Excerpts from METRO magazine:
"Get yourself down to the Guthrie Theater pronto to try out Sea Change. Not only is it featuring the cuisine of the mighty accomplished Tim McKee--he partnered in three other restaurant openings and landed a James Beard award all within the last year--but it features sustainable seafood! The menu recently included grilled octpus with slas verde and Spanish peppers, and sea scallops served with sweet corn, chorizo, jalepeno and lime."
Check out a this video tour with Tim McKee.
"Continue to celebrate Minnesota's short-lived convertible season at the former Wagner's Drive-In. Under new ownership, the neighborhood icon has been given an "intergalactic, retro-futuristic makeover," and a fitting new name: Galaxy Drive In. Try a quarter-pound handcrafted burger with sauteed onions on a butter-grilled bun."
"The food at Pairings Food & Wine Market goes beyond ordinary, with local ingredients and a European-inspired menu and market that includes plenty of gourmet cheeses, meats and breads, We'd like to give a shout out to the Cuban panini, made with shredded pulled pork, smoked ham, sliced pickles, Swiss cheese and a creamy Dijon mayonnaise. What's more, we love that you can buy a bottle of wine in the wine shop, saunter a few steps over to the outdoor patio or cafe seating and open it up right there for the swilling with your lunch."
First Impressions: Sea Change
"Sea Change, the 'powered by Tim McKee" restaurant at the Guthrie Theater, is open and serving and exotic menu of sustainable seafood. Erik Anderson(ex-Porter & Frye) is the main man in the kitchen....The successor to Cue has been nicely softened with sea green accents and chalkboards. The menu is an amalgam of sustainably sourced (meaning ethically harvested, since the air freighting of fish all over the continent is the antithesis of sustainable) seafood..."
"...Galaxy Drive In is open in the old Wagner's spot on Hwy. 7. New owner Steve Schussler spent a fortune on renovations, and the vibe has changed from seedy to rocket-themed..."
A feature on Stillwater includes:
"All sass and pimento-fired jerk heat, Smalley's Caribbean Barbecue and Pirate Bar (link: smalleysbbq.com) serves up genuine Jamaican chicken, ribs, pulled pork, and beef, plus tender corn fritters and fried green tomatoes. Wash down the food with mojitos or frosty beers from the Pirate Bar."
And in a piece by Andrew Zimmern, he talks about how the economy has challenged our local restaurant scene. He spoke of many closings in the last year, but also spoke of the resilience of the restaurant community in times like this. He wrote with optimism of many restaurants that have opened in the last year or so, including Shea projects Barrio, Brasa (St. Paul), Crave (MOA), Galaxy Drive In and Sea Change. He then wrote about how "things are about to get really exciting" with the opening of many planned restaurants, including Shea projects Crave (St. Louis Park), Loring Kitchen & Bar, and the Lyndale Tap House.
Minnesota Monthly's take on the Galaxy Drive In: click here