As you may know, I am a huge music fan. Ever since I heard that Prince's Paisley Park was opened to the public, I've wanted to go. Jodi surprised me with a VIP tour, and since neither of us had been to Minneapolis, we decided it was a good time to check it out.
We landed late afternoon and headed right out to Hola Arepa. This is a food truck turned restaurant I came across online that wasn't too far from where we were staying (Rock & Roll kind of hotel with many Prince shout-outs). After a few great drinks, we tried the chips with three salsas, fried cauliflower, shiitake cachapa and a slow-roasted pork arepa. I have to say even though they are called Holy Arepa I thought Holy Cachapa! I had never had a cachapa, and I'm not even sure I can tell you what it is now except excellent.
Saturday was going to be our Prince filled day, but we needed a good cup of coffee. We walked a bit and found ourselves at Spyhouse Coffee, grabbed a great cup of coffee and some of their roasted beans to take home and headed for Prince. Then it was all a blur. If you're a music fan and you ever have a chance to visit Paisley Park, do it. They even served us a vegetarian lunch, which I don't have any photos of because they lock up your cell phones.
Dinner that night was at Butcher and the Boar. Jodi picked this place because of their extensive bourbon list (I am a big fan). I ordered a small batch flight and ended up adding Rowan’s Creek 13 year to my buy list. We ordered a few items to share, but the stand out here was the house made Texas Beef Link. Jodi said it might be one of the best things she's ever eaten. We should have just ordered two more and called it a day.
Sunday was a drive out to Hi-Lo Diner, an original 1957 Fodero Diner that was restored and taken from PA to Minneapolis. I tried the Notorious P.I.G. Hi-Lo, mostly for its name, but also mostly because it is pulled pork and a fried egg on a donut. Jodi scored a great bloody with a beer chaser, which you don't find often in Columbus. Coffee was surprisingly great, you never know with diners.
Then we went for a hike and checked out the local falls. We do this to make us feel like we can go right back out for a beer and more food, which we did. Jodi is a huge sour beer fan, and I am coming right along behind her. I found a local co-op brewery, Fair State, that was getting recognition for their sours. We ordered a few half glasses and left with stickers and a shirt.
Then it was time for the main event...Spoon and Stable. We almost canceled this reservation because I wanted to check out another restaurant. We were both glad I didn't. This was one of the best meals we've both had in a long time. I am a sucker for service and small things that make the experience memorable. Our waiter was so kind and generously answered all of our obnoxious questions like, "What were you doing over there? What is that thing in the kitchen? Who makes this bread?" and so on. We ended the night with cotton candy and complimentary petit fours. Jodi was very excited about the cotton candy.
I'm just going to post pictures now. But, go eat this food. I wish I lived closer so I could attend some of their Synergy Series dinners where they bring in other chefs from around the world.
We caught an early flight home and had to eat horrible airport food the whole way home. Maybe the food gods were punishing us for winning at Minneapolis.