Last night I had a soup that was maniacally smooth. It was white bean, which can get a bit waxy when pureed, but this iteration had nothing but evil velvet to it. Yes, it was evil because, like a dude sporting a three-wolf-moon shirt, it takes all your attention away from everything else. Did I eat anything else? Yes, but who cares. When the guy came to take the bowl away, I had to make a quick check to be sure I had taken every bit that didn't include an unseemly licking of the bowl. That's when I noticed the impressive full sleeve of Star Wars tattoos on the arm taking the bowl. This Fresh Forkin' Friday, all I can think about is soup and Star Wars.
Curry 'n' Noodles has opened in the former Gusto space on Main in Hopkins. Authentic Indian and fusion Indo-Chinese food is on the menu, which is sizeable, and includes some interesting looking specialties. An intrepid tipster checked it out and proclaimed the Chicken 65 nearly worthy of plate-licking. Hmm, a theme today.
Big Daddy's BBQ is back and kicking out the goods in the old West Indies spot on University. Yes, there was a righteous line last weekend, and there will be another one this weekend (despite the rain). People love that man's BBQ.
The Saucy Chicken is open on the ground floor of the Northstar Building (in the far-defunct Cafe Metro space). Chicken wings/strips and pulled pork/beef sammies, available with a variety of sauces, round out the short menu. Bored skyway lunchers (can I get an Amen?) might want to check it out.
In more exciting news for that odd Northstar food court, La Loma is taking over the old El Burrito spot! Oaxacan tamales for lunch? Now that's something to crow about. They've already repainted the outside, and are working hard on the kitchen, but no one will tell me when they're going to open, so stay tuned.
I bet Landon's super sick of everyone asking him when he's going to open, dontcha think?
Jay's Cafe will officially close the kitchen on Monday in order to make the final and full transition into Caribe Caribbean Bistro.
If you feel like saying good-bye (and have the flexibility of sporting a liquid lunch), the old Kieran's will open their doors on Tuesday at 2 p.m., pouring some free pints (with suggested cash donations for the Make-A-Wish foundation) until about 3:45 p.m. They're going to lock the doors at 4 p.m. and parade down the street to the new spot in fine Irish tradition. MYSTERIES What's up with Zen Mpls, people? I have a friend who has been trying to go there and try the new Szechuan/Hunan food for the last week or so and it's not open!! Evidently there's a sign on the door saying "Temporarily closed until problem is fixed: Target Thursday March 4th , 7th , 10th". And yet, still no one is answering the phone which has no message. But the Facebook page is active, hmmm. Info?
Don't forget to dine out at one of the Fork the Fire restaurants on Sunday to help benefit the Heidi's/Blackbird restos. The list of locals in on this is truly astounding. Feel like brunch? Go to Mill City Cafe and help. Want a pizza? Black Sheep's on board. Bowl of noodles? Yep, Sen Yai Sen Lek's in. Craving comfort? Hello, Modern. Doing it up Old School? Mancini's got you covered. Now go eat, do good.
PS ... Heidi Woodman is going to be on my radio show this weekend; tune in Saturday 1-2 p.m. to 107.1!
When you're done dining, save room for dessert at the 15th Taste of Chocolate in Bloomington, happening from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Benefitting the Bloomington Fine Arts Council, the chocolate spectacular will feature samples from area pros like Patisserie Margo, Thomasina's Cashew Brittle, and Obsession Chocolates.
If you haven't checked out the uber-quaint Guse Green Grocer, you should stop by 46th & Bryant. It's a retro-fitted corner store that strives to be a neighborhood shop, which stocks local and organic goods alongside more mainstream items. Hey, why not do so during their grand opening event on March 20th?! Local vendors will be sampling their wares all day, plus they're promising a hoot of a party that night.