Sue Z.’s Eats: Restaurant Picks for March

Delicious Twin Cities tips—like Giulia, La La, and the St. Paul Farmers’ Market—plus ways to celebrate the community this month
Provision Community Restaurant

Photo by Darin Kamnetz

[Editor’s note: In light of the novel coronavirus, please be careful going out in public and follow the Minnesota Department of Health’s recommended strategies for dealing with the spread of COVID-19.]

Sue Z.’s Edible Hot Tips

Great Time at Giulia

Have you ever wondered how they make mozzarella? Well, if you dine at Giulia in the Emery hotel (215 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis), you can order and watch it get hand-pulled at your table, with a chef performing the elegant presentation. (Read Jason’s review here.)

Created by masterful chef consultant Steven Brown, this menu—also including pasta, pizza, carne e pesce, and contorni—is also worth a visit to the refined redo of this former Minneapolis Hotel. Brad Rowe, the gracious manager, is rightfully proud of a super staff and happy to show off the wine vault and party room. Plus, there are special breakfast, lunch, and dinner highlights. Do not miss the crispy brussels that accompany the duck, or the black kale salad—both over-the-top items.

Lovable La La

Jennifer Lisburg’s La La luncheonette, tucked into 31st and Hennepin in Uptown, Minneapolis, offers healthy veggies, sides, salads, sandwiches  flat breads—even a chicken pot pie. But leave room for the homemade ice cream and sodas, including sarsaparilla and strawberry and served bubbly, with a straw, or alone in a homemade cone. It tastes like you stepped back in time. The sweet sisters from Spain who waited on us added to the ultimate La La charm.

Provisions for All

Anna Wienke had always dreamed of owning a restaurant. Now, she lists herself as the founder and executive director of Provision Community Restaurant, a happy place to dine at 2940 Harriet Ave S., in Minneapolis. The volunteer staff is supported by our local restaurant and chef community, and most all of the décor, dishes, and ingredients are donated. The staff are volunteers, too, working to feed those in need, who can gather and eat a great, healthy meal in a joyful setting offering a pay-as-you-can experience. (Read more about what it’s like to eat at Provision, and its mission, here.) Put April 16th on your calendar for the Provision Spring Gala at the Lumber Exchange in Minneapolis.

Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.

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