Heavy Table Hot Five: May 18-24


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 editor@heavytable.com.

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WACSO / Heavy Table

1-new - one - hot fiveLake and Marshall Bridge Burger at Peppers and Fries
The Lake and Marshall Bridge burger  looked simple enough on the menu – two 1/4 pound patties, American cheese, lettuce, onions, pickles and special sauce on a three-tier bun. Got it – kind of a play on a Big Mac. But no: The thing is a burger TOWER. It leans crazily over the plate, and it intimidates the riff-raff. The bun is pleasingly eggy, the sauce on point, the toppings in balance, and – this can’t be over-emphasized – the seasoning on the meat absolutely perfect, salty in a savory and encouraging way with plenty of pepper for balance. We destroyed this thing.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted from the East Lake Checklist by James Norton]

James Norton / Heavy Table

2-new - two - hot fiveBrewtine at City Brew Hall in Wahpeton
“Brewtine” is a spin on poutine served up at the ambitious new City Brew Hall in Wahpeton, North Dakota. It’s a classic poutine but the cheese curds are battered (!) and the gravy is subbed out for a nicely seasoned beer cheese sauce. This is the sort of thing that could have turned into an over-salted trainwreck, but it’s balanced and it’s delicious. The bacon is perfect, too – salty, chewy, and smoky but not overwhelming.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted from an Instagram post by James Norton]

Joshua Page / Heavy Table

3-new - three hot fiveSteak Chilaquiles at Sonora Grill
Chilaquiles is one of our favorite “all-in-one” dishes, and the Sonora Grill version is excellent. Simmered in salsa, the chips retain a little crunch, and runny eggs and chihuahua cheese add creaminess. Grilled juicy steak is definitely worth the $2 up-charge; unlike chicken and pork, it doesn’t get lost in the mix. We also dig a vegetarian version, with scrambled eggs and avocado.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #1 | Submitted from an Instagram post by Joshua Page]

Paige Latham Didora / Heavy Table

4-new four hot fiveLac Coeur Coffee Liqueur by Loon Liquors
Lac Coeur is relatively low in alcohol, 25% ABV, and it’s pleasant over ice. The typical applications work — it makes for a wonderful white Russian — but is far more versatile since it is not cream-based or overly sweet. Its dominant flavor is, of course, coffee, but it also adds depth of flavor to other brown-spirit-based libations. In a traditional Old Fashioned, it plays with the bitters and orange garnish and finishes in a tiramisu-like flourish.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted from a post by Paige Latham Didora]

James Norton / Heavy Table

5-new -fiveSicilian Pizza from the Paparazzi Pop-Up at Al Vento
It’s always fun to see restaurants evolve and experiment, as is the case with Al Vento’s pizza-focused restaurant-within-a-restaurant, Paparazzi. A 12″ Sicilian pie feeds about three (maybe four?) for $19.50, and it can be loaded down with as many premium toppings as you’d like. We thought the crust was delightful (light and almost fluffy with a crispy exterior) and in balance with its toppings. Pictured: A deliciosu Sicilian pizza with roasted fennel, kalamata olives, prosciutto, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, and Parmesan.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted from an Instagram post by James Norton]

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