Spoon and Stable | Minneapolis, MN

Spoon & Stable Minneapolis Minnesota Appetizers

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.

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Nicollet Island Inn | Northeast Minneapolis

Nicollet Island Inn NE Minneapolis

I’ve been lucky to be able to get out of town pretty much all summer by visiting my parent’s lake home, but much like everyone else, I’ve been missing my friends a lot during social distancing. So when the stars aligned and Mikayla and I were both in town on Friday night I was beyond thrilled to have plans with someone else besides my boyfriend’s demon cat haha.

It was a beautiful day so I was excited when Mikayla suggested we go to Nicollet Island Inn, especially since I had never been!

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Tony Jaros Burger Dive | Northeast Minneapolis

Wedge Burger Burger Dive Tony Jaros Northeast

Burger Dive is the new name of the kitchen operation at Tony Jaros Rivergarden, similar to how Smack Shack runs the kitchen at 1029 (another Northeast gem), Smack Shack chef, Josh Thoma partnered with chef Nick O’Leary (Borough, Coup d-etat, and Travail) to rejuvenate the food at this classic Northeast dive bars.

You can read the full Tony Jaros Rivergarden Hipster Hack HERE. It also looks like a second Burger Dive location will be opening up in Rosedale Center’s second attempt at a Food Hall so stay tuned there! Continue reading

MN Nice Cream | Northeast Minneapolis

MN Nice Cream NE Minneapolis

I’ve been staring at photos from MN Nice Cream on Instagram for, well, YEARS and I’ve passed it driving more times than I can count so when my sister went to the new Stillwater location before I got there and rubbed it in my face, it was game on! Luckily, during our annual brewery crawl this year we started at MN Nice’s nextdoor neighbor, Able Seedhouse + Brewery giving me the perfect opportunity!

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Twin Spirits Distillery Round 2 | Northeast Minneapolis

Twin Spirits Distillery Northeast

I shared my first Hipster Hack last August for Twin Spirits Distillery, but a couple weekends ago we went again and I 1. tried some new drinks and 2. was able to experience the adorable outdoor seating, which is worth it’s own hack! Continue reading

Fair State Brewing Cooperative | Northeast Minneapolis

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

The first time I was at Fair State Brewing Cooperative I was on a date in the winter so I’ve been meaning to get back there to try out the patio and also be able to take photos without it being awkward ha Continue reading

Don Oishi Food Truck | Northeast Minneapolis

Don Oishi Kitchen Food Truck Potstickers and Beef Stir Fry

We tried out the Don Oishi Kitchen Food Truck at Tattersall Distilling in Northeast Minneapolis.

The real hero is the person who initiated the first Brewery/Distillery and Food Truck partnership, because that person created the blueprint for socially acceptable drunk snacking.
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Tattersall Distilling | Northeast Minneapolis

Tattersall Distilling Northeast Minneapolis

I am obsessed with Tattersall Distiling in NE Minneapolis and cannot believe I have never written a full on review of them considering it is probably the place I most frequently recommend to people when they ask me where they should check out in Northeast. It is time to right that wrong. Continue reading

Bad Axe Throwing | Northeast Minneapolis

Bad Axe Throwing

Being a lover of Northeast basically means you’re a lover of all things Minnesotan with hipster glasses and a little tighter pants. The Minneapolis location of Bad Axe Throwing is the perfect culmination of a Minnesotan’s love of Paul Bunyan and Northeast Minneapolis’ love of flannel.

The only thing that would make it better? Beer.

I will air my one grievance now, because honestly I had no other issues at all with my experience so it’s best to just get the negative out of the way. In multiple news reviews and even google reviews there are references to this place being a bar and that people were able to bring in their own beer and wine. This is not true. The day prior I was told that it is a “dry” facility. From asking more about it, it sounds like they are currently trying to get their liquor license to serve beer and wine on site (so there is hope), however, because a group event has a 2 week cancellation policy and knowing that other axe throwing facilities do allow drinking we were frustrated…especially as this doesn’t appear to have always been the case.

Negative portion over, let’s get to the main event.
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