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Red Cow – Minneapolis

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Last night, my husband and I dined at the Red Cow. He just arrived back in town from a weekend up north and I was craving a burger. {What’s with this burger craving lately?} We’ve been wanting to go there for a while after hearing about it on Heavy Table, via Thrillist and through friends. And it’s in South Minneapolis near Edina, which means it’s a closer drive for us than say, Downtown, Uptown or Nordeast Minneapolis.

Arriving at about 7 or 7:30 p.m. on a Sunday, we walked right in and found a seat at the bar. I noticed on a promotional ad sitting atop the bar that there is a wine glass cleverly inserted into the Red Cow logo. Underneath the logo read:

Red Cow *Fine Burgers & Wine*

I’m wondering now if this was the original concept because everything else now reads:

Red Cow *Fine Burgers, Beer & Wine*

My thought is that with the growing craft beer industry in the Twin Cities metro, there is no way to leave the brews out. And most people associate beer with a good burger, after all.

Side note: There are some great burger and wine pairings that are sensational, but I’ll save that for a Wine Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the list of beer and wines available here is a long one. Our bartender, Grant, was knowledgeable about the beers. When the Nitro beer we were curious about was out, he told us that the replacement wasn’t pouring quite properly. I love an honest bartender! There are more than just a few beers on tap and several in a bottle, too.

As for the wine, there are 35 different ones offered by the glass. And after perusing the menu, I was happy to find that they aren’t your “usual suspects”. I find that sooooo incredibly boring. I’d rather try new wines when I’m out. Red Cow uses the same style wine dispenser system as Scusi.

Also, the menu also offered a Burger and Champagne special – Two Burgers and a bottle of Bollinger for something like $125. {I don’t see it online.} I love that! It reminded me of our favorite steakhouse in Pensacola, Florida, McGuire’s Irish Pub:

THE GRAND BURGER
‘Tis Grand. Our Grand Filet Mignon, custom ground and Chargrilled, served
with a side of Caviar, chopped Red Onions and a Grand Magnum of imported Moët Impérial Champagne. …………
$100.00

I’ve always wanted to try it… just once.

But back to the burgers at Red Cow. They make some interesting burgers with more elevated toppings. I had a hard time to deciding. When I asked Grant about whether I should order the Barcelona or the Royale, he hesitated, stating both were very, very good. Rob cut us off, though and said, “Well, I’d like the Barcelona.” {Of course, he told me he was going to order something else before our order was taken.} That made my decision easy. I could always have a bite of Rob’s burger, right?

Barcelona 11.50    angus burger, manchego, prosciutto, piquillo pepper & smoked aioli [GF]

Barcelona – 11.50
angus burger, manchego, prosciutto, piquillo pepper & smoked aioli

Rob loved his burger and he isn’t generally a Manchego fan. I took a bite and enjoyed it to. However, I did like mine a wee bit better… 😉

Royale 11.00 angus burger, pork belly, brie, arugula & tomato jam [GF]

Royale – 11.00
angus burger, pork belly, brie, arugula & tomato jam

It’s gotta be the brie with the combination of arugula and tomato “jam”. {They were more like big chunks of roasted tomato, which I loved!} I didn’t think it really needed the pork belly though. Although I’m not really a bacon-on-my-burger fan, that wasn’t why I didn’t need it on the burger. It just added a bit of weird, unneeded texture.

We realized after ordering that they never asked how we wanted the burgers. That seemed strange to me at a burger joint. With all of those toppings, it was really hard to tell if there was any pink inside, which is how we prefer our burgers. But the burger was so juicy, that it didn’t even matter to me how they cooked it!

Each burger came with a side of fries. We had a choice of the original or the Truffle-Parmesan. DUH! You know what we chose. And actually, the fries by themselves, really weren’t good at all. While at Burger Jones, we like to order a side of fries because they don’t come with the burger, I wouldn’t order them if that were the case here. The Truffle-Parmesan fries are sprinkled with a little shredded parmesan and served with a side of truffle aioli. The truffle aioli was what made the fries!

But the burgers here are pretty darn good. I’d have to put them ahead of Burger Jones. {Now if we could combine Red Cow’s burgers with Burger Jone’s fries…} It hit the spot for me that night. And while I don’t think they’ll make Rob’s Top 10 Burger List {which I still need to update!}, I have a feeling, we’ll be back.

What do you like to drink with your burger?

Cheers~
Carrie

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Top 10 Burgers in the Twin Cities {A Guest List}

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This is now an ongoing list…

After updating this list once, I’ve decided we’d really like a record of what burgers Rob has had on his past lists. Therefore, I’ll be updating with the new list about once a year, with the most recent list on top… Enjoy!

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As of 7/31/15, Rob has amended his 4/21/15 Top Burger List to put a new Burger at #2:

1) Lake & Irving Minneapolis | “The Patisserie 46 brioche bun actually makes this burger. Toasted, buttery…epic goodness.

All other burgers move down one notch.

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Rob’s Top 10 Burgers in the Twin Cities – 4/21/15

*4/21/15- To be fair, burgers with an * indicate that we haven’t had this burger in the past year.

First off, if you like your burgers cooked medium-well or well done, please read no further. You clearly can’t appreciate a burger.
1) Parlour Minneapolis | The parlour burger is out of this world.
1a) The Bulldog NEMinneapolis | They are incapable of making bad food. My favorite is the Truffle Burger, but all of them rock.  Don’t forget to enjoy it with a Kasteel Rouge and for the love of God, top it off with a cupcake afterwards.
3) Buffalo TapSavage | Not all burgers here are outstanding, but if you order your buddy sitting next to you the Parmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy, he’ll buy you a new car.
4) Forepaugh’sSt. Paul | In-house ground beef, crazy-melty cheese, and the eating all in the ambiance of your rich uncle’s mansion. Not a bad way to spend the day. Skip the funeral-esque dining area and sit in the bar and kick it with Victor or Joey.
5) Burger JonesBurnsville | Get the Stack Pack with 3 patties.  Loaded with cheese.  Great fries, to boot.
6) David Fong’s – Bloomington | This melts in your mouth.  Who knew?
7) Blue Door Pub* St. Paul | The problem with the Blue Door is that unless you live next to the place, it can prove to be a good waste of the day. For me, a 20 mile drive + 60 minute wait to fit into one of their 3 tables just isn’t worth my time. On burger alone, this would rank higher. But it’s my list and I’m listing them how I want to list them.
8) Harriet BrasserieMinneapolis | Perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned high quality beef. Bun was average , but it wasn’ t about that. Locally sourced gourmet burger.
9) The Happy Gnome St. Paul | Nice and juicy, enhanced by the beer selection.

10) Haute Dish Minneapolis | Wonderful burger. Great seasonings. Only comes one way – almost rare. Good for them, good for me!

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Original Post:

Just before the New Year, I posted my husband’s list of the Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities. Here is Part Two – because burgers and fries go hand-in-hand. Wouldn’t you say that’s the quintessential American Restaurant meal? Personally, I don’t eat burgers and fries very often; but when I do, I want them to worth the splurge!

Because my husband is a burger guru and will promptly tell you upon the first bite if a burger was properly seasoned or not, I asked him to put together his list of the Top 10 Burgers throughout the Twin Cities Metro.

So here are my husband’s Top 10 favorites {with his descriptions!} within dinner-driving-distance of those of us in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area. If we’ve written an Impression on the restaurant, I’ve linked to it as well. Feel free to add your comments if you enjoyed {or didn’t enjoy} a burger at any of these establishments.

*This List was updated on 4/11/14*

Just before the New Year, I posted my husband’s list of the Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities. Here is Part Two – because burgers and fries go hand-in-hand. Wouldn’t you say that’s the quintessential American Restaurant meal? Personally, I don’t eat burgers and fries very often; but when I do, I want them to worth the splurge!

Because my husband is a burger guru and will promptly tell you upon the first bite if a burger was properly seasoned or not, I asked him to put together his list of the Top 10 Burgers throughout the Twin Cities Metro.

So here are my husband’s Top 10 favorites {with his descriptions!} within dinner-driving-distance of those of us in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area. If we’ve written an Impression on the restaurant, I’ve linked to it as well. Feel free to add your comments if you enjoyed {or didn’t enjoy} a burger at any of these establishments.

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Rob’s Top 10 Burgers in the Twin Cities – 4/11/14

*4/11/14 – To be fair, burgers with an * indicated that we haven’t had this burger in the past year.

First off, if you like your burgers cooked medium-well or well done, please read no further. You clearly can’t appreciate a burger.
1) Anchor Fish & Chips* {& Burgers}Minneapolis | Get the Helicopter Burger. You can read reviews online as to why it’s a crowd favorite, but you simply have to taste this.
2) The Bulldog NEMinneapolis | They are incapable of making bad food. My favorite is the Truffle Burger, but all of them rock.  Don’t forget to enjoy it with a Kasteel Rouge and for the love of God, top it off with a cupcake afterwards.
3) Harriet BrasserieMinneapolis | Perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned high quality beef. Bun was average , but it wasn’ t about that. Locally sourced gourmet burger.
4) Buffalo TapSavage | Not all burgers here are outstanding, but if you order your buddy sitting next to you the Parmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy, he’ll buy you a new car.
5) Blue Door Pub* St. Paul | The problem with the Blue Door is that unless you live next to the place, it can prove to be a good waste of the day. For me, a 20 mile drive + 60 minute wait to fit into one of their 3 tables just isn’t worth my time. On burger alone, this would rank higher. But it’s my list and I’m listing them how I want to list them.
6) Café Barbette* Minneapolis | – Yummy little Royale with Cheese. Great fries. Lots of mosaics. Happy fun time lunch-y place.
7) Forepaugh’sSt. Paul | In-house ground beef, crazy-melty cheese, and the eating all in the ambiance of your rich uncle’s mansion. Not a bad way to spend the day. Skip the funeral-esque dining area and sit in the bar and kick it with Victor or Joey.
8) Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant* Minneapolis | This burger is overlooked for Vincent in most rankings. Vincent’s smoked gouda/short rib burger is fine, but I’d take the Dakota’s perfect burger any day over Vincent’s. Get the fries, also!
9) The Happy GnomeSt. Paul |Nice and juicy, enhanced by the beer selection.

10) Harry’s Café Lakeville | Get the 5-Cheese Patty Melt. Feta baked right in to their buttery crust. Order the thrice cooked Angela Fries to accompany the burger.  (This is the only place in the entire world I enjoy ranch dressing with the fries…go for it.)

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On that note, click here to read about Rob’s Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities.

How ’bout you? What makes the perfect burger for you?

At which restaurant in your neck of the woods would we find your favorite burger?

Cheers~

Carrie & Rob

Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities {A Guest List}

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*This List was updated on 2/26/14*

My husband is a burgers and fries guy. I guess that just happens when you are allergic to anything with fins or feathers. This year, I asked him to give me a list of his Top Ten Burgers and Fries throughout the Twin Cities metro. He gave me the lists separately, because very rarely will the fries and burgers both be extraordinary. They deserve to stand on their own. This post is the edition on fries, as you may have guessed from the clever title.

For me, when it comes to French fries, I can take ’em or leave ’em.

Let me rephrase that.

If the fries are there, I will eat them. And I will eat too many of them. But I don’t ever crave fries. I don’t say to myself, “Oh… I sooooo want some fries tonight.” But if I did {and maybe you do}, I’d want them to be the best stinkin’ fries ever.

I’d want them to be worth it.

While I’m working on losing weight, ordering something at a restaurant sans fries is the way I tend to go. If I’m feeling that rare “need” for fries, I will steal a few of Rob’s. {I find it much easier not to eat too many if the fries are not mine or if it wasn’t established up front that I’d be sharing them with someone.}

When I received back the list of Rob’s Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities, I got this as the number one answer:

Pops for Champagne – Chicago

“Words cannot do them justice.  Firm outside, soft inside, brown buttery, boiled goodness.”

Um… I’m sorry, honey. We can’t just get in the car and go there for dinner. I know you loved them beyond anything you’ve probably ever eaten, but they just don’t count! Still, I guess you win because they made it into the blog post anyway!

So here are my husband’s Top 10 favorites {with his descriptions!} within dinner-driving-distance of those of us in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area. If we’ve written a Restaurant Impression on the restaurant, I’ve linked to it. Feel free to add your comments if you have enjoyed {or didn’t enjoy} fries at any of these establishments.

Rob’s Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities – 2/26/14

2/26/14 – To be fair, restaurants with an * indicated that we haven’t had these fries in the past year.

1 ) Red Stag Supperclub* Minneapolis | Great local potatoes and the olive oil/rosemary seasoning works wonderfully.

2) Burger JonesBurnsville | Served in a cute tin, and not a small order, these are wonderfully cooked fries.  A side of chipotle aioli doesn’t’ hurt.

3) Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant*Minneapolis | Perfect pomme frites served with bearnaise.

4) Harry’s CafeLakeville | A multi-stepped fry, Harry’s Angela Fries are terrific with their mozzarella drippings. A side of ranch dressing (the only fries on my list benefitting from ranch) sets them off!

5) Barbette*Uptown/Minneapolis | Wow!  FRENCH fries.

6) Groveland TapSt. Paul | Parmesan Garlic Fries…yummy slender little spuds.

7) Mosaic CafeMinneapolis | If you would have told me that I would have enjoyed BAKED Rosemary & Garlic Fries, I would have laughed at you. But then I did. We couldn’t finish them, so we actually took these home and rebaked them. Not kidding.

8) Vincent* Minneapolis | Funny. A French restaurant with fries patterned after McDonald’s. These are quite tasty.  But, not quite as good IMO.

9) Relevé Champagne Lounge Minneapolis | 🙂

10) Cavé Vin*Minneapolis | Happy fun time shoe-strings.

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What makes the perfect French fry for you?

At which restaurant in your neck of the woods would we find your favorite fries?

Cheers~

Carrie & Rob

The Homegrown Experience

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As I mentioned, this past weekend, after my cooking and cleaning frenzy, my friend Jen and I attended The Homegrown Experience at the beautiful Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis.

I would have never known about this if if wasn’t for Goldstar. It’s a another Daily Deal site. And you know how I love those! I would have never known about this event if I hadn’t received the email. And this was its third year in existence! Since I prefer to eat and cook with fresh, quality ingredients and I love supporting the local community, I jumped at the chance to check this it out.

Upon checking in, we received bags and wine glasses along with some coupons and advertisements. This was included in the ticket price as well as the tasting samples we were about to receive!

I really wouldn’t have called it a “Food and Wine Festival” as Goldstar described. There wasn’t much wine being poured. However, despite my affection for wine, that wasn’t my reason for being there. I wanted to learn more about local, organic and sustainable food in the Twin Cities metro area.

And so we did.

There were so many wonderful samples that I’m sure we made a meal out of it. There were all sorts of vendors including co-ops, non-profits and restaurants that use local or sustainable ingredients. Products included wine, beer, spices, bbq sauces, chocolates and candies, oils, coffee, beauty products, cheese, ice cream and more. We made our way through all of the booths, but patience was key. There were so many people! The lines were long and went extremely slowly. Some people popped in and out of booths, which caused even greater delays in the lines. I’m not sure if the lines were meant to be there, or if we, as the crowd, created them though!

My favorite bite was provided by one of the Eastside Co-op – just a simple crostini with colorful tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of olive oil. They had some excellent chocolate we nibbled on as well.

Truth be told, while I recognized some of the restaurants, I was unaware of the majority of the businesses showcasing their products and services! I collected a lot of brochures, pamphlets and business cards. In fact, now that I think about it, I picked up a few magazines/catalogs, too. In my weekend cleaning frenzy, they must have ended up in a pile somewhere. I have to find them! I’m most looking forward to the current issue of Edible Twin Cities!

However, probably the most interesting discovery to us was Twin Cities Local Food. When we approached their both, we saw this:

Camelina Oil

What’s camelina oil?” You ask? I did, too. Camelina is a wild flax chock full of those healthy omega-3 fatty acids. You can learn more about camelina here. The camelina oil was used in a dressing and bread was offered for dipping to sample. But why was Twin Cities Local Food showcasing it?

Because local farmers and producers of local food products are offered through the Twin Cities Local Food online marketplace! As a member, you place your order online by Wednesday morning.  By Thursday afternoon, your order is ready for pickup at the location of your choosing. There is a drop off site in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Savage. SAVAGE! We south-of-the-river girls were excited about that!

We were told that the produce is picked up from local farmers the same day, so everything you get is fresh, fresh. It’s the perfect alternative to a CSA. You get the choice of what you’d like and what you know you will use that week. A win-win! We are seriously thinking of giving this a try. {P.S. It’s a year-round service!}

Currently, memberships with Twin Cities Local Food are $10 for one month, $35 for six months and $50 for a year. You can even place two orders without a membership just to give it a try. But really, $50 a year? If you go once a week, that’s less than a $1 to have fresh, local produce of your choosing delivered to one location? Or, look at it this way: It’s less than $4 a month. You’d pay more for shipping on anything you order online!

Why don’t I just give it try and let you know what I think…

Where is your favorite place to shop for fresh, local produce?

Cheers~
Carrie