Lakeside dining in Minneapolis can often fall flat, meaning your on-date hot-dogging too often becomes literal, as opposed to you doing ill wind-surfing flips. Classing things up a little with date-worthy lakeside eats: Bread & Pickle.
Just opened by the brains behind Barbette, Red Stag, and Bryant Lake Bowl, B&P plates high-ish-end, locally sourced gastro grub from the Lake Harriet Bandshell window, formerly just a portal for crusty wieners and popcorn so stale it could be confused for a Leno joke, which coincidentally, crusty wieners love. Heartiness runs from breakfast offerings like ham/ organic egg/ cheddar sandwiches and lemon ginger scones, to all-day essentials including the grass-fed Cheese Works Burger (replete with "special sauce" and 'Sconi cheddar), a veggie wrap with MN-made Holy Land hummus, and even the heart-bombing-but-oh-so-good summertime staple cheese curds, which's also what rookie photogs can be overheard saying in Iraq. If you're not looking for a whole meal of food, they've got local favorite Red Stag Truffle Corn, ice cream from St. Paul's Izzy's, a solid selection of coffee drinks, and cold beverages ranging from sodas, to Arnie Palmers, to Hibiscus Punch, which if spiked, will leave you red in the face.
Starting Memorial Day, they'll also be offering click-ahead haute picnicking: just order online, and your custom flight of cheeses, charcuterie, salads and sandwiches will be waiting in a to-go basket complete with a keepsake blanket, which'll come in handy after you totally impress her by wind-shredding the gnar.