Thanksgiving The Feed
We can probably all admit that the discussions around the Thanksgiving table next week have the potential to get dicey, and there might be only one solution: spike the stuffing. While you're plotting your seating charts and diversionary topics this week, don't forget to pop into a pie pop-up, stuff your face with dumplings, and pre-game with new salad bowls. You gotta earn the bird.
>> It has happened you fiends, Dumpling has opened in Longfellow to slake your thirst for, well dumplings. (Yes, there is still another different shop, Mrs. Dumpling on the horizon). This bright pink shop is actually billing itself as a next gen Asian restaurant with Vietnamese, Chinese, and Cambodian comfort food. Now open at E. 40th and Minnehaha Ave. (I think it was once Ming's Palace), they are cranking out mouth treats such as pork and veg dumplings, egg rolls, and cream cheese wontons (read: MN dumplings), but there are also bigger plates such as fried chicken bao, a bahn mi with pulled pork, ramen, and of course, beef stroganoff. Also a fun surprise? Sake and wine cocktails for $8.
>> On the other side of the spectrum, the Hewing Hotel opened yesterday along with Tullibee, the restaurant helmed by Grae Nonas. It is a fantastic space and even if you just pop by for a drink at the lobby bar (fueled by the Bittercube boys, get the hot buttered rum), it's worth your time. Remember the theme of the restaurant is slightly Nordic with woods & lakes at play, and it could be your best T-Day setting to frost out any discord. They're serving a $55 3-course dinner from 11am-8pm on Thanksgiving, go snap up a rezzie so that your Aunt Sally can gaze out at Deja Vu across the street and say "that's interesting".
>> OUIBar + KTCHN in the Radisson RED opened this week near the new stadium in East Town. It's more of a lobby bar, but with a full restaurant offering a brief all-day menu that includes ham tots, triple decker grilled cheese, burrito, a blended mushroom beef burger, and fried chicken n waffle sandwich. It's very bright in there.
>> If you're looking for a great hostess gift, you should know that Sweet Jules has opened up a shop. Sisters Jule Vranian and Hope Klocker already have a rabid internet following for their caramels, but now they are making it easier to grab on the go, or on the way to granny's, with a new shop in Minnetonka, off Hopkins Crossroad. Seriously, their Pub Crawl Caramels made with local craft beer are legit.
>> Also, I feel like this is the important week to know: Dave the Pie Guy opened a shop in the old old Butter space on 35th and Grand near Uptown. I have heard nothing but joy for his banana cream pies.
>> Tim Horton's opened a shiny new donut shop at Mall of America today. And if you're from Canada, you're feeling it big time. If you're not, you're thinking, "huh, donut shop". They are solid donuts you hosers, so give 'em a shot. And don't forget to get some Timbits with a double double.
>> Ryan Burnet's first Crisp & Green healthy eating eatery opens on Monday in Wayzata. Just in time to get your agua frescas, smoothies, and salad bowls to work detoxing your bod, so that you can go ahead and retox it on Thursday/Friday/Saturday.
>> So very sad to report that Saffron will be closing permanently after service on Dec. 3. Brothers Sameh and Saed Wadi decided not to renew the lease after 10 years of modern Middle Eastern cooking in that spot. I applaud them for breaking ground in this food scene and helping propel us forward as a food city. We wouldn't have World Street Kitchen and Milkjam Creamery if there had not been Saffron first. Don't count these boys as done, just saying.
>> Earlier this week we learned that Krungthep Thai (sister to University Ave favorite Bangkok Thai Deli) would be closing as of Monday, Nov. 21. I've now been informed that the space will reopen as another Thai restaurant, KhunNai Thai, under new owners on Dec. 1.
>> And finally and for good, Beek's Pizza in SLP closed their doors this week. The local pizza shop, named for original owner Mr. Beekman who founded the shop in 1953, was a family-owned small business which for many, was the neighborhood pizza of their youth. Time and tide.
>> Ann Kim's newest spot, Young Joni, is on the cusp of opening, like within days babies. Check out this sneak peek inside and know that drinks have been being had already at the sorta open back bar. If the red light saber is glowing, your drinks await.
>> Let's kick the weekend off with a Tbsp Waffle Pop Up, shall we? Zip into the Hub City Cafe this morning from 8-11am and get your fill of Liege waffles. Pro-tip: get extras and slip them in your galoshes for, you know, survival.
>> Do I need to say this again? Solo Vino has 15% off all sparkling wines until the end of the year. Also, sail into the shop later today, from 5-7:30pm and try three fresh new Beaujolais Nouveau.
>> I love this Fresh Off The Boot event that Molly Broder and her brood puts on. It's like having your own personal Italian food concierge service. They go to Italy, find all the tastiest bits, and then bring them home and let you taste them this Sunday. Your $25 ticket includes a $10 donation to Slow Food MN and you basically get to hang around and sip wines, taste food, learn recipes, and act like you're part of one of the coolest food families in town. Molto grazie.
>> You know the only way I think you'll ever be able to discern the difference between real news and fake news? Going to beer school and focusing on your education. This Monday marks opening night for Beer Smarts at Modist Brewing. It's a 6-week program that meets every Monday for an hour, during which you'll learn about beer history, beer basics, and beer magic all for $50 for the whole shebang. Plus this may be the only class you have an approved social hour before and after class.
>> Probably your real last chance to show up to The Feast with a stellar looking pie happens on Monday when The Salty Tart throws one of her legendary Power, Corruption, and Pies pop-up at Hola Arepa. She'll be there with the goods at 3pm, and by goods I mean chocolate cream pie, bourbon pecan pie, and pumpkin chiffon pie, have mercy. Do not believe that those pies will last long.
>> Thanksgiving Eve this Wednesday for some will be spent at the stove (ahem) with bourbon on repeat (ahem), but for others it's a night to get out and not mess up their house. Head to either Thanksgivering at Able Seedhouse & Brewery where there will be pies, petals, and pints. Or just toss it all in to Psycho Suzi's Ultimate Kegger Party and rock out a keg stand or two. No one will notice if you fall asleep in the mashed potatoes the next day, promise.