a visit to the new Nutella Bar in Eataly), lunch is always locationally determined (besides the trip to Shake Shack), but if you want to live vicariously, follow me on Instagram for all the juicy pics.
Next Thursday you can enjoy the launch of Agra Culture Kitchen & Presse in Uptown, just down the block from Coup d’Etat. The quick service joint is focused on healthy, farm-fresh food made quickly, plus six freshly pressed juices, coffee, tea, beer, and wine for breakfast/lunch/dinner and grab-n-go. Check out the hot quinoa for brek, a ton of salads, a few sandwiches, and a build-your-own plate for which you pick a protein, a sauce, and some things from the Back 40: tabbouleh, rice, quinoa, broccolini, etc. Some of the people behind this venture are The Yogurt Lab kids, which means it’s gonna look slick. A second location is already under construction at 50th & France.
Take note thirsty downtown St. Paulers, Tin Whiskers Brewing Company is throwing open its taproom door today at 3 p.m.
Sober Fish, which was once going to be Drunken Fish, is now open in Seward. Replacing the former True Thai on Franklin, the space has been refreshed and brightened up with orange accents and friendly lighting. Look for authentic Thai with the addition of creative sushi rolls.
Hot Indian has launched its stall in the Midtown Global Market, running roughly the same menu as their truck. Those flippin’ fries are magically crispy. Right now there’s a build-your-Indurrito kind of thing going on, which should be perfect for the lunchers that crowd that place.
Pizza Rev, which is the Buffalo Wild Wings entrance into the quick service pizza fray, has opened in Hopkins. It’s all about choice: pick your crust, pick your sauce, choose your cheese and your toppings (get as many as you want with meatballs, anchovies, pineapple) then fire away. If that stresses you out, there’s a menu of favorites for $7.99.
Art-A-Whirl! is even so much cooler now that Nordeast has become a brew district.
Rosé! . . . Cheese! . . . Burgers! are all on deck.
If you feel like a bit of a drive, head down to Northfield for Loon Liquors Loonshine release party tonight! I’m going to refrain from calling them Loonatics, I am, but the ballyhoo includes live music, all you can eat snacks, and of course, a little bit of local white lightning.
Let’s make our All Pints North the best it can be, shall we? Get on board with Get Knit and they’ll drive you up to Duluth in a luxury coach bus. Then you’ll have a little exclusive brewery lunch and tour at Bent Paddle, after which you get to jump the line at the fest and enjoy life before they feed you some pizza and drive you home. Nice guys, and totally worth the $99.
Tune up your bike for next week’s Bicycle Cider Crawl as a part of Town Hall’s Cider Week, which kicks off Monday. Stop at any Town Hall site or Sociable Cider Werks to pick up your spoke card map and a wristband, sip some ciders, get some punches, win some prizes, have one of those cidery days where everything seems to be going your way . . . or is that just me?
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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