Heavy Table Hot Five: April 21-27

The Hot Five rounds up some great tastes including dessert at the newly opened Bar Brigade, a Purple Rain smoothie at Crisp & Green, and more.

Imperial Kvass by Bent Paddle Brewing

Bent Paddle’s kvass-inspired beer, Imperial Kvass, has spearmint, rye bread, and raisin notes, and it’s symbolic of a glorious era of beer experimentation.

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Geno’s in Southeast Minneapolis

Geno’s in Minneapolis is doing simple, unpretentious Italian-American sandwiches and salads with a lot of care and bit of pizzazz to boot.

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Culture Project Two by Fulton Beer

In terms of price and pretense, Culture Project Two by Fulton Beer is in a heavy weight class. Fortunately for all, it follows through on its promise.

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The Tap: The ACL (Au Cheval-Like) Burger Reigns Supreme

The trend of upscale classic cheeseburgers in the vein of Chicago’s Au Cheval is remaking the way burgers are done in Minnesota. Plus: restaurant openings!