Smoke in the Pit: A first look

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Succulent slabs: Smoke in the Pit delivers bold, true barbecue in Powderhorn

After a months-long hiatus to make the move from its former East Lake Street location, Dwight Alexander's fabulous Smoke in the Pit is now open in Powderhorn near the intersection of 38th & Chicago Avenue. The modest space contains a kitchen, single restroom for customers, and a small waiting area filled with the intoxicating, hunger pang-inducing scent of smoked meat.

Much like Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ, which is just a little over a mile down the road, Smoke in the Pit operates on a take-out only basis, though they also offer catering services for large orders.

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Edina Grill Happy Hour Kick-Off Party today

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Edina Grill Celebrates It's First Ever Happy Hour
Today marks the first time that the Edina Grill, and other Edina restaurants, will be able to host a happy hour. In honor of this momentous event, the Grill is throwing a party. With the city of Edina finally overturning its longstanding law that prohibited happy hours, restaurants can now offer area residents a place to go for discounted food and drinks specials.

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Trader Joe's selling overstock Valentine's Day chocolate for $2 to $5

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Valentine's Day is long since over, and gifts of flowers wilted days ago. If you're on the hunt for discounted chocolate, though, look no further than Trader Joe's. Its 32-piece boxes of assorted chocolates are selling for $4.99, a steal if we ever saw one. Flavors include sea salt caramel, yellow coconut truffle, raspberry, crispy clusters, vanilla caramel, and more. If you're looking to spend a little less, pick up a box of of dark chocolate hearts with a rich truffle filling for just $1.99. We've seen the deal at several Trader Joe's around town, including St. Louis Park. 


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Restaurant.com offering delicious deal

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Every Twin Cities resident with taste buds can attest to the fact that we have one of the most vibrant and varied restaurant scenes in the country.  In fact, it may be a little too varied- How is a regular person supposed to be able to afford sampling from all of the amazing local eateries without busting their wallet?

Sites like Livingsocial, Groupon and Restaurant all help to make exploration and excitement less expensive.  It especially helps when they run offers like this!

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Sea Change introduces new prime-time happy hour

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Not your average filet o' fish
​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.

All the news also presents a golden opportunity: Thanks to a new Sea Change happy hour, you can experience a budget-friendly dining experience courtesy of one of the most buzzed-about culinary players in town. 


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Rogue Chocolatier offers free shipping through January

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Rogue Chocolatier
70% cacao, 100% delicious
If you enjoy high-quality chocolate that's made locally, here's your opportunity to stock up on the best of the best. To celebrate winning the Good Food Award, Rogue Chocolatier is offering free shipping on all web orders over $20 for the remainder of January.

The Good Food Awards recognize outstanding American food producers and farmers who support sustainability and social good. Rogue's Sambirano, made with cacao from a single family-owned estate in Madagascar, took the award earlier this month at a ceremony in San Francisco. The bar was up against 180 entries for the chocolate category in a blind taste test by an impressive group of judges.

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Sea Change offers upscale dining on a budget: 3 courses for $30, new happy hour and $1 oysters

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If you're fishing for a good deal, Sea Change's special runs through January
Sea Change is offering some spectacular deals that are easy on the wallet.

What's not to love about a three-course dinner for $30 (January only) and a new happy hour menu with fab $5 choices. And if you happen to be there today or tomorrow after 5 p.m., you just might be tempted to slurp down an oyster or two. Here are details.

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Whisky Park throws "Did You Get Shanghaied?" NYE do-over party

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Whisky Park wants to un-Shanghaied you.
Whisky Park owners Phil Immerman and Gene Suh heard about the catastrophic Thrifty Hipster-sponsored New Year's Eve party from patrons griping at their happy hour.

"We just heard everything that happened," says Immerman. "New Year's was such a fun time at our bar, we thought we'd try to make it up to these guys."

As a result, Whisky Park is throwing a special New Year's do-over party this Friday, with some extra special deals for anyone who got caught at the Graves Hotel on New Year's Eve as the "Shanghaied" party imploded.

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Muddy Pig celebrates 8th birthday tomorrow with half-price drafts

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With Saturday's all-day deal, you'll be happier than a pig in mud
The Muddy Pig, City Pages' winner this year for Best Beer Selection in a Bar, is throwing a birthday party for itself tomorrow, but it's customers will be getting the presents--half-price on all draft beers, all day.

The Muddy Pig's beer list makes that an enticing proposition, with nearly 50 expertly curated brews on tap. The boutique beers run the gamut from popular locals (Surly Furious, Fulton Lonely Blond) to more obscure domestic and imported mugs (Left Hand Chain Saw from Colorado, La Trappe Isid'or from Belgium).

Here are more details on what you'll find tomorrow:


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Parmesan sale at Whole Foods, France 44

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Attention pesto-makers: Parmigiano is on sale at Whole Foods Market in Minneapolis today for $9.99 a pound (normally $22.99 a pound) until 10 p.m. Grab some basil from the farmers market or your garden, and the only ingredient you'll have to splurge on is pine nuts (or save by subbing in pumpkin seeds). And in case you don't get to the grocery store today, we compared the Whole Foods discount with a few other metro cheese shops:

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