April 21 Morning Roundup

The City Pages best of awards for food and drink (plus some endorsements of select awards by, Well Fed Guide to Life visits Bar Abilene, some thoughts on digestifs, and info on a smelt fry in Chisago City. UPDATE: Looks like we won readers’ choice for best blog. Thank you, readers! We’re honored and […]


May 18 Morning Roundup

Summit’s Mark Stutrud takes a stand against a proposed exorbitant beer tax, Aaron of The Captain’s Chair echoes the call, Rachel hails smelt season, Stuff About Minneapolis invokes this magazine’s name while pouring scorn upon Sarpino’s Pizza, Kare11’s story on Surly (via, this Tuesday Acadia Cafe is offering $10 six-shooters (six 5-oz beer pours, […]


Smelt’s in Your Mouth…

Bill Roehl hits Ettlin’s Ranchero Supper Club in Webster, MN, wherein fried smelt are served in vast quantities to their adoring public. If this sentence doesn’t put you off of smelt for life, you’re a stronger person than I: “…while other tables found themselves with heavily battered pieces of fish that looked nothing like the […]