Hot Plate: Grand Marais Scramble (eggs, trout, cream cheese) is my go to brunch item at my favorite place in town. I just love the paint by number paintings that line the walls, and I have a great story about a time we watched a couple argue in their car out front for 20 minutes, leave, come back, argue some more, and finally the guy comes in to eat while she stays in the car. But I miss the Eric Estrada.
La Chaya Bistro: Eggs Benedict (Poached Eggs on Avocado with Melted Cheese and Green Salsa served on English Muffin) makes my mouth water. And the Chorizo Molletes were great. Super friendly staff, and amazing food.
Longfellow Grill: I’ve been eating brunch at both the Highland Grill and the Longfellow Grill for so long that it has to be on my list. Blueberry French Toast is my usual, but best if split with someone else’s order to balance it out.
Stabby’s: It’s called Stabby’s. They have biscuits and gravy. Done.
Bad Waitress: I like anyplace where I don’t have to deal with servers. Nothing against them, but I love being able to order when I’m ready, and leave when I want to without waiting for a check. The pancakes are great, and I love the superhero table cards and the B movie posters on the walls.
A Baker’s Wife’s Pastry Shop: Doesn’t matter what you get, it will be good, but I usually just get a plain cake donut or three. That’s all I need. Even better now that Angry Catfish serves up a great cup of coffee just a few doors down. (honorable mention for not being a restaurant)
DeRusha gets bonus points for actually going to places all over the Twins Cities, while my list is basically just South Minneapolis, and most are within a few miles of my house.
The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards. The foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Committee selected the nominees from 21,000 online entries.
OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR Larry D’Amico and Richard D’Amico, D’Amico & Partners, Minneapolis
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR Sameh Wadi, Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, Minneapolis
BEST NEW RESTAURANT Bar La Grassa, Minneapolis
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis
OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE La Belle Vie, Minneapolis
BEST CHEF: MIDWEST Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Minneapolis Vincent Francoual, Vincent, Minneapolis Håkan Lundberg, Cosmos, Minneapolis Mike Phillips, The Craftsman, Minneapolis Alexander Roberts, Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis Lenny Russo, Heartland, St. Paul, MN Stewart Woodman, Heidi’s, Minneapolis
It’s true! Nerds unite in joy as the rumors are true, Cap’n Jazz is reuniting to play in Chicago on 7/17 at the Bottom Lounge, with more unannounced dates to come. Furthermore, Analphabetapolothology will be released on vinyl via Jade Tree.
Attention bar owners: When the beer geeks like you, you know you’ve done something right. In the latest issue of Beer Advocate, the beloved beer bible mentioned Minneapolis’ own Stub & Herb’s on its list of 25 Top Places to Have a Pint. The 70-year-old pub was ranked No. 12 and was the only Minnesota bar on the international list.
In 2007, Stub & Herb’s broke out of its college bar trappings by going full throttle with its dedication to local and rare beers.
And to think that just a few years ago the previous owners were all upset about the smoking ban and how it would kill the business. So glad she sold it to people that care about beer.
The U.S. Olympic team has been finalized, and Minnesota is sending more athletes to Vancouver than any other state. Chisholm, Duluth, and Edina tie for most athletes from a single city.
Here’s the final list of the “locals”:
Rebekah Bradford; Apple Valley, Minn.; Speedskating (LT) Wynn Roberts; Battle Lake, Minn.; Biathlon Natalie Nicholson; Bemidji, Minn.; Curling David Backes; Blaine, Minn.; Ice Hockey Erik Johnson; Bloomington, Minn.; Ice Hockey John Shuster; Chisholm, Minn.; Curling Jason Smith; Chisholm, Minn.; Curling Jamie Langenbrunner; Cloquet, Minn.; Ice Hockey Jeff Isaacson; Duluth, Minn.; Curling Chris Plys; Duluth, Minn.; Curling Natalie Darwitz; Eagan, Minn.; Ice Hockey Allison Pottinger; Eden Prairie, Minn.; Curling Jenny Potter; Edina, Minn.; Ice Hockey Kaylin Richardson; Edina, Minn.; Skiing - Alpine Caitlin Compton; Minneapolis, Minn.; Skiing - Cross Country Garrot Kuzzy; Minneapolis, Minn.; Skiing - Cross Country Zach Parise; Prior Lake, Minn.; Ice Hockey John Benton; St. Michael, Minn.; Curling Gigi Marvin; Warroad, Minn.; Ice Hockey Tony Benshoof; White Bear Lake, Minn.; Luge Paul Martin, Elk River, Minn.; Ice Hockey