Gary Geiken in I Love to Eat. Photo courtesy Illusion Theater.
Attention foodies: Garry Geiken serves up a delicious impersonation of legendary American foodie James Beard in Illusion Theater's production of I Love to Eat: a love story with food. The one-man show is more character study than drama, but Geiken succeeds in bringing a fascinating character to life. During the performance, Geiken prepares some of Beard's signature onion sandwiches, and a few lucky audience members get a chance to taste them.
CORRECTED 5/1/2013 — Yay! Snow is in the forecast for Wednesday, but who cares? Sea Salt and Tin Fish are now open for the season. Leasing the food concessions at the lakes is one of the smartest things the Minneapolis Park Board ever did.
You can view the menu before you visit Lutong Mekeni, the new Filipino storefront at 789 University Avenue West in St. Paul, by first checking out the restaurant's Facebook page, but unless you speak Tagalog, it probably won't do you a lot of good.
I still remember the days when I used to get excited about the opening of new restaurants serving exotic dishes like pho and pad Thai. But nowadays, you can find pho and pad Thai on almost every block of St. Paul's University Avenue, and my definition of new and exciting has shifted. What's new and exciting these days is the Daily Diner, which opened Monday at University and Dale in Frogtown.
What's on the menu this week is leftovers. Hello Pizza. Fish and shrimp tacos from White Castle. Don't like it? Tough. Go read somewhere else. I was out of town for a few days, and so I am dishing up what's left in the fridge.
A steakhouse in Lowry Hill? Seriously?? A few short blocks from Birdhouse and the Namaste Cafe and the Wedge Co-op and Tao Natural Foods? (Okay, it's also a few short blocks from Rudolph's and Lee's Liquor Lounge, but let's not complicate this story.)
I came late to the Northeast Minneapolis taproom party—so late that I almost didn't get in. The first taproom in northeast, Indeed Brewing, opened back in August, but I didn't get around to touring the new tasting rooms until last Friday. It was one of those spur-of-the-moment things. The first stop on the planned itinerary was Dangerous Man at 1300 2nd Street N.E. The Dangerous Man website advises, "Pick up an Element Pizza, a sandwich from Maeve's, some Anchor Fish and Chips or just bring in your leftover Chinese. We love food, we just don't make it."