5 things you need to know in local dining this week


$5 margaritas and more cheap booze from Masa will keep your thirst quenched all summer long

In an effort to bolster the up-til now-flagging dining scene on the east side of downtown Minneapolis, Eastside is coming to the rescue. The place will anchor the Latitude 45 luxury apartment building at 301 W. Washington Ave. S. and serve "unique" but classic American food. It's a Ralph Burnet property, and Remy Pettus, formerly of Cast & Cru and Old Log Theatre will be executive chef, along with Nick Dugan as chef de cuisine, who is out of Seattle, most recently working at RN74, a high-end fine-dining restaurant in that city. 

Get ready, Woodbury: Cien Tacos is promising "real" Mexican food, calling itself "the suburbs' first authentic taqueria." Strong words, but we suppose they're not entirely wrong when they say "What most Midwesterners identify as South-of-the-Border cuisine is actually very watered-down and incomplete,” though "most Midwesterners" might be a bit of an over-generalization. Anyway, they say the namesake means "100 tacos" in Spanish, because the custom tacos can be ordered in a hundred different combinations. "Hard to find" (in Woodbury, perhaps) proteins like al pastor, lengua, and barbacoa will be on offer. "We think Woodbury diners are more than ready for it," says chef Oscar Bustos. 

Opens August 24, with a full week of grand opening food specials, drink specials, live music, giveaways and more.

803 Bielenberg Dr., Woodbury




Eat and drink well and cheap on game day thanks to Heartland Wine Bar

All this summer sunshine making you thirsty? Masa has a bunch of cheap booze to quench your thirst: $15 bottomless mimosas and sangria for Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m)., plus $5 margaritas for that all-important day-drinking session 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for easing from brunch drinking into happy hour drinking on weekends.

Heartland Wine Bar is offering a game-day discount in the wine bar only, including all retail product (which excludes gift certificates). Apply that discount to an already great deal: $3 tap beer and $5 wine glasses from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, making pre-, post- or during-game imbibing easier to swallow.

It may seem counter-intuitive to add technology to your weekly farmers market run; after all, it's practically the only moment of the week when you get to sip coffee, eat a pastry, and wander aimlessly. But farmers markets have always had one aim, and that's to get more product off the farm, into the city, and in the hands of the user. So Mill City and Linden Hills Farmers Markets are both going online, with vendors from both markets listing their produce and product inventories online. Then, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, buyers may place an order, pay by credit card, and pick up at the market of their choosing. For pickup at Mill City, buyers may go to millcity.localorbit.com; for Linden Hills, go to lindenhills.localorbit.com

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