This Fresh Forkin' Friday, I am celebrating because the thing that has occupied my brain, my time, my life since November is finished. The Best Restaurants issue is done and put to bed, and I can breathe a little easier. Plus, my two college kids are going BACK to school finally (there never was such a dent in a couch) and I feel like 2011 is settling in. This calls for a fat double California with cheese from Lion's Tap. Here's to the ride.
Heidi's 2.0 officially launched on Tuesday in the new Lyn-Lake location. And there was much rejoicing. The opening menu is online.
Andiamo, in the former Bibo space in Eagan, is now open. It's being run by some of the good ol' boys from Buca, guys who have been there since the days when the food was actually good. It looks like a lot of hearty, homey, non-fussy Italian.
The Herb Box is open in Eden Prairie. Although it takes over the Zahtar space in LifeTime Fitness, it is open to the general public, so you don't have to be a pilates junky to eat there. It looks fresh and good for you, and I will say that early buzz from the EP Tennis Set (who also go to my yoga and talk endlessly about eating) is good.
Liberty Custard is closing it's doors for good on January 28th. Until then, pints will sell for only $3.75 and ice cream sandwiches will go for $1.99. Get in and get some, and say goodbye.
The View in the Calhoun Beach Club is gone, baby gone, and in it's place will be a Jim Kyndberg-fueled gastropub called Urban Eatery from the Crave crew. The refreshing has begun and the opening is planned for a month from now.
January doesn't have to suck, especially if it means a great deal from Sea Change. This month, you can score a three course meal for $30. You know you promised yourself that you'd eat more fish this year, right? You can choose from options that include oysters, tuna poke, linguine with lobster, and the house bouillabaisse. The deal runs every night, in good ol' January.
I know you puck hunters are gathering your strength for the Winter Carnival, but there are some new sassy reasons to get out and enjoy the fest, even if you're not brandishing a snow rake as a member of the Cooler Crew. Rice Park, with it's ice carvings and ice wall will also have a new ice bar, serving Summit and Winter Ice wine from local Cannon River Winery.
You also might want to check out the Winterfest party at the Germanic-American Institute on January 29th! Can you beat an huge bonfire and a tent party on the coldest day of the year (and someone's birthday, ahem), plus there's a promise of teutonic fun in the form of more beer, gluhwien, brats, and traditional karneval games. Spass!
France 44 is sneaking another wine dinner in for the end of the month, on January 28th. The wines of Long Shadows Wineries will be paired with a five course tasting menu for $75. Bonus, you'll be chatting up both a wine expert and a cheesemonger, which bodes well for those of us trying to get cheese into every course of our meal. What?