It is gloriously summer out there. I am bursting through those doors and into the fresh air with hair that looks like a dandelion puff and the can-do attitude of Kimmy Schmidt. There is a lot going on around town right now. It’s hard to narrow down the food choices, but these are the top three can’t-miss bites for the week.
This crazy ambitious project opening across from Bob’s Java Hut is part community space, part TV studio, part food business incubator, a little bit bar and a whole lot of lovely cafe. They open Wednesday, June 14, at 6:30 a.m. and while I’ll wait and see what Shane Oporto is cooking up in the kitchen, I already got a full taste of pastry chef Katie Elsing’s ridiculously buttery, rich, ever-so-salty chocolate chip cookie, and it is divine.
Every summer my love affair with Sandcastle’s house-made horchata is renewed, and my first sip this year was no exception. Get the horchatte—a decadent, icy mix of the cinnamon-infused rice milk drink with Peace coffee cold brew.
Wednesday, I’ll be appearing on Twin Cities Live with a couple of friends to talk about the very best French fries in the Twin Cities. My pick has got to be the hand-cut beauties at Meritage. They aren’t too crispy or too soggy, and that puffy texture is just right. For the month of June, they’re also doing a Summit tap takeover that includes that French classic of mussels. Dip those fries in the toasty sauce, studded with fennel sausage, and tell me that isn’t heaven in a bowl.