Spring Break Dining for Those of Us Who Can't Afford a Trip

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E. Katie Holm

Spring break: It's so close you can practically taste it.

But if the only ticket out of town you can afford is a ride on the Green Line, don't despair. Instead, take your taste buds on vacation. Yearning for Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, or beyond? We've got you covered.

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Tilted Kilt Breastaurant Chain Ogles Midwest, Wants to Open 6 Pubs in Minneapolis

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Courtesy of Tilted Kilt
Waitresses proudly display the traditional Scottish tartans of their clans

Arizona-based "breastaurant" chain Tilted Kilt is developing its market share in the Midwest, banking on the economic viability of jiggly boobs and Celtic traditions.

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Surprise! Panera's New Broth Bowls Are Just Soup

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@PaneraBread
Panera's new branding strategy is to treat you like a toddler.

Minneapolis residents may have noticed an indomitable billboard in the North Loop urging you to "eat adventurously" with Panera's new broth bowls. If you're like me, maybe you stopped to ponder what exactly a broth bowl is.

Simply put, it's bullshit.

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You Can Now Get Minnesota Craft Beers with Your Pizza at Davanni's

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Now serving: Fulton Lonely Blonde and Bad Weather Ominous, among others.

The Millennials have spoken and it's unanimous: Craft beer is the beverage of choice and restaurants are scrambling to get on board.

Local pizza institution Davanni's has taken notice. Owners are in the process of updating beer options at all of their locations. Currently, 11 of 21 restaurants (soon to be 22 when they open in Chanhassen) have increased their craft selection with a decidedly Minnesota bent.

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Verdant Tea Tasting Room Is Now Verdant Lounge With Argentinian Flair

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Verdant Lounge
Verdant has a new look, a new feel, and a new menu.

Tea is the new coffee and kombucha is the new tea and David Duckler is peddling both, which means he's a busy guy and has decided he doesn't need to be into food, too. So he's sold his Verdant Tea Tasting Room to his chef Katriel Menendez and Menendez's partners Ozzy Amelotti and Pablo Vinuesa.

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Sparks in Bryn Mawr Doubles in Size with Recent Expansion

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Sparks is the somewhat little-known gem in the perpetually under-served neighborhood of Bryn-Mawr and one of our picks for some of the best pizza in either city -- thin-crust, hand-tossed, wood fired with white and red oak, topped with hand-pulled mozzerella, and finished with the finest olive oil.

But each winter, when the cold weather rolled in, Sparks' teeny dining room would shrink by half.


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Cam Gordon to Introduce Minneapolis E-Cig Ban for Bars and Restaurants

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Jonny Williams via Flickr
Like a vape with your whiskey? Not so fast. Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon plans to introduce an amendment banning e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants.

Gordon spoke briefly with MPR about his amendment, citing a recommendation from the Minnesota Department of Health that e-cigs and cigs be treated as equal because the health risks are still unknown. The FDA is in the process of a review.

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Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Richfield

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Sean McPherson
The Mi Amá Especial from Mi Amá Mexican Restaurant and Grocery

It's hard to say exactly what a typical suburb is nowadays, but whatever your definition, we doubt Richfield fits it. Although Richfield has its share of big box retailers and cookie cutter houses, it is also home to several ethnic groceries, locally owned restaurants, and life threatening traffic circles. If you survive the traffic circles on your way to the TJ Maxx we recommend pulling off the road and rewarding yourself with some of the unique food Richfield has to offer.


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Beer and bocce, anyone? Uptown's Republic now has two bocce ball courts

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By Philip Matarese via Flickr
Minneapolis, it's time to welcome a new member to the bocce ball family. Last week, the Republic in Uptown announced that two bocce courts have been secretly added to the restaurant's dining room.

Establishments like the Nomad World Bar and Brit's Pub have already jumped on the bocce train. The Nomad has two courts open daily from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. where various leagues play throughout the year. Bocce ball involves little more than tossing a ball across a long court, which makes it simple enough to play in an inebriated state, and thus a popular addition to neighborhood bars.

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Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Bloomington

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Sean McPherson
Smoky perfection on a plate from Wally's.



Whether you live in the suburbs, or find yourself outside your regular stomping grounds in search of restaurant options, there's value in knowing more about all the great eats beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul's most covered neighborhoods. In our Suburban Bites series, we'll explore the best places to eat and drink in the greater metro area.

For a lot of Minnesotans, Bloomington begins and ends with the Mall of America. But this suburb has a lot more to offer than a Hooters and a parking lot. Bloomington is the fourth largest city in Minnesota, and though it is dominated by huge, national chain restaurants, if you move a couple of blocks away from the big-box food stores you can find some hidden gems. Here are seven of the high points.

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