The Seven Deadly Sins of Twin Cities Dining

When we eat, we sin. The longing for one more bite, the loathing of poorly cooked food, the love for all that’s fried…we can’t help it; we abandon reason and surrender to passions as primal as those stirred up by the fruit Eve offered to Adam.

But before sentencing ourselves to the world of the damned, we ask: Why are we tempted to commit these immoral misdeeds? And are they worth it?

This three-part series explores the edible personifications of The Seven Deadly Sins of Twin Cities Restaurant Eating — Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. This week:  Lust and Gluttony.

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table
Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Lust: The Oyster Orgy at Stella’s Fish Cafe
Stella’s Oyster Orgy Friday happy hour arouses the appetite with its $.50 oyster special and 2-for-1 beers and house wines. During the three-hour event, cravings are quenched by the more than 2,000 oysters shucked and served.  Straight up, with a twist of lemon or spiced up with Tabasco…no matter your preference; Stella’s fuels the flames of your palate’s passions. The link between the oyster and the bedroom dates back to Roman times, at least, but in more immediate terms there’s just something sensually (and/or disgustingly) biological about the way they slide down one’s throat, one chasing the next. If you want a gastronomic symbol of lust, start with the oyster — and if you want to eat many such symbols in one sitting, start with Stella’s.

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table
Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Gluttony: The Oceanaire’s Chocolate Caramel Brownie Sundae
Weighing in at a roughly ballparked 2,400 calories and 60 grams of fat*, The Oceanaire‘s Chocolate Caramel Brownie Sundae packs a substantial punch. With three scoops of vanilla ice cream and three fudge brownies topped with chocolate, caramel, nuts and a generous dollop of heavy whipped cream, this sundae tops our list as a true heavyweight champion. Could any single person take on this gluttonous goodness — challenging the full-fat favorite armed only with a spoon? It’s never been done before, but that doesn’t make it impossible…

*Nutritional information not available – calculation based on nutritional information for desserts of Dairy Queen.

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