History Flirt: 90s Holiday

90s xmas

Big Ideas: Words For Change

Big Ideas Words Change

Silent Film Series: The Boat + The Garage ft. Dreamland Faces

Silent Film Series

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Burger Hunter: Volstead’s Emporium

Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. Burger joints should be painting a mural for him! Check out all The Burger Hunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram.

Somewhere, someplace in an alley near Lyndale and Lake, hiding behind a dumpster and staircase, is The Top Secret of the City. Volstead’s Emporium is speakeasy. Hundo p. No website. No parking. No nothing. I mean this couldn’t make for a better hunt. It’s literally hiding! Upon arrival you’ll maybe think it’s the right spot, but the door is locked and your Minnesota-style second guessing of oneself will kick in full throttle, almost like never before, cause it’s dark and very sketchy. Then I hear something open and it’s the peep hole for the doorman. He let’s me in, and to the basement we go. So it’s a total juice joint (blind pig), all hotsy-totsy, charming, and very intriguing. The Cheeseburger is a standout on this small, but ambrosial menu. It’s a bigun and juicy to the nines. First bite is an explosion of flavor all up in your business. Thank goodness it’s dark cause we be dripping. Wipe clean and focus in. The bun is soft, delightful, and somehow holds up. Prohibition is officially over on cheesy goodness—this burger signifies that! The meat is the mob boss tho. Probably shouldn’t say too much being this place is a giant secret. Volstead’s Emporium slaps the infamous Volstead Act right in the face. As it should. Prohibition is/was a bad idea. Happy hunting!

Scorecard:   Flavor: 9.3   Presentation: 9   Originality: 8

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Masquerade Ball

Betty Danger’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

Betty Danger requests your company at her New Years Eve Masquerade Party! Spend the last night of 2016 and first hours of 2017 with . . .

Wear an elaborate gown/tux and mask, or don’t dress up at all. But that’s no fun, is it? Buy tickets online at http://bettynye.brownpapertickets.com/

We are also taking dinner reservations until 10 p.m. Book on OpenTable.com or call us at 612-315-4997.


Quick Q+A: Craig Grossman + Green Room Music Source

For the last 10 years, Green Room Music Source has brought us some of the most recognized names in local music, and they’ll be marking the occasion on Saturday with a stacked show at the Turf Club. Just check out this lineup: The Melismatics, a reunion of Mark Mallman’s side project Ruby Isle, Johnny & Molly of Communist Daughter, Duluth phenom Gaelynn Lea, The Look and Feel (featuring Eric Lovold and Ryan McMillan of The Alarmists), and a bunch more.

Before that mini-festival kicks off, we quick chatted with co-founder Craig Grossman to hear about all the many, many details that go into just one band, not to mention several bands, playing a show for you.

Secrets of the City: How have you gone about selecting artists to work with, especially since Green Room is so selective?

We have a belief that good artists and good agencies/agents somehow find one another in the universe. We tend to choose artists we already know are out there a lot, working the road and we have the great fortune of being able to go to other artists from our roster to get recommendations and referrals as well.

What’s changed in the last ten years when it comes to booking bands? Anything? Everything?

Not a lot actually- funny enough. The largest change is that artists need to go out on the road more often to make up for lost label royalties. That’s caused a lot more competition out there so you tend to have to book even further out than usual.

How will you realistically get all those folks—Melismatics, Ruby Isle, Gaelynn Lea(!), a bunch of others—all on and off the stage before bar close for the big anniversary show?

Oh, now you’re giving me an anxiety attack! I think we’ve structured the show to allow for longer changeovers by staggering sets between the main stage of The Turf and downstairs in the Clown Lounge. We’ve also made sure there’s no overlap in music so everyone has the chance to see full sets in both rooms. All that moving up and down the stairs will hopefully work off those great Turf Club libations for everyone this Saturday!


Burger Hunter: Burger Burger

Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. Burger joints should be painting a mural for him! Check out all The Burger Hunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram.

It’s the holiday season. With the whoop-de-do and hickory dock, the Burger Hunter is back on the clock! This time it’s a family holiday shopping spree at MOA with a pit stop and a refuel at Burger Burger. Now this spot certainly knows how to capture the whole crew. I mean they got a meat dude in a window out front making burger patties with their daily grind of the famous “sustainable beef” from the Revier Cattle Company in Olivia, MN. So they do local. They do fresh. And now to what they really do well . . . Options. From sauces to toppings to build your owns to chef driven creations there’s something for everyone. Yes, even your vegan cousin can join in. I went with the John Wayne burger. Delivered on a fresh bun from St. Agnes Bakery. Which is nice . . . The meat is clean, seasoned with some unknowns, and packed tight. It’s good beef. All Angus, but really folks it’s got some serious white in the grind. Go look for yourself in the window. This cowboy has lotzzzzz going on. Topped with Wisconsin sharp cheddar, dill pickle slices, bourbon BBQ sauce, Mayo, onion rings, brown sugar bacon, and a ten gallon hat. Ok, not the hat but the burger ends up as big as one. So with all this it’s a bit of a messy ride, but they package you up nicely so you might want to leave it on. All in all it’s just what you are looking for. It’s fun. Try things. Laugh. Play. The ingredients are fresh and they won’t weigh you down. Shop on! And add Burger Burger to your MOA hit list.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.0   Presentation: 6   Originality: 10

Burger Burger, 321 South Street Dining, MOA; eatburgerburger.com


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