Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Freehouse

My recent experience at the Freehouse left my mouth watering for more. Located in the North Loop of Minneapolis' once warehouse district, not far from the popular SexWorld, sits the new restaurant and brewery. The ambiance is amazing, high ceilings and drop down single bulb lighting. A large 360 bar with plenty of booths and tables all in view of the kitchen that sits a step above the rest. I did not feel like I needed to wear lace gloves to enter but then I did feel that this place was no hole in the wall.

For the Veggie eaters you will enjoy a variety of fresh vegetables and vegan options, including the 'Hippie Burger' made of quinoa. The carnivore options are many, including Kentucky Fried Rabbit, and Braised Short Ribs. But what you really need to visit The Freehouse restaurant for is the breakfast.

They are not only known for serving up a tasty microbrew but the most delicious english muffin I have ever eaten, and that was just on the side! Did I mention ciabatta french toast? Lobster toad in a hole, and so many more delicious options can be devoured for breakfast here. Many reviews have said that The Freehouse's food is 'kind of bland' but I tend to think that the flavors are subtle, not overwhelming.

I even tried the fish 'n chips. The fish was fried in homemade batter that included their own yummy beer. Served with plank fries and a mint pea mash. Who knew that mashed potatoes made a great condiment for fried potatoes! It was not the best fried fish I have ever eaten but it was definitely the most beautifully plated. Freehouse, you know the Dykes will be back!

The best part: FREE Parking. Amazing food!
The worst part: 1hour+ wait times on the weekends. Not the cheapest place.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Impressed by Vegan Jerky

There's no better excuse to consume an entire bag of mesquite BBQ beef jerky than on a 6 hour drive to Chicago. But what about vegetarian and vegan travelers? Have no fear, Primal Strips Vegan Jerky is here! I once joked that veggie jerky would be no more than a fruit roll-up, but I discovered that I was wrong! Primal Strips brand meatless jerky is incredible! And completely edible.

I purchased two flavors: Hot & Spicy, and TEXAS BBQ. What I did not know is that one is made of Soy protein and the other is made of shiitake mushrooms. The Hot & Spicy is the shiitake mushroom jerky was indeed a bit spicy with a touch of anise seed. The smokey taste was pleasant and not overwhelming. The mushrooms were ground and packed into what looks like a fruit strip or a dog treat, but that is to be expected from meatless alternatives. The meaty texture resembles jerky and was a little dryer than the BBQ flavor.

The TEXAS BBQ flavored jerky, made of soy protein threw me for a flip and I had to double check that what I was eating was, in fact, meatless. The texture was what got me. I was not expecting a chewy, stringy, meaty and moist jerky to exist for vegetarians. The BBQ sauce made the jerky moist and a little sticky mess but overall an incredibly enjoyable experience! I definitely recommend Primal Strips Meatless Vegan Jerky.

Dissclaimer: I was not paid by Primal Brand to make this review. This review was constructed in my own opinion. As a vegetarian going on two years straight, I can honestly say this is a great meatless product.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Farewell Tracy's Breakfast

Dear Tracy's Saloon & Eatery,

  After your remodel, your breakfast menu has us staying home for brunch. While the restaurant looks and feels new and beautiful with certain rustic red wood small town feel, you absolutely murdered a perfectly good breakfast menu. We were optimistic. First off, no hash browns? Our waitress informed us that a few items were removed because they took too long. This sounds like the answer to a lazy chef's complaint. Second, why would you ruin a good thing? Eggs are great as any of the many forms they can be prepared. Overwhelmed is the first word that comes to mind when a mouthful of your rosemary and feta eggs are consumed. Is this another lazy answer? Our guess is that someone did not want to make eggs to order and decided a big pan of 'house eggs' was the solution. The fresh herbs and feta saturate the eggs over time and had we come any later the flavor would have been nauseating. While we do like the idea of renewing the menu to match your fabulous decor but breakfast is a big miss. If you're trying to make breakfast faster, sure, go ahead and prep items early. But please do not ruin simple breakfast. Never again will you see the DinerDykes at Tracy's Saloon for breakfast.... unless you bring back cajun hashbrowns.

Fish 'n Chips Revisited

Because dykes like fish (yeah) we are always on the look-out for the best. As we scour the Twin Cities for amazing fish 'n chips, we realize that we needed to revisit our last line up. Some amazing choices may have been overlooked and we want to make sure you get the best fishy taste left in your mouth. You won't even need to take off your clothes to get it.

6. The Anchor Fish & Chips (Truck) - Food is best on wheels.
5. Baja Sol - Excellent fish tacos and free chips!
4. Hell's Kitchen - Garlic and parmesan crusted.
3. Merlin's Rest - British Style, Wot Wot.
2. Tracy's Saloon & Eatery - Two words, tater tots.
1. The Local - Seasoned to perfection and light homemade tartar.

The Best Part: Catering to our carnal desires.
The Worst Part: Tiny table could not handle the condiments!