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>> Hugedale (aka Mall of America) has huge plans to up their food game. Start with the just opened Burger Burger, a stylish fast-casual burger joint from the Kaskaid kids. They're talking a smart line of all-natural beef, ground in-house daily (there's a window where you can watch), non-gmo fries, and local products like the buns from St. Agnes Bakery. The burgers are on the thicker side of thin patties and come in all sorts of crazy versions. Also, a full bar, craft beer, and boozy shakes!
>> Down in Prior Lake, Charlie's on Prior has opened a mere seven months after demolishing Captain Jack's. The newest, and only, restaurant on the lake, Charlie's is all about nautical themes and lake living. Expect American tavern food like burgers, nachos, pizzas, and pastas, plus tacos from the owner's Lago Tacos shops.
>> Shhh, but Lakes and Legends Brewery & Taproom is quietly open in the Loring Park hood off of LaSalle. I drove by the spot and it was warmly lit with revelers in the very large, open, and airy taproom (which includes a grassy "yard" for when you miss yours). Specializing in farmhouse Belgian ales, on tap they've got a Great Wit North, Marigold, Harmony Farm ale fermented on a complex field yeast, and a Belgian Silky Stout. Taproom snacks include Red Table Meats and Lone Grazer Cheese, Aki's pretzels, and house tater chips. I'm really feeling this as a post Holidazzle situation.
>> Eagan's getting a whiskey bar, huh. The Volstead House will open next Sat. Nov. 28, in the back reaches of local burger bar Bottles & Burgers. Enter through the red door to find a pretty swank speak-easy with lots of barrel decor, highback black leather booths, and a wall of whiskies.
>> So there were all these rumors that the soon-to-be homeless Devil's Advocate was taking over the Calhoun Republic. But nay. Erik Forsberg will be closing his bar (due to building renovations) and opening a new one in the recently closed Hubert's by the dome (ooops, I mean bird vexing monolith). Bygones. After a bit of cosmetic work, the old bar will become a new, yet-to-be-named bar with great bar food, lots of high-quality craft beers, and cocktails.
>> Mill City Farmers Market has an indoor farmers market on Saturday so that you can gather your edibles for The Feast. PRO TIP: The lovely and talented Beth Dooley will be there signing her new book In Winter's Kitchen and I'm telling you that is an A-Lister type of hostess gift, chums. You want to win, don't you?
>> If you've been YEARNING to have wood-fired oven baked loaves on your feast table, but frustratingly lack a wood-fired oven, maybe you can scoot over to the community oven at Hamline Church for the Thanksgiving Community Bread Bake on Saturday. No pyrex or glass pans, some of us have learned the hard way.
>> Also, remember when The Salty Tart did that whole pie pop-up called Power Corruption and Pies? She's doing it again on Monday the 23rd at Hola Arepa from 4pm-7pm. Get a pie and then dare yourself to not eat it until Thursday.
>> We all need a little joie de vivre right now, no? It's the perfect time to clink some glasses of this year's Beaujolais Nouveu, celebrating the French ideals of love and life. What better place than the Fete du Vin tonight. Raise a glass for Paris, and the world.
>> How are you going to pass THIS up? Birds and Bubbles is happening on Sun. Dec. 6 at Revival. This is a serious situation: Get down for all-you-can-eat fried chicken while you try to empty the shelves of 1.5 and 3 litre bottles of Billecart-Salmon champs. There will also be some vintage and grower champs, plus did you see the part about the all-you-can-eat fried chicken? There are 50 seats only for this $150 afternoon delight.
>> Once you've primed THAT pump, consider Heyday's Tues. Dec. 8th romp: Bubbles Beyond Champagne. Slick and sassy wine lady Dani Megears will bring all the fizzy lifting drinks she can carry for $65 a seat, along with treats from the kitchen of course. That'll cure any Tuesday.