Welcome back to this weeks edition of The Fryer! Again, we’re digging into all of what’s going on in the Minnesota food & bar scene and again, this week served up an awful lot. We’ve got new restaurants on the horizon, we had a slew of celebrations in honor of France’s Bastille Day, and we’ve got a lot of hot new events on the horizon, so check it all out below!
Viva La France!
For those of you who may not be familiar, Bastille Day (July 14th), is basically the equivalent to France’s Independence Day and the Twin Cities has no shortage of local celebrations in honor of the event with more and more popping up every year.
This year, Top Ten Liquors in St. Louis Park celebrated with a wine & baguette tasting and they were joined by the Crepe & Cake Food truck offering up a variety of delicious snackables for hungry Francophiles. Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, St. Genevieve celebrated with a champagne and oyster pop-up in their back ally featuring South Bay Blonde oysters served a with a classic mignonette sauce, Champagne, and sparking pamplemousse (grapefruit) rosé in cans!
Our friends over in St. Paul at Meritage also celebrated last Sunday (July 9th), in conjunction with Alliance France and featured a free celebration of French culture, food and art, and a host of local vendors.
The big event, as it is every year, was Barbette’s Bastille Day Block Party. The event featured a laundry list of local performing artists including Aby Wolf, Black Widows & Black Widows Go-Go Dancers, Monica LaPlante, Mark Mallman, Heiruspecs, Brass Messengers, Infiammati FireCircus, Nadine DuBois and Les Folies Risque, The Aviary Aerial Fitness and FlyGirl Productions, WLDRNSS, and a local artist market. Babette also kept people well fed and hydrated with an array of organic picnic foods, cold beverages, and MN Nice Cream!
First Look at a New Restaurant!
This week we were treated to a first look at a brand new restaurant that’s set to open up this Wednesday in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. The restaurant, Dalton & Wade Whiskey Common, set’s their focus on pure Americana (with a little help from Ireland, Scotland, and Japan). The food focus is all rustic American, mainly centered around the South’s meat-and-three concept, most frequently seen in Southern BBQ joints. While the menu is simple in nature, the flavors are robust and the addition of smoked meats and sides will be a much welcome addition to the neighborhood.
In regard to the whiskey? They’re sporting over 200+ varieties of American made brown along with a handful from other well-known whiskey countries like Ireland, Scotland, and Japan who has, over the past few years, become quite popular for their take on everybody’s favorite dark spirit. The cocktails are all pretty straightforward and simple, perfect for a whiskey bar, and no cocktail rings it at over $9. You can’t argue with that! Their secondary spirit of choice is going to be Mezcal, so if you’re into that kind of thing, they’ve got you covered on that end too.
The folks at Dalton & Wade plan on having a variety of different themed nights which will include local DJ’s focusing in on folk, country, and rock & roll, a BYOV night (bring your own vinyl) where you can bring in your own records for the DJ to spin which could potentially earn you a drink token, and maybe, just maybe at some point down the road, they might incorporate some live acoustic music.
All food will be served up to an hour before closed, so this has the potential to become a pretty solid late night spot in the North Loop. Look for their doors to open this Wednesday, but you can check out our pretty cool slideshow below to get your own advance first look!
Get ready to mark your calendars, because we’ve got a lot of cool events coming up over the next few weeks! This week alone we’ve got a lot of different things coming up including Music & Movies in the Park featuring local punk trio Dead Kings of Norway and everybody’s favorite emotionally devastating kids movie, Inside Out (we mean that in the best way possible of course!). We’ve also got Amos Lee playing at the Minnesota Zoo, folk rock trio, Bluebird, is playing out at Farm by the Lake, and the Twin Cities ramen pioneers, Zen Box Izakaya, are teaming up with the folks over at Tattersall Distilling for a ramen and cocktail event like no other. All of these events are definitely worth looking into!
Just on the horizon, we’ve also got Smack Shack’s annual Crayfest coming up. On Saturday, August 5th from 12-8pm on 6th Ave, right next to Smack Shack, you’ll be able to hang outside, drink hurricanes all day, and mow down on tasty, tasty crayfish. This is the 5th year of the event and every year those little mudbugs just get tastier and tastier. Live music this year will feature Chase & Ovation, Viva Knievel, Private Oates and Steeling Dan and they’ll, of course, have their annual crayfish eating contest. Tickets for this event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door ($45 and $50 for VIP).
The annual Uptown Art Fair is also coming up and will run from Friday, August 4th to Sunday, August 6th. As one of the biggest outdoor art festivals in the country, you can expect loads and loads of art lining the streets of Hennepin Ave, but don’t forget to hit up the Uptown Art Fair/Kitchen Window Culinary Arts Competition which will feature a variety of chefs from across the Twin Cities who have been paired up with local artists to create harmonious compositions of food and art. Yours truly will be back again to judge this year and it’s always a good time, so hopefully we’ll see some familiar faces out there and hopefully, I’ll have a little more for you about this as we get closer to the event.
For now, that’s about all we’ve got, but make sure to follow BestoftheBestMN.com for more updates and news worthy tidbits throughout the week and if you’ve got any inside information, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!