The Churn: Travail’s New Digs and More

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

The new, larger Travail location should help break the massive waits and return it to neighborhood restaurant status (pictured above, a beet foam-driven dish; read about Travail’s anti-griddle here). The story behind the locally legendary Lindquist family Christmas sausage. An autopsy of the long-closed Viking Bar on the West Bank. Rare as a unicorn: an unambiguously negative local food review, by the PiPress, of the Bullpen in St. Paul. A look at Jack Pine Brewery in the Brainerd Lakes area. A taste of the eight-course banquet menu at Pagoda (Tangentially related, but always worth mentioning: “A dog… a plan… a canal… Pagoda!”) And Tracy’s Saloon gears up to celebrate Festivus.

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James Norton

James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of a book about Minnesota sandwiches and the people who eat them, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a daily video blogger for CHOW. His latest book is a guide to the food and restaurants of Minneapolis and St. Paul called the Food Lovers’ Guide to the Twin Cities. Norton has written about food for Culture: The Word on Cheese, Salon, Gastronomica, Popular Science,, Minnesota Monthly, and City Pages (as a weekly restaurant reviewer).

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