Each Friday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fried Turkey Gizzards at Nighthawks
The texture of the fried turkey gizzards at Nighthawks is creamy enough to melt like foie gras while remaining somewhat meaty and hearty under the batter. Bright dill ranch perfectly cuts the richness of the little bites. Though the portion is beyond fair for $5, you’ll want more when the bowl is empty. And again in the morning.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by Paige Latham]
PLL at Trail Center Lodge on the Gunflint Trail
There aren’t very many places to grab a bite to eat along the Gunflint Trail, which makes Trail Center Lodge — with its excellent breakfasts, sandwiches, and entrees — a bit of an overachiever. Their PLL ($11), a pile of thinly sliced roast beef sauteed with caramelized onions and mushrooms, topped with melted Swiss on a soft hoagie bun (with a side of horseradish mayo) is so chewy, savory, cheesy, and meaty that if you eat one before you go on trail, the memory will dangle like a carrot on a stick, dragging you across portages and lakes until you return from your trip to order one again.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by Ted Held]
Czech Buffet at The Ettlin’s Cafe in New Prague
Ettlin’s Cafe in New Prague takes its monthly Czech dinner buffet seriously. There are two kinds of sausage, two kinds of dumplings, and four kinds of sauerkraut, if you count the zelnicky crackers. Also? Vomacka soup, kolacky, and poppyseed and honey cakes. Food is brought to the buffet in small batches, which keeps it from getting old. Bonus: live accordion music.
[ Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by Amy Rea]
Tap Dancer Cold Press Coffee at Sebastian Joe’s
This spring I found a coffee that changed not only my morning drink routine but my route to work. Sebastian Joe’s brews up vats of its Tap Dancer cold press and serves it on tap at its Uptown location. (Cold press, but not on tap is available at Linden Hills.) It’s strong (I finally wised up and ordered it half-strength after a few jittery days), rich, and has just enough bite — for people who actually like the flavor of coffee.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #4 | Submitted by Tricia Cornell]
Beers from Eastlake Craft Brewery and Tacos from Sonora Grill at Midtown Global Market
Tapas my way: Sonora Grill tacos and Eastlake beer inside the Midtown Global Market. The best way to start your Friday evening.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #5 | Submitted by Isabel Subtil]