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Wine Wednesday: Nibbling at Foreign Legion

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The things that make for a good wine bar often have very little to do with wine. That part, you expect they would have nailed down. But what about ambiance? Food? Entertainment? We’ve seen many a vino bar fall by the wayside for not thinking enough outside the glass. We think Foreign Legion has done the [...]

Baba Savarin at Cossetta

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There was this place in Rome that made incredible rum sponge cake. I’m not sure if it’s still there, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it weren’t. The ancient woman working the counter was surly on a good day. It was tucked into an inconvenient alley, and each time I arrived, I was the [...]

Eat This Now! Bacon Chop at Libertine

Bacon Chop at Libertine

Salty? Check. Fatty? And how! Would a steady diet of these have you flirting with cardiac disaster? You bet. Just resign yourself to a longer jog tomorrow and enjoy this smoky slab with impunity tonight. Libertine‘s tenure in Calhoun Square began this summer on a promising note, if only for a simple juxtaposition: It’s not [...]

Kramarczuk’s 5th Annual Kielbasa Festival This Weekend

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No one in the Twin Cities knows sausages quite like Kramarczuk’s. This weekend is your change to revel in their expertise at the 5th annual Kielbasa Festival. The two-day affair will celebrate all things tubed meat, with beer and entertainment to boot. We stopped by the Northeast deli for a quick chat with Nick Kramarczuk (below, right). [...]

Eat This Now! Beef Tartare at Tongue In Cheek

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It’s either a surge of joy or pangs of regret. It’s that feeling when you see a plate leave a kitchen destined for another table. You’ve already ordered, and there it goes. It’s so beautiful. Depending on whether or not it’s what you’ve ordered, your night has just taken a turn. That’s why it’s our strategy [...]

Eat This Now! Miso Cod at Verdant Tea

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The Verdant Tea house has developed a reputation for unique flavor. Their product approach seems ever-refreshing and their new food menu looks to continue the tradition. Obviously, their success began with the direct importation of Chinese tea from small family estates. Then, Sweet Science Ice Cream took up residence. After that began a program of [...]

Sneak Peek: The Third Bird

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“Kim has vision for a space, injects an energy, and puts the right people in the right place like nobody I’ve ever seen before,” claims Lucas Almendinger. He’s the chef at the helm of Kim Bartmann’s newest project, The Third Bird, and the evidence is all around him. During the first soft-open lunch last Wednesday, [...]

Beans to Beer: Stonehouse Coffee in Nisswa Brewing Up Plans for Beer Making

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A family familiar with bags of coffee beans ready for roasting will soon be lugging bags of grain awaiting brewing.  The French family owns Stonehouse Coffee, a company founded in 2001 that roasts its own beans for its coffee and grinds its own wheat for fresh-baked scones. Soon they will take their hands-on, homemade philosophy [...]

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Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich at Lake & Irving

Lake Irving Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich // Photo by John Garland

This is not a sandwich for the faint of heart. If your doctor has talked to you about your blood pressure recently, this was the kind of choice he was talking about. It is not a sandwich for the dainty, nor the self-concious. If you’re on a first date, and you want to look like [...]

Sambusas at Afro Deli

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Across all nationalities, cultures, creeds and cuisines, one thing remains constant: meat stuffed in dough. Whether it’s called calzone, banh bao, pasty, pupusa, baozi, or whatever, they’re practically what makes us human. But of all the above variations, count me squarely (or triangularly, I suppose) in the sambusa camp. A good one is shatter-crisp on the [...]

Street Meat: The Bachelor Farmer

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The phrase “street meat” is usually derogatory. It describes the dried-out gyros or over-boiled hotdogs you might find from an indifferent vendor in a city like Boston or New York. You know, something like Khlav Kalash. But since the Twin Cities have no contemporary history of sub-par street eating, it’s high time we re-appropriate the [...]

New Orleans Crawfish Boil by Chef Andrew Gerson

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Dinner on the Farm Presents a Farm to Table recipe from Chef Andrew Gerson of Brooklyn Brewery, who’s in town from August 9-16 for Brooklyn Brewery’s Mash Tour. Photos by Jeromy Reaux The crawfish boil is a distillation of New Orleans culture and the slow simmering essence of summer. Meaty crawfish slow cook in a [...]

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Sausage in the Cities

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Food Meets Beer, meets sausage. In the Cities. Nuff said. Photos by Daniel Murphy Put down those indifferent factory brats—we’re in the midst of a tubed-meat renaissance. We talk with two operations leading the way. The poet John Godfrey Saxe was quoted in The Daily Cleveland Herald on March 29th, 1869, saying “laws, like sausages, [...]

Eat This Now! Takoyaki at United Noodles

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Not quite a fritter, not exactly a dumpling, more like a hushpuppy-of-the-sea. I’m not exactly sure how to classify takoyaki, except under “delicious” and “more, please.” A West Coast friend recently asked me for some dining destinations in town, and he was confused when Unideli, a noodle bar in a grocery store, popped up in [...]