First Look: Lago Tacos in Lyn-Lake

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David McCrindle
When you consider the high concentration of bars in Uptown and the tendency for people to be out late and on foot, there's an alarming lack of tacos in that neighborhood. Or there was until very recently, when World Street Kitchen debuted their lamb belly and jerk beef fusion ones and Nico's Tacos moved into the former Birdhouse space on Hennepin.

Now Lago Tacos, a mid-range Mexican restaurant with a store in Excelsior, has opened in the former Heidi's space on Lyndale. Is it in any way significant that both of Stewart Woodman's shuttered restaurants became taco spots? Probably just a coincidence. But it certainly seems that the slightly upscale taqueria concept is just what the neighborhood was hungry for. We stopped by this weekend to get a first taste and check out the overhaul of the patio and interior.

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First Look: Bogart's Doughnut Co. hosts grand opening tomorrow in south Minneapolis

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Hannah Sayle
A dozen Bogart's blessings

Take one part buttery brioche dough and one part disenchanted attorney looking for a career change and you have the recipe for Bogart's Doughnut Co., a new fried sweets spot at Bryant and 36th.

What started as a Kingfield Farmers Market stand three years ago has blossomed into a charming (and tiny) doughnut shop that will host its grand opening tomorrow. Did we mention the brioche dough?

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First Look: Grain Stack settles into MIA

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Hannah Sayle
Grain Stack: An ingenious selection of food and drink
As kids, we remember taking field trips to the art museum. History, culture, capturing the human experience, sure. But what really stuck with us was the feeling of unpacking a sad sack lunch while the museum cafe sat tantalizingly out of reach. We requited that childhood injustice this week with a trip to MIA's new restaurant.

Grain Stack opened quietly in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in January, taking over the space that formerly housed Mezzanine. The new cafe is just one of MIA's three new food offerings from Stock & Badge, a collaboration between Rustica and Dogwood Coffee.

Stock & Badge's makeover includes a Dogwood coffee and cocktail bar, a kid-friendly quick-service spot called Half Pint, and Grain Stack, a sophisticated cafe with hearty and healthy lunch options for gallerygoers. We stopped by for a look at the new space and menu.

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First Look: The new and improved Birchwood Cafe in Seward

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First Look: The new and improved Birchwood Cafe in Seward

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Seward's Birchwood Cafe reopened on Tuesday morning to a beaming neighborhood crowd. Owner Tracy Singleton milled about the space, greeting former customers and commenting on small, last-minute changes that needed to be made, like finding different containers for the restaurant's new silverware.

Birchwood Cafe closed in February to renovate the 18-year-old establishment. Part of the process involved going before Seward and City Council and asking for permission to change the space's designation from a residential to commercial establishment.

"We wanted to serve more good, real food and now we can," owner Singleton says. "We really wanted to preserve the Birchwood experience."

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First Look: Five Watt Coffee in Kingfield blends coffee and cocktail bitters

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The Five Watt crew. Left to right: Berit (barista), Lee Carter (owner), Caleb Garn (owner), Evan (barista)
Just over a week ago, the Kingfield neighborhood welcomed Five Watt, the newest addition to Minneapolis's flourishing coffee scene. Five Watt, owned by former Bull Run Coffee Bar employees Caleb Garn and Lee Carter, is a community-oriented coffee house serving specialty drinks concocted by Carter and high-quality coffee from local small-scale roasters. There's also a unicorn named Fred stashed behind the large metal door (aka entrance to the unicorn stable) up front, but your chances of seeing him are low.

When Garn started at Bull Run on Lyndale Avenue, he immediately hit it off with fellow barista and bass player Carter, the coffee shop's first employee. During their shifts, the duo chatted about what it would be like to open a second Bull Run location. What started as a casual conversation evolved into a plan. Carter and Garn decided to open their own coffee shop, pulling from Garn's business and managing experience and Carter's coffee expertise.

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First Look: Corner Table 3.0 opens tonight

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Joy Summers
New sign at the new digs for Corner Table

One of the best restaurants in Minneapolis just got a little better. This week Corner Table is packing up their knives (and their pork products) and relocating just a couple of blocks down the street. Their new address means more room for guests inside and out, plus an expanded menu with even more delicious fare.

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First Look: JL Beers brings a big burger to Northeast

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The Twin Cities are full of transplants from the Fargo-Moorhead area, and many of them cheered when they heard that their beloved burger joint chain, JL Beers, was coming to Minneapolis. Known for its simple approach to classic burgers and healthy appreciation for good suds, JL Beers had already amassed a strong following when we popped in for an early lunch last Wednesday.

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First Look: Longfellow Market

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Via Longfellow Market's Facebook
Longfellow seemingly has it all. It's home to Leviticus Tattoo, Merlin's Rest, our favorite head shop GM Tobacco, the always-entertaining Denny's, and, of course, the Mississippi River. In recent years, a handful of new restaurants (like Sonora Grill and Parka) opened in the neighborhood, increasing its hot-spot status. But what about quality grocery stores? Sure, there's Rainbow, Cub Foods, and Target, and Seward Co-op is just a stone's throw away for most, but the neighborhood has long been lacking a small, independent grocer.

Enter Longfellow Market, located on Lake Street between 38th and 39th Avenues. The bright, naturally lit store opened three weeks ago and has already attracted a sizable neighborhood clientele. On Wednesday, we stopped by to take a look for ourselves.

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Vom Fass brings specialty oils, vinegars, and liqueurs to the Mall of America

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Vom Fass now open at the Mall of America
If high-end specialty oils, vinegars, and liqueurs are your thing, then the recently opened Vom Fass at the Mall of America is definitely worth checking out. This specialty goods franchise opened quietly over the weekend and celebrated with a grand opening party yesterday afternoon complete with a create-your-own cocktail bar and a ribbon cutting with Bloomington Mayor, Gene Winstead. 

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First Look: Heyday swings in Lyn-Lake with an impressive pedigree and food to match

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Joy Summers
A peek inside the newly opened Heyday 
What do you get when you take a couple of La Belle Vie alums, including a chef who staged at the world-famous Noma, a vibrant Minneapolis neighborhood, a former laundromat, and the Replacements? You get the most buzzed-about new restaurant of the year, Heyday. They threw open their doors on Tuesday and we stopped by for a first bite.

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