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Brunch, Then Beer – All the Wins + One Fail


Happy Thirsty Thursday!


What does a football lover do during the off-season on a Sunday?!

She convinces her husband to go out for brunch.

How does she do this?

She lets him choose the location. ūüôā

Little did she know what a winning Sunday it would be!

  • Because¬†her husband looked at her Restaurant Wish List at the bottom of the Restaurant Impressions page of her blog to choose a spot she’d been dying to try.
  • Sure, they had to wait in a cramped space¬†upon arrival¬†because the restaurant had a steady brunch business goin’ on. But¬†he didn’t complain!
  • The wait was shorted than expected!
  • They were asked to sit at the bar¬†when the first two seats became available – Yes, it’s what we prefer!
  • And they both win at it all because The Mill Northeast was everything she’d read about and more.
Rejuvenation Libation 5.5 Aperol, Fernet Branca, Angostura & Peychaud bitters, Red Berry Tea Source A shim for what ails you!

Rejuvenation Libation –¬†Aperol, Fernet Branca, Angostura &¬†Peychaud bitters, Red Berry Tea Source – $5.50 “A shim for what ails you!”

I wasn’t ailing at all, but I was quite curious about this cocktail. It’s definitely one¬†for cocktail lovers, not exactly for anyone who isn’t into bitters or vermouth. I liked it. Of their handful of beers on tap, most were local. Rob always likes to see his fave Steel Toe Size 7 IPA available!

First to come out:


Ecuadorian Baked Eggs¬†–¬†two eggs, mole spiced black beans, queso fresco, white cheddar, avocado creme, salsa verde, served with a llapangacho choice of corn or flour tortillas – $11

Okay, so that wasn’t mine. {Insert record scratch sound here.} It belonged to the guy seated at the bar next¬†to me. They took it away with many apologies. But I had already taken a photo! That was just fine with me because his eggs were scrambled. It¬†may have made for a prettier dish, but I¬†ordered¬†my eggs cooked over easy:

Ecuadorian Baked Eggs 11 two eggs, mole spiced black beans, queso fresco, white cheddar, avocado creme, salsa verde, served with a llapangacho choice of corn or flour tortillas

Ecuadorian Baked Eggs –¬†two eggs, mole spiced black beans, queso fresco, white cheddar,
avocado creme, salsa verde, served with a llapangacho choice of corn or flour tortillas Р$11

For the record, llapangacho are fried potato cakes – and they are very tasty! I’d be hard-pressed to order anything but this at brunch. I don’t know why Latin breakfast dishes make me so happy like at¬†Hola Arepa¬†and The Lowry¬†in Minneapolis and even on vacation at a winery in Temecula!¬†This is something I need to remember. Such¬†dishes are truly satisfying!

Rob, on the other hand, went the extremely healthy route:

Haha! ¬†Since we had a bit of time waiting before we were seated, I checked out reviews online to help decide what to order since I am so indecisive. {P.S.¬†The¬†Baked Ecuadorian Baked Eggs were highly recommended!} Rob was frustrated with me for doing this. “Why can’t you just wait!?”

Side Note: He thinks I don’t like surprises… but I do! I would rather be surprised on my birthday than receive something weeks in advance. I just don’t like to be blindsided to make a decision when I’m ordering at a restaurant. Is that fair? Okay, at least it’s honest.

But when I showed him that the Faribault Caveman Cheese Curds¬†{with beet ketchup – $7} were touted as some of the best, he was swayed. And it’s a rare occasion when you can get him to pass up any Truffle Fries¬†{with parmesan, truffle oil, chipotle aioli – $6}.

It was all so much food, though!

Still I “desserted” with this:

{I think I just made up that word!}

The Mill Press 6.5 Cold press, cinnamon syrup, Irish cream

The Mill Press ¬†–¬†Cold press, cinnamon syrup, Irish cream – $6.50

Yes! Yes! Again… and again and again to that bevvy. I need to ask my husband when we can get our butts back to The Mill Northeast!


After brunch, there’s nothing better than spending an afternoon at a brewery playing some cribbage, which we did over at our fave Dangerous Man. They now have cold press coffee on tap {no more homemade tap sodas! ūüė¶ }, so that was my beverage of choice so as not to fall asleep at the bar!

After a two-out-of-three cribbage victory {I’m not going to say by whom!}, we pressed on. There are so many new breweries in the Twin Cities that it’s hard to keep up these days. It was time to check another box! We opted for the nearby Able Seed Brewery.IMG_6159

The taproom is huge and reminded me very much of Bauhuas,

but there were very few patrons on this lovely afternoon.


Since I hadn’t had a beer yet that day, I considered a flight of their offerings.


And then thought better of it. We inquired about the Neon listed on the board. It is the Blk Wlf Stout mixed with their Cold Press Coffee. {In fact, a patron at Dangerous Man had just been requesting cold press coffee mixed into his stout!} Alas, Able was all out of cold press.

I requested a taste of their Pub Ale, since I was delightfully surprised by the one I liked when my brother ordered it at NorthGate.


Not only did it look like a jar of urine, it didn’t hit the spot for me.¬†Instead, we went with their little session Blk Wlf Stout. Rob chose a regular pint; nitro for me. Always nitro!

Let’s just say it was the first beer either of us took a few sips of and then left the brewery without finishing. The staff was nice enough. But when bringing out-of-town guests to the select few breweries you can really hit in a day, we’ll leave this one off the list. I guess we couldn’t have all the wins in one day!

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday?




In a Gutter in Green Bay… {Closed}


So, the Townline isn’t the only eating and drinking establishment that has shown up in my parents’ neighborhood since my move to Minnesota…

We have been to The Gutter a few times…

Okay, so it’s a bowling alley with a bar and restaurant. And it has changed hands a few times. I believe it was called the ProBowl when it first opened. They served food, mostly pizza. As The Gutter, they used to outsource their food to Cranky Pat’s. However, Pat has moved on since {too cranky, perhaps?}; and now the Gutter is serving up delights from its own newly-established menu.

Rob and I like this place because they serve local beers. It was the first time that we had O’So Night Train ON TAP, the beer that my dad. It was no longer available on this past visit, but just look at these draft prices!

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{P.S. I’m making no apologies for my horrible photos in this post. We are in a Gutter, after all.}

We often order the Stone Arch Tilted Kilt Scottish Ale (Appleton, WI) at Townline. But it was at The Gutter that I first discovered the Titletown Green 19 IPA (Green Bay, WI) this past year! As far as I remember, Titletown Brewing Company was the first brewpub in Green Bay. I didn’t even know that they were now producing beer for consumption off premises. I especially like the name of this beer: Any Packer fan can recognize Green 19 as a play call Rodgers yells on Sundays!

But because this visit was over the Christmas holiday and I had never had it before, I tried the Hinterland Winterland (Green Bay, WI). It’s a nice winter ale with just a hint of juniper. Very enjoyable.

Their Winter Warmer drinks and Daily Specials were nothing to scoff at either:

And the descriptions on the new menu were very impressive. So much so, that I had no idea what I wanted! I finally settled on something.

Black Oak Sausage & Gourmet Mac N Cheese Pan Seared Black Oak Sausage with Roasted Pepper an d Onion Cheesy Cheddar Mac 10.99

Black Oak Sausage & Gourmet Mac N Cheese
Pan seared Black Oak Sausage with roasted pepper and Onion Cheesy Cheddar Mac – $10.99

I didn’t love the dish. I think it was the kind of sausage that didn’t suit me. But I liked it enough to eat the leftovers the next day. My favorite part were the added onions for texture and flavor.

But it was way too much food. This huge portion of pasta came with not only a salad, but also the choice of a side. I chose these to share with my husband and dad:

Truffle Fries Fresh Cut Fries Tossed in Truffle Oil, Parmesan Che ese, Parsley, and Served with a Side of our Homemade Alfredo Sauce. P erfect for Dipping! 5.99

Truffle Fries
Fresh cut fries tossed in truffle oil, parmesan cheese, parsley and served with a side of their homemade Alfredo sauce

They weren’t bad, but I didn’t get much truffle flavor as I did the aroma. Plus, it was just too much to eat! The boys each opted for a specialty burger.

The Gutter Burger Brulee Juicy Course Ground USDA Choice Beef. Caramelized w ith our Gutter Spice, Chipotle Bacon Rashers & Smot hered with our Homemade Alfredo. Brulee’d then Topped with Crispy Parmesan 8.99

The Gutter Burger Brulee
Juicy course ground USDA choice beef, caramelized with Gutter Spice, chipotle bacon rashers and smothered with their homemade Alfredo. Brulee’d and then topped with crispy parmesan – $8.99¬†

Both Rob and my dad loved the flavor of their burgers. It was a unique preparation and combination of toppings that I’d never seen before! Rob said that it was just a pre-formed patty, probably out of the freezer, but that it was seasoned very well. So he wouldn’t have any problem ordering it again, nor the side of tots he got with it.

Moral of the story? Don’t judge. You can get some fancy food in The Gutter.

What kind of gourmet food have you found at a bowling alley?