Lost in the twin cities, a local Minnesotan “found” me. Aimlessly walking, curiously looking up at street signs and finally pulling out a little folded up map may have given me away 🙂
As the local approached me asking, “Can I help you find something,” I knew how the dialogue would follow…I was in search of the Convention Center and after checking my map I feared I was in fact reading it correctly. Somewhere along the way I had taken an awful turn.
Typically, I am very good with directions and orienting myself but maybe it was the head cold I recieved immediately arriving to Minneapolis or just the twin cities that had me all turned around.
Regardless, the local walked with me in the right direction and we chatted a bit. I told him I was in town for the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR, it is a mouthful!) Conference. Then he offered some suggestions on places to eat which was great! So I then brought up my beer blog and he amusingly said “Bones and Beer?”
The first night in Minneapolis we found a gourmet meatball restaurant. The menu was all meatballs…beef, pork, chicken and a vegetarian option (falafel). There was a variety of sauces to choose from and the meatballs could be served naked or in a sandwich.
It was actually the 40 beers on tap that captured me but the meatballs were a great addition!
Brit’s Pub is located on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. It seems to be both a tourist and local attraction with lawn bowling. Lawn bowling brings in lots of guests in the warmer months for both leagues and open bowl 🙂
It would be appropriate to order an English style beer at a British Bar but since I was in Minneapolis I wanted to try the local beers. It would have been great to visit Surly Brewing Co but with limited time and travel accommodations, I settled on Surly Furious on tap. It was a tasty American IPA…easy to drink and hoppy 🙂
With the overcast, cool day the Spitfire Chicken Chili sounded just right…
For the main dish, the Almond Crusted Walleye seemed a must…for those that don’t know, the Walleye is the local fish. The dish was served with wild rice pilaf that hit the spot 🙂
Fulton Brewing, like most breweries, started in a garage. They have been brewing for about 5 years but just opened a tap room in March. Fulton was the first taproom to open in Minneapolis due to a law that prohibited breweries from selling beer for consumption on brewery premises. It was the “Surly Bill” that passed in 2011 that has begun to transform the craft beer scenery in Minneapolis.
The Ringer was a very delicately hopped and refreshing american pale ale. Sweet Child of Vine is another one of their brews. It is an IPA but don’t let that scare you…it is enriched with caramel malts that soften the hops.
The Libertine is an imperial red ale…dark in color and bold in flavor.
It was a great breakfast place. There were so many items on the menu that I wanted to try…if only I had a larger appetite! lol No, but it is definitely a place to go to if you are in Minneapolis. The bread pudding with black currants and crème anglaise sounded so delicious but I didn’t order it. I ended up trying one lemon-ricotta hotcake and a delicious eggs Benedict in a portobello mushroom.
My favorite part may have been the homemade peanut butter…it was deliciously crunchy! Someone also recommended me the toasted sausage bread which sounded very unique but I just couldn’t try everything 🙁
The Local was a cute restaurant with unique architecture and little nooks for seating areas. The Local Wontons with corned beef, cream cheese and sauerkraut were SO delicious. I love wontons in general and these Irish wontons were a fun creation.
The Summit Extra Pale Ale was another local beer. It was lightly hopped with a nice crisp taste. We were intrigued by its amazing lacing (the foam that sticks to the side of the glass)
Since I was fighting a cold I wasn’t in the mood for anything heavy so I went with the Nicoise Salad that had raw ahi tuna, boiled eggs, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and potatoes. It was very delicious!
The trip was short but I was able to capture some of the treasures of the twin cities 😉
~Your Woman by White Town
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