Event Shows Why You Should Eat "Trash Fish" and Where You Can Get It

Categories: Events

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The prettiest mullet outside of a hockey rink.

They've been called trash fish by some, fringe fish or rough fish by the more euphemistically inclined, but the significance is the same: Because of our grocery store bias for familiar species like salmon and cod, other species -- mullet, scup, invasive carp -- are largely left off the table.

If you follow this trend to its natural conclusion, you'll see overfishing of certain species and the devastating ecological effects thereof. Which is why groups like Chefs Collaborative have been crossing the country, demonstrating the culinary wonders of underused fish and preaching the value of a more diverse seafood scene. This week, the Minnesota Zoo is hosting its own five-course fish dinner to teach Minnesotans about the bounty of sustainable seafood most of us never knew existed.

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Cheap Date Night to Try: Broders' Pasta Bar on a Budget

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Suzy Piper
Broder's Pasta Bar

Everybody still broke? Cool. Us too. That's why, for the next several weeks, we'll be seeking out the best inexpensive date nights the city has to offer. We all deserve to be wined and dined every once in a while, and bringing home a greasy bag of Popeye's and Piranha 3D for a special night in is only cute and quirky once. Or twice. Or maybe every Friday. Stop judging us.

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One Two Three Sushi to Open Fifth Location, Third in Minneapolis Skyway

Categories: Coming Soon

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Courtesy of One Two Three Sushi

On the count of three -- October, November, December -- One Two Three Sushi will open a fifth location, its third in the Minneapolis skyway.

Part of the expanding Sushi Avenue empire, One Two Three Sushi rolls out quick-service sushi, ramen, and buns in a Chipotle-style, made-to-order fashion. Its parent company also owns Masu Sushi and Robata.

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New French Bakery Founder to Open Chocolate Factory in Seward

Categories: Coming Soon

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Via Movement Arts Center's Facebook
The Seward neighborhood is about to get a hell of a lot sweeter.

Peter Kelsey, the founder of the retail and commercial bakery New French Bakery, has filed for a permit to convert the Movement Arts Space at 2209 E. Franklin Ave. into a chocolate factory with a retail storefront. Kelsey's proposal to exceed the 1,200-square-foot space allowance has already been approved by the Seward Neighborhood Group, and the Minneapolis City Council will make the final decision on September 29.

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Weekend Pop-Up to Try: Black Walnut Bakery at One on One

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Hannah Sayle
Espresso shortbread

We've been waxing poetic about Sarah Botcher's pastries since she first started Black Walnut Bakery in 2013. After a brief hiatus earlier this year, Botcher is back with a pop-up bakery at One on One bike and coffee shop, and if you know what's good for your pastry-loving, bread-fiending palate, you'll head to the North Loop to snag some of Botcher's baked goods tomorrow.

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Agra Culture to Open Location in the MIA, as Stock and Badge Pulls Out

Categories: Food, News

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Photo courtesy of Agra Culture
Agra Culture will open its third location in less than six months in the old Grain Stack location at the MIA
It's not much of a surprise that Grain Stack, the second project behind the Stock and Badge team that put together south Minneapolis's now defunct Parka, is out at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. But what's taking its place is somewhat unexpected: Agra Culture, the socially health-conscious restaurant chain by the same folks who brought us Yogurt Lab, will open its third location in just six months in the museum's restaurant space.

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Bird Bath at the Third Bird Is a Margarita for Scotch Lovers

Categories: Cocktails

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David McCrindle
Get down and dirty in this Bird Bath

Bird Bath at the Third Bird
$12

We confirmed that Kim Bartmann's the Third Bird is a worthy new tenant in the revolving door of restaurants that have made their home along Loring Park (look for a full review next week). It has a prevalent bar area, views overlooking the park, and a hip, laid-back sort of ambience. We decided to evaluate how well the Bird caters to those customers who just want to drink solo.

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Oktoberfest Season Is Upon Us, Plus Autumn Brew Review

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It's officially autumn and for beer lovers that means Oktoberfests.

New Bohemia is hosting its second annual Oktoberfest party with options for unlimited beer and more, starting Friday and running through Saturday until midnight. On Saturday, 612Brew is hosting an Oktoberfest party from noon to 7 p.m. with free entry and eight beers, live music, special games and prizes, plus food trucks Red River Kitchen and Natedogs.

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5 New(ish) Brunches to Change Your Weekend Routine

Categories: Eat This, Top 5

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Hannah Sayle
Color us charmed: Bite-sized croissants and a tiny cup of jam at Heyday.

If you're a diehard bruncher, you've likely got your regular haunts: Psycho Suzi's for its bloody Mary bar and expansive, almost guaranteed-no-wait dining room; Haute Dish for inspired twists on brunch classics; Grand Cafe for an award-winning, hangover-buster with panache. But what are you, married to one ball-and-chain brunch routine weekend after weekend? Could you, starting now, bust out of your mealtime monogamy and flirt with something new? "Yes!" you cry aloud. "You're damn right!" you affirm, slamming your fist on the table, frightening all the sheeple around you at the coffee shop.

Okay then, free spirit. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your brunching life.

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Autumn Brew Review Will Be a Showcase for Experimental and Specialty Beers

Categories: Beer, Festivals

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Austin Fassino

Picture 114 breweries, the old Grain Belt building, and a sunny day: There's not much more that beer aficionados could ask for at this Saturday's 14th annual Autumn Brew Review -- except perhaps some samples.

And so samples they shall have. Breweries and brewpubs alike will be pouring tastes of their finest into commemorative four-ounce glasses. Explore the beers of breweries old and new, nationals like Clown Shoes, Deschutes, Grand Teton, Lagunitas, and Tallgrass and local start-ups such as Blacklist, Fair State, Fytenburg, and Pryes.

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