Photo by Eliesa Johnson
It feels like beer season. Not that you can't enjoy your suds 24/7/52/365, it's just that the little bite to the wind and your sudden excitement for boots over flip-flops makes sipping a Mojito seem ridiculous. Beyond that note, some standard setting margaritas are leaving the Mall, there's oodles to eat on the street this Sunday, and gird your loins: ramen attacks.
>> Barley John's Brewing Company, the New Richmond flagship brewery for Barley John's Brewpub, is opening their taproom finally tonight! Head over this weekend and check out their new brands which have been popping up in bars all over town.
>> Omni Brewing opens in Maple Grove on Sunday. The first taproom in the area, they plan to offer 8 beers on tap, but will open with two this weekend: Hopfull, an IPA and a Pilot Pale Ale.
>> Eggy's Diner has opened in Loring Park, on the lower level of the LPM apartment building. Originating in Chicago, the retro-feeling diner serves breakfast and lunch daily until 3pm from a pretty large menu. Look for everything from chicken n' waffles, crepes, benedicts, omelets, and skillets to waffles, pancakes, and French toast to burgers, gyros, and paninis.
>> D'Amico has announced that it will be closing Masa, its Mexican restaurant on Nicollet Mall, on October 24. After 10 years, the lease is up and the company simply decided not to renew due to construction issues on the Mall and other factors. Look for the menu to bring back some fan favorites on the menu while they wind service down.
>> Mattie's on Main quietly closed last Sunday. Neighboring sister restaurant Wilde Roast is still open, but where are we going to go for drag brunch now?
>> There's a collective coming together to form an eatery called The Workhorse. Located on the ground floor of Kieran Folliard's Food Building (where Red Table Meats, and Lone Grazer cheese lives), the new restaurant/deli/bar will be the product of Anne Saxton, and Katie and Luke Kyle, who owns nearby Anchor Fish & Chips. The deli will feaure sandwiches and grab n go items from the other producers in the building (coming soon is a grain milling/baking tennant, perfect) and the small restaurant will offer lunch, dinner, and late night menus with roasted meats and vegetables, charcuterie and cheese plates, pot pies, and the like. Look for an opening this fall.
>> Wagner's Drive-In needs your help! Some a-hole slammed his car into the building and then drove away, leaving a heap of damage and shuttering the place. Jim, the son of the original owners, is doing his best to keep going, but some employees and friends set up a Go Fund Me account to help him out. Give it a look for an old timer in the business.
>> Are you maybe juuuuuuuuust a little bit jealous that the kids get to go off to school and you don't? Just be glad you don't ever have to write a book report again, and get over to the Cooks of Crocus Hill site to review the classes in session (AND ON SALE!!) that you actually WILL use in real life. Unlike that pesky calculus.
>> I don't know if it's the bundly weather coming or what, but I am eating all the bread. Happily for me, it is the Heritage Bread Festival at the Mill City Farmers Market this Saturday! Learn about drop breads, share your baking victories and failures with other bread bakers, and listen to one of the coolest millers in town, Darrold Glanville of Sunrise Flour Mill.
>> Sunday is Funday when there are streets on which to eat. Open Streets Nicollet runs right through the heart of the Kingfield food district and this year looks tasty, from bison chili and rosé in a can to corn-fed bourbon cocktails out of the back of a pickup truck to a hot wing challenge that will burn your face off. Go.
>> If you're not quite done with your bacon overload (from the State Fair onslaught, or the other fest last weekend), then trek it to River Falls this weekend for the annual Bacon Bash. This free 2-day fest is actually a culinary competition in which 12 cooks will compete to win your vote that could send them to the World Food Championships, where no joke the take is some $300,000. Anyway, bacon, over the river, for you.
>> It's time warriors. Get ready for Zen Box Izakaya's Ramen Attacks: Heroes Edition on Sunday, Sep. 27th! (I so badly wish I could cue up some badass anime soundtrack right now, Naruto). You may think the HERO refers to the participating chefs, of which there are many, but it actually refers to you the ticket buyer, because this is a fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Research Fund. So be a hero, buy a passport, eat some ramen, drinks a specially brewed Surly Ramen Attack beer, watch some cooking demos, listen to some drumming, be right with the world, Totoro.
>> Getting you all psyched up for the Harvest Beer Festival again! Save your October 17th for this awesome fest and Fresh Hop Throwdown! Who will get a Golden Growler? You'll have to come and find out!