Food | Drive for the pie


Happy Braham Pie Day! The first Friday in August is always celebrated with slices in Braham, which has been named by Governor Rudy Perpich as the “MN’s house pie capital”. Just an hour north of the metro, it has all the best parts of a little town party: pancake breakfast, car show, local makers market and pies, hundreds of pies. Stop off on your way north, as it has been done since the 1930s, because the homemade pie is worth the trip. Other detours are worth your precious days in August: lunch in a former fire station, island restaurants in the southern metro and puffed pizzas in the city center.


The Lexington is hosting a open house to celebrate chef Jack Riebel, which has been fighting the good fight against neuroendocrine cancer for over a year. On Sunday, August 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., friends and fans are encouraged to come in for a quick tour, share stories, swap memories of past meals, and maybe even raise a drink. The event is free, but they ask people to book a time slot to keep things going. And of course, masks are mandatory.

Smoke Out is back! Justin Sutherland and his friends are back this year at Allianz Field to have a blast with smoked meat treats and a ton of live music. Early Bird tickets get a discount until August 15th, then prices increase for the October 3rd event. We’ll be unveiling the supplier list soon, but you know it’s going to be fun.

Really, there is seriously 56 new drinks to drink on day one of the Minnesota State Fair? Not. Just kidding, of course I am: this.

It’s been a pretty tough week for restaurants, psychologically, as they consider what could happen with the new terms and restrictions. Lots of places have chosen to camouflage themselves, while others are developing a new plan B, and C good F. The hard part is, it’s not like they’re on the safest feet. , thanks to a supply chain in difficulty. Is this the perfect storm?


+ Pau Hana is now open to Savage, by the team behind Lake and Irving. Chef Chris Ikeda offers Hawaiian fare in the Southern Metro, including Kahlua pork lumpia and loco moco, a rice dish topped with a burger patty, egg, and gravy. They also make pizzas with great toppings such as miso corn cream, pepper-brined fresh mozz, and macadamia nut pesto. Pau Hana means “finished work” and is employed with friends who gather for drinks, Hawaii’s happy hour.

+ In an old renovated fire station, Public house side A is open on Randolph in St. Paul. Just halfway between Burger Dive and Mucci’s, this latest addition to the neighborhood is both a brasserie and a coffee bar. Chef Drew Ledo (latest from Dark Horse Bar & Eatery) offers a short and easygoing menu with some French influences: Croque Monsieur, Lyonnaise salad, Coq au Vin, etc. The brewery at the back is working on its first brews, but the cafe-bar is ready to rock. The space is open and beautiful, and very importantly open for lunch! Monday and Tuesday even!

+ EaTo is the latest incarnation of Eastside space on Washington Ave. It has big plans to be like a mini-Eataly (complete with a bottle shop, market, and meat counter) but for now it’s open for the pizza patio and window treat to go. Look for more evolutions this fall.

+ El Norte Kitchen food truck is officially launched! Once a pop-up that offered delicious burritos stuffed with fries and smoked meats, as well as the cult, crazy concha burger, Chef Ben Allen’s truck will now roam the cities with its comfort food from the Southwest. They will be at The white squirrel bar this Friday and Saturday, go see if you can’t taste Tuscon.

+ After a very long interruption, Bark and bite is again open at Merriam Park for indoor dining.


Seward Soft Serve will close shop. The numbers don’t work and they have to move on. They will have shortened hours for the next few days as they finish the service, so grab a cone and a hug.

Riverview Wine Bar has decided to close while owners David and Mara Bernick take the time to decide what the future holds for this area. In a post, they said how grateful they were to the neighborhood for their support, but noted the extreme challenges of the year and promised to keep people posted on any future development.


>> Looks like The Dakota comes back in great shape! The news broke that Lowell Pickett was planning to reopen the restaurant on September 10, and he brought in some heavy hitters to help him out. Tim McKee will create a whole new food concept for the space, while Nathan Rostance (formerly of Bachelor Farmer) will oversee operations. Chef Remy Pettus, who closed his restaurant Bardo last year, will be appointed executive chef. The menu will be oriented towards the cuisine of the south of the Netherlands, which has a family connection with Pettus. Think boiled peanuts, chili cheese, smoked walnut chicken wings, and sweet corn and hominy chowder.


// Braham Pie Day! Today is the day to head north for the pie. You do NOT want to miss the 3pm pie auction. Then stick around for the pie tasting contest and see how these kids do it.

// Something a little more sullen, hmmmm? For a date? What to say about the Russian art after dark concert tonight! I love the idea of ​​strolling through the Russian Art Museum sipping cocktails and a DJ vibrates in the background. Go ahead, get dressed! The event starts at 8 p.m. and a free slide bar starts around 10 p.m., and there is so much great art to be told.

// It’s Crazy Days in their neighborhood of Nokomis, so Bull’s Horn Goes Crazy with a parking lot for fry on Saturdays. There’s a beer collaboration with neighbors Venn Brewing to make Crazy Days beer, plus a pin-making station, musical chairs for great prizes, balloon animals, a fishmeat raffle and of course. crispy fish from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., then a regular menu after that.

// Nershfest 2021 is back at InBound Brew Co. on Saturday. For the love of Bill Nershi, it’s a free outdoor music festival with live bands, a craft market, food trucks and of course lots of beer.

// At Dual Citizen Brewing, Saturday means a Boil the naughty quarter shrimp. The neighboring Naughty Greek team will quickly take a left and cook NOLA-inspired dishes for this one. Stompers Jazz Band will be out in full force from 3pm to 6pm, and DCB slushie seltzer play continues in the Hurricane flavor.

// Get your tickets NOW for next week Txakoli Festival (say it: cha-ko-lee) at the Bungalow Club. August 15 is the day of celebration and tasting of Basque wines and pintxos (say: peen-chos). For only $ 48, you can taste 5 different txakolis, a Basque cider and nibble on pintxos on the patio grill. Count on the porron that makes a show, and a mess of your face.


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