Highlights of a week of eating:
Let’s see—Sunday night Carol took me out for Father’s Day for dinner and a show. The real highlight was actually the show, Clybourne Park at the Guthrie. It’s one of the best plays I have seen in years: a sharp, funny, serious play about race that had the audience laughing out loud (and squirming in their seats). (Read Jay Gabler’s Daily Planet review.) But the late night bite next door at Sea Change was also a treat. Sea Change offers a happy hour every night from 8 to 11 p.m. (and also Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3 to 6, and Mondays from 5 to 6.) We split an order of fries, a cup of bouillabaisse ($6), crisp fried calamari with curry aioli ($7), and a shrimp cocktail ($8), all beautifully presented and robustly flavorful.
I gotta say, June, July, and August are about the only months of the year when I don’t wish that I was sitting under a palapa someplace tropical and sipping a tiki drink. But even on a beautiful summer day in Minneapolis, there is something enticing about lunch on the patio at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. My last visit was at their original location (they moved three years ago), and I had this vague recollection of Psycho Suzi’s as a hipster hangout, heavy on the tats. But the crowd on the deck last Thursday looked like a cross-section of the Northeast populace, from grannies to cyclists. I’m trying to cut back these days on fried foods and meat, so that ruled out the tater tots, deep-fried cheese curds, pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, etc. etc., but I contented myself with the pear and blue cheese longboard (i.e. flatbread pizza).
I’m a big fan of Somali cuisine, and one of my favorite places is the An-Nuur International Restaurant, tucked away at 2532 25th Avenue South in the Seward neighborhood. The clientele is pretty exclusively Somali men, but the manager makes an effort to make non-Somali guests feel welcome. The most popular dishes seem to be variations on the same basic theme: roasted or sauteed meat, savory rice and a green salad, with a very spicy green hot sauce and a ripe banana served on the side—and usually, a glass of fruit drink or a can or pop included in the price. What you see in the photo in the slide show is actually a half-portion of their roasted goat entree ($7); a full portion is $10, as I recall. The meat is a little chewy, but very flavorful.
Also read about Jeremy Iggers’s 2012 experience shopping the Mill City Farmers Market with Sea Change chef Jamie Malone
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