This Fresh Forkin' Friday I have a question for you. How do you feel when out of town media types pick your bests? USA Today came out with a list of Top 10 Sports Bars in the country, and our Bar 508 made the cut. Good for them, but is it really our best representative? It seems like the dude stayed close to sporting arenas and did some Googling, just saying. This seems really important given there are super games afoot, so off the top of my head I'd have to call out Herkimer (especially for Packer Fans), Nomad/Brit's for the World Cup Hooligans this June, Bunny's for the sheer mass of people drinking bloodies, but for overall what about Mac's Industrial (with spicy onion strings and a killah Reuben)? Or Crooked Pint with it's massive screen? Pourhouse for sheer number of TVs? Or Shamrocks for the best wings in the whole damn world? What say you ... leave it in the comments if you have time between pinning pictures of your ultimate snack stadium.
Vellee Deli is opening their pop-up in Crema Cafe today, so your wait for Dragon Melt quesadillas and Curritos are over! Kick winter, with three kicks please. They are open today at 6pm, but regular hours will be 5-10pm, Th-Su.
Grain Stack is open at MIA. Taking the place of the former Mezzanine restaurant, this one has a MUCH sassier menu: salmon pastrami sandwich, ham & pickle tots, fried chicken sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit. The Dogwood bar is also open and ready to serve in the lobby, but Half-Pint is still underway. I'm totally checking the chaperone box on my kid's field trip permission slip next month.
Day Block Brewing will open on Monday. The brewpub which has taken over the former Spill the Wine space on Washington is clean and sleek and ready to serve six house brews and a bunch of rad specialty pizzas. I tried the Northern Discovery IPA, made with a rare wild Wisconsin hop, and it was rather captivating.
Also, did you see the new cheese bar in Stillwater? The Wedge & Wheel is open.
It looks like Vomhof is willing to make it public. We've been hearing that The Lexington has been in the process of being sold back to Rick Webb for some time, and the neighborhood is all chattering about it, but no one would confirm.
I'm a huge fan of the Art Sled Rally happening on Saturday. Best way to warm up after? Skip Matt's (the line will be huge) and head down to Marla's Caribbean for some belly warming roti and a sweet serving of REAL hospitality.
The fancy kids at North Star Bartenders Guild are throwing a little mixer. Their version of a winter carnival involves cocktails, fortune tellers, burlesque dancers, and games. The $10 ticket goes towards the very cool Hold Your Horses charity.
And Monday night is Hot Chicks Night at The Rabbit Hole. From 4-10pm it's an ALL YOU CAN EAT chicken situation. Wings, 21-spiced fried strips, crispy thighs and more for $25. Call for rezzies.
If you've heard people raving about Raclette but have yet to get in on the tradition of melty cheese goodness ... you're in luck. France 44 is willing to show you the ropes, they'll be demoing the technique and serving plates of the cheese with accompaniments (cornichon, prosciutto, crusty bread) this weekend in Minneapolis, Fr 3-6pm and Sa 1-5pm, $18 serves two.