Restaurants

On sizzling summer days, when humidity has reached tropical levels, the last thing we want to do is heat up the kitchen by cooking. Those also tend to be the (rare) days when heavy carbs just aren’t appetizing.

When June hits in Minnesota, so do all things summer: Schools are letting out, cabin weekends commence, and the air is warm. With the change in weather comes a change in what we crave, and what says summer better than berries?

We can see the end of the tunnel; the long winter nights are slowly giving way to the promise of spring. So to get us through the last vestiges of cold weather, we revisit a few warmer-upper dishes that will have you feeling satiated, satisfied and oh, so toasty.

Let’s be honest: February is rough in these parts. December’s winter wonderland has lost its sparkle, and the season feels interminable. But chin up, because there is a fun holiday this month, and it’s Valentine’s Day.

The Hippodrome, or the “Hipp,” where most of our young hockey players learn to skate, was constructed as the County Fair Exhibition Building in 1926. The building was originally 100 feet by 200 feet and was constructed by local contractor W.H.

Music may soothe the savage breast, but we’d choose a nice bowl of buttered noodles over Mozart any day. The therapeutic effects of food are real, and “comfort food” has become a category in its own right ever since savvy restaurateurs noticed that the mac ’n’ cheese outsold the filet mignon.

It’s late morning on a Monday, and the clouded sky is sending overcast light through the front bay windows of Mahtomedi’s Coffee Cottage.

Autumn is here in all her glory; ignore winter’s approach and celebrate the crisp air and glowing colors with sausages and beer, Oktoberfest-style. The16-day festival originated in Munich and attracts 6 million people annually with beer, jollity and hearty eats.

From the brothers who brought you Roma and Patriots Tavern comes a new restaurant inspired by the ancestors of many Minnesotans.

August is the month to relish summer’s sultry side, the side that is sensual, slow moving and begs for an umbrella in your drink. Think tropicalia, from the Brazil of the 1960s that brought us the African-hued music of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.

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