Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it," and judging by everything that's happened in the MSP scene lately, this is a clear case of life imitating art, minus the part where you steal a Ferrari. Feast your eyes on a ton of stuff that's opened around town that we haven't told you about yet.
Union Fish Market
Ever since original chef Jim Christiansen left downtown's Union, the menu's been reeling. That is, until they relaunched the entire concept as Union Fish Market. The largely traditional new concept's plating everything from Wisconsin rainbow trout to Chilean sea bass to Point Judith skate wing, and more creative efforts like shrimp corn dogs and lobster banh mi. Here's the super fishy dinner menu
Downtown St. Paul
Remember Bullpen Sports Saloon? No?! Well then read this. Kinda cool, right? Sadly, it is no more... but only because something better's taken its place. Minnesota Saloon's a reworked version of BS wherein the everyman-sporty ethos is the same, but now there's a 100% MN-sourced menu, with selections like Boom Island beer, Prairie Organic spirits, stuffed burgers, mini donuts, and deep-fried corn on the cob. Peep a fried egg/ bacon/ Swiss burger
Seventh Street Social
What once was was just an eagerly anticipated upcoming craft grub- and cocktail-ery is now open for biz. Skillet-roasted lobster pies, Duroc baby back ribs, house-smoked salmon, and a Cygnus X-1 pot roast served in a woodsy-ish atmosphere are officially real things on West Seventh. They're dropping all the latest tidbits here
Spyhouse Coffee Northeast
For its third installment, Mpls craft caffeination station Spyhouse hurled itself Northeast into the same reformed-warehouse that houses 612 Brew and Seventhsin. Go for the Spyhouse-roasted beans you've come to love and a slick neo-mod Jonathan Gomez Whitney-crafted space, but stay for the fresh suds next door. Peep the addy and go
Finally putting a farm-to-table resto by an actual farm, train-station-looking Dakota Junction is literally just a mile down the road from its main purveyor Gale Woods Farm in Mound. The menu's a blend of food styles (not literally with a blender, thankfully) with everything from lunchtime paninis, to fresh corn/ pork tamales, to shredded beef tacos, to pastas by night, and Lake Minnetonka-area beers by the likes of Excelsior Brewing Co and Lucid. Wait, where the hell is Mound?
You know who is REALLY FREAKING HOT RIGHT NOW?
Hansel The dudes from Travail (and Pig Ate My Pizza), who not only just raised a ton of dough in a Kickstarter campaign to help open a new Travail, but also opened Umami. It was originally intended as a pop-up, but looks to be putting down stronger roots to continue dishing their twisted takes on stuff like congee, nigri, short ribs, and ramen. Stay tuned here for the 10-course tasting menu ticket availability, and a $5 take-out menu
Prairie Dogs Hotdogs & Craft Sausages
Oh, sweet glory of glories, a resto consisting [almost] solely of hot dogs and craft sausages is upon us! Starting as a one-day-only pop-up before becoming a permanent SoMi fixture, the hand-tubed meatery's got everything from locally sourced, traditional wieners and sausages, to lamb and seafood varieties, and is the brainchild of Rye's Tobie Nidetz and Craig Johnson. Get to that pop-up right quick!
1. Union733 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
2. Minnesota Saloon395 N Robert St, St. Paul
3. Seventh Street Social2176 W 7th St , St. Paul
4. Spyhouse Coffee Northeast945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis
5. Dakota Junction2281 Commerce Blvd, Mound
6. Bang Brewing2320 Capp Rd, St. Paul
7. Prairie Dogs610 W Lake St, Minneapolis
8. Umami By Travail904 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis
This bar and restaurant has a four-season retractable roof, craft cocktails like "Oh Si, Mas!!" (ancho-infused Reposado, mesquite-smoked plum lime sour), and a deliciously creative menu, with snacks like donuts holes with shallots and bacon, or chicken liver parfait with maple/ brioche/ acorn squash brulee.
Sports saloon serving only products made in Minnesota in downtown St. Paul.
American craft cocktail and dinner restaurant on St. Paul's W 7th St.
Minneapolis third wave coffee shop's newest location in the Northeast neighborhood.
Farm-to-table restaurant in Mound, Minnesota.
100% organic craft brewery in St. Paul.
Locally-sourced gourmet hot dog and sausage purveyor.