This Fresh Forkin' Friday before Super Bowl, I'm plotting my Dog Bar. I think I'll throw a bunch of franks onto the grill, then let people dress them as they may. I always think it's good to provide some guidance for those who might fearfully default to ketchup and mustard. I might suggest instead, on a dog, why not try:
- Rooster mayo, shredded cheese, giardinara, and a fried egg ... The Morning Has Broken Dog
- Cream cheese (split the dog and pipe it down the middle with a caulking gun), chopped pickles, salt 'n' vinegar potato chips, and bacon ... The Salty Dog
- Cheese sauce (make your own!), tots, crumbled Cheetos, and green onions ... The Cheese Game
- Buffalo sauce, blue cheese, cucumbers, cilantro, avocado ... The Shut Up Jake
- Spinach, feta, tzatziki, onions ... The Diet Coke Dog
Because if you're going to eat trashy, go big or go home.
Nami, that Warehouse District sushi spot on 3rd, has closed after 13 years (really, it was that long?). Apparently there are already new tenants for the space which will remain closed for remodel.
Corner Table is moving down the block, y'all. And the old spot will become the fried chicken situation we have so long deserved (we hope).
You've probably seen the cute little bags of locally made dried pasta at your co-op or market, but now Sunrise Creative Gourmet has its own shop in St. Paul. The store carries way more than pasta (they've been busy in their 100 years of business) including products from iron range pals, such as Fraboni's meats (yes, porketta), as well as other local producers.
Did I forget to mention that Little Szechuan opened in the UofM's Stadium Village area?
Or that Boom Island Brewing is opening their new digs and tap room this weekend?
If you're MOA bound, The Pizza Studio just opened. Create your master-pizza!!! (that's a one-time freebie from me, pizza people.)
Town Hall is having their annual chili cook-off at the Lanes this Sunday. Get in and throw a few frames while your crock pot is heating up, but stay focused there's $500 in prizes on the line. Your $10 gets you a beer and all the chili you can sample.
Consider that a warm-up gig if you plan to go high-falutin'. The Northern Clay Centers annual chili cook off is on Feb. 6, and pottery people are serious about chili. Go early for the free workshop where you make your own chili bowl, then stay for the chili and the fun. (PRO TIP: Jim Norton is a judge, and I hear he's just mad for smokin' hot ghost pepper chili.) ***** If you are going to order in for the Superb Owl ... check out
- Blue Door Pub has your wing situation handled. Lotsa flavors, a full tray is $44 and feeds 12-14.
- Victory 44 is throwing a Korean BBQ for the cool kids to pick up. $225 for a whole feast that includes roasted pork shoulder and fixin's for 6-8.
- Brasa's deal is their smoked chicken wings with dipping sauces for $9.95/dozen (and they're gluten-free, fyi).
- Surdyk's will sell you meatballs in sweet-hot BBQ sauce for $20/dozen.