Sea Change introduces new prime-time happy hour
It's been a busy week at Sea Change in Minneapolis. First chef de cuisine Erik Anderson was nominated by Food & Wine magazine as one of the Midwest's best new chefs, then he was recognized as one of the semi-finalists for a James Beard Award for best Midwestern chef. With all the heaping praise, you might expect his head to be a little swollen, but when we caught up with him Thursday night at the new Sea Change late-night happy hour, he was subdued. He smiled and accepted congratulatory handshakes and hugs before returning to his real domain, the kitchen.
Not your average filet o' fish
To draw in diners when the Guthrie patrons are busy next door, Sea Change is now featuring happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. The drink specials include wine, beer, and signature cocktails. We sampled the herby, sweet vodka spiked with a thyme-infused simple syrup and topped with Pellegrino Limonata, garnished with a little fresh thyme sprig.
Sea Change also offers little bacon-packed burgers, topped with caramelized onion, ketchup, mustard, thousand island dressing, cucumber pickle coins, and romaine lettuce leaves cut into rounds, all packed into a little poppy seed bun for only $5. But this is a seafood restaurant, which means the chef also offers his playful take on a fillet of fish. It looks familiar, but this is not drive-in food, even if it comes at the fast-food friendly price of five bucks. Not to be ignored are the briny, sweet, and in-season oysters. Wednesday and Thursday next week, Sea Change is featuring these tasty little nuggets for only $1 apiece. Top them with a little cilantro mignonette and you're floating in a sea of tranquil luxury at a completely affordable price.
Oyster on the half shell