The Wall Street Journal's weekend in Mpls owns Reuters' "breakfast at Potbelly" version
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Just weeks after Reuters published its hilariously sad write-up about reporter Mark Meadows' weekend in Minneapolis, the Wall Street Journal dispatched correspondent Matthew Kronsberg for the same purpose.
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And suffice it to say Kronsberg didn't eat breakfast at Potbelly, for the love of God.
In fact, Kronsberg pretty much nailed it, writing a piece demonstrating deep knowledge of the City of Lakes' present and past.
Here's some excerpts. To read the whole thing, click here.
-- On music (and drinks) --
The impact of hometown band the Replacements is almost as great as that of another favorite son, Prince. One of the tastier tributes to the band can be found in the industrial-chic bar/restaurant/performance venue Icehouse (2528 Nicollet Ave. S., icehousempls.com). Named for a lyric in the '80s Replacements anthem "Left of the Dial," the drink Playing Makeup, Wearing a Guitar is a riff on a classic Manhattan, made with carbonated bourbon and cola-cherry bitters. It rocks.
-- On food --
Matt's Bar (3500 Cedar Ave. S., mattsbar.com) in the Powderhorn neighborhood claims to have originated the classic (if misspelled) Minneapolis burger, the Jucy Lucy--a beef patty with a core of molten cheese. Another burger worth seeking out comes from "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern's food truck, AZ Canteen ( azcanteen.com ). The cabrito (young goat) burger with roasted tomatoes, charred onions and pickles is outstanding. Check the website for current location.
-- On art --
Noon The Walker Art Center is a 15-minute drive away (1750 Hennepin Ave., walkerart.org). One of the nation's leading venues for contemporary art, the Walker isn't all about indoors action--the sculpture garden is home to works by more than 40 artists, including Richard Serra, Louise Nevelson and Claes Oldenburg, whose "Spoonbridge and Cherry" has become a city icon. This summer sees the addition of 16 holes of miniature golf designed by local artists, architects and others.
-- On dive bars --
Cross back over the river and duck into Palmer's, one of the city's great dive bars (500 Cedar Ave., palmersbar.net). While the bartender pulls you a Grain Belt Nordeast, read over the Hall of Shame--a board cataloging the offenses of dozens of now-banned patrons. Admire the art (for sale) and the taxidermy fish (not for sale).
-- On parks --
Almost adjacent to the airport is sprawling Minnehaha Park (4801 S. Minnehaha Park Dr., minneapolisparks.org). Take an easy hike to the bottom of the ravine where, as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow describes in "The Song of Hiawatha," "the Falls of Minnehaha/Flash and gleam among the oak-trees/Laugh and leap into the valley."
Compare that with Reuters' Meadows, who, to take just one example, advised Minneapolis vacationers to "try a delicious corn dog" at Target Field and added, "If you want a beer [at the game], make sure you have ID as even 30-somethings are challenged."
In short, you just got pwned, Reuters.
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