Tonight is the last night of Restaurant Week, and if you don't have rezzies, you may be out of luck. For sure the biggies like LBV, Cosmos, and The Oceanaire are probably booked, but there's hope for the others: as of this morning Al Vento, Saji-Ya, Spasso, Sushi Tango, and Moto-i all still had 7 p.m.-ish openings. So this Fresh Forkin' Friday can be a deal of a night out if you act fast! If you've already blown you RW budget, consider a night at home with a bowl of beautiful soup.
Jim Kyndberg is no longer cooking at The Kitchen in Stillwater. The former Bayport Cookery chef has parted ways with the Harcey/Hiza upstarts.
The Lyndale Tap House (which at one time was going to be called The Anchor Bar) is up and running in the old jP's space on Lyndale. The gastropub is rightly meat-focused, touting their Baltimore style pit-grilled beef and other casual, yet chef-driven fare.
The Anchor Fish & Chips (which was always going to be called that) is supposed to officially open to the public today. Besides being a dedicated chipper, the joint also offers pasties, shepherd's pie, burgers, and even a lovely sounding toasty: grilled Irish cheddar sandwich with ham, tomato, and onion. Oy!
Kim Binh is a Vietnamese noodle and pho house that opened on the ground floor of The Chateau apartments in Dinkytown. The small place has an impressive family lineage: owner Quang Tran's mother and brother own Pho 79 and Caravelle, and his cousins own Ngon Bistro and Senor Wong.
This Sunday you can honor one of the best streets in town at the Taste of Lake Street at the Midtown Global Market. You can thank the Rotary for pulling together tastemakers like Salty Tart, Los Ocampo, Barbette, PIzza Luce, and Holy Land (and many, many more) all in the name of hunger relief (not just yours, proceeds from the event go to Minneapolis food shelves). Tickets are $30 at the door.
Get green this weekend at the Northeast Farmers Market where chef Heather Hartman from Spoonriver and our own Philip Dorwart will compete in a Low Carbon Cookoff. Beginning at 10 a.m., the chefs will be challenged to select ingredients with a low carbon "foodprint" from the market and create a signature dish.
If you're not one for just spectatating, you might want to check out the Simple, Good, and Tasty dinner at Lucia's on October 11th. For the $100 ticket price, you get a meet and greet with twelve local farmers while the kitchen whips their products into a three-course meal, plus wine. Space is limited on this one.
Monday is National Taco Day and Laredo's wants you to stuff your face with a taco eating contest before the Vikes/Packers game. Contestants will pay a $10 entrance fee and gut bomb as many tacos as they can within five minutes in an effort to win $100. Worth it?
If you're out and about touring apple orchard's this weekend, you should stop by Aamodt's on Saturday where SHansen and I will be broadcasting the Weekly Dish live from 1-2 p.m. with pie master John Micheal Lerma.