Haute Dish celebrates the State Fair with (really good) food on a stick

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Next week Haute Dish will host its second annual Haute Dish on a Stick
If you just happen to be joining us here in Minnesota/on earth, it's officially State Fair season. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to head over to the fairgrounds to get a taste of the action. Next week, for the second year in a row, Haute Dish will host a three-day, State Fair-inspired celebration of its own. Dubbed "Haute Dish on a Stick," this dim sum-style menu is an homage to the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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The 10 new State Fair foods we can't wait to try


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Four Daughters Winery releases Loon Juice hard cider

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A new line of local hard cider, Loon Juice
Straight from southern Minnesota comes the newest addition to our ever growing roster of locally produced alcoholic beverages. This week, Four Daughters Winery, located in Spring Valley (just south of Rochester), launched a hard apple cider called Loon Juice. While initial distribution will likely stay close to Spring Valley, the company says that it expects Loon Juice to start hitting more liquor stores across the state later this fall.

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Du Nord releases first of three gins vying to be the signature Fitzgerald Gin

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Du Nord Craft Spirits to launch first of three candidates for the title of Fitzgerald Gin
As Minnesota's micro-distilleries are starting to kick things into high gear, a few folks are taking some interesting approaches to the release of their hooch. This week, Minneapolis's Du Nord Craft Spirits will launch its small-batch-brewed Fitzgerald Gin -- but there's a catch.

See also: Du Nord Spirits' first product, L'toile vodka, hits the shelves


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Shag, a '70s-themed sushi restaurant, to hit the North Loop

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Disco is alive and well in the North Loop
Just when you thought it was impossible to squeeze another sushi restaurant into the Minneapolis city limits, BOOM, another one has dropped down from the heavens -- and this one's got a theme.

Straight from the folks who brought you Rojo Mexican Grill in the West End and the soon to open Ling & Louie's in downtown Minneapolis comes Shag: a North Loop sushi restaurant complete with 1970s decor and a Las Vegas-style bar and lounge.

See also: Ling and Louie's Kitchen coming soon to Nicollet Mall

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Travail/The Rookery makes Bon Appetit's short list for Best Restaurant in America

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Yesterday, Travail/The Rookery was listed as one of the top 50 restaurants in America by Bon Appetit
At this point, the folks over at Travail/The Rookery are no strangers to national press. But that doesn't mean they weren't pleased as punch when yesterday, Bon Appetit magazine added them to the list of runners-up for the best restaurant in the United States. The 50 final restaurants were chosen by the magazine's restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton who will whittle down the list and announce the top 10 next Tuesday.

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First look: Travail and the Rookery

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Bruegger's now offers bagel burgers in Minneapolis locations

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Sean McPherson
Bruegger's Barnyard Burger

Sometimes when you sit down for a burger you think, "There's got to be a way to make this more fattening." You add bacon, a creamy mayonnaise-based sauce, cheese, and maybe even a fried egg. But it's not enough.

Stop. There's something you're missing. Toss that bun aside and grab a bagel. Not just any bagel. A bagel that itself has cheese fried on the top. Call it the Barnyard Burger to conjure images of a dude named Reginald wearing overalls and ordering it from Ye Old Country Bagel Shoppe. This is the kind of cheeseburger you are going to leave off your calorie counting app. This is the newest offering from Bruegger's, which is rolling out Barnyard and Bistro burgers at Boston and Minneapolis locations this summer and bringing them to all corporate locations in September.

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Food Fight: St. Paul Bagelry vs. Common Roots


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Verdant Tea expands to a full menu with cocktails

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Verdant's new Laoshan House Special
Minneapolis tea house Verdant Tea is diving into the world of food and booze, and their tried-and-true brews are taking center stage.

As of July 11, Verdant serves a full food menu and will add on a cocktail bar by the end of summer. The menu offers five to six meals centered around a specific region's cuisine and each dish will be paired with a tea.

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100 Favorite Dishes: No. 56, Verdant Tea's curry soba noodles


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Jamie Malone is out at Sea Change with a new venture on the way

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Chef Malone is leaving Sea Change to start a new, possibly North Loop venture, with fiance Erik Anderson
Yesterday afternoon was abuzz with news that Jamie Malone will be leaving Sea Change by the end of the week. Taking her place is longtime sous chef Ryan Cook, who has been working under Malone's leadership for the past four years.

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Signature Dish: Jamie Malone of Sea Change

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St. Paul makes its way toward Sunday sales in taprooms

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St. Paul could soon allow Sunday sales in taprooms
If things go well, and so far it looks like they will, St. Paul will soon join the list of cities that allow local craft breweries to sell their beers on Sundays. Earlier this year, Governor Dayton signed into law a bill that would allow breweries to sell their beers in their taprooms on Sundays pending city approval. So far Minneapolis and St. Louis Park have jumped on board, but it wasn't until a week ago that St. Paul City Council member Amy Brendmoen introduced an ordinance that would allow for the extra day of sales.

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Sunday growler sales removed from liquor bill

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Unideli will now offer bicycle delivery service Thursday through Sunday

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Via United Noodles' Facebook page
It's Sunday night and you're alone in your dorm room, too hungry to do homework and too lazy to cook. In your food-deprived delirium, you're struck with a vision of the city's best ramen being delivered to your door by a gravelly voiced biker named SK.

You're not dreaming.

On Thursday, Unideli, United Noodles' in-store restaurant, will launch its new bicycle delivery service in Seward, Longfellow, and around the University of Minnesota.

"This is a really bike-friendly city, and not a lot of restaurants use bike delivery services, even though it's extremely popular and we have a lot of bike accessibility," Unideli's assistant manager Sophear Ek says. "I think this is really picking up and we just wanted to be part of the beginning of it."

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Best Kept Secret Minneapolis 2014: Unideli


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