Food and Drink

Minnesotans weigh in on Halloween candy hauls

Data: Axios survey; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Shopping for Halloween candy this weekend? Stock up or risk being judged as a stingy ghoul by your neighbors.

Driving the news: Nearly half of the 400-plus readers who responded to our Halloween survey give out three or more pieces of candy to each trick-or-treater who arrives at their door.

  • That includes 9% who say they give kids as many fun-size treats as they want!
  • 43% of you, meanwhile, stick with two per kid. And just over 8% said each visitor gets just one.

Union Hmong Kitchen gets a new home at Minneapolis food hall Graze

Union Hmong Kitchen's bowl of pho.
Union Hmong Kitchen's pho. Photo courtesy of Lauren Cutshall

After 18 months as a pop-up restaurant around the Twin Cities, chef Yia Vang's Union Hmong Kitchen has found a home at North Loop food hall Graze.

  • The new location will open Oct. 29.

Scoop: Wisconsin-style supper club coming to Minneapolis

A sign with Creekside Supper Club in white letters above orange
Image: Courtesy of Ward Johnson

The former Pepito's restaurant next to Parkway Theater in South Minneapolis will become a Wisconsin-style supper club.

Driving the news: Ward Johnson and Eddie Landenberger — who own both the restaurant building and the theater at 48th and Chicago — are in the process of renovating the restaurant, which briefly was home to El Burrito Mercado after Pepito’s closed.

  • Their third partner on the project is Wisconsin native Eli Wollenzien, a supper club fan who's also the owner/chef of Red Sauce Rebellion and Coalition in Excelsior. (Coalition also has a spot at 50th and France.)

Craving New York-style pizza? Make Slice your next stop

A slice of pizza from Slice, a new Black-owned pizza spot in Minneapolis.
A slice of pepperoni from Slice. Photo: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

I recently stopped by Slice, a Black-owned pizzeria that just opened in Northeast Minneapolis.

  • The small takeout and delivery spot serves New York-style pizza by the slice or pie.

This Minneapolis brewery's beer can is about more than a laugh

The art for Forbidden Islands New England IPA. Image courtesy of Modist Brewing
The art for Forbidden Islands New England IPA. Image courtesy of Modist Brewing

My husband recently came home with a four-pack of Modist Brewing's new Forbidden Islands New England IPA and she found herself mesmerized by the can's label.

  • Fog rises from islands dotting a turquoise sea, as an orca jumps from the water. A backpacked adventurer takes in the scene from atop a ridge of — wait — are those land masses made of ... fried chicken?

After I stopped giggling, I called Modist to learn the backstory of the IPA's trompe-l'œil.

St. Paul's Dari-ette Drive-in closes after 70 years

The Dari-ette drive-in
Dari-ette was one of the last remaining independent drive-ins in the metro. Photo: Google Maps

The Dari-ette Drive-in has closed for good after 70 years in business in St. Paul.

  • The East Side staple served burgers, shakes and other typical drive-in fare along with Italian classics such as spaghetti and meatballs.

We tried it: Curry delivered by Minnesota's first robot server

DeeDee, Minnesota's first robot server, delivers curry at Sawatdee in Minneapolis.
DeeDee delivered Audrey a bowl of chicken curry. Photo: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

I stopped by Sawatdee in downtown Minneapolis to meet DeeDee, Minnesota's first robot server.

How it works: A human server first took my order, and I asked for DeeDee to deliver the food to the table.

  • The robot was quick and quiet. The Thai restaurant was nearly empty during lunchtime, and even then, it took me a second to notice DeeDee rounding the corner.
  • Once the food was delivered, DeeDee told me to enjoy my meal!

Sweetgreen eyes Twin Cities expansion

Sweetgreen is bringing its salads to the Twin Cities. Photo: Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Popular fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen is plotting a Twin Cities expansion.

Driving the news: The Southern California-based chain registered to do business in Minnesota last month and has begun a site search in the metro, according to Axios sources.

  • Sweetgreen declined to comment.

Why it matters: Sweetgreen has a cult following on the coasts and in Chicago, and it's expected to generate big excitement in town.

  • But it'll also create a local salad battle, as Sweetgreen is entering the home turf of both Green + The Grain and Crisp & Green.
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