As journalist Charles Kuralt once said, "You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.” The chefs at B-52 Burgers and Brew strive to ensure their place on the celestial map shines brightly, dressing up the classic American staple with a lineup of sauces, cheeses, and bacon strips. Live music, contests, and a host of libations keep the interior abuzz with constant action, where daily specials bring excitement to weekdays more effectively than unleashing a convocation of bald eagles into the office on a Tuesday morning.
The accommodating staff at Mattie's Lanes, Sports Bar & Grille eggs on competitive appetites in an alley boasting polished wood lanes, tap brews, and a full restaurant menu of classic grill fare. Automatic scoring systems let players relax between rolls, giving them time to nibble house-made pizza with italian sausage. An onsite pro-shop keeps pin-seeking projectiles on target, and an arcade with skee-ball and video games occupies idle hands before they knit ugly sweaters. Ball hurlers can bask in the black-lit glow of Ultra Bowling nights on Fridays and Saturdays or bring along their closest pin-pummeling buddies to celebrate a birthday party.
Like any good local alcohol purveyor, Booze Mart has a vast variety of beer, wine, and craft spirits for just about any drink?just as they've been doing for more than 30 years. In the wine section, Zweigelt, Marsanne, and other enticing reds and whites line up along shelves waiting to be singled out. Beer offerings range from popular imports to local craft brews, making choices difficult to make, yet satisfying. When it comes to spirits, you'll find the makings for cocktails like martinis or any other libation that might be requested by a party guest or a James Bond impersonator who hasn't quite memorized his lines.
El Taquito Taco Shop has a full menu of Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites, but the house specialty is tacos. To create the Mexican staple, chefs fill soft-shell corn or flour tortillas with shredded beef, fried pork, or spicy chorizo and then sprinkle each with chopped cilantro and raw onions. The taqueria’s tacos are a favorite among diners and even earned a shout-out in Gnaw Blog, a food blog that reviews small, non-chain restaurants in the Twin Cities. On Friday and Saturday nights, El Taquito stays open until 3 a.m. to satisfy late-night cravings and partygoers itching for a food fight.