Edit ModuleShow Tags

Three Things to Eat This Week: July 4-10


Naked Nina's
Photo by Joy Summers

Hello and welcome to Tuesday! Did you know that’s what day it is, because apparently, the week has started and I’m already behind? I hope you had a spectacular 4th of July. I spent the day shuttling my kids from pool to backyard to street side modest fireworks, and no one lost a finger. Plus, we all went to bed stuffed with pulled pork. I’m calling it a win. To get caught up on this holiday week, I’ve got a few delicious plans to motivate those of us crazy enough to be attempting work.

Number 11 at Naked Nina’s
This gorgeous little juice bar in St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill neighborhood is fast becoming a new obsession for me. Rather than reaching for the afternoon caffeine boost, I make a run for this serene location and dive into a juice made from blueberries, strawberries, banana, almond milk, and almond butter. It’s rich, just sweet enough to feel decadent and as dreamy as an ice cream cone. It’s a great meal on the go or replacement for the coffee that always leaves me crashing and in need of a nap later in the day. (While you’re over there, feel free to press your nose against the glass at the forthcoming Revival space. Let me know if you see any action. So far, I’m not seeing all that much movement.) nakedninas.com

Blueberry Scones at Brake Bread
While we’re in St. Paul and partaking of the berry bounty, you’ve got to stop by the new “brakery” (it’s a bakery, but they deliver by bike, hence…) It’s on West 7th and inside are these light and fluffy blueberry scones that are the best thing to happen to a blueberry since the invention of the muffin. I just adore their crumbling little bits of goodness. While there, be sure to grab a loaf of bread (they slice upon request.) The white sandwich bread speaks to the not-so-silent child within me. brakebread.com

Chicken and Waffles at Handsome Hog
Have you gotten your new issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine yet? This month Jason and I visited Handsome Hog on the edge of Mears Park in Lowertown. I cannot say enough nice things about the chicken and waffles. If you’ve wondered until now what the sweet and savory obsession is all about: this dish is the answer. The chicken is beautifully coated in crispy skin that's wonderfully juicy inside, lightly drizzled with dark maple syrup, and set atop a perfectly bite-sized, beauty of a waffle. There’s just a bite of spice and a welcome twang of tartness from pickled strawberries all tied together with lavender honey butter. The dish is available both on the dinner and lunch menu. handsomehog.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Seasonal Sipping: Drink Recipes

Whether you're looking for a crowd-pleasing punch or a cocktail as dessert, these recipes can take you tastefully through autumn

Savory Pumpkin Soup with Gruyère Toasts Recipe

Easily whip up comforting and good-for-you seasonal soup that is more savory than sweet

Some of the Country's Best Wineries Have a MN Connection

Afraid of Minnesota wine? Why not drink Minnesotan wine: Wine by owners or winemakers who grew up and learned all about wine here.

3 Things to Eat This Week: Oct. 11–15

The best places to nab chocolate croissants, French toast, and waffles—as per food critic Joy Summers

White Chocolate & Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn Bites Recipe

Pumpkin pie spices give this sweet and salty snack a taste of autumn

A Restaurant Community in Flux: Good or Bad?

High-profile closings—is this a crisis or standard churn?
Edit ModuleShow Tags

New Fall Drinks at Tattersall Harvestival

The NE Minneapolis distillery features four apple-based drinks to celebrate autumn

Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Cities This Year

Tracking every opening and closing in Minneapolis and St. Paul in 2017

Cakey or Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Elements of science combine to create your perfect treat
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags