Happy hour at Hola Arepa: Killer food, cheap beer, and a charming patio

Categories: Cocktails

Benjamin Carter Grimes
Snacks and drinks at Hola Arepa
You made it to the end of the week.

And now, to paraphrase the wisdom and conviction of the lady from the Watson's commercials: It's hot and you need a drink. So we at the Hot Dish have taken it upon ourselves to recommend a good happy hour.

To kick things off, we're outlining the best deals at a cheery little place with killer food and a nice neighborhood patio.

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Aki's Bread Haus is one-stop shop for fresh pretzels and streusel

Categories: First Look

Emily Eveland
Joachim "Aki" Berndt knows a thing or two about baking bread. The former cabinetmaker immigrated to the United States from Germany in 2000, and soon realized the land of lakes was sorely lacking in the dark, hearty bread department. In 2010, Berndt turned his bread-making hobby into a full-time gig, selling his products at farmers markets in Maple Grove, Osseo, and Hopkins.

On May 29, Berndt finally got a place of his own. Aki's Bread Haus, Berndt's brick-and-mortar shop in northeast Minneapolis, is the city's new stairway to hearty bread heaven.

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Still some tickets left for Stewart Woodman's pop-up at the Workshop

Categories: Events

Photo by Alma Guzman
Union becomes the Workshop and hosts a five-course pop-up dinner
The third incarnation of Union is on its way, this time under the leadership of James Beard Award nominee Stewart Woodman, and soon they'll be giving a sneak peek of what's afoot. The new restaurant, now known as the Workshop, will host a special, three-day-only preview event today, tomorrow, and Saturday -- and there are still a few tickets left.

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Cured & Crafted event to pair prosciutto with local pints

Categories: Events

Tony Nelson
Chef Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish will compete at Cured & Crafted next Thursday
On Thursday, July 31 seven local chefs will gather at Muse Event Center to celebrate the thin, salty, aged pork wonder that is prosciutto di Parma. They're teaming up with some local breweries and calling the night -- what else? -- Cured & Crafted.

Attendees will sample dishes, sip some featured beers, and potentially walk away with their very own whole leg of prosciutto di Parma, a prize you won't find at any old bar meat raffle.

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Beer, cider, spirits, and food trucks: NE Brewer's Block Party is this weekend

Categories: Beer, Events


If there are two things Minneapolis can't get enough of, it's block parties in the summer and breweries, well, really anytime. It only makes sense to pair the two, and that's just what Sociable Cider Werks is doing with the NE Brewer's Block Party this Sunday, July 27.

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The 10 best milkshakes in the Twin Cities

Categories: The Lists

Sean McPherson
The Hot Fudge Banana Malt from the Convention Grill (not pictured, boys and the yard)

It's perfect milkshake weather: too hot for most of the heavier classic desserts (sorry chocolate lava cake), but not so hot that you just ask for a refill of water at the end of a meal. Shakes and their close relatives, malts, are best consumed with a classic diner burger or taken to-go for a quick sweets fix. Nowadays, you can even gussy up a milkshake at one of the many spots around town that serves a boozy, adult malt. We recommend you try a couple of these excellent shakes before the mercury drops below the milkshake mark.

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Red Stag Block Party premieres collaborative beers from 8 Minnesota breweries

Categories: Beer, Events


Tis the season of neighborhood block parties, and as these community gatherings become more frequent, they start to run together in our minds. Organizers of the eighth annual Red Stag Block Party are making sure their event stands out, by teaming up with The Growler to present "In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft."

For the August 3 block party, eight Minnesota breweries have paired up -- August Schell's and Sociable Cider Werks, Bang Brewing and Summit Brewing, Fulton Brewing and Dangerous Man Brewing, and Bent Paddle Brewing and Fitger's Brewhouse -- to release one-of-a-kind collaborative beers.

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Underground Dinner kicks off FLOW Northside Art Crawl with Caribbean-inspired fare

Categories: Events

courtesy of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen
Yoni Reinharz, Tomme Beevas and Serge Kogan of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

For the second time, Dinner on the Farm has paired with the West Broadway Coalition to kick off their annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl with a fabulous feast. This year, Pimento Jamaican Kitchen will create a sumptuous Caribbean-inspired meal with ingredients sourced from West Broadway's own farmers market and serve it up on July 25 at the Mpls Photo Center.

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OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale is a strong, woody hop bomb

Loren Green

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale from San Diego's Stone Brewing Co. does exactly what the name suggests: It takes the also worthy Arrogant Bastard Ale and ages it with oak wood chips, giving the brew an earthy and woody quality that offsets its signature heavy hop doses.

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Unideli will now offer bicycle delivery service Thursday through Sunday

Categories: News

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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