Three Things to Eat This Week: February 15-21


Now that the frigid blast of weather has passed us by and the roads are looking clear, I’m thinking about a road trip tomorrow.

Gitche Gumee at TRUEpenny Pop-up at Vikre Distillery
Duluth is my adopted hometown and it’s been so much fun to watch the food and drink scene expand in the past few years. If you haven’t been to Northern Waters Smokehaus, Lake Avenue Restaurant, or the Duluth Coffee Company, get in the car and GO! It’s just a couple of hours away. Tomorrow night TRUEpenny—the cocktail pop up company manned by Adam Gorski and Jon Olson (recently of La Belle Vie)—will set up shop at Vikre Distillery for a Scandinavian Tiki party. Olson gave me a preview of the Gitche Gumee. They’re combining Vikre’s Spruce Gin with a coconut milkjam (inspired by what Sameh Wadi is doing at the new Milkjam Creamery ice cream shop), made all the more scandy-tiki with juniper, pineapple, and lime. It’s going to be amazing. Wed. Feb. 17, 6-11 p.m.; Vikre Distillery, 525 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, visit TRUEpenny’s Facebook page for more info

Doughnuts at Mucci’s Italian Doughnut Pop-up
The doughnuts that chef Chris Uhrich used to make for brunch at the Strip Club Meat & Fish were the stuff of legend. Now that he’s immersed in his new project (opening Mucci’s Italian with Tim Niver), I thought his doughnut days were over. And I was totally wrong. This weekend, a few of the fried beauties are available by order. Saturday is all sold out, but Sunday still has a few orders left available. This a box of the best kind of decadence and the best food we can get from this as-of-yet unopened restaurant. Mucci’s Italian, 786 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, order doughnuts here

Fish n’ Chips at Ward 6
With the onset of Lent we are officially in fish fry season. I didn’t grow up with the church basement deal, so I don’t usually seek out the baskets or filet-o-fishies. However, there is an every-so-often craving I get for a really crispy, battered basket of goodness, and Ward 6 has what is to me the ultimate fish n’ chips basket. The golden batter is unreal and the extra flavor imparted by a little beef tallow bath takes the entire dish over-the-edge. It’s an excuse to visit one of my favorite east side restaurants. 858 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-348-8181,

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