Heavy Table Hot Five: Feb. 27-Mar. 5


Each Friday afternoon, this list will track five of the best things Heavy Table’s writers, editors, and photographers have recently bitten or sipped. Have a suggestion for the Hot Five? Email editor@heavytable.com.

Joshua Page / Heavy Table
Joshua Page / Heavy Table

1-new - oneOxtail with Red Flannel Hash and Basted Eggs from Blackbird
This is my new favorite breakfast dish. The eggs were perfect, beet and potato hash hearty but not heavy, and oxtail rich and flavorful. Runny egg yolks and dabs of the hollandaise (which we ordered on the side) completed the dish.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Contributed by Joshua Page]

Tricia Cornell / Heavy Table
Tricia Cornell / Heavy Table

2-new - twoPho from Lotus
When it’s -9˚F, what you need is a bowl of Minnesota’s unofficial state soup. And it helps if it’s served by the sweetest, warmest family in the Twin Cities. They’ve been around for 25 years, and the brothers who were raised in the restaurant are now running it and raising their kids there, while Grandma makes the spring rolls and hand rolls the tapioca for bubble tea (in the summer) in the back.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #1 | Contributed by Tricia Cornell]

Amy Rea / Heavy Table
Amy Rea / Heavy Table

3-new - three$10 Lunch Special from New Bohemia in Golden Valley
Smoked jalapeno and cheese sausage, briny kraut, beer butter onions, and those delectable Belgian fries, along with choice of beverage (including some beer). Fiery and fatty and perfect for a cold day.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Contributed by Amy Rea]

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table
Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

4-new fourStrawberry-Rhubarb Pie from the Pine Brook Inn
A return trip from an alpaca farm yielded a chance encounter with a delightful strawberry-rhubarb pie at the Pine Brook Inn in Cambridge, Minn. I was so excited to find it that I ate half before I thought to take a photo. A taste of summer in the middle of the cold.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Contributed by Becca Dilley]

James Norton / Heavy Table
James Norton / Heavy Table

5-new -fiveMedium-rare hamburger and a Chocolate Shake at Ike’s Food and Cocktail
When we found ourselves at the airport this week, the steakhouse comfort of Ike’s called to us most strongly, even amid the bevy of new places to eat near the tarmac. The burger was simple as they come, but correctly cooked, tender, and rich, with a high-quality bakery bun. And an accompanying chocolate milkshake made with Sebastian Joe’s ice cream was arguably too good. “I’ll just have a few sips …” turned into, “Oh, Lord, please let me stop!” in a matter of seconds.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #3 | Contributed by James Norton]


  1. AdamBez

    I love Lotus, one of the hidden gems on their menu is the Stew Pho. It has a spicier broth with big chunks of potato and carrots, a perfect winter soup.

  2. Nevets

    The Pine Brook is a very shiny beacon of light in that relatively deserted part of Isanti County. The happy hour is the best for miles and miles around and the Prime Rib is always top shelf.

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