Yesterday was patio prime, with the cool breezes and beautiful sunshine. I found myself at a "meeting" with Steven Brown on the patio of La Chaya. I hadn't been back there in some time, probably since it first opened, which is the curse of the food editor . . . always seeking the new with hardly a breath to return to the well established. But as we sat kibbutzing (Did you see Malarky opened Searsucker? Have you eaten at Trevail yet? Where's the next Frugal?) sipping one of the best micheladas I've had in a long time and snacking on squash blossom quesadillas that were both floral and savory, I was very grateful for the depth and breadth of our local food scene. Chef Juan came out and we all chatted about Chuck Taylors and shuffling kids with work and then he sent out a habanero sauce that lit my lips on fire. It was a worthy night in south Minneapolis. This Fresh Forkin' Friday, I think you should find a patio.
It's like the truffle shuffle out there . . . hold on to your cannoli . . .
Heidi's has finally announced that they will relaunch from the old Vera's Coffee site in Lyn-Lake. The underground choir had been singing 28th/Lyndale and from the crew's oft-tweeting about Galactic Pizza, I kinda had an inkling.
Josh Thoma's Smack Shack food truck has debuted on 1st Avenue and North 4th Street in downtown Minny. He's serving up lobster rolls, shrimp po'boys, andouille sausage, and such. He's smartly poised next to the clubbers and open until midnight through the weekends to help with the drunk and hungry hordes. Bril.
Delicious Brazilian Cafe has undergone a big metamorphosis to become El Coqui Latin Bistro. Still offering some Brazilian favorites, the menu has been expanded to offer Caribbean and Puerto Rican dishes as well (hello, mofongo!). The new look is more sophisticated with a Rain Forest theme with live music and salsa dancing to be added in September.
It's the last weekend for Azia on Eat Street. Sunday will be the last day of service, and it kicks off at 11 a.m. with a Last Bloody Sunday dim sum brunch and bloody mary bar. After all the fun (you have to wonder how many things will get ripped off the walls) the entire staff will move to Wondrous Azian Kitchen, which should open next week.
Istanbul has closed in Wayzata, but it will soon become Bukhara Indian Bistro.
Yak & Yeti is going to open in the former Mairin's Table location in Nordeast. As the name suggests, you'll find Indian, Nepali, and Tibetan food. The owners have been selling the yummy momos at MCFM for the past couple of years.
Philip says that Patriot's Tavern wants to open in Liberty Village of Stillwater.
Speaking of the MCFM, beyond the fact that it's National Farmers' Market Week and they've got all manner of fun cooked up for this weekend, you can now buy tickets for the Harvest Dinner they are throwing on September 12. Proceeds benefit the operation of the market, and the $100 admission will get you a chef-prepared feast made with market bounty, live music, drink, silent auction, and a nice night in the best shed in town.
But before that, you probably want to check out Simple, Good, and Tasty's pig roast and potluck in the park! Sunday, August 15 is the day, Minehaha Falls is the location, and everyone is welcome to come and partake in the Hidden Stream pig and the shared dishes that you and your fellow feasters provide. I'm counting on lots of three-bean salad and bars.
If you're interested in canning and preserving (those piles of cukes at the market keep calling you) then check out Heath Glen's Dorothy Stainbrook this Sunday as she teaches the art of the jam while Nick Schneider of Tavola Fresca talks pickling and preserving. The DIY class is offered through the Minnesota History Center and will be held at Fabulous Catering.