Sandcastle is now open

Let's head back to the beach
Let's head back to the beach
Joy Summers

The hot summer sun soaking into our pale skin is nudging us toward the beach. What better way could there be to spend the day on the beach with a picnic lunch prepared by Doug Flicker? Today, Sandcastle is open for business. 

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The menu is filled with concession-stand favorites like popcorn and cheese curds (served with a Sriracha sweet and sour sauce) -- they've even got Bomb Pops! But, this being a spot owned by one of the Twin Cities' most innovative chefs, there's more to sample than summer simplicity.

There is shrimp and octopus ceviche, swimming in a tart citrus bath served with a side of fresh tortilla chips for scoopability.

They also have a collection of hot dogs including the cleverly named Dog Flicker, an all-beef dog topped with kimchee and a fried egg.

Watermelon salad and ceviche
Watermelon salad and ceviche
Joy Summers

There's a refreshing watermelon salad served over greens with pickled radish that will cool you from the inside out. So will a grilled fish taco served over fresh corn tortillas. 

The menu has a lot more to explore, including sweet pea falafel, a barbecue pork sandwich, wings, and more.

Drinks include ginger water, horchata, local beers, and kegged wines. Beer and wine needs to be enjoyed in their little fenced off area -- which has a nice, large tent to offer a break from the sun or shelter from a downpour.

Sandcastle is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for grab-and-go items and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the full menu from now an through the rest of the summer. After Labor Day through October 15, they'll be open from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for grab-and-go, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for full menu.

Sandcastle, website
4955 Nokomis Parkway, Minneapolis

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