This Fresh Forkin' Friday I am still thinking about our progressive food tour last night in the Central Corridor. We had such fun eating and chatting with owners of spots on University Ave., Lowertown, and the U of M campus which are under a bit of strain due to the LRT construction situation. We trucked around four busloads of people who discovered sambusas at Flamingo, ate wings at Big 10, sipped bubbly at Black Dog, and had beer flights at Stub & Herbs. I just want to say, go out and eat now, before it's too late, brave the construction and make the connection with these local businesses because they have a long road ahead of them. Let's not wait until it's too late.
New Food Truck Alert!
Home Street Home truck has got their license and is about to kick it into high gear with blue cheese stuffed grass-fed burgers, slow roasted pale ale pork enchiladas, and BBQ chicken quesadillas. Look out for the blue truck in St. Paul.
YumMi Truck is also new on the beat. They debuted yesterday in Minny with a sassified little menu of banh mi sandwiches: oink mi has pork belly, peck mi has five-spiced chicken, those kooky kids.
Messy Guiseppe is out on the streets with Italian sloppy joes, big ol' hoagies, and grilled cheese sammies. They've been hanging around Mears Park.
Turkey To Go is taking it from the streets into the skyways. Birds get cold too, ya know. Look for your turkey sandwich fix in the Baker Building skyway in Minneapolis, and the Alliance Bank skyway in St. Paul. Should be open just around November when your turkey cravings are really humming.
While MyBurger is kicking it out of the skyway with a shop on the skirts of Uptown, right down by Ben & Jerry's on Excelsior. I'm hoping that bigger space means bigger menu.
Pittsburgh Blue: Edina Style is opening on Monday in the Galleria where Kozy's couldn't kick it. I like the Buffalo shrimp and I hope it will keep up with the pigs-in-a-blanket, you know, for the kids' sake.
Whole Foods in Minnetonka opened this week. There's a taco, burrito, and nacho bar amigos.
Savories Bistro in Stillwater has lost their lease and will be closed by the end of the month.
The Cafe Twenty-Eight kids announced that they'll be done by the end of the year. Ownership of the cafe was being transferred, but the landlords decided not to renew the lease.
Just like that The Herb Box in the Eden Prairie Lifetime has morphed into a Rare Steak & Sushi. Healthy shmealthy.
If you're bald and you're bad (you know it), then head over to any of the Blue Plate eateries for some free vittles today in celebration of Bald & Free Day. If you aren't hair challenged, make a bald friend and offer to split the tab. If you see owner David Burley running around, rub his head for good luck.
Get your tix for the first ever Nordeast Big River Brew Fest happening this Saturday the 15th at the historic Grain Belt bottling house. Over 140 local, craft, and international beers are up for the sipping and the $25 ticket ($30 at the door) goes directly to East Side Neighborhood Services, which is a great organization. I'm a little worried that it's only a three hour event, pace yourself.
You still have time to get in on the Green Ox's World Tour of Pork class as a part of Cook's of Crocus Hill's Porktoberfest. The class is tonight and for $50 Mike Phillips will take you on a wild journey through all things porcine and tasty.
Il Gatto is cooking up autumnal Italian for the Oct. 19th installment of the Kitchen Table series. Think razor clams alla griglia, butternut squash pizza, and parsnip agnolotti among the 20 or so dishes you pass and share for $45.
Taste Twin Cities food tours has launched a skyway food tour for all of you unfamiliar with eating in the habitrail.