This is the first time we've done Restaurant Week in the summer, which means that instead of slaving over your hot grill bearing the weight of a 78 dewpoint, you can be sitting at a lovely table bedecked with all manner of summer love from a chef. Yes, the seasonal produce is also a bonus of this summer edition of RW. But So Many Choices, you cry. Please, allow me.
Al Vento has gnocchi with heirloom tomatoes, basil, and summer squash (to be followed by the olive oil cake with blackberry sauce, hello).
Bradstreet's putting up a perfect summer BLT with Fisher Farms pork belly, brown butter Swiss chard tomato jam, and a fried egg. Goes well with bourbon. But what doesn't?
Cave Vin's ravioli printemps with English peas, chevre, pesto, and lemon zest sounds like summer right upside your head.
Crave's lunch includes a MN Po'Boy with tempura trout, remoulade, and sweet corn relish on a wild rice hoagie.
Dakota's got two cool soups, literally. Lunch brings chilled avocado with sweet corn and dinner starts off with a chilled bouillabaisse of prawns, mussels, and scallops with saffron aioli and tomato consommé.
D'Amico Kitchen's lunch deal is phenomenal, choose any 3 of 9 options for $10: beet salad with gorgonzola? prosciutto panini? ravioli? meatball sandwich? grilled shrimp salad?
I still can't get over the lunch at Jax. Prime rib sandwich ala Oscar: supremely thin sliced prime rib topped with crab, asparagus, and béarnaise. Can you really NOT have a three-martini lunch with that business going on?
Kafe 421's linguine verde with arugula and citrus cream sauce sound refreshing.
Meritage has me intrigued by its Basque style stuffed calamari (jambon bayonne, braised in tomato and piperade) and the shrimp and crab risotto with zucchini pearls.
I know it sounds crazy not to pick fish, but Sea Change is offering fried chicken with creamy cucumber salad and bbq peanuts. Cue the dreams of the ideal summer picnic.
Lunch at Vincent will get you some crepes with smoked turkey, pears, and goat cheese, while dinner begins with white gazpacho, mmmmm.