Every year we have a March Madness bracket with my parents and instead of the winner getting a pool of cash, we play where the loser owes everyone dinner. After a damn near 10 year streak of having dinner bought for me, I regret to share that this year I was officially the loser. The plus side is that it meant that I got to pick where we had dinner!
I’d been hearing such amazing things about Boomin Barbecue ever since they moved out of Minneapolis to the Nova Bar in Hudson and since my parents were staying at my sister’s IN Hudson it was the perfect opportunity to check them out!
I have a Hipster Hack for Hai Hai from back when they opened so an updated one was long overdue. I’d still suggest reading the original Hipster Hack if you want to learn why it’s called Hai Hai, which means 22 in Vietnamese!
When my friend suggested All Saints for our monthly friendship dinner I was excited, because 1. it meant I got to go back to my beloved Northeast and 2. I hadn’t even heard of it yet!
Their approach is “giving vegetables the same center of the plate treatment as meat, while still sharing the spotlight.” We ordered a bunch of small plates to share, which is definitely the right way to do this.
Like basically every other Minnesotan, we wanted to try Wrecktangle Pizza hot off their win on the Good Morning America Ultimate Pizza competition. The closest location to us is at The Market at Malcolm Yards, which was an added bonus for me, because I have been wanting to try out this food hall for a while.
We assumed that it would be a bit of a wait for pizza (which it was) so it was great to also have so many other options to snack on.
We’ve been to Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis, Minnesota only once before, which is crazy, because Chef Gavin Kaysen is a personal hero of my husband’s, so much so that he just bought his cook book and already read through every recipe.
Both times the food was absolutely amazing and the service was great. The first time we went it was a 2.5 hour dining experience, this time the service was a little more efficient and we were out of there in about 90 minutes, but then again, our first visit was a weeknight and this visit was 7pm on a Saturday night.
Chef Gavin Kaysen is a personal hero of husband’s so ever since Mara Restaurant and Bar opened he’s been talking about going. However, because of all the things we had to do for our wedding in October it unfortunately kept getting pushed to the backburner so when I decided to plan a special experience for him over the holidays, reservations at Mara were the obvious choice. He was thrilled and his excitement didn’t even damper when the day of the reservations came and Minnesota was in the middle of a blizzard warning that he had to drive through haha.
We had a girls day that started off with us playing Purse Bingo at The Sportsman to raise money for the Somerset Community Food Shelf and then headed over to Kennedy’s Cafe for lunch. Such a cute little diner.