Food & Drink

One of the Twin Cities' most cutting-edge chefs takes his talents to the beach

Sandcastle restaurant on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

Always wanted to try rising-star chef Doug Flicker's cooking, but felt like Piccolo was too inaccessible? Then you've gotta get better at navigating Southwest Mpls, as it's right down Bryant Ave from Uptown, and actually super easy to get to pack your beach bag and hit Lake Nokomis for his uber-accessible waterfront food & beer stand Sandcastle.

Sandcastle restaurant on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis

This is Doug Flicker... Despite appearances he's totally not a wiener.

Sandcastle restaurant on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

And this is Flicker's decidedly un-Piccolo-ian resto, Sandcastle, which rebuilt a formerly derelict food stand on Lake Nokomis's big beach.

food at Sandcastle

Flicker translated his brand of clever food to something even non-foodie beach-goers can appreciate. The result's a state fair-style menu (hot dogs/fish tacos/cheese curds) with a distinctly skewed perspective.

Hushpuppies at Doug Flicker's Sandcastle restaurant on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

That might look like your classic to-go window basket, but those balls are hushpuppies and the sides are banana pepper, slaw, and an ungodly decadent molasses butter -- the latter of which likely made those puppies so quiet in the first place.

Shrimp and octopus ceviche at Doug Flicker's Sandcastle restaurant on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

That's not salsa, son! It's a shrimp and octopus ceviche with pico de gallo, jalapenos, and a side of house corn chips.

The Dog Flicker at Doug Flicker's Sandcastle restaurant on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

That's the Dog Flicker, which isn't just an annoying kid who probably deserves to get chomped. It's also Doug's signature dog: a beef frank topped with kimchi, cilantro, and a fried egg.

Fulton Sweet Child of Vine at Doug Flicker's Sandcastle restaurant on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

They were even able to score a liquor license for the spot, which means beers can be had, so long as you stay within the resto's fenced-in patio. Fulton's Sweet Child of Vine and Lonely Blonde are on tap, with Pabst tallboys, Surly Furious, Blackthorn Cider, and Dos Equis rounding out the cooler.

Wine taps at Doug Flicker's Sandcastle restaurant on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

For people who aren't as inclined to be hoppy, there's also vino on tap and by the bottle.

Frozen treats at Doug Flicker's Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

And their grab-and-go window's got a cache of "novelty ice cream", proving that even if you're simply vanilla, Sandcastle isn't too inaccessible for you.