Anyone checked out Curry n’ Noodles in Hopkins yet? Am I the last to know about this place or one of the first? Being home for a few weeks means getting takeout every day for lunch from somewhere and yesterday Molly, Dusti, and I crushed about 10 items from this cheap, clean, tasty little Indian joint. Not sure why they serve wok tossed Chinese favorites AND Indian fare but maybe Hopkins is ground zero for this kind of amiable mash-up. Now if only the Singapore Rice Noodles can fall into the Chicken 65 we might have something! I cant vouch for much, but there is no MSG, the meat is halal and the Chicken 65, Vindaloo, Samosas, Chicken tikka is great, big portions, nicely cooked, nothing too showy, a little tame for the ‘honesty/authenticity’ geeks but we like what we had. Nicely done Curry n’ Noodles, now about that name . . .
Wagners in St Louis Park became Galaxy a few years back after Rainforest Café and eater-tainment mogul Steve Shussler had taken it over from the couple who had run it for years back when it was a real drive in, warts and all. Believe me it wasn’t perfect but the burgers were insane, the malt’s were a tad commercial but what the heck, it was cheap and fun. I liked the un-sanitized version from long ago. When I close my eyes I can taste the world-class burger, one that the new owners could never duplicate.
Today, the drive in is a far cry from what its like there now. I walked into the office today saying, “Hey lets check it out.” Ugh. Shussler’s vision wasn’t ever my cup of tea (inconsistent commercial quality burgers, crappy service, no table service, crappy fries and rings, 100 pounds too much gimmickry, and $6 malts!) but now the Blue Moon Café team is running things for him or with him, who knows. So now it’s even goofier up on the hill that once was Wagners. Not to knock the Blue Moon people, but why them? Do they have some sort of lock on excellence that I don’t know about? I can’t wait to check it out in the hopes that I am surprised. But I am not optimistic.
Who knew that the 'U' sells artisan cheeses?I love this story. Lets all go get in line right now! I am serious about that.
Check out openarmsmn.org, they are a great group to work with and one of the Best Parties of the Year (the Butterball at The Graves Hotel) has once again named them as its charitable beneficiary. Well you don’t have to wait for November to give . . . in this case you get, sort of. Open Arms has a special event at Whole Foods at Lake Calhoun this Thursday. Support @openarmsmn by shopping at Whole Foods MPLS this Thurs; 5 percent of proceeds benefit its Open Farms project. This is a great opportunity so please everyone, shop your butts off at Whole Foods this Thursday. It will make a huge difference in the lives of so many, and it COSTS YOU NOTHING!
I am off for a while to speak at a couple of colleges and in front of a few corporate gatherings and then off to NYC for the Beard Awards, May 6 to 9. Hope to see you all there.