It's Friday, and the question on everyone's plate is: Where should we eat this weekend? There's a whole bunch of new and shiny restaurants to choose from.
I'm sure you've heard that Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque has opened in Stillwater. Their chicken wings come in mild, medium, hot, stupid, and really moronic.
Flame is the new diva at Rosedale Mall. I think it's probably leagues above One Potato Two.
Lola's Lakehouse has opened in Waconia in the old Nancy's Landing spot. I'm anxious to see the rehab; I remember brunching there with the fam after my high school graduation.
Mix New American Diner has opened in Chaska at 222 N. Chestnut St. (952-479-7448). The chef cut his chops at some big institutions, such as LEYE's Tucchi Benucch. Look for American classics with a modern twist.
On the other side of the universe, Joan Ida is back in front of the hot line at The Lake House in Forest Lake.
Kindee (719 S. 2nd St.) is open, serving Thai food to the market set across from Spoonriver.
Cafe Agri is open in the South Minneapolis spot that once housed My-T-Fine bakery. Its ambitious goal is serve farm-to-fork food.
Word is, a Northern Indian restaurant called Ghandi Mahal has opened next to Midori's on E. Lake and 27th.
Get out and eat!