Minneapolis isn’t very well known for it’s Jamaican cuisine, but a little food court stall from the Burnsville Mall has began making big waves in south Minneapolis. On a summer day you can’t miss Pimento, reggae can be heard blasting from the open store front from at least half a block away. Within that block you’ll no doubt smell the chicken & pork that’s been catching people’s attention. Formerly neighbors, Tomme Beevas linked his home recipes with Yoni Reinharz’ business savvy and a restaurant was born. After winning the Food Network’s, Food Court Wars and spending a few years in Burnville, the duo decided to open a new location in Minneapolis. The food indeed lives up to the hype. Succulent jerk rubbed chicken falls off the bone onto a bed of rice, plantains, beans and Jamaican slaw. They also offer some damn good pork and oxtails for those looking to get that truly authentic feel. The staff is helpful and the menu can be navigated with ease by just about anyone. Food for 2 will run you about $20, not bad for a fairly balanced meal with a home cooked feel; on Wednesdays they offer a solid 6 wings for $5 deal. If you live in the vicinity of 26th street & Nicollet, GET FAMILIAR! Otherwise it’s well worth the trip, click the link below for more information.
Location: 1521 Como Avenue SE, Minneapolis When: Saturday, September 16th // 2PM-8PM
The good people from Piff Minneapolis will host their 2nd annual fall festival at their flagship location in Minneapolis’ Como neighborhood. The store is arguably the freshest in the Twin Cities purveying in rare Jordan’s, Nike SB Dunks, Supreme, and other coveted brands. Their fall festival has a healthy lineup of live music including sets from DJ Keezy, Shrimpnose, DJ D-Mil, and DJ Smoove among others. This event is all ages friendly, but will also feature a beer tent ($5) for those of age who come thirsty. Click the link below for more info and make sure to get their early before the shelves start to empty.
The cheeseburger is about as American as it gets, whether you’re kickin back at a dive bar or eating at one of the fanciest places in town, you’re sure to find one on the menu. As we all know, Minneapolis is home to a unique brand of burger, the Jucy Lucy. While Marquee restaurants like Matt’s Bar and 5-8’s Club fight over inventors rights, one place in the Twin Cities has created an entirely new lane for the cheese-filled burgers. The Blue Door Pub has quickly risen the ranks to becoming the “go to” place to get “Minneapolis’ burger” or the popular blue-cheese filled Blucy, the good people at The Blue Door are taking things to the next level. The original St. Paul location is great (a tad small), but Minneapolis’ Longfellow location has them beat by a mile. The dining room is much larger resulting in shorter wait times and a more enjoyable atmosphere. Throw in $2 drafts from local brewers (Indeed, Summit) during happy hour (2PM-5PM) and a clear cut winner starts to emerge. The menu is chalk full of tasty Frankenstein like burgers, take the “Hawaiian” for example. This Jucy Lucy comes stuffed with pineapple, Canadian bacon and mozzarella cheese making for an extremely daunting sight when placed in front of you. Bacon Lucy? Sure, stuffed with cheddar and bacon it’s definitely a favorite among regulars. All in all, The Blue Door Pub is for the adventurous; Matt’s Bar retains it’s true spot as THE home of the Jucy Lucy, but The Blue Door Pub is for people who want to spice things up. If you’re ever in the Longfellow area, or if you some how manage to get a table in St. Paul; stop in and grab yourself one of the Cities’ best burgers.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, September 8th @ 10PM
Nazeem & Spencer Joles are two of the brightest young artists emerging within the Twin Cities hip hop scene. The duo followed up their 2016 project, The Album, with this years critically acclaimed, Years of Obscurity; it’s hard to imagine that they could have progressed so much. Arguably Minnesota’s best hip hop releases of 2017, Years of Obscurity feels like something that marks the beginning of a larger quest. The two will be live at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry tonight along with DJ Keezy, the door is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $10. This is a must see show that will most likely sell out, click the link below to buy your tickets now.
If you are a beer drinker in Minnesota, then you know there is no shortage of solid breweries around the state. The Twin Cities enjoy access to some of the best around, one of which being Dangerous Man Brewing in the Northeast neighborhood. A local favorite, it came as a slight surprise when Keigan Knee parted ways to create a new brewery by the name of Modist. No hard feelings of course, Keigan and his fellow founders have gone on to build one of Minneapolis’ more promising young breweries. Located in the North Loop, Modist is a short walk away from Fulton Brewery and Inbound Brewing, you’ll also find a few of the cities more buzz’d about restaurants within the neighborhood. Their space is massive, a long bar that can accommodate what feels like at least 20 patrons stretches across the room while extra large picnic tables flank the middle of the room. Large glass garage doors open to reveal more picnic tables on the breweries outdoor patio, a favorite spot for Twins fans having a brew before the games. If you aren’t up for communal seating, there are a few single couches and tables laid out further from the main area. One look at their tap list and you’ll notice that it doesn’t offer the widest variety quite yet, but their Salted Caramel Lager and Haymaker IPA are two beers worthy of a try, you can even opt for $3-$4 10oz glasses. One thing we especially love about this place is their knack for infusions, they provide a uniquely infused beer each week. If you enjoy trying new things you should keep an eye on Modist, we’re sure they’re just getting started. Clink the link below to check out their website and stay tuned for updates.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, September 1st @ 6:30PM
TDE artist SZA has had a stellar 2017 behind the release of her highly anticipated album, CTRL. Received with critical acclaim across just about every major publication, SZA’s debut charted as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 (US). She’ll be live at First Avenue’s main room along with Smino and Ravyn Lenae, tickets for The Cabooze show sold out so fast that the location was moved to allow for more ticket sales. This is an all ages show and it is SOLD OUT, if you’re dying to go you’ll have to check Craigslist or deal with scalpers.
For the month of September, Fifth Element will hold their monthly open mic with Christopher Michael Jensen as the host. Softporecorn will kick off the night with a set during the 5-6pm registration period. From 6-8pm artists of all ages will have 3 minutes on the mic to showcase their skills. Artists can bring USB drives or phones containing their music, if you get the chance to perform be courteous and wait until all of the performers are finished before leaving. Whether you think you have what it takes to shine or simply want to try out some new stuff in front of peers, make sure to mark your calendars.
Yasiin Bey will be live at the Skyway Theatre once again for what will most definitely be a good show. We got a chance to catch him at the very same venue a couple of years back and he put on performance that was well worth the $40. This show will also be notable because Bey will perform his classic album, Black On Both Sides, in it’s entirety. The Twin Cities’ own Muja Messia and Niles will open up the night, a solid evening of true hip hop. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for $30 ($35 day of), click the link below to purchase yours now.
It’s no secret that Muja Messiah is one of the Twin Cities’ most impressive lyricists, yesterday he proved once again why he has earned such admiration. Freshly married and just ahead of his upcoming album release with Roc Marciano, Muja tears the booth to shreds with a spitfire freestyle over a medley of instrumentals. Greats have a way of making it look easy and that’s exactly what Muja Messiah does in the above video. Check it out and make sure to keep an eye out for Saran Rap, which is due out October 13th
Location: 920 E Lake Street #123, Minneapolis Hours:Sun-Thurs: Noon-10PM, Fri-Sat: Noon-11PM
The Twin Cities are currently going through quite the wave of gentrification. Almost everywhere you look across both cities, working class and art based neighborhoods are being transformed into higher end enclaves for the fortunate. One look around Uptown, Lowertown, Northeast, the North Loop, or Dinkytown neighrboods will quickly confirm this. Low and behold, the southside’s Phillip’s West & Powderhorn neighrborhoods remain relatively unscathed by the ever-reaching arms of gentrication.
East Lake street still stands as one of Minneapolis’ most diverse stretches, many of these qualities converge at the Midtown Global Market on Chicago Avenue. A world’s fair of sorts, the market doesn’t initially come off as a good place for a brewery; all fears were quelled upon arrival. Most breweries don’t have an abundance of food options for their patrons, this in turn makes the Midtown Global Market the perfect place for a brewery. The guys keep a solid rotation of beers on tap as well as bombers; the Blue Liner, Pomegranate Sassy, and Kirby Sour all being top notch. The space feels bright and warm, with yellow accents and all wood everything. I also like the fact that this taproom has TVs unlike a lot of the other spots around town, they also offer a few arcade games tucked away in the back. Throw in a spacious sidewalk patio on Lake Street and you’ve got a place that’s hard to resist, especially for beer drinkers who want to steer away from the hustle & bustle of some of the more crowded taprooms.
East Lake Brewery might not have the glitz and glam, but they do offer good beers in a comfortable environment. The fact that they have access to such an abundance of awesome food really sets this place apart in my book. East Lake isn’t a “place to be seen” per say, but a place to gather with friends over some damn good food and damn good beer. Check it out for yourself and make sure to keep an eye out for more from the guys at East Lake Brewery.