Poor Richard's Commonhouse whips up hearty platters of classic American pub grub and intrepid tumblers of signature cocktails against a cozy backdrop of exposed brick walls and hardwood floors. Oil rusty jaw hinges with starters such as the Samuel Adams lager mussels ($9.99), which bathes Prince Edward Island mussels in Sam Adams dijon-cream sauce, or the bison chili ($5.25/bowl), which couples locally raised, slow-roasted bison with fresh chilies, tomatoes, and spices, blanketed with pepper jack cheese and sour cream. The Colonial meatloaf ($13.99), dressed in a suit of bacon and anointed with an East Coast red glaze, blends Hereford beef and Compart Family Farms Premium Duroc ground pork with fresh herbs in a meal hearty enough to survive New England winters and tender enough to journal about it.
At Let's Dish!, families select healthy, hearty meals to eat at home without having to dedicate valuable time to planning, shopping, or preparation. After placing an order online, patrons stop by the shop at a scheduled time to find dishes that are made from fresh ingredients, customized to taste, and then, like Sleeping Beauty, frozen to prevent them from aging. Meal menus rotate monthly and include homestyle selections, such as cheesy chipotle-chicken enchiladas, pulled pork with mashed potatoes, and rosemary and mustard grilled flank steak. The preassembled Dish-n-Dash entrees allow for speedy pickup service, freeing families to spend more quality bonding time sorting the mail by size and color.
Family-owned United Liquor provides an assortment of taste-targeted tippling options, stocking its shelves with vast quantities of wine, beer, and liquor. Miller Lites roam the aisles in packs of 24 ($17.99), seeking impressionable handles of Skyy vodka ($19.99 for 1.75 liters) to lure into cheerleading pyramids. Pose for a grip-and-grin shot with an assortment of vine-ripened candidates including the Bogle merlot ($9.99 for 750 ml). Meanwhile, the 16-ounce cans of Surly Furious ($9.99 for a four-pack) tickle fermentation-friendly tongues with a flavorsome collision of hops and malt with hints of citrus, pine, and incandescent rage. Custom orders and carrier-pigeon delivery are offered for an additional fee.
All of Emerald Organic Products’ grass-fed steaks come straight from family farms in Nebraska, bearing a USDA-certified organic seal. Each farm follows the Animal Welfare Approved guidelines, which ensure the stock are raised healthfully without antibiotics or hormones, and each head of cattle is allowed to graze in certified-organic pastures instead of eating ice cream while watching TV. Whether a tender filet mignon, a succulent skirt steak, or a juicy, 90% lean steak burger, Emerald Organic Products dry ages each cut for 14 days and uses hand-cutting practices to produce consistent sizing and marbling. The company also specializes in organic pork and poultry, including whole, free-range turkeys raised in Minnesota on 100% organic, vegetarian diets. Meats ship directly to customers’ doorsteps via UPS or FedEx, arriving in an insulated foam cooler packed with dry ice to ensure they remain frozen upon delivery.
Twin Cities Local Food transforms grocery shopping into both an online and local experience. Members log on to the virtual marketplace to peruse a variety of goods from more than 20 local farmers and producers, such as organic tomatoes, cow's milk cheeses, and whole-grain breads. Each product is source identified, so shoppers know exactly where their food comes from, how it was grown or raised, and what its first words were. After finalizing their food order, customers then choose a pickup location from one of nine nearby towns, such as Plymouth or Minneapolis, in weekly intervals during growing season, and bi-weekly during the winter.
The sommeliers at WineStyles stock cupboards with up to 150 vintages, each less than $25 a bottle, arranged according to boldness, richness, and difficulty of removing the cork. Patrons savor the crisp fragrances of a Randall-Monroe sauvignon blanc ($12.99) or draw in the golden apple and citrus hints of a Graton Cellars chardonnay ($12.99). A staff of experts is on hand to guide the palate to the Foxtail cabernet sauvignon ($12.99), which beckons the olfactory senses with aromas of berry and plum, and Los Primos malbec ($12.99), which drapes tongues in silken sheets of plum and vanilla. Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., customers can make their way to WineStyles for a complimentary sampling of four to six featured wines.