Edit ModuleShow Tags

Puppies, Hot Dogs, and Milkshakes

This week Joy Summers is hitting Norseman Distillery, Xavi Restaurant, and Prairie Dogs


Inside Norseman Distillery in Northeast Minneapolis

Courtesy of Norseman Distillery Facebook page

Now is the glory of summertime, when the air is soft and warm and the restaurant news is slow and easy. I’m kicking up my feet on a patio tonight and I hope you have the chance to do the same. Here are the things that I can’t wait to dig into.

Norseman Distillery Pooches and Punch
I popped by this beautiful warehouse room in Northeast when the cocktail room first opened. (It’s near Eversharp, which reminds me that I need to get my knives sharpened. It’s a useful, quiet corner!) Tonight is the distillery’s first ever dog adoption event, where 100% of the punch proceeds will be donated to help pups in search of their forever homes. Puppies and punch! What could go wrong? The event goes from 5 to 9 p.m. and it’s worth noting that their patio is dog friendly every day. Cross your fingers I find my new best buddy! (And worst case scenario, I get a killer gin and tonic from a couple of ridiculously talented bartenders. I love this plan!)

Xavi Restaurant Mango Salad
There’s a new restaurant that has quietly opened in South Minneapolis, a stone’s throw from Richfield in the former First Course location. Xavi Restaurant (pronounced: jzhuahvi – it’s easier to say after some wine) is a seasonally inspired, cozy little bistro with fresh menu inspiration drawn from all over. The cool mango salad is a stunner and perfect for gobbling up on a warm summer night.  The snazzy ginger dressing and peppery greens are tied together with a good amount of mint. It’s everything light, lovely and exactly what I want to be eating right now. There’s also a great wine and beer list for pairing, but make note: it’s not a large place and the patio isn’t quite open yet.

 Prairie Dogs Bacon and S’more Milkshake
Today was the big reveal of all the vendors at the new U.S. Bank stadium and I was happy to see that Prairie Dogs will be sharing their fantastic hot dogs with the crowds at the Vikings games. Since I’m not a big football fan, and I do love their family-friendly Lyn/Lake restaurant, I’ll be stopping by there later this week to partake of a classic dog with a milkshake dessert. Did you know that there are milkshakes with bacon and a s’more and Sebastian Joe’s ice cream on the menu? Well, ya do now. 

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

3 Drinks to Give Winter the Kiss-Off

West Seventh in St. Paul is bursting with drink options to usher in spring (which is just around the corner, right?)

Minnesota-Grown Greens Now Available Year Round

New locally and sustainably produced Revol Greens makes eating clean and green throughout the year even easier

What to Buy for the Perfect Minnesota Home Bar

From vodka, gin, bourbon, rum, and beyond: Minnesota spirit-makers recommend the best home-bar companions

Quick Moroccan Chicken over Couscous Recipe

Enjoy the exotic flavors of a long-simmered tagine in this easy version that’s quick enough for a weeknight

No-Fail Caramel Corn Recipe

Celebrate National Caramel Corn Day with this sweet crunchy treat—no special equipment needed with this easy recipe

Best Restaurant Bargains Before A Target Field Minnesota Twins Game

They're offering baseball specials, but do you know where to go? Check out these good deals on food before Twins games.

3 Things to Eat This Week: April 4-8

Tropical cake, drinkable flowers, and some mouth-searing spice

Edina Bistro Celebrates National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

Pinstripes offers a sophisticated twist on the childhood favorite with a five-course meal for two in honor of PB&J Day (April 2)

Croque Madame Recipe

Add a French accent to your brunch for a satisfying midday meal—plus more ideas to make the most of leftover holiday ham
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags