McCormick’s Pub

A little background

Known as a place to have great food and great times, McCormick’s Pub in Wayzata, MN is a local favorite for a casual spot to meet.  McCormick’s is known for their burgers.  In 2013, their grass-fed burger, served with short ribs, made stole the third spot on the Twin Cities Burger Tour.  Too bad I didn’t know about this before my husband and I made an impromptu stop for a bite and a pint.

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 My thoughts

Let me tell you, I enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of McCormick’s Pub.  When we arrived after work, the place was busy, but the friendly staff was able to grab us a table for two.  Thanks!  If you haven’t checked this place out, you should just to look at the decor.  Their walls are adorned with everything Irish and it will definitely keep your eyes busy while you wait for your order.

Since I had no idea they had one of the best burgers in town, you might be wondering what I decided to go with for this visit.  Here’s what I got.

McCormick's Lobster Roll in Wayzata, Minnesota

I went with McCormick’s Lobster Roll Sandwich.  Hey, I was in a seafood kind of mood!  I was so excited when the waitress brought it out.  Just look at how awesome this is!  How a dish is presented definitely contributes to to overall experience of a visit.  It helped in this case.  While my meal looked great, I regretfully have to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of McCormick’s Lobster Roll.  The biggest turn off was the lobster itself.  I thought it was a little rubbery, which inevitably, required a lot more chewing to get it down.  Additionally, I was expecting a little more out of the bread.  It was a basic bread roll.  No special ingredients, no special baking process.  This is not a bad thing!  Personally, I would have liked to see some special seasonings baked into the bread that would complement the lobster and the dressing in the sandwich.

I will probably pay another visit to McCormick’s Pub.  I do believe that every place has their good and bad days.  Next time, I’m getting the burger.

For a full view of their menu, check out the link below:
online menu

Twin Cities Beer Fest

Alright, I’m psyched about this one and any beer lover should definitely jump on this Living Social Deal.  Thank you livingsocial for all of your fabulous deals … especially those that involve one of my favorite beverages: BEER!  For only $25 a person, you get a ticket into the Twin Cities Beer Fest hosted at Canterbury Park on July 27 from 2-6 p.m.  The best part of this deal is that participants get an unlimited amount of 2 oz samples of craft and local brews.

In addition to the craft brews, you’ll be granted admissions to watch the horse races and there will be live entertainment.

For a full disclosure of the event, check out the Twin Cities Beer Fest website by clicking here.

CHEERS!

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

A little background

I’ll give you the slice on Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge.  Located in Northeast Minneapolis, a visit to this place will have you feeling like you are on a tropical vacation even in the dead of winter. Inside, you’ll find the walls adorned with over 50 tiki figurines of every shape and size. The inspiration for this winter oasis came from owner Leslie Bock’s love of 1920’s style tiki bars and the biker culture.  Psycho Suzi’s is known for serving up a wide variety of fried foods and their unique pizzas, which are made fresh to order.

Guy Fieri of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” stopped in when he visited Minneapolis. See what he thought in the link below from his show.

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 My thoughts

A group of friends and I decided to head to Psycho Suzi’s to celebrate my friend Blake’s birthday. Minus Blake, all of us have been here before and we couldn’t wait to be back, especially since it’s been so nice in Minneapolis lately. Since the weather has been so nice, we’re able to sit on their outdoors patio, perfect for summer.  Deciding to try our luck for Blake, we asked our waitress if there were any specials for a customer celebrating their birthday. To Blake’s benefit, there is definitely a perk to celebrating your birthday at Psycho Suzi’s. You are given a free cocktail that will bring your thoughts to a tropical paradise upon first sip. After he allowed us to try some (it looked so good we couldn’t help but ask) we determined that it was mixed with rum, pineapple juice and some sort of coconut beverage.  It was pretty impressive and definitely fit the tiki theme.

Blake's Birthday Drink

After we got over the excitement of Blake’s birthday cocktail, we had to order something warm and deep fried. Funny enough, almost everyone at the table ordered up a side of tater tots. “Hey Napolean, can I have some of your tots?” – Napolean Dynamite, 2004. I don’t know about you, but that one-liner pops into my thoughts every time I hear or see tater tots! Now, hear me out. Not only are they served to you piping hot, but they come with a dipping sauce that really makes ordering them worth it. The sauce tastes a little like a mixture between horseradish, mustard and another tangy, yet flavorful condiment. All I can say is that the tots didn’t last long, thank you delicious sauce of awesomeness.

tots

The last couple times that I’ve been to Psycho Suzi’s, I didn’t end up ordering their pizzas. This is probably blasphemy to anyone who has had a slice of Suzi’s pizzas. The past couple times I’ve been here, I really just wanted a burger. Trust me, those taste great here too and are more unique than your typical patty, cheese, lettuce and tomato on a bun. On this visit, however, my fiance and I decided it was time and we ordered a large of their “Fastback” pizza. What’s the Fastback? It’s a thin crust pizza topped with artichokes, fresh spinach, tomato and Suzi’s signature white-wine garlic sauce. If that didn’t make your mouth water, there is just no hope for you. This was pretty much one of the best pizzas I’ve ever taken a bite out of. Not only was it cooked enough so that the cheese was stringy when pulled apart, but there was no hint of a burnt crust in any slice. Two thumbs way, way up for the person who made our pizza. You did a fabulous job and I will definitely be stopping in soon to try a deep dish pizza.

fastback pizza

I’d highly recommend a trip to Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. This is simply a restaurant you must visit at least once if you are visiting the Twin Cities. Not only do they serve up unique versions of our favorite comfort food, but you won’t find an atmosphere quite like this. The wait staff are super friendly and are more than willing to joke around with you. Additionally, it’s a nice, casual hangout for anyone wanting to spend some time with buddies or someone needing a place to take their family. Rest assured, Psycho Suzi’s is the place to be.

For a full view of their menu, check out the link below:
Online Food Menu
Tiki Drinks
Beer
Specials

Gardens of Salonica

A little background

Since 1991, The Gardens of Salonica in Northeast Minneapolis has been serving up classic Greek cuisine that is fresh and flavorful.  The chefs make this possible by sourcing their products from local and organic producers.  Their cuisine is so good, The Gardens of Salonica are ranked as one of the best Greek restaurants in the area.  They are also recipients of the 2013 Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award.

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 My thoughts

It’s funny how life throws you a curve ball every once in awhile.  A few years ago when my fiance and I were in search of Greek food after a date in the Twin Cities (we weren’t originally from here), we came acrossed a restaurant that had amazing food that we both remembered to this day.  A funny coincidence occurred the other day when my friend invited me to one of her favorite restaurants to catch up.  Since I adore any and all Greek food, I immediately said, “yes!”  When I walked into The Gardens of Salonica, my first thought was, “omigod, I’ve been here before!”  I realized that this was the exact same place my fiance and I had been years before and you better believe that I was excited to be back.

They have quite an impressive menu.  When I say impressive, what I really mean is that I wanted to order everything on the menu.  I was having a little bit of difficulty figuring out what I wanted to eat that night.  🙂  After a serious debate, my friend and I ordered an appetizer and I finally decided on an entree.  Here’s what we went with:

We started our dinner with a plate to share, introducing the Spinach Feta Boughasta.  Have no clue what this is?  I’ll tell you.  The boughasta is made of delicious, flaky phyllo dough (commonly used in baklava) and stuffed with fresh feta cheese, spinach, scallions and seasonings.  When served warm, it is possibly one of the best ways to start a Greek meal.  The boughasta has a lot of great, savory flavor and is perfectly light.  Personally, I loved it.  I thought it had just the right amount of flavor and I enjoyed the melted feta in the middle.  For anyone who enjoys these flavor combinations, I definitely would recommend this.  Also, a full one is just the right size to share for two people.

spinach and feta app.

I went with the house mousakas.  What you see below is a party for your tastebuds.  The Gardens of Salonica offer both a vegetarian and meat option so all guests can enjoy this one.  I went with the regular mousaka, which included meat.  The mousaka is composed of baked layers of oven roasted eggplant and seasoned local, pasture-raised ground beef, topped with bechamel cream sauce of organic milk, Hope butter, Schultz eggs and organic, aromatic spices.  Sound good to you?  I am certainly a fan of this one.  Not only did it taste fresh, but it provided the savory taste that I was looking for.  The flavors worked well together.  The layers of eggplant and the topping were my favorite parts.  The eggplant alone, did an excellent job of absorbing all the spices that were added in.  The top. made of the eggs and spices had a great texture that I enjoyed.  Sometimes, I can be a little bit of a texture person.  Overall, this dish was flavorful and one that I will be ordering again soon.  Use the pita bread served with your meal to mop up the saucy base.  It’s worth every drop.

mousaka

If you are thinking about visiting anytime in the future, trust me, you won’t be disappointed.  The entrees are served with your choice of a house salad or soup of the day and you automatically get a side of pita bread to go with your meal.  You really get amazing quality and a lot of food for a very reasonable price.  Make sure to put in a reservation beforehand.  Dinner time tends to get quite busy, but you should be fine if you are starting your dinner or lunch early.

For a full view of their menu, check out the link below:
In-House Menu
Take-out Menu