On a local news site last week, there was a lot of poutine chat going around. Here in Minnesota, the idea of French fries with cheese and gravy—with or without the foie gras supplement—is an easy thing to say yes to. In other parts of the country, there are some foods that inspire heart attack paranoia and are considered illegal to serve. I don’t know about you, but this seems pretty frickin’ awesome to me!
What foods and other related matters should be illegal in Minnesota? Here is a list:
—Anyone writing a menu with yet another Caesar salad on it?
—Restaurants who make waiters introduce themselves.
—A Japanese restaurant with the same menu as the other twenty that are already open here.
—Food billed as homemade that isn’t, such as bread and desserts that are brought in the back door and sold as house-made. Happens all the time.
—Tuna sold table-side by servers as “sashimi quality.” It’s a misnomer and often is used to push inferior quality fish on unsuspecting consumers.
—A second Zahtar.
Oh, wait, there is a second one opening. I opened up my latest copy of Foodservice News, and there it was. The restaurant in the Grand Hotel that Life Time Fitness owns will soon become Zahtar number two, and it will be open to the public. Zahtar number one is located in the Eden Prairie Life Time Fitness and is available only to members. So let me get this straight: The restaurant and concept is so perfect, so finely honed that the company is going to open another one?! Wow. I am speechless. I heard through the rumor mill that the Zahtar GM only lasted six weeks before he quit.
Set your DVR for February 26. We have a “best of” special for Bizarre Foods airing, and the following Monday, I am on the Today Show to kick off premier week. First show airing is Beijing on Tuesday, March 4, our new night.
Did you know they do naked sushi at Temple Restaurant and Bar? As in eating sushi off a naked person. And, according to what my boss Brian Anderson said on the radio last week, not just off naked women. I don't think eating sushi off a naked man has the same intrinsic sex appeal. Hey, that's not a caterpillar roll! And is this the 2008 version of closing for lunch and offering half-price wine? Are these the death throes of a restaurant—when they copy a ten-year-old dining cliché that didn’t work for anyone back in 1997 let alone now?