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Go outside and eat! 5 ways to dine al fresco

Beer. Music. Food. On the farm.

Beer. Music. Food. On the farm.

It's that time of year when eating inside seems like a waste of a perfectly good afternoon. Don't squander these precious months! Get thee to a picnic blanket, a park bench, a patio!

Eat dinner on a farm.

Food, music, and beer. On the farm. It's all you ever want to do in summer. But you don't have a farm, a band, a personal chef, or a brewery.

Dinner on the Farm does. They'll handle all that stuff. Just bring your own blanket and utensils, drive to the farm, find a patch of grass, and they've got you. The first event on June 26 is sold out, so you may want to act fast for the July 10 event. The Draft Horse and Summit Brewery will take over Baker's Acres farm in Avon, Minnesota. Dusty Rose will provide tunes.

The Draft Horse is the deli, restaurant, and bar located in northeast Minneapolis' Food Building, which houses hyper-local producers including Lone Grazer Creamery Cheeses, Meats from Red Table, plus Irish pot pies and more. Get them all at the farm. 

Sunday, July 10

Icy Cup: They have the elusive butterscotch dip.

Icy Cup: They have the elusive butterscotch dip.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bakers' Acres

36861 County Road 9

Avon

$75 for adults, free for children 10 and under

Buy tickets and check out the full Dinner on the Farm Calendar here. 

Try some old-school ice cream treats.

Skip Dairy Queen and go to indie-owned Icy Cup instead. Icy Cup looks like a Dairy Queen, acts like a Dairy Queen, and even used to be a Dairy Queen. But this St. Paul treat stand has a little more character, and perhaps more importantly: They have the elusive butterscotch-dipped cone that DQ all but discontinued some years ago.

Other reasons to go: a full menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, affogatos, and freshly made tamales! (Icy Cup is Latino-owned.) 

Also: tacos. Beat that, DQ. 

Icy Cup 

63 George St. W., St. Paul

651-222-3596

icycup.net

Harriet Brasserie's 4th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to get to know their cooking with a stealthy South American bent.

Harriet Brasserie's 4th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to get to know their cooking with a stealthy South American bent.

Party in the alley at Harriet Brasserie. 

Harriet Brasserie, across the alley from Tilia, doesn't get as much love as it should, as it sits in the shadow of its illustrious neighbor. But this excellent bistro, with a bit of a South American bent (the ropa vieja with eggs and yucca and the Brazilian steak sandwich called "bauru" are both incredible) is a destination in its own right. Here's an excuse to go and see what they do: food, music, beer, and sangria at their 4th Anniversary Alley Party

Sunday, June 12

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Harriet Brasserie 

2724 43rd St. W., Minneapolis

612-354-2197

Haute Dish knows ribs.

Haute Dish knows ribs.

lakeharrietbrasserie.com 

Eat breakfast at the Birchwood Cafe, then go on a Conservation Bike Ride. 

In keeping with its do-gooder bent, the Birchwood has all sorts of stuff up its cheffy sleeves for doing good this summer (while also feeding you well). On Saturday, June 11, gather at the restaurant for a fortifying breakfast, then set out on a bike ride to Coldwater Spring Park. Tickets are $15 and monies go to support Urban Roots.

Buy tickets here. 

Saturday, June 11

The Birchwood Cafe 

8a.m. to 1p.m. 

3311 E. 25th St., Minneapolis 

612-722-4474

birchwoodcafe.com

Go to a barbecue.

Though the party's been moved indoors from last year's alleyway fete, Haute Dish still deserves a shout for dedicating half the week to everybody's favorite outdoor food: BBQ. Haute Dish has a special affinity for pork, so their dedication to BBQ runs deep. From June 6 to 9, the whole place will be dedicated to the cause. Dine on the likes of St. Louis-style ribs, brisket, whole chickens, plus all the sides (slaw, burnt end beans, greens, and lots more). 

HauteQue SoulHut at Haute Dish

June 6 to 9

119 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

haute-dish.com