I love, love, love the summer menus that pop up during this week, all for the measly price of $10-$30. Go out and revel in the glory that is the summer eating season in our towns. Here are my picks from litter.
3 Squares is putting up BBQ pork on a sweet corn waffle. Pork. Waffle. Done.
I know it's simple, but the roasted chicken with basil pesto risotto and pan sauce from Acqua sounds lovely right now.
Cafe Ena starts dinner with red snapper ceviche with sweet corn and tangerine.
Grilled hanger steak with panzanella at Campiello, I don't know if I've met a panzanella I didn't like.
I'm happy to see my favorite under-sung fish, Arctic char, on the Cave Vin menu, especially in a tomato buerre blanc.
I'm all about the Cocina del Barrio menu: seared ahi with avocado-tomatillo salsa and quinoa, tomato watermelon salad with queso fresco, lobster sopes, and mucho more.
Want to see what the new kid at Cosmos has going on? He had me at crispy pork belly with a coffee crust, bruleed spring onion, and king oyster mushrooms.
Walleye wild rice dog with pickles and preserved lemon aioli at Dakota? How many can I have?
Easy call on that whole dessert should/should not: D'Amico Kitchen's rhubarb hibiscus shortcake with Moscato D'Asti poached rhubarb. Should.
FireLake could kill at lunch with the Red Ale pulled pork club dressed with both back bacon AND bacon marmalade.
Lunch at Hubert's is $10, and will get you a starter AND a deep fried Juicy Lucy. The office-cot to sleep it off afterwards is extra.
Eat whatever you want at La Chaya, it's going to feel summery, just don't forget to order a michelada, it's the tops.
Meritage is making a special Monday night appearance for RW, and so is some shrimp and crab risotto with sweet corn, tomato, and zucchini pearls.
There's all sorts of interesting things peppered throughout the Porter & Frye menu: white gazpacho, red wine poached pheasant eggs, lamb bacon, minted fava puree, mmmm.
I'm so down with Saffron's "Sixteen Vegetable" couscous with preserved lemon and harissa broth. Even if there's only 15.
My other favorite orangey-pink fish is steelhead trout which is on the Sea Change menu with a Jidori egg, asparagus, horseradish, and leek ash. Yeah, Jidori? No idea, but can't wait to find out!
I'm going to stroll down to Vincent for lunch and stroll back with the Parisian sandwich of Mandrage ham, swiss cheese, and Dijon. Voila.