Food & Drink

A former Italian goes American

Because replacing old Italian joints with new American ones isn't just for arthritic immigrants anymore, you've been blessed with Stout's Pub, an American-style local in the totally rehashed Falcon Heights digs formerly home to Chianti Grill, Ciatti's, and Lido's. Comforting comestibles and brews aplenty will be served amidst tin ceilings, salvaged barn-wood floors, and walls made with NYC bricks, as MN's all end up in the hands of Northwest Division opponents.

To make you as fat as the rest of America, start with some locally smoked jerky before hitting up shrimp/Italian sausage/scallion wood-fired 'za w/ Cajun cream; open-faced hot turkey w/ sage dressing, mashed taters & gravy; and slow-cooked pork shanks basted in Stout's BBQ sauce they call Pig Wings, also the name of an NBC spinoff without the straight foil of Timothy Daly.

Because you need booze to fly, Stout's attention-grabbing, rectangular, whiskey-n-wine-stocked bar has 24 taps flowing with such local and national crafts as Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Brau Bros Moo Joos, and Surly Bender, though who can be upset when they're surrounded by 24 taps flowing with local and national crafts?!

And come spring they'll be opening up a robust front patio made of bricks, as Sebastian Telfair needs something to keep him occupied during the lockout.