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Pig Ate My Pizza: What’s All the Hype?

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In December, it was my turn to pick dinner out with the girls. So I did. And I invited Rob. I love trying new pizza places in a group. Then you get to try a little of everything.

That’s why I chose Pig Ate My Pizza for our Saturday Night Out.

Plus, I had to know what the hype was all about.

It was a Saturday, so the 40-minute drive picking everyone up and making the trek up to Robbinsdale wasn’t a big deal. And they don’t take reservations; so we knew we weren’t in a time crunch.

Despite that, we did arrive about 45 minutes after opening to find a full-house with standing-room only while we waited.

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A gentleman took my name and we were told that it’d be about a 40-minute wait. Those menus on the wall were helpful in trying to decide what we’d order during that time!

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They had a decent selection of beer to sip on while we waited, too.

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There were were little piggies every where – old ceramic pigs and piggy banks lined the shelves.

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Not one shelf was left untouched…

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Stuffed piggies were even hanging in a net from the ceiling high above us?

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On what special occasion do they let those loose?!

When our name was called we were asked if it was okay for us to sit at the bar. Of course it was! Rob and I usually prefer that when we are alone. Still, it was hard talk with the four of us sitting in a row. Plus, it’s quite a noisy place, so that didn’t help! But none of us were really bothered by it. Just keep that in mind if you are wanting to go somewhere intimate. This isn’t really the place.

The menu changes daily. As you can see below, one of the pizzas has been erased. I’m guessing that was the Cider House Rules, the one that was raved about the most online.

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You can watch them cooking while you wait.

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And rumor has it that the lone carpet-walled booth has been dubbed the “Hot Tub”.

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 We started with a few of apps to share.

{Apps are listed on a chalk board as well, it’s just not pictured.}

Burrata

You know how I love me some burrata. This stuff was pretty decent. I liked the addition of fresh cracked pepper and olive oil but the surprisingly tasty part of this dish was the bread crisp-thingies. {Technical term, you know.} They don’t look it, but they were so flavorful!

Hog Tots

Hog Tots

I’ve never been a fan of homemade tots. Give me the crispy {even extra crispy} frozen ones any day. But these were much different. They were still a bit mushy, but inside was little bits of smoked pork! If you love smoked flavors, you just might be a fan.

Tortellini

Tortellini

My understanding that there is a different appetizer pasta every day. I’m not going to do our little tortellini any justice in terms of description. I seriously should have written down notes as we were eating. But where’s the fun in that?

This tortellini was divine. The flavors were refined and magical. They made my taste buds sing. I haven’t yet eaten at Travail which was once housed in this space. But I’m guessing that the tortellini gave me a taste of what I have in store. For the chef-owners of  Travail are the same ones that created Pig My Pizza.

As for the pizzas…

All pizzas are 10″. We each picked out one that sounded interesting and then we’d share them all.

And here’s the verdict:

Sausage and Mushroom

Sausage and Mushroom

All of the pizzas were Top Notch.

So believe the hype!

Shrimperoni

Shrimperoni

Originally, we couldn’t imagine this pizza. So Kim asked about it when she was trying to make up her mind. They grind the shrimp down, mix it with pepperoni spices {and maybe some pork?} and then make sausages out of it to be sliced into pepperoni. Yeah! Of course, not one Rob could eat, but interesting enough. Probably not one I’d order again, but very fun to try!

Piggy Pie

Piggy Pie

The Piggy Pie is topped with pork 43 different ways. Or 3. Or something. It’s rich and meaty. I remember reading one review that described this pizza something like this: “This is what Pizza Hut pizza would taste like if it were good.” I whole-heartedly agree with that statement! The crust is puffy and buttery and tasted like a very elevated version of it. Of course, the flavors were more complex, too. This one was a winner in my book. But I’m not sure I could eat a lot of it, due to its richness. But would I need to?

Big Cheeser

Big Cheeser

The Big Cheeser was the one I decided on, even though it sounded a bit boring. It was nothing of the sort! It ended up being Rob’s and my favorite. Rob talked about this pizza for weeks after.

The egg in the middle with a slightly runny yolk gave it a little extra sauce.

Then there was the parmesan foam served on the side.

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I believe that container was gone before we left. The leftover pizza had to do without. And that was Just. Fine.

And since there is no menu online, I thought I’d share with you the lunch menu:

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…because Pig Ate My Pizza really is worth it. Believe the hype. We’ll take the drive up to Robbinsdale if you want to go.

If you like pork, what’s your:

Favorite way to eat it?

Favorite dish to put it in?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

 

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Timsan’s

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I still have about a half dozen posts to finish off our September Australian vacation. But because my husband misses my Restaurant Impressions oh-so-much and I have several I’ve neglected to write, I’m going to throw a quick one in here because…

My brother is getting married this weekend!

Actually on Friday the 13th.

(That’s almost always been a lucky day for me!)

And Timsan’s is the first restaurant where Rob and I dined with the two of them and my parents altogether.

Timsan’s is a Japanese Steakhouse – you know, hibachi-style – on the east side of Green Bay, Wisconsin. And to be honest, I like it much better than the ones I’ve been to in some of the bigger cities, including Ichiban in Minneapolis.

Since shrimp is the appetizer, I almost always order the scallops and filet mignon. {I find the chicken at hibachi restaurants to be too dry.} The cocktails are mighty fine, too.

The fact that it is housed in an old A&W building gives it character!

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{source: Timsan’s.com}

It became a tradition for a few years to all go to Timsan’s together the Friday after Thanksgiving when we’d go back to Green Bay for the holiday.

Until, one year…

…both Rob and I got sick.

I mean, really sick. Like stomach-flu, not coming out of the bedroom except to go to the bathroom to relieve the stomach pain. I don’t even know how we made it back to Minneapolis.

My cousin’s kids had been sick, so it’s probable we got it from them when they were over on Thanksgiving Day. However, because we ate at Timsan’s on Friday and both began to feel sick in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Rob has had an aversion to wasabi ever since.

So, when Timsan’s opened another location just a couple of miles from my parents house this past year {pretty much across the street from Townline}, I was surprised when Rob requested that we stop there for a drink and an appetizer one evening.

And I must say, these are some of the best potstickers the two of us have ever had!

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I love when they are nicely seared like that. I also enjoyed a nice little Grasshopper with the bartender. Man, I haven’t had one of those in, maybe, 15 years!

Timsan’s turned an old white-walled sports bar into a very nice dining space. Rob vowed that it’s a place where we need to come back every time we are in Green Bay.

Now, if he ever gets the courage enough to try hibachi again is another story…

Do you have any food aversions because you associate them with a time you’ve been sick?

Cheers~
Carrie

Thirsty Thursday – Tongue in Cheek

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As part of our Thanksgiving Staycation, we had a lazy day that Sunday. We had breakfast, sipped coffee and hung out in our pjs catching up on the DVR. {Well, that’s pretty much every Sunday morning for us.} 

We never did eat lunch, so we opted for an early dinner. There was only one problem: The Packer game was on at 3:25pm.

That just would not work. I didn’t want to go to a Sports Bar to watch the game for three hours when it was on local television and could watch it in the comfort of my own home.

But I had an idea. I scanned through our Groupons and looked up each restaurant. Finally, I chose one that did not look like it had an TVs:

Tongue in Cheek – in St. Paul

We would DVR the game and watch it afterward, sans commercials. This also meant Rob couldn’t be on his smartphone during dinner to check scores. Win for me!

The bar at Tongue in Cheek opens at 4pm. Since our tummies were empty, we took full advantage of that! We also took advantage of their Happy Hour.

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We started by splitting the flight of Cock(tail) Teasers. I don’t believe you can order these teasers outside of Happy Hour. I didn’t see them on the regular menu. Rob said that he couldn’t imagine having to create these miniature cocktails for just $2 each. He thought, “How annoying for the bartender!” But they’ve thought of everything here. They make the teasers ahead of time, so that they are ready-to-serve with only a garnish needed.

Flight of Cock(tail) Teasers - $12

Flight of Cock(tail) Teasers – $12

The cocktails are pictured in order as they are on the menu, only from right to left. And that’s how we tasted them. Then we ranked them. Surprisingly, both Rob and I ranked them in the exact same order!

  1. Jack’s Pool – This one surprised me because I’m not a huge rum fan!
  2. Mother of Dragons – Another surprise for both of us. The jalapeno was subtle and the flavors were well-balanced. Who knew I’d like a Jim Beam cocktail?
  3. Cross Eyed Mary – Oh yeah. I love me a good bloody and I actually prefer gin to vodka.
  4. Tickle My Tiny Pickle – What you’d expect by the menu description.
  5. When in Rome – I thought this would be my fave. It wasn’t. But I didn’t not like it! Bottoms up!
  6. Why Not Minot? – Not memorable because, you know, I don’t even remember this one.

Each of these cocktail teasers came from each of their six sensory categories of all of the craft cocktails that they offer. Check them out on the main menu:

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Looking back at that menu, it does look like you can get a flight of cocktails, if you’d like, outside of during Happy Hour. It’s just more expensive. I’m not sure if you get to choose which drinks come in your flight though.

We arrived in our Packer gear and the bartender commented. Rob told him that we were taping the game, so dining here was perfect because we wouldn’t have access to the score. We come to find out that Mike The Bartender is from Milwaukee and it was killing him not to keep us updated!

Mike gave us a ton of menu recommendations, including items that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise. Like this, for example:

Goldi-Lox - gravlox, horseradish, dill, salmon roe - $2

Goldi-Lox – gravlox, horseradish, dill, salmon roe – $2

All of the teasers on the menu are meant to be one or two bites. This one was much more! The teeny, tiny spoon probably helped with that. And for just $2, this teaser packed a ton of flavor! Not listed on the menu is the avocado puree on top, along with some crispy fried shallots that add a little extra crunch. {Mike did an excellent job describing each dish as he delivered them to our table.} I thought that this taste was perfection!

At this point Rob checked out the beers on tap. I found it to be a nice varied selection of mostly Midwestern origin:

  • New Holland Dragon’s Milk (MI)
  • Summit Winter Warmer (MN)
  • Indeed Sweet Yamma Jamma (MN)
  • Rush River Double Bubble IPA (WI)
  • Cuvée des Jacobins (Belgium)

While Mike poured him a Dragon’s Milk, I sipped on a $3-Happy-Hour Sangria.

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I thought it was pretty good; but the more I drank it, the less I liked it. Not sure if that was because of the oncoming cold or because it needed to be stirred before I started drinking it.

We also ordered a cheese plate:

Artisan Cheese Trifecta - $9

Artisan Cheese Trifecta – $9

There was a blue, a semi-soft goat {which Rob loved until I told him it was goat cheese} and the Wisconsin Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Those little dollops are of apple puree, mango puree and balsamic. It was divine to drag a little cheese through it, despite the fact that purees like this always make me think of baby food! {In a good way.}

But the plain crackers to accompany the cheeses left a bit to be desired – like some fresh bread. Yes, I desired that.

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 Rob ordered us another $2 Teaser:

Charred Feta - strawberry & black pepper jam - $2

Charred Feta – strawberry & black pepper jam – $2

If you think that looks huge, it was really only about two to three bites. Here’s a photo with a fork to give you some perspective.

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But the bites were tasty! The salty… with the char… with the sweet… This was perfect for a taste! Any more than that would probably be too much.

I was originally planning to just order some more teasers for my dinner because a Heavy Table article I read suggested that was the best way to go. But Mike suggested the salmon. And who could argue with Mike?

Wild Salmon - goat cheese risotto, zucchini, tomato-gin consommé - $25

Wild Salmon – goat cheese risotto, zucchini, tomato-gin consommé – $25

Mike was right to recommend this. It’s probably some of the best salmon I’ve had! It was well-seasoned, the goat cheese wasn’t too overpowering and the zucchini ribbons had the perfect texture. My only gripe is that the salmon was just a tad under-cooked for my liking. But I still sopped up every bite!

And you know already that Rob got the burger.

The Cheeseburger - Cheddar, House Pickles, Arugla, Aioli - $12

The Cheeseburger – cheddar, house pickles, arugla, aioli – $12

 This burger will move to Rob’s Top 10!

{Which reminds me, he still needs to update that.}

I think there are three things that generally make Rob burger- happy:

  1. The quality of the meat.
  2. Seasoning the meat.
  3. The quality and use of the bun and toppings.

It’s places like this, where quality rules. Tongue in Cheek’s Mission:

We are devoted to only using animal products that are raised or caught in a humane and sustainable manner. This is something we are passionate about and it will never be compromised. We believe living a good life tastes better.

Amen! Oh and for the record, Rob thought the fries were just fine at first, but later said that they kept getting better with every bite!

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We loved Tongue in Cheek so much that we bought another voucher when we got home. The East Side of St. Paul is an up-and-coming culinary hot spot. When I walked in to Tongue in Cheek, it reminded me a bit of Ward 6, also located in the area. Then the quality craft cocktails reminded me of Ward 6, too. However, these two restaurants are different enough that you need to experience both.

I love the concept of the Teasers on the menu at Tongue in Cheek. It gives people a chance to step out of their comfort zones to sample some things they maybe normally wouldn’t, without the worry of wasting money or a meal. I’d come here just to try all of the little different bites they have to offer!

Have you dined at a restaurant that offers small bites or teasers on the menu?

If so, what were your favorites or what did you try that you maybe would not have otherwise?

Cheers~
Carrie

Hola Arepa!

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We had a little Staycation over Thanksgiving. All of the trips back to Green Bay for Packer games, allowed us our own Bye for the Turkey Holiday. I put up a Christmas tree for the first time in a few years and we cleaned out our basement storage. It felt good to declutter!

And despite that there was no turkey, I still feasted over that weekend. I had the opportunity to try a few new restaurants. {Well, before I came down with that cold.}

I will continue with my Australia trip report soon. It’s just that a couple of these restaurants are newer and deserve a little recognition, especially since I had trouble researching top dishes online.

Enter Hola Arepa in South Minneapolis.

My friend Lisa invited me to brunch. Neither of us could think of where we wanted to go. I was annoyed with myself because I’m always “noting to myself” that I should try such and such a place next time I do brunch. But do you think I can remember what those were?

Then, while I was thumbing through Mpls St. Paul magazine, I found this:

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Decision Made.

Hola Arepa started as a Food Truck! The focus was on Venezuelan sandwiches called arepas. The full-service Latin-inspired restaurant has been open since early 2014, with brunch available since mid-October. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had Venezuelan food before. I had to do a little research on what was best because everything on the menu looked so good!

I was able to find this article, which is what made me intrigued by the rum-spiked wild-rice horchata, called the Carlito’s Whey, instead of the Bloody Mary, for which I was more in the mood.

Carlito's Whey - wild rice horchata with whey, scarlet ibis run, marletti, spice bag bitters - $8.5

Carlito’s Whey – wild rice horchata with whey, scarlet ibis rum, marletti, spice bag bitters – $8.5

Hey. I liked it. I didn’t love it. I thought horchata was supposted to be more milky? It’s been a while since I’ve had that, though. Would I order it again? No. Lisa described it as an “alcoholic version of a a watered down chai latte.”

We arrived just before 10am on a Sunday morning, so that we would not have to wait. It’s a small place and by the time we finished eating, it was full. But the decor is bright and cheery, making the room seem very open and spacious.

I was debating what to order. I mean, I’m at a joint called Hola Arepa, whose namesake made their food truck so popular that they opened this brick and mortar location. So, I should really order an arepa, right? I had never had a sandwich with cornmeal griddle cakes serving as the bread. This was my chance.

But again, that article had me going back to the Tostada Chilaquiles. So when it was time to order, I enlisted the help of our server:

“I’m debating between the breakfast arepa and the chilaquiles.”

Without skipping a beat, she replied:

“Chilaquiles.”

Her confidence in the dish without feeling the need to give an explanation was refreshing and is what made my decision!

And my mouth was happy.

Tostada Chilaquiles - with tomatilla salsa, fried eggs, black beans, housemade queso fresco, pickled onion, radish, jalapeno, microcilantro - $11 (add pork $2)

Tostada Chilaquiles – with tomatilla salsa, fried eggs, black beans, housemade queso fresco, pickled onion, radish, jalapeno, microcilantro – $11 (add pork $2)

Don’t be alarmed by the amount of cilantro atop the dish. That photo is deceiving. There really wasn’t that much.

I absolutely loved this dish.

I ordered mine with pork which was as juicy and flavorful as I had read. I loved the crunch of the tortillas and the surprise of the runny yolk. All of the components were in perfect balance so that nothing seemed to overpower anything else. I did end up removing the couple slices of a jalapeno after one set my mouth on fire, though. I like jalapenos, but forget sometimes how much stronger they are when raw versus pickled. Speaking of pickling, I wasn’t too excited reading about pickled onions in the dish. But they worked!

Maybe this doesn’t look like a lot of food, but it was. I ate almost the whole thing and felt overstuffed by the time I got home. My taste buds were completely satisfied that it might be difficult to deviate from the chilaquiles when I go back…

All was not lost on the arepa home front, because Lisa ordered one.

breakfast arepa - fried egg, black beans, tomato, cojita, aioli verde - $11.5 (add pork - $1, add guac - $1)

breakfast arepa – fried egg, black beans, tomato, cojita, aioli verde – $11.5 (add pork – $1, add guac – $1)

All fillings are made from scratch and include naturally raised meats and organic veggies. Lisa wasn’t sure how she’d like the cornmeal since she isn’t a fan of corn tortillas. But she was pleasantly surprised! My bite of her sammie was a little bland, but that was after the flavor explosion I had from the chilaquiles. This may also be why she found the aioli verde slightly spicy, whereas I did not. The yuca fries could become addictive, though…

And this was one breakfast where we just had to have dessert!

mini churro - fried and tossed in sugar with chocolate coffee sauce - $2

mini churro – fried and tossed in sugar with chocolate coffee sauce – $2

The churros were really hard and crunchy. I don’t remember them being that way, but it was probably in Spain in the year 2000 that I had one last. Crunchy or not, I didn’t love it and can skip it next time.

I’d go to Hola Arepa for breakfast any day. Just invite me! Although I will have trouble ordering anything other than the chilaquiles. But I will try a bloody with Peurto Rican sofrito next time. Or I could try something new at dinner.

Have you had Venezuelan food before?

Cheers~
Carrie

The Tangiers & The Martini

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I have no photos for today’s post because, frankly, the photos I’d take of The Tangiers would not do this gorgeous venue any justice. It was dark when we arrived, too, which created the perfect ambiance. But I do highly recommend that you click here and take the “Tour” of The Tangiers to see how beautiful it truly is…

What drew us to this place? A Groupon… for dinner. But it definitely has a more lounge-like vibe to it. In fact, on Saturdays, it doesn’t open until 6pm. We had no idea what to expect or how busy it would be, so we arrived at opening.

The extravagant decor absolutely wowed us.

I felt like we were stepping back into the 20s. Rob commented how there had to be a lot of money in the leather alone. The lighting created the perfect ambiance for a backdrop of a romantic date. Although, I have no idea what the place is like during the busiest hours… Is it calm and relaxed? Does the music change to something more upbeat that would turn this lounge into more of a club?

But we were there for the food.

At first glance,  when walking in to such gorgeously stunning space with luscious red velvet curtains, sparkling chandeliers, rich leather couches, you’d think the food here was an afterthought.

But it’s not.

As usual, we pulled a couple of seats up to the bar. And because I felt like I was entering the era of The Great Gatsby, I knew this was a place for a cocktail. {They call these “potions” during Happy Hour. I love that!}  In fact, there is even a martini on the menu called The James Gatsby made with Maker’s Mark, simple syrup and mint leaves. I chose the signature cocktail – The Tangiers with vodka, prosecco and, yes, you guessed it – St. Germain.

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A little sidebar here… Speaking of St. Germain and speaking of the 20s, a couple of weeks ago we got The Great Gatsby on Netflix. Rob surprised me by picking up ingredients and making cocktails to complement the film. My man really knows me, because this is what he made:

Left Bank Martini

1½ parts Gin
1 part St-Germain
1 part Sauvignon Blanc

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a lime zest twist, if desired.

Well, I loves me a dirty martini from time to time, too. But sometimes, they are just a little too dangerous. The Left Bank was, too, if only because they were so delicious! But the room wasn’t spinning. That was Baz Luhrmann‘s camera work.

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The menu at The Tangiers is very small. When I looked for it online, I thought that what I found was maybe just their bar menu or a sampling of their dishes. But that was it. It didn’t matter to me. There was only one thing I was looking to try:

Burrata Salad

“Heirloom tomatoes and avocado tossed with basil served with a rich cream-infused mozzarella ball”

Now I absolutely adore Burrata, but the way that this was presented and the marriage of flavors made me fall in love with it all over again. For being in the middle of winter, I was quite impressed by the ripeness and flavor of the tomatoes, too.

Rob ordered The Tangiers Flatbread – pulled pork, diced onions, housemade barbecue sauce drizzled with Sriracha aioli – which he thought would be just an appetizer before going elsewhere. But he found it so delicious that it filled him up. And he didn’t even eat all of it!

Have I mentioned yet how much I loved the decor and ambiance here? I kind of wanted to stay to find out what the place ended up like as it got busier… But that would be way, too many martinis. In any case, it was a cool place to feel like we stepped back in time and that we were experiencing a little bit of elegance, even if only for a little while.

The Tangiers would make a lovely stop for a romantic date. It might also be fun to treat some out-of-town guests for a cocktail. But I’m not sure I could walk in The Tangiers for just a drink.

There’s no doubt that I would have to get the Burrata.

What is your favorite kind of martini?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

The Bulldog – Lowertown St. Paul

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Okay, so it’s not the same as the Bulldog NE. Can I say it’s as good? Hmmm… It’s almost like comparing apples to oranges. Well, maybe not that different. Maybe just two kinds of apples that you really like and you can’t choose between the two of them. Okay, so I’d probably choose the Nordeast location most of the time. But the Lowertown location of the Bulldog was actually much better than I expected.

Although you will find no cupcakes here. 😦

My husband suggested we stop by for dinner before another event we had taking place in downtown St. Paul. My friends Sally and Ryan love this place. I really wasn’t too excited about the menu online. And when we arrived, nothing sounded good to me. It was one of those days.

As I mentioned in the post about our beloved Bulldog NE, the Bulldog in the Lowertown area of St. Paul isn’t related. In fact, I didn’t think any of the Bulldog locations were related. But after checking out The Bulldog Lowertown website, it appears that of the four Bulldog Bar/Restaurants throughout the Twin Cities, the Bulldog NE is the only one not affiliated with the others. To make things more confusing, the websites for each location are different from what they actual title each restaurant:

I guess the non-affiliated location in Northeast/Nordeast Minneapolis is a bit confusing, too. The website is www.TheBulldogNortheast.com. But I’ve seen it written and/or called the following:

  • The Bulldog Northeast
  • The Bulldog Nordeast
  • The Bulldog NE
  • The Bulldog N.E.

I digress. Now that we’ve got all of that out of the way, back to The Bulldog – St. Paul, which is where this experience occurred…

I was immediately surprised by how big the interior is! For some reason, I wasn’t expecting that. The focus here is on Belgian beers, just like at the Bulldog NE. They also have descriptions of beer styles in their beer menu:

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But they have other rotating taps as well. I’ve been off my usual IPA kick for several months for some reason. On this particular occasion, I chose what I would probably consider more as dessert beers.

BulldogLT Tap

My choices of the day were the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and the Lindemann’s Francoise Lambic

I just love how the new Young’s tap handle looks like a chocolate bar in the midst of being unwrapped. 😉

For dinner, Rob was in the mood for this:

PHILLY CHEESESTEAK Thin-sliced sirloin, sautéed peppers & onions topped with our spicy cheese sauce on a hoagie $9.50 with Cajun Tater Tots

PHILLY CHEESESTEAK
Thin-sliced sirloin, sautéed peppers & onions topped with spicy cheese sauce on a hoagie –  $9.50 {served here with Cajun Tater Tots}

Oh, boy was he in heaven with that Philly Cheesesteak. {The tots were fine. He’s had better; but it didn’t stop him from eating them!} I had a bite and thought it was rather good, too. I’d recommend it. Still, believe it or not, I thought my dish was so much better!

QUESADILLA Shredded cheese, beans & pico de gallo hand-rolled in a tortilla with your choice of tasty goodness. Beef $9 | Chicken $9 | Pulled Pork $9 | Veggie $8

PULLED PORK QUESADILLA
Shredded cheese, beans & pico de gallo hand-rolled in a tortilla with choice of filling. {Options: Beef $9 | Chicken $9 | Pulled Pork $9 | Veggie $8}

I chose pulled pork because I read somewhere else on the menu that it was house-made. Otherwise, I normally order my quesadillas with chicken. I thought Rob could try it, too. But then I realized it had beans. Sometimes, I do win out with his allergies! 😉

This quesadilla was stuffed to the max and oh-so-flavorful. It actually put the cheesesteak to shame on the flavor-meter. I wouldn’t exactly call it a quesadilla though. It was probably more like a grilled burrito. Yes, it was stuffed that much! But I loved it. I did end up giving Rob a taste of just the pulled pork and I think he got a little jealous. I couldn’t even give him a section because the beans were well mixed-in. When we go back to the Bulldog in Lowertown St. Paul, I’m going to have a hard time ordering anything else.

What is your favorite dessert-like beer?

What is your favorite quesadilla filling?

Cheers~
Carrie

Yesterday was National Cheeseburger Day

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Did you know that yesterday was National Cheeseburger Day?

My husband suggested that we go out for cheeseburger. I obliged because it was only the American thing to do!

So, naturally, we went to Fong’s

a Chinese restaurant in Bloomington.

We debated where to get a burger on such a special day. We wanted to try someplace new. Then, our friend Shondra {who works at Fong’s} posted on Facebook that it was National Cheeseburger Day and to come out and visit her. We recalled that she recently told us that her place of employment actually served really good ones. So we decided to pay her a visit…

And boy are we glad we did!

We ordered this burger (to split) with cheese, fried onions, lettuce, tomato and mayo:

That’s all this baby needed. It was soooo good and hit the spot for a classic Angus burger. Rob said that it instantly shot up into his Top 10 list. I was rather surprised. He’s had so many burgers by now that, he might have to separate them into “Classic” and “Specialty.” Either way, if it made that list, it’s in need of a revision.

Tip: The burger is not on the regular menu, so you’ll just have to ask for it. Apparently, it’s on the lunch menu and there is a kid’s version on the dinner menu, as well. But they’ll have no problem putting in an order for you. And get this: The burger is only $7.25. {Add 50 cents each for cheese and fried onions.} We consider this a steal.

Speaking of steals, the Happy Hour isn’t too bad either:

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Naturally, because we ordered a burger on National Cheeseburger day in a Chinese restaurant, I ordered a margarita.

Naturally.

Fongs MargaritaSo you think that’s funny? Well, here’s what even funnier. Because Rob wasn’t sure if the burger was going to be as good as he wanted it to be, he said we’d split it and ordered the dish that has been continually his fave at Fong’s:

Fongs Lo Mein

Beef Lo Mein

Keep in mind that the portion you see is half-eaten. You can get at least three meals out of this baby. He still loves it, but was kicking himself as I polished off the burger. {Of course I gave him a couple of bites!} Oh, by the way, the fries are worth trying, too!

Then, as I checked out their website to link in this post, I realized that the real name of this restaurant is:

David Fong’s Cantonese & American Cuisine

No wonder they know how to do a good burger.

Did you eat a burger for National Cheeseburger Day? If so, where & why?

Where’s the craziest place you’ve had a burger and loved it?

Cheers~
Carrie