The brick façade and striped awnings of Dangerfield's have stood for more than 20 years alongside the south bank of the Minnesota River. Inside, brick archways and wooden wainscoting create a warm setting, and there's also an outdoor terrace, screened in by a netted dome to ward off bugs and confetti dropped by exuberant skydivers. Chefs transform Angus beef into steaks, medallions, and half-pound burgers, and they highlight the delicate flavors of Canadian walleye and jumbo shrimp with citrusy sauces. A full bar and wine list help nurture good spirits, and the join also hosts national and local comedians in their lower level on the weekends.
As night falls, participants in the noncompetitive Rave Run pull on neon T-shirts, don glow-in-the dark glasses, and stuff their pockets with glow sticks. Spectators look on as the throng of illuminated runners, which includes kids and adults, make their way through a 5-kilometer course that winds through city streets.
The event culminates with an after party, where a DJ spin tunes and powerful lasers cast out beams that illuminate wide smiles and the secret locations of any lost arks in the vicinity. Fog machines and CO2 jets help create a high-adrenaline atmosphere as attendees dance with their glow-in-the-dark compatriots. All the fun is for a good cause; The Rave Run partners with a local charity in each participating city.
Herradura's kitchen hums with the sounds of simmering Mexican sauces and sizzling meats. Chef Rita Castro fries up fresh shrimp, crab, and scallops for seafood fajitas, stuffs taquitos with beef or chicken, and adorns cheese enchiladas with pork, onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Bartenders blend natural juices into pitchers of mango, cactus fruit, and guava margaritas, drawing from an 18-year-old recipe formulated by brothers Raul and Oscar.
Tommy's Malt Shop induces nostalgia with a menu of malted milk shakes, hamburgers, and other classic comfort fare. With 16 different ice cream toppings that can be mixed and matched, made-to-order malts ($3.75–$4.75) arrive mouthside in unlimited flavor combinations that sippers can sprinkle with a variety of candy or fruit toppings, like most judicial summons. The pina colada malt combines strawberry, pineapple, and banana, while Emily's Favorite entreats sweet teeth with an avalanche of hot fudge and butterscotch. Chefs forge fresh burgers to order and with creative twists, such as the Pig Out burger made with a blend of bacon and ground beef ($8.50), or the Cowboy burger ($6.25), slathered in cheddar, barbecue sauce, and caramelized spurs. A garden salad ($7.25), homemade onion rings ($3.95) and a variety of classic sandwiches help round out memorable meals.
Pinatas dangle from the ceiling at Chaska My Love, giving them a perfect view of the restaurant's orange and red walls adorned with murals of iconic Mexican images and landscapes. Below, diners nestle into bright blue booths before tucking into plates heaped high with flavorful dishes, such as carne asada, sizzling fajitas, and guacamole made with fresh avocados. The menu offers a variety of authentic Mexican appetizers, entrees, and desserts, as well as antojitos, which translates to "little cravings" and refers to Mexican street food such as tacos and tamales.
With seafood, beef, lamb, tofu, pork, duck, chicken, fried rice, chow mein, lo mein, and chow mei fun on Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant's menu, there's a dish to accommodate any and every Chinese food whim. But Mpls.St.Paul Magazine recommends the restaurant for its authentic Mandarin and Sichuan dishes, adventurous appetizers like the homestyle gizzards ($6.95) alongside house specialties. Sichuan specialty ma po tofu wraps vegetarian tongues in a savory bean-curd embrace ($9.95), and cumin lamb is a succulent medley of the titular meat, fresh bell peppers, and onions in an earthy sauce ($14.95). Alternately, take a dive in the tastes of the ocean with a chrysanthemum-shaped filet of sole in tomato sauce ($13.95). The Groupon can also be applied toward the weekly brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays ($11.95/person), which compiles dim sum, fresh Chinese fried bread sticks, dumplings, and various entrees.