Stress and me don’t mix very well. Well, it doesn’t mix well with my waistline – as in, I stress eat like a mother. I usually have a drawer full of candy at work ($1 movie theater candy at Target, y’all), and I tend to crave foods like pizza and tacos and burgers. So while I was in Minnesota away from my family, I turned to the only thing I knew that would make me feel better: food. (I did hit up OTF while I was up there, so at least I didn’t gain twenty pounds). Here’s a lineup of the places I got to try.
Granite City Brewing: Your average bar food and brewery in Eagan, MN. I had that giant plate of nachos up there. I hadn’t had anything to eat except for the bagel in the airport that day – and couple that with an OTF workout, I was eating and drinking whatever I wanted. I got their IPA (they’ve got their brewery on-site), and it was delicious.
R Tacos; I loved this place so much that I went twice. Tuesday for taco Tuesdays, and then again on Wednesday for national taco day, where they had $2 off margaritas. So yes please, count me in. Their shrimp and brisket tacos were amazing – and everything is a la carte, so dig into as many tacos as you can. Their guac was also amazing. Plus, their tagline Tacos are the most important meal of the day is quite possibly the most true statement I’ve ever seen.
The 508: Tuesday night we wanted to head into Minneapolis to watch the Twins playoff game with the locals. We found this place on Yelp! and it was such a great choice. Typical American bar food – we split the fried mac n cheese balls as an appetizer and I got a Juicy Louis (their version of a Juicy Lucy with the cheese cooked into the burger) for the main meal. They had an extensive menu for beer as well – and it was really fun to see a city all behind one team.
Punch Neopolitan Pizza: A do-it-yourself pizza place, where they have all the toppings you could imagine. You can start out with some of their own bases (like the margherita pizza base – which is what I did), and add whatever toppings you’d like, or get one of their specialties. They also have salads — and wine.
Piada Italian Street Food: Kind of like a Chipotle, but with these giant flat pieces of bread, smothered in garlic and other spices. You can design your own or choose from one of their pre-designed ones. I got the Tuscan Piada and added chicken, and it was heavenly.
George and the Dragon: My absolute favorite place of the whole trip – we went here on the last night of our trip. They also had an extensive beer menu, and I tried this tea-infused IPA that was incredible. I got their bacon onion dip as an appetizer and their pork tenderloin sandwich and asparagus (had to get my greens in somewhere). The entire vibe of the place was really nice. It was pretty small, but we were lucky and snagged a seat at the bar. The bartender was so friendly and easy going – and very unlike the other people we had met in Minnesota. This place was charming and warm, and the food was delicious. I’d go back here in a heartbeat.
I definitely loved trying out all of these new places and getting to experience a new city. Eating is my favorite part of traveling – do you guys gorge when you’re in a new place, or just me?