7 Minute Miles

Sunset Steakhouse

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 09:49 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 9:49 AM

Totally worth the price

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2020 at 9:49 am

RIP Blackbird (1997-2020)

Posted Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 10:07 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Links at 10:07 PM

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-blackbird-restaurant-closing-chicago-20200629-wd6vrgjm4ffejdlahihvauzhji-story.html

Originally published by DK on June 30, 2020 at 10:07 pm

What does VC stand for?

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 10:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 10:08 PM

Interesting times in the Northland

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 10:08 pm

Ely surf and turf

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 12:31 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:31 AM

Walleye and steak, Ely Steakhouse

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 12:31 am

Porch pickup

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 12:26 am GMT -5 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 12:26 AM

Great! Lakes Candy Company

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 12:26 am

Duluth Grill pit stop

Posted Sunday, June 28th, 2020 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 1:31 PM

Deluxe biscuits and gravy with eggs

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Magnalitsa from Chef Jamie

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2020 06:52 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:52 PM

la Pistola at Eastside, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2020 at 6:52 pm

Last Dinette burger until ??

Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2020 07:09 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:09 PM

Thankful

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2020 at 7:09 pm

Good luck in HKG!

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 07:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 7:31 PM

Last visit with Armon before the adventure begins

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm

Adventure Day in Glenwood

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 07:26 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 7:26 PM

Lakeside Bar

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2020 at 7:26 pm

Boca Chica Bright

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 09:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 9:08 PM

Birthday dinner outside for CK

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Happy birthday, CK!

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 01:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 1:42 PM

Brunson’s Pub patio, Saint Paul

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm

Father’s Day Nino Dinner

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 8:31 PM

Mystic Steakhouse is still rockin’ it during the pandemic

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 8:31 pm

Happy Father’s Day 2020

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 11:06 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 11:06 AM

MK coming up big with breakfast

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 11:06 am

For here or to go?

Posted Friday, June 19th, 2020 12:06 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:06 PM

So nice to eat *at* Zantigo today for lunch

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Hallelujah, chimney is repaired

Posted Thursday, June 18th, 2020 08:04 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Friends at 8:04 PM

Welcome back Steve (and crew)

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Wisdom from Kim’s

Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 12:43 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:43 PM

Delicious lunch from a Saint Paul classic

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2020 at 12:43 pm

Big River tomorrow?!?

Posted Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 10:09 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Friends at 10:09 PM

I hope this one is for real – lunch plans for sure

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2020 at 10:09 pm

Nice to visit again

Posted Monday, June 15th, 2020 02:34 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food at 2:34 PM

CHS Field open for food, but not baseball

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2020 at 2:34 pm

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

Posted Friday, June 12th, 2020 12:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Golf at 12:27 PM

Post-round Angry Orchard

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2020 at 12:27 pm

So nice to be back

Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2020 04:19 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 4:19 PM

First served meal in months, Minnehaha Cafe

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2020 at 4:19 pm

So not healthy (but OMG)

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 08:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:27 PM

Duluth Grill biscuits and gravy with fried chicken and eggs

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2020 at 8:27 pm

A North Shore Tradition

Posted Saturday, June 6th, 2020 07:23 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 7:23 PM

Sven and Ole’s, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2020 at 7:23 pm

North Shore Winery

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Food,Skiing,Travel at 9:59 PM

Pretty spot on the ski hill road

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 9:59 pm

Gordy’s Hi-Hat at 60

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020 09:55 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:55 PM

As solid as ever

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm

Burger Time

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2020 11:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:22 PM

The glorious Saint Dinette burger

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2020 at 11:22 pm

Thanks, Red Cow

Posted Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 07:43 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food at 7:43 PM

Support your local restaurants

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2020 at 7:43 pm

Got the last one

Posted Monday, May 18th, 2020 04:53 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 4:53 PM

Breakfast of Champions

Originally published by DK on May 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm

Fitness Pyramids

Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 04:37 pm GMT -5 in Food,Mini Posts,Sports at 4:37 PM

The “UK DK” posted this interesting graphic a while back that I recently found while cleaning up my desktop. It amazes me how many different recommendations there are out there to get in better shape, but this one makes a lot of sense to me. My old plan was to run a gazillion miles a month and eat whatever I wanted, but that’s not in the cards these days. I am currently on a one month move streak and have greatly reduced my sugar intake, which has started a trend in the right direction weight-wise. Haven’t started in with the new kettle bell yet because of some back pain, but hope to add that to the mix soon…

Originally published by DK on May 14, 2020 at 4:37 pm

Niver McMuffin

Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 03:50 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:50 PM

Double sausage patties and better-than-Arby’s potato cakes

Originally published by DK on May 14, 2020 at 3:50 pm

Zantigo Monday

Posted Monday, May 11th, 2020 07:38 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:38 PM

Chips & chilitos

Originally published by DK on May 11, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Ah, Dave’s

Posted Friday, May 8th, 2020 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 12:15 PM

Dave’s Bar, San Francisco, California

Originally published by DK on May 8, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Remembering TBF and Marvel Bar

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 11:00 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food at 11:00 PM

I’ve waited almost a week to write this post, as my initial shock turned to anger, and it’s never a good idea to write when you are angry. On April 30, 2020, co-owner Eric Dayton tweeted that our favorite Minneapolis restaurant and bar would not reopen.

How could this be? If anyone should have the resources to weather this storm, you’d think it would the Dayton family. They owned the building. Their mother is a Rockefeller, for crying out loud. They are fighters for the North, do-gooders trying to feed the hungry and solid fundraisers and organizers. How could they throw in the towel so early?

I’ve never met Eric Dayton, but by all accounts, he’s a good guy and outsiders never know the private facts and details behind public decisions. I’ll even cut him some slack for hating skyways. To be honest, though, I was mad at him for this decision, mad for taking away the place my wife and I visited more than a dozen times, mad for taking away our Cocktail Club destination, mad for quitting while others battle on.

Of course, life changes even in “normal” times. When my favorite bartender of all time, Pip Hanson, left in 2015 for London, we were sad. When Chef Paul Berglund left in August of 2017 (a year after winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest), we were sad. When Erin Rolek left in August of 2019 for the beautiful shores of Santa Monica, we were sad. Happy for all of them, but sad they were no longer in that special building in the North Loop.

Now we are sad for the current groups of stars who carried on the tradition. Jonathan Gans started in November of 2018 and re-earned the four star review from Rick Nelson. The Forager Chef Alan Bergo had joined the kitchen. Monday pork chop night was as good as ever.

Now we mourn the loss of the toast racks, the Swedish meatballs, the popovers, the wine board, the red books, the individually-wrapped cookies, the purple door, the “secret” staircase. Gavin Kaysen had some wonderful comments on his Instagram, Erin had an inspiring series of pictures on her Instagram story (that are now sadly gone) and Chef Jonathan is asking for financial support of his team via GoFundMe (done, Chef).

I’m sure this won’t be last of these stories before all this is over, but very few will hit us as hard as this one did. Maybe a road trip to Rochester will help a little…

❤️TBF

Originally published by DK on May 5, 2020 at 11:00 pm

The Dinette Fam

Posted Monday, April 20th, 2020 09:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 9:08 PM

I miss your collective laughter too

Originally published by DK on April 20, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Reeeeed Robin

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2020 08:50 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:50 PM

A new (to us) take-out option

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2020 at 8:50 pm

Thank you, clown

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 10:35 am GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 10:35 AM

Needed some normalcy today

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2020 at 10:35 am

Confirmed: still closed

Posted Monday, April 6th, 2020 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Business,Concerts,Food,Hockey at 7:29 PM

No hockey, no fancy French food, no live music

Originally published by DK on April 6, 2020 at 7:29 pm

Football, steak, stamps & Snoopy

Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2020 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,History,Personal at 2:48 PM

That’s still about right

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2020 at 2:48 pm

Still no TP, so…

Posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 12:22 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 12:22 PM

My policy on home drinking is being revised

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Midwest leader in fine dining

Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 09:31 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Friends,Links at 9:31 PM

https://www.forbes.com/sites/eveturowpaul/2020/03/22/how-restaurants-innovating-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm

Byerly’s has the best candy

Posted Monday, March 23rd, 2020 08:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 8:09 PM

Eating way too much of it, though

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2020 at 8:09 pm

The Nive Man

Posted Sunday, March 15th, 2020 01:50 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Friends at 1:50 PM

Live at five with Nive…

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2020 at 1:50 pm

This was amazing

Posted Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 08:33 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:33 PM

Great desserts @ Estelle

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2020 at 8:33 pm

Solid

Posted Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 08:30 pm GMT -5 in Food,Photography at 8:30 PM

Estelle

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2020 at 8:30 pm

The OG Luncheon

Posted Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 01:11 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Personal at 1:11 PM

Thanks, Gardens of Olive!

Originally published by DK on February 22, 2020 at 1:11 pm

Another family tradition

Posted Friday, February 21st, 2020 09:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 9:58 PM

Dinner on Randolph with the siblings

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2020 at 9:58 pm

That Five Drinks Thing

Posted Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 05:14 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:14 PM

I usually don’t like to do the social media question thing *on* social media, but I’m intrigued by the “5 Drinks to get to know me” one:

  • Mountain Dew
  • Cherry Coke
  • Any cider > any beer
  • Old Fashioned
  • Octo’s Madagascar

Honorable mentions to the Epiphany at Prohibition and just about anything from Marvel Bar…

Originally published by DK on February 19, 2020 at 5:14 pm

This can only mean one thing

Posted Friday, February 14th, 2020 05:11 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 5:11 PM

$20 snow cones for all!

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2020 at 5:11 pm

Buffalo Tap Creek

Posted Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 09:46 pm GMT -5 in Food,Nature at 9:46 PM

The root beer boots are back!

Originally published by DK on February 4, 2020 at 9:46 pm

Grumpy’s, NO MOR

Posted Monday, February 3rd, 2020 02:32 pm GMT -5 in Food,History at 2:32 PM

That’s just sad

Originally published by DK on February 3, 2020 at 2:32 pm

Trip Recap: Birthdays in Banff

Posted Saturday, February 1st, 2020 07:30 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Skiing,Travel at 7:30 PM

“Sleep at the Fairmont Banff Springs” has been item #34 on my bucket list for quite a long time. As we looked to conclude the year of milestone birthday trips, Marisa and I decided we would make ours a combined ski trip (and invite Colleen and Sasha to tag along). SkiBig3 had some good sales after Thanksgiving, so we picked the week between our two birthdays and made reservations. Airfare between MSP and Calgary wasn’t too terrible on the Delta nonstops and I reserved my normal Emerald Aisle rental with National.

We planned to fly on Monday and Friday, with ski days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The drive from the airport to downtown Banff only takes about 90 minutes and we purchased the required park passes ahead of time, so we didn’t have to stop at the park entrance. Sasha and Marisa brought their own skis with, so we had one large ski bag, four large suitcases and a bunch of carry-ons. Thankfully, National had a Mazda SUV for us that really held up all week with the extreme winter conditions (heated steering wheels are awesome).

Speaking of conditions, the Canadian equivalent of the National Weather Service warned: “Temperatures will plummet to values not seen in years.” Air temp was -30C (-22F) during the early part of the week, closing two of the three ski areas completely on Tuesday. That was the day Marisa and I got to experience the Canadian health system with a morning visit to Banff Mineral Springs Hospital. She had flu symptoms the night before and they did a great job helping get her back in shape for skiing the last two days. Everything was pre-pay for service, so we are now working with our regular insurance to get reimbursed for the hospital and doctor fees (which weren’t outrageous).

What can I say about the hotel? The Fairmont Banff Springs is one of the most iconic hotels in the world, built as part of the Canadian Pacific Railway network in 1888. The “Castle in the Rockies” was just perfect – historic, great amenities and flawless customer service. It’s not cheap, but in the overall scheme of world-class hotels, very competitive. Tipping was included for most services, so that was different (and convenient, since I didn’t exchange for any Canadian currency this time). The valet was wonderful all week – we’d just call down to the concierge (“How is the Kingsbury Family doing today?”) and they would pull our warmed up car to the front entrance. The bellmen were great – somehow loading up everything at the end of the trip back into the SUV. Maid service also went the extra mile to line up shoes, organize things on the desk and generally pick up after our daily mess.

The hotel has at least three known ghost stories. Our favorite was the Ghost Bride, who was commemorated with a postage stamp and coin by the Canadian government in 2014. Sasha and I spent one night searching for the staircase, where the hotel has a picture hanging (along with the stamp and coin). The ghost of Sam the Bellman and the alleged murder-suicide in room 873 are tales that added an extra element of suspense every time the lights by the elevator would flicker when the doors opened. There was a cool museum-style area off of the lobby that was loaded with historical pictures and artifacts. The old pictures of the golf course and visits from Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe were highlights for me.

We ate at two of the twelve hotel restaurants: Castello Italiana and the Swiss-themed Waldhaus Pub & Biergarten. Both were high quality with great service. I think the Waldhaus might have been the original golf course clubhouse, as it was set down a hill from the main hotel along the river (and near the current 15th hole). Colleen and Sasha both enjoyed time in the Willow Stream Spa, which included the semi-spooky indoor pool. There were also outdoor pools that amazingly had people in them, despite the extremely frigid temperatures (how exactly did they get out there?). The hotel also had several very nice stores, a free ski storage room (with overnight boot heaters) and a uniquely Canadian five pin bowling alley (which is really difficult to master).

The actual town of Banff is a short ride or walk from the hotel, across the Bow River. It was a wonderful little mountain town, full of shops and restaurants and surrounded by the most amazing mountain vistas. On our arrival on Monday, we picked up my rental skis at the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub and had lunch at Tommy’s Neighbourhood Pub. Other stops over the course of the week included a great dinner at the Maple Leaf Grill (with the bison tenderloin recommended by my friend Chuck), poutine at the local McDonald’s, shopping at Roots and Hudson’s Bay and a visit to the largest rock store I’ve ever seen in my life. I also wanted to try out the famous Beaver Tails, but they didn’t really have any indoor seating and it was just too cold to stand around outside for any length of time.

As far as skiing goes, there are three different resorts near Banff: Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort. Norquay is the closest to town, but we elected to skip that one when we found out we could only ski two days. We decided to go to Sunshine Village on Wednesday, as several people told us that Sunshine sometimes gets temperature inversions that make it warmer there compared to town. The other unique thing about Sunshine is that the base area is just a parking lot in front of a building with a gondola. A long ride takes you up to the actual resort (with one stop in the middle for Goat’s Eye Mountain). We didn’t have great visibility that day and had difficulty finding easier, groomed runs to ease back into skiing shape. Groomed runs don’t seem to be as big a thing in the Canadian Rockies as they are at home, so we were initially a little uncomfortable (and I was extra cautious this trip anyways, for obvious reasons). We did find a few runs off the Strawberry Express chair, which is marketed as their beginner chair (sigh). We also skied the Wawa lift, but that was about it. I would love to try it again with warmer temps, clear skies and more confidence in my skiing ability.

On Thursday, we went to Lake Louise. By the second day, we were more comfortable with the bus shuttle system: all three resorts have nice coach-style busses that pick up right in front of the hotel. Schedules varied, but there were usually 5-6 departures and returns each day to each one. The Fairmont was the first stop in the mornings and the last to drop off on the return, with 2-3 stops at various spots in town. Lake Louise is the farthest resort from Banff, but it took less than an hour to get there on the Trans-Canada Highway. The town of Lake Louise is a few minutes away from the ski resort and is home to a couple of other cool hotels, including the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the Post Hotel. I thought about the hotel package that let you split your time between the castle and the chateau, but I’m glad we did what we did. It would’ve been cool (literally) to see the ice sculptures on the lake for their Ice Magic competition, but that just wasn’t in the cards this time.

We loved the skiing and atmosphere at Lake Louise. The bus dropped us off right in front of the Lodge of the Ten Peaks and one of the friendly information guides told us that the breakfast buffet at the Northface Bistro was the spot to go for pre-skiing food. After a great meal, we discovered there are only two choices from that spot: the Glacier Express chair and the Grizzly Express gondola. We started with the chair and took two great runs on nice intermediate cruisers that really tired us out. After another stop in the chalet (and a visit to the nice ski shop), we tried the gondola. It’s not the highest lift there, but I felt like I was on the top of the world when we exited (and honestly, a little frightened at how everything dropped off from that point). Lake Louise prides itself on having green, blue and black runs from every lift, but the cat track we took down from there was scary just for the fact that the runs that crossed it were very steep. But once we got down below the tree line, it turned into our favorite run of the trip.

One of the things that I still find magical about skiing in the big mountains are the moments of complete silence you sometimes find among the trees in the back country. Since our week was so cold, none of the locals really wanted to be out, so it was nice and uncrowded all over. I let the girls ski ahead of me on that long, green cruiser and at one point I just stopped and soaked in the silence. That trail crossed in front of another favorite thing of mine, the mid-mountain chalet with sun deck and greasy mountain cafeteria food. The Temple Lodge made me think of the great times I used to have with my Uncle Greg at the Outback Inn in Idaho. He would’ve loved this trip… ❤️

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2020 at 7:30 pm

BWW said we are regulars

Posted Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:19 PM

Not sure that’s true, but OK

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2020 at 8:19 pm

Bougie Boys

Posted Thursday, January 16th, 2020 10:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 10:02 PM

Spoil ’em? Just a little…

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2020 at 10:02 pm

When in (frozen) Rome

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2020 03:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 3:47 PM

Feels colder in C vs. F

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm

Senior Night @ Treasure Island

Posted Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Games at 8:24 PM

Made $200 + free dinner

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2020 at 8:24 pm

Family comfort food

Posted Friday, January 3rd, 2020 09:18 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 9:18 PM

Pizza from the original

Originally published by DK on January 3, 2020 at 9:18 pm

She’s Nive Man Famous

Posted Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Business,Family,Food,Holidays at 2:56 PM

Gift card sale ends today

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2019 at 2:56 pm

Day late anniversary dinner

Posted Sunday, December 15th, 2019 07:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 7:45 PM

Last 14 Asian Eatery

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Brad Hall

Posted Sunday, December 8th, 2019 08:13 pm GMT -5 in Food,Quotes at 8:13 PM

The old joke in the neighborhood is the first three words children learn were mommy, daddy, and Cecil’s…

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2019 at 8:13 pm

Thanksgiving 2019

Posted Thursday, November 28th, 2019 06:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 6:56 PM

Thanks, Auntie Lynn

Originally published by DK on November 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm

Kyatchi is so good

Posted Monday, November 18th, 2019 09:38 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:38 AM

Support your neighborhood establishments

Originally published by DK on November 18, 2019 at 9:38 am

Straight Outta Hong Kong

Posted Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 10:04 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 10:04 AM

Thanks, AF

Originally published by DK on November 13, 2019 at 10:04 am

Pho with the Fudenbergs

Posted Saturday, November 9th, 2019 09:02 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 9:02 PM

Good luck with your big week!

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm

Lunch at Mama’s Fish House

Posted Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 05:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 5:15 PM

We had a great time on Maui last week, despite the record high temps (and crazy dew points). We had lots of great food recommendations from people, but Mama’s Fish House took home the prize for most memorable experience. Located on the central north shore of Maui just outside Paia, Mama’s was a 2018 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant. Open Table says Mama’s is the second most popular restaurant in the United States, Trip Advisor has them listed as a Top 10 U.S. Fine Dining Restaurant, while ZAGAT has them number one for food on Maui. Everyone we talked to said Mama’s was expensive, but also a can’t miss.

Needless to say, expectations were high…

Floyd and Doris Christenson have an awesome backstory. The location, atmosphere and general setting of Mama’s is probably the most Hawaiian thing I’ve ever seen in my life. You turn off the Hana Highway at the fishing boat and enter a lot that offers complimentary valet. Once checked in, you get to roam around their own private beach, which we were told often has sea turtles playing in the water. The day we visited had a high surf warning, so the turtles were (hopefully) playing elsewhere. After checking in at a second host stand, we were escorted into the open-air dining room and seated near the bar.

Our server Lacey was wonderful. We started with fancy tropical drinks: Colleen had a Mama’s Margarita, while I had a Pink Hibiscus (hibiscus, elderflower liqueur, lime, cranberry and Maui PAU vodka). We shared an appetizer of seared island venison with honey lime sauce, which was extremely tender for venison. We both had autumn salads, with Waipoli greens, Kula persimmons, spiced pecans, goat cheese and Tahitian vanilla vinaigrette dressing. For the fish main course, I choose “kanpachi from ocean waters off Hawaii Island,” while Colleen had “onaga caught bottom fishing off Keanae by Joe Hobson.” We both loved that they customized the menu daily with who caught the fish (and where). I was super-excited to order the Polynesian Black Pearl for dessert: lilikoi (passion fruit) chocolate mousse in a pastry seashell (with a beautiful plate presentation – pics after the jump).

When we looked at the menu before we went, I didn’t think the prices were crazy-high. Afterwards, we found out it just all adds up, turning in to the most we’ve probably ever spent on lunch. That’s also part of the trick – there is no discount for having lunch over dinner. We heard one of the servers say they average about 1,000 covers a day, so I think they can price however they want. I’m glad we went, though, and would highly recommend it at least once in your life. Mahalo, Mama.

Originally published by DK on November 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

Lunch with Rob

Posted Friday, November 1st, 2019 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 9:50 PM

He gets to live here all the time

Originally published by DK on November 1, 2019 at 9:50 pm

A different North Shore

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 02:39 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 2:39 AM

CK @ Mama’s Fish House Beach

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2019 at 2:39 am

Sunday Night Football

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2019 10:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Travel at 10:01 PM

As seen on Diners, Drive In’s and Dives

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2019 at 10:01 pm

Roscoe goes to Hawaii

Posted Saturday, October 26th, 2019 04:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 4:52 PM

Chicken and pancakes @ Roy’s

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2019 at 4:52 pm

Surprise dinner out

Posted Saturday, October 5th, 2019 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:25 PM

P.S. Steak with the fam

Originally published by DK on October 5, 2019 at 6:25 pm

Imagine the Cookies

Posted Friday, October 4th, 2019 04:37 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Work at 4:37 PM

Thank you Target Center (and Shelly)

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm
 

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  • Vikings vs. Jacksonville - 12/6/20
  • Vikings vs. Bears - 12/20/20

Upcoming Concerts

  • Drive-By Truckers - 9/11, Palace
  • Trampled By Turtles & Wilco - 9/19, Treasure Island
  • Dave Simonett - 11/27, Fitzgerald
  • Cloud Cult - 1/18, Orchestra Hall
  • Kenny Chesney - 6/5, USBS
  • Rage Against the Machine - 7/2, Target Center
  • Def Leppard - 7/8, USBS
  • George Strait - 7/31, USBS
  • Doobie Brothers - 8/31, Grandstand

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