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Burger Hunter: Sunshine Factory Bar & Grill

http://www.esunshinefactory.com/

Somewhere wedged between Minnetonka and Maple Grove is a town that’s known for a playhouse and a lake filled with medicine. Plymouth is the 7th largest city in Minnesota and plays host to the Sunshine Factory Bar & Grill. It’s kinda like the Fountain of Middle Age. The Match dot com app runs heavy up in here. The menu is strong and arguably the beginnings of pin drop sitch. Anyways, the Bacon Cheeseburger is why we came in the first place. It’s all Angus, 💯. 1/2 pound of fine flavor, tasting the the grill and the flame char on the outer and getting that smooth clean med beef inner. The bun is grilled, semi-soft and fresh. Suh, add the bacon as it will always add and never take away (from the flavor). Pro-tip: bacon is commonly known to be a dominant ingredient but paired with a burger it brings out more flavor in the meat. No distractions here besides maybe that manther preying on the puma at the bar. (But in all seriousness it’s a good crowd.) Top your burger off with your choice of cheese and if you can’t decide always go cheddar, they have a good one. Melt factor is off-the-chart! Oh, and let’s clear the air on one little thing… When you order, it’s not “I’ll just have the burger.” It’s, “I’d love to try your burger!” No shame in your burger game… Go!

Scorecard:   Flavor: 7.9   Presentation: 6   Originality: 6

Sunshine Factory Bar & Grill, 4100 Vinewood Ln N, Plymouth; esunshinefactory.com


Burger Hunter: Black Woods Grill & Bar

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Head “up north” two hours to Twincy’s home away from home—the cabin for the 99% has always, and will always be, Duluth, MN. And little did we know that Black Woods Grill & Bar has more than just an awesome pre-drive home hangover brunch. . . They also have a have a burger that is straight woke! The London Road Burger makes you want to take it home to the place you belong. Let’s just be honest John Denver probably loved Duluth. Okay, back to the olé Gitchigoomie meat wagon. Yeah folks it a big-un. 1/2 pound classic grind topped with Wisconsin cheddar and gruyere. Could be an OTP but so could a lot of cheese combinations. Being close to Wisconsin sometimes isn’t so bad. The thick-cut applewood smoked bacon is FR. Eat a small piece on its own so you know know. Lettuce, tomato, and crispy onion straws top it off with a little house made agate sauce. The bun is butter grilled, bringing even more crunch to this party. Cooked to absolute perfection so the chef gets a hang ten. All in all it’s a fun flavor ride made for a big bite! And technically Black Woods is the Last Place on Earth for every Millennial that just visited their pal at UMD.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.3   Presentation: 6   Originality: 8

Black Woods Grill & Bar, 2525 London Road, Duluth; blackwoods.com


The Weekend Starts Now, S2 E12: Whitney-Lehr Ray + Sam Johnson

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The Weekend Starts Now podcast taped the eleventh show of its second season at Indeed Brewing Company‘s barrel room on Tuesday, June 21. This weekly podcast is a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City, and it covers art, music, food, drink, culture, and more in the Upper Midwest.

You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud, or play the show by following the links below. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Hear the whole episode here!

The Weekend Starts Now is brought to you by Indeed Brewing Company. Indeed Brewing Company cultivates an artfully eclectic lineup of distinctive flagship beers, well-loved seasonal releases, and adventurous specialty brews from the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. Indeed Brewing: We’re not just brewing beer, We’re crafting experiences. We are thirsty creatures, Indeed. There’s more to explore at www.indeedbrewing.com.

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Wherein James and Taylor talk about what they’ve learned this season and get on a dark tangent about “ways to go”.

SEGMENT 2: WHITNEY-LEHR RAY OF ANNIE B’S
We talk about the addictive caramels—and now chocolates and surprisingly spicy popcorn—of Annie B’s with Whitney-Lehr. (She also impresses us with her real live Super Bowl ring!)

SEGMENT 3: SAM JOHNSON
Wherein Sam Johnson, a performer from MPLS and currently a performer in po-mo troupe SuperGroup, tells us about the upcoming Vital Matters festival of contemporary dance and performance.

SEGMENT 4: THANK YOU’S + YOUR WEEKEND STARTS NOW
We talk over the highlights of your upcoming weekend, including the big block parties, dance nights, and food events for your entertainment wants and needs.


Won Tix: Mill City Summer Opera

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Drum roll please . . . the winner of our Mill City Summer Opera tickets is Reader Danielle P.! We had a bunch of responses for this, thanks to everyone and their lucky dates picks for replying.

Just so you know, if you don’t win, you can still score rush tickets. 30 rush tickets go on sale at 7:30 PM the evening of the show at Mill City Museum. Patrons are advised to arrive at 6 PM to line up. Seating is first come/first serve and will be marked inside the courtyard. Tickets are $35 each and limited to two tickets per person.


Burger Hunter: Running Aces Casino

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And they’re off! Head straight up 35W Northbound about 20 min or so to Columbus, MN and you’ll find a very special place that may or may not bring back some memories. Running Aces Casino & Racetrack is located on the old Trout Air property. Yes, that “city fishing” place that hosted some epic parties with A-list entertainment like Metallica and the Charlie Daniels Band. Well those days are long gone but the nostalgia lives on… Running Aces has a trout pond you can fish and eat your catch inside at the Trout Air Tavern. And that brings us to the Build Your Own Angus Steak Burger, yeah no fish sandy for this Hunter. The front runner in this race is the Angus and it’s v tasty. Good cows have a good pedigree. But let’s start with the bun, it’s Kaiser which is commonly a hard roll but this semi-soft sire is just perfy. Go all in on the Eichtens amablu cheese, it’s finesse and it’s local. Bet big on the Nueske’s bacon as it’s the best in the Midwest. Add LTO and Damn Gina those charred whisky onions! The burger is flamed grilled and so yum-town! It would make Dan Patch pace in the parking lot. Win, Place, Show your family a great time at Running Aces!

Scorecard:   Flavor: 9.1   Presentation: 7   Originality: 8

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack, 15201 Running Ace Blvd, Columbus; runaces.com


The Weekend Starts Now, S2 Ep11: Adam Theis of Indeed + Ashley Gold of Holidae

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The Weekend Starts Now podcast taped the eleventh show of its second season at Indeed Brewing Company‘s barrel room on Tuesday, June 21. This weekly podcast is a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City, and it covers art, music, food, drink, culture, and more in the Upper Midwest.

You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud, or play the show by following the links below. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Hear the whole episode here!

The Weekend Starts Now is brought to you by Indeed Brewing Company. Indeed Brewing Company cultivates an artfully eclectic lineup of distinctive flagship beers, well-loved seasonal releases, and adventurous specialty brews from the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. Indeed Brewing: We’re not just brewing beer, We’re crafting experiences. We are thirsty creatures, Indeed. There’s more to explore atwww.indeedbrewing.com.

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Wherein James and Taylor talk about bigger and bigger bands stomping around the Minneapolis-St. Paul scene.

SEGMENT 2: ADAM THEIS OF INDEED
We talked beer (and sour beer in particular, with all the ins and outs that that topic entails) with brewer Adam Theis of Indeed.

SEGMENT 3: ASHLEY GOLD OF HOLIDAE
We were lucky enough to talk to (and be sung to by) one of the best pop singers in the state, Ashley Gold of Holidae.

SEGMENT 4: YOUR 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND STARTS NOW
Everything you need to plan your weekend in MPLS + STPL, from new electro-soul to D4th of July and more.


Attractions: The Floating Library Returns

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One of our favorite quirky components to summer, the Floating Library is all set to return to the water next weekend. The installation, which features a catalogue of artist-created publications and zines, will be anchored off the beach at Lake Phalen in St. Easy and open Saturday and Sunday afternoons in July and the first weekend of August. In addition to rowing or swimming out to the library, the project will being partnering with the East Side Freedom Library to present a workshop, taught by Johnson-Ortiz, for you to make books about your family history to be included on the Floating Library. That’s happening on Sunday, July 10 from 1-4pm, and is free.