Burger Hunter: Rudy’s Redeye Grill

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Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. He gets fan mail from our readers and from restaurants! Check out all The BurgerHunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram.

The East Metro of our sweet Twincy is just full of surprises. Straight up Dylan’s Hwy 61 in good ol’ White Bear Lake is a sneaky great place named Rudy’s Redeye Grill. Now the ambiance is red and if Rudy is short for Rudolph maybe it’s time for this reindeer to “see” a doctor. It’s spreading! All kidding aside let’s get to the burger. Rudy’s has a champ here. Hidden deep on the menu too. Almost not even there. Okay . . . Starting with the bun, it’s toasted and super standard issue. The meat is angus with a clean mild flavor. Very light, loosely packed. Grilled over real flames with no char-daddy situations. Juicy to the nines and the beef is show stopping, runway ready, the funk. All glistening pretty like it’s somebody’s birthday. It’s smothered in a BBQ sauce that’s somewhat runny and somewhat thick. Who knew? Topped with two tomatoes that surprisingly pairs nicely with the BBQ sauce and bacon. And the raw onion comes in and says, “let me in on this ride!” Making for some perfect marriages here. Now the onion and the lettuce add that little crisp fresh taste your looking for cause the sauce and juicy meat renders a real succulent mouthful. The cheddar plays it role . . . Best supporting actor. The salty cheese is just so helpful on this sweet beast. But the one that brings it all together and unifies these marriages is the bacon. Love when everything works together. Hey Rudy, you’re doing it right!

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.7   Presentation: 9   Originality: 7

Rudy’s Redeye Grill, 4940 Hwy 61 North, White Bear Lak;

Twincy Cheat Sheet: Planning Summer Shenanigans


It’s almost impossible to keep up with the arts and the culture and the entertainment and food and drink and the people and the places here in MPLS + STPL, so we’ve put together this list of stuff that we’re using as talking points this week and sharing them with you to pretend like they’re you’re own.

When: July 1st, the Travail Lakeside Party

Now that Bachelor Farmer isn’t doing their block party, the honor of hippest summer shindig likely goes to the Travail Lakeside Party. The lakeside event from the Travail, the Rookery, and Pig Ate My Pizza teams this year will feature a beer pavilion along with the music and top shelf food (potato salad tacos??). Tickets just went on sale.

What: MN Craft Cider Fest

Craft beer fans have plenty of festivals, and some of them even include cider. But June 10th at Red River Kitchen our cider makers get their own time to shine at the MN Craft Cider Fest. There’s a dozen local cideries and another dozen-plus national and international cideries, too. Those tickets are only $30, too.

Who: KFAI’s Minneculture

The more podcasts, the better. Community radio station KFAI’s MPLS + STPL Arts & Culture show called Minneculture has been doing really excellent segments that are both on air and online—really, give it a listen—and you can meet up with the show’s staff at the launch of their podcast next week at Lake Monster Brewing.

Where: HUGE Theater‘s eBay listings

Here’s a great idea for raising funds, especially when you’ve got such personable people to bank on—auction off quality time at specialty events with improvisers. There’s everything from a classic Italian dinner to hanging out with buds in an alley like Hank Hill to a mini-golf date.

Burger Hunter: Borough

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Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. He gets fan mail from our readers and from restaurants! Check out all The BurgerHunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram.

Straight down Washington Ave, if you can get through . . . Your guess is as good as mine? Mayoral candidates pay attention. Anywho, just move over a street and on you go to hop down at Borough for lunch. Aww yes, the excitement is high! This place has been trending for awhile. Ink, lists, banter, and a pile of street cred. FR. You’d have to of been in a sequestered jury on a killer burger case in order to not have heard about the legendary Parlour Burger. So I ordered it. It’s name is because you used to only be able to get it at their Parlour below. Let’s start with the bun. It’s an egg bun that’s grilled crispy hundo p. Almost crunchy. It’s buttery and really a good one folks. The meat has the triple crown pedigree you’re looking for in life: ribeye, brisket, and chuck. Those three friends are invited to any party. And all summer long, too. Now the flavor of this beef is unarguably delicious and better than a strong majority of all the burgers out there. But TBH I found this one a little too salty and not quite juicy enough considering the choice cuts, hence the semi-scandalous rating! Come at me, bro! It’s smashed style two patty system and you get that light char daddy outer that’s amaze. Those old tastes that your Mom and Dad talk about. The skillet burger days kinda flavor. It’s a big ‘un too. Topped with a white American cheese that’s plenty creamy and oozing on the meat. Major league GOAT bites for the banks. Yummy burger, no doubt. Pro tip: The fries are perfection and ask for a dipper of Swiss cheese aioli!

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.9   Presentation: 8   Originality: 9

Borough, 730 N Washington Ave, MPLS;

Quick Q+A: Danielle Everine + Crosswalk Fashion Show

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Fashion Week MN #FWMN continues on through this weekend and into next week with a bunch of original and inventive fashion and lifestyle events, including Sunday’s very cool Crosswalk Fashion Show. The indoor-to-outdoor event returns after a 5-year hiatus in a big way: There’s pieces by Cliché’s roster of national brands, live illustrations by Claire Ward, refreshments, the spring collections of local designers Jenny Carle and Danielle Everine, and coincides with a sale at the boutique.

Before the looks head out of the store and across 24th + Lyndale, we sent some quick questions to Everine about designing for the crosswalk, her time on Pro Ro, other #FWMN fun, and how we should be dressing.

Secrets of the City: How much better is it to stage your collection for a crosswalk show than a standard runway?

Danielle Everine: Logistically it is has advantages! Rather than renting a venue, catwalk and lighting, we use the natural stage of the street. Everyone is welcome to attend, no tickets or dress code needed! We must let go of full control, and subject ourselves to the elements— unpredictability becomes part of the presentation. Let’s just hope for great weather.

It’s maybe hard to quantify, but what being on Project Runway do for a MPLS + STPL designer? To you suddenly stop becoming a local designer and become a national personality? Do people jokingly tell you to make it work?

I saw behind the golden curtain of reality television. That changes a person in many ways. The best take away was learning to be comfortable talking about my work in front of a camera. The show fostered some great connections both near and far. I definitely still make it work!

How great is Cliché?

Cliché is my favorite! I have had the pleasure of working with them many times. In fact, I showed a cowgirl inspired collection at Crosswalk 5 years ago! Owners Josh and Delayna have incredible taste and always have lovely pieces.

How much of #FWMN do you go to? Anything in particular you’re excited for besides the Crosswalk show and Black Magik Woman?

There is so much going on! It is difficult to attend more than a few events. I am always excited to attend Black Hearts Ball. Organizers Tim + Thom always provide a stage for great talents. This year, I look forward to seeing work from two emerging designers I have worked with on other projects—Shiader Vue and Lauren Kacher (Form Over Function).

Block party season is coming up—you’re a fashion expert, what should we be wearing when we’re going out?

Linen, florals and ruffles!

Sunday at 2 PM. Free.

Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-0420, 

Burger Hunter: Lowry Hill Meats

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Heading down Hennepin just south of the Walker you’ll find a little gem of a butcher shop that would make even Thomas Lowry proud. This hunt takes place at Lowry Hill Meats and no we’re not making our own. Valid, tho—this is the spot if you need something for the grill. But on Wednesday and only Wednesday this meat market makes burgers that are so good you’ll retire your apron and let the propane run out for good. So I ordered it as is but doubled the patty and gazed their meat cases as I waited. Out comes this beautiful burger that immediately reminds you I could never do that at home. For one they are using a flattop and for burgers that’s like some kind of a secret weapon. Really is folks. Let’s start with the meat, it’s choice. They use chuck and stuff. The stuff is from cuts off steaks and whatnot all week. So that’s in the grind and you can tell. The depth is there in the taste. But gentle. And juicy af. While crushing I spotted them using those little tin covers on their burgers creating a steam bath. Take a bite. Sit and watch. Seeing is believing folks. This place is way fun! Now it’s smothered in the creamiest American you’ll ever have. It’s house made and we’re not sure why they don’t sell it but they need to. It’s got a little sauce-town going on. Sus of MMK (mayo, mustard, ketchup). Below the beef is some lettuce and some pickled carrots with mini cucumbers. Comes with caramelized onions but TBH they’re not all that noticeable. Which was nice. They just added a little flavor and went home. Kinda like a Seekins Sighting. The bun is a lovely pork fat bun. It held court. Fantastic burger that’s clean and flavorful. Not a heavy meat hangover at all. This is where you want to be in life.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 9.5   Presentation: 7   Originality: 8

Lowry Hill Meats, 1934 Hennepin Ave, MPLS;