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>> Bluefox Indian Bar & Grill is now open in the former Little Szechuan spot in West End. South Indian and Indo-Chinese fusion dishes are the name of the game in a modern setting. I'm intrigued by the rasam "fire broth" soup, kale pakoras, chennai calamari sauteed with spiced coconut milk, and more. And you know it says "Farm to Table" on the awning, so, there's that.
>> World Cafe has taken over the former Cafe Zentral skyway spot. If you went there before, you'll see some familiar faces. If not, GO THERE AND TRY THAT CHILI! I had a bowl and it saved my soul. Otherwise we're talking panini, quesadillas, tacos, soups, wraps, and the like. Hot heads take note: there's a ghost pepper sauce to light it all up.
>> I feel like this may be what you should eat while watching a Pitch Perfect mashup. Now open near 50th & France, behind AgraCulture, is Sotarol: an Asian-Mexican fusion joint with a hankering for plaid flannel. We're talking about a long spicy tuna sushi roll wrapped in soy paper like a burrito. But also regular sushi rolls. And rice bowls too, but one of them has tater tots with 5 spice pork. Which I can get behind. Can't wait to check this place out.
>> Rojo has opened in the former Shag Sushi of North Loop, and I went for lunch yesterday. There were more people in there for those 2 hours than I'd seen in all of Shag's time. Had a quesadilla. It was a quesadilla.
>> The InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul, once the Crowne Plaza, has opened Citizen Supper Club as part of the redo. The vibe is very tony retro, going for a Mad Men feel. Chef John Occhiato (formerly of Cosmos and D'Amico Cucina) is back in the game, with some classic plates: Duck a l'orange, lobster club, steak Diane, and hey there's a cheeseball for the table.
>> Chiang Mai Thai has announced that after 17 years, they are closing. Dec. 23 will be the last day for the back alley restaurant which was the first Thai in Uptown. Their sister spot, Ginger Hop in Nordeast, is still going strong.
>> This is a brilliant partnership. Spyhouse Coffee has hooked up with Sarah Botcher and will be featuring her Black Walnut Bakery items in their coffee shops. She is a wickedly talented baker and her Kouign Amann butter cakes are enough to lure you to her past pop-ups, but now your ham & cheese croissant, pain suisse, or kugelhopf fix can be had with your coffee. Daily.
>> But wait, more brunch! Chef Geoff Hausmann's Pork & Pickle is bringing the brunch for two pop-ups at Lyn 65. Two seatings on both Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 will feature five courses and a take-home treat for $40. Bring cash for cocktails, but the coffees included.
>> What better way to take a night tour of the Turnblad mansion and all the Nordic Christmas exhibits at the American Swedish Institute, than with a soul-warming cup of glögg in your hands. This glögg tour is the one time I'm going to let you have Christmas fun before Thanksgiving ... because it's cultural. Plush nosh from FIKA.
>> There is nothing like Super Sake Sushi Sunday in town. On Sunday, you pay $100 and eat all the high quality sushi you can eat, and drink all the rare and unique sake you can drink. Sushi Fix owner Billy is both your guide and your instigator. Plan for Uber or find a ride.
>> Giddyup! The Mill City Whiskey Review is happening on Nov. 21! Get your tickets to sample some of the finest whiskies in the world, from Japan to Scotland to Wisconsin. Whether novice or pro, I think you can have a good time at this event.