Fan or not, the Big Game on Sunday is an all-out excuse to eat like a meathead. I'm talking nachos for dinner, wings by the pound, small cocktail weenies stacked on skewers like so many porky soldiers. But if you're a foodist, not just any trashy snack will do, you gotta make it count at least by half. There's nothing wrong with admitting you like a little bit of Ro-Tel and Velveeta in your house once in a year, but get your pizza with fresh-hand pulled mozz from Mozza Mia. So go ahead and buy a giant bag of mini-corn dogs from Costco, but then bring in Brasa. For $45 you can get a pound of the lovely pork (or whichever meat you like) or two dozen chicken wings, ten potato rolls or four corn muffins, three small sides, and a large order of chips and guac or chips and dip. Set out the corn dogs first and let the heathens fill up before you reveal the Brasa, more for you. That's meatheady, right?
The Lowbrow opened in the booming Kingfield neighborhood last week. I'm loving the paint-by-number logo and mural wall. The menu looks interesting, snacks include jalapeno poppers, southerrn fried tofu, deviled eggs, and pulled pork nachos. Bigger nosh includes a chili rubbed Fire Breather burger, a turkey (alt: tempeh) reuben, and homemade fish sticks. And brunch, ahoy!
Just up the block, Sweets Bakeshop opens today in the former Madwoman's Bakery space. Don't doubt that those girls will be offering samples and prizes today. Plus, the cupcake and macaron queens will surely be able to help you pick out a sweet for your sweet.
Smashburger in Eden Prairie is open.
Feeling the LOOOOOOVE! You probably need to get on the ball if you're going to go out for dinner on the Valentine's Day weekend. It seems like everyone is all aphrodisiac crazy this year! All of the Morrissey restos (St. Paul Grill, Tria, Pazzaluna, etc.) are all doing special aphrodisiac menus, so are Loring Kitchen, Muffuletta, and Salut.
If you don't need the gustatory help, maybe you should take in the Locavore Love Affair dinner that Chowgirls is hosting in their new Parlour space. The meal will feature tons of local products, but seating is limited and at least one time slot is already sold out.
Lastly, if you're looking for a little cheffy attention, check out the deal that Hell's Kitchen has going. The five course dinner will be presented tableside among a "galaxy of candles", a little jazz, and a champagne toast.
Sea Change has added a little late-night happy hour, from 8-11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. You'll find $3-$5 drink specials and $5 burgers and fish sandwiches. Maybe we can convince them to throw a little Friday night fish fry happy hour during lent. I'm going to work on that.