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>> Hector Ruiz makes it a quad. His newest bistro La Ceiba is now open in the Powderhorn neighborhood. Let's just call it a love letter to the dear-departed El Meson. There are a lot of favorite dishes from the former restaurant, but also some new sparklers. Plus, breakfast: ropa vieja, aguada egg torta with spinach and cheese, and corn pancakes!
>> Colossal Cafe on Grand is now open, flipping flappers at anyone who walks by (but not in an aggressive way).
>> Lunch is back on at The Dakota, with its stellar patio on Nicollet Mall. There's a burger deal for $8.95 and they've partnered with Indeed Brewing for the season, but there's the option to score a 1919 root beer float as well.
>> Today is the season opener for mini-golf, so sayeth I. The Walker launches its supes-cool arty course this weekend. New Rule: Weiners on the Winners! Low score buys the all-beef hot dogs at the Walker's Dog House. Get a little more lowbrow by hitting Richfield's Malt-T-Melt mini-golf and grilled cheese! There's 18 holes of mini-golf, build your own grilled cheese (do it, put the potato chips in, you madman), and malts for your summer win.
>> The sausage cart. She is back.
>> Jamie Malone, Erik Anderson, and the Bittercube Boys have teamed up to help launch Paul Dzubnar's Scena (SEE-nah) in Uptown! Opening this fall, the spot that shares a building with Coup d'Etat will be a double level situation with a hot focus on cool things: cocktails and crudo, cocktails with crudo, crudo and the like.
>> Summer Hours Y'all! Getting out of work earlier just means more bar time, right? Terzo announced a bit ago that it's now open at 4 p.m. for the Italian winos. And now Spoon & Stable has announced that starting May 26 through Labor Day the bar will open at 4 p.m.. Don't go looking for your early bird dinner; while there will be chips in the bar to snack on, the eating menus still start at 5 p.m.
>> Sparks is all about the brunch, about the brunch, no stopping. Bottomless drinks and bottomless plates (not really, that could muss your trousers) brunch has launched at the wood-fired Bryn Mawr spot for $20 and under.
>>This goes out to all my Pinterest girls who just want an effing farm table to make that outdoor dining party a truthfully brilliant smash, is that asking too much? No, I got you.
>> Don't be ashamed to be flipping through some Pickles, Pig & Whiskey by the pool, summer reading includes the cookery books. Get to Cooks of Crocus Hill this weekend for the BIG COOKBOOK SALE which gets you 25 percent off!
>> Two very Haute Haute Haute pop-ups to get on your radar. Hot Indian food truck goes Haute Indian at Fulton Brewery June 1. For one night only, Chef Janene Holig gets to stretch her wings with an elegant four course menu, each paired with a Fulton brew. Veggie and meat menus from $43 to $55. The Second Annual HauteQue Soul Hut at Haute Dish, on the other hand, runs for a saucy SIX days, señorita. Reserve your table for the special BBQ menu that includes a damn righteous balogna sandwich, pork shoulder, lamb belly, ribs, fried chicken and all the madness that implies.
>> To read: "I wanted that life: waking up in a sunny apartment to face the day, the taste of butter and orange sweetness on my tongue like a meditation. Claiborne gave us permission to respect pleasure in eating—even small pleasures—not as something guilty, but as the received wisdom of culture. Bitch, we’re eating brioche."
>> Get to know the OTHER brown at Marvel's Brandy 101 class on May 31. Pay $60 to be part of a small group that gathers for a tasting and seminar led by manager Jon. Do it, it's time to be super classy.
>> You guys, you only have until Saturday to make Camp Cheesecake happen! Tami Cabrera of Muddy Paws Cheesecake is one of the good humans, get over there and help make cheesecake mobile!