Minnesota Spoon: Smoked brisket recipe from Thomas Boemer of Revival and Corner Table

The brisket hit the smoker at 8am. The whiskey was open by 11am. An early start is important. It’s well established that good barbecue should begin around dawn. It needs the better part of a day to drip, blacken, and break down into tender perfection. That’s why Thomas Boemer, chef at Revival and Corner Table, […]

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Alex Roberts on the history and unexpected virtue of masa

By Alex Roberts, as told to John Garland What we do at Alma is try to honor tradition without saying we’re cooking something traditional. Brasa is the same way—I’m not saying I can make rice and pigeon peas like your Puerto Rican grandmother. But I try to learn from tradition what is the best practice. […]

Grand Designs: Alma is expanding to make you feel more at home

Have you ever been to Restaurant Alma? The acclaimed restaurant has been quietly sitting on the corner of University and 6th Avenue Southeast in Minneapolis for 17 years now, while Dinkytown was razed and rebuilt with luxury apartments and St. Anthony Main has waxed and waned. It’s not new or hot, and you can’t sum up […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Cream Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fresh Thyme and Pancetta Cream By Alex Roberts, Restaurant Alma (serves 8) Pancetta Cream 2-1⁄2 cups heavy cream 1 tablespoon good olive oil 1⁄4 pound Red Table Meats pancetta, cut into a 1⁄4″ dice or lardons 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1 shallot, roughly chopped 3 sprigs thyme 1 teaspoon whole […]

Holiday Survival Guide

Need a festive cocktail to shake up for your guests? Not sure how to navigate your holiday office party? Did mom tell you to bring a side dish to dinner? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The Growler’s Holiday Survival Guide, everything you’ll need to make this year’s holiday season memorable. DRINK There’s a certain type of drinking […]

‘Alma Lights’ art installations to open September 16

Restaurant Alma and Northern Lights.mn have announced Alma Lights, an art installation at the Alma building at 528-530 University Ave SE. Alma Lights will feature 12 artist interventions, installations, and activities throughout the Alma building, September 16th through the 26th. Alongside the art at Alma Lights, there will be an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and cocktails inspired by the future Cafe […]

Minneapolis City Council Approves Alma Hotel

A unanimous city council vote has cleared the way for a boutique hotel to take shape above the future Cafe Alma. Alex Roberts purchased the two-level space on University Avenue, adjacent to his standard-bearing Restaurant Alma. MinnPost reports plans for a six-room hotel and ground-level cafe inspired by Chicago’s Longman & Eagle.

Dessa Dishes with Chef Alex Roberts

Photos by Stacy Schwartz There are few professions in which a trim physique could be considered a liability. Alex Roberts is a clear-eyed, dark-haired chef who looks like a Crossfit devotee (which he is). During Obama’s first presidential run, Roberts’ soul food restaurant Brasa, was a regular destination for the campaign volunteers. Stately older black […]

Marinated Pork Shoulder “Bo Ssam” & Fulton’s Sweet Child of Vine IPA

A Farm to Table Recipe Presented by Dinner on the Farm Recipes by Matt Sprague, Restaurant Alma Marinated Pork Shoulder “Bo Ssam” (or korean style pork lettuce wraps) w/ Bibb Lettuce, Sweet Cucumbers, Kim Chi, and Fried Garlic Generously serves 8-10 adults. Pork: One 8-10 lb. bone-in pork shoulder Marinade Ingredients: 1 c. apple juice 1 […]