Savor local flavor: a full rundown of FEAST! restaurants
Starting Monday, eateries from Lake City to Rochester to Lanesboro will once again delight diners with mouth-watering selections in an epicurean ode like no other. FEAST! Restaurant Week, Nov. 26 through Dec. 1, celebrates our region’s best chefs and drink artists while shining a spotlight on local food.
Every dish in the six-day extravaganza includes locally-produced ingredients, from fruits and vegetables to cheese and meat, to honey and hazelnuts.
It’s a collaborative effort between area restaurants and food makers, the People’s Food Co-op and FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace – the region’s largest local food festival, which takes place Dec. 1 at the Mayo Civic Center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Participating restaurants choose a food producer from the list of exhibitors coming to FEAST! and create a menu item featuring at least one their products,” explains Brad Smith, People’s Food Co-op’s public and member relations manager and co-founder of FEAST! Restaurant Week. “It’s a great way to highlight all the culinary talent we have here while supporting area vendors and the great food they’re providing the community.”
With 17 eateries featuring more than a dozen area chefs, there are plenty of ways to savor local flavor. Check out local-feast.org/restaurantweek and follow #FeastRestaurantWeek on Twitter for more information on specials by each restaurant.
In the meantime, though, here’s a list of the participating restaurants and what they serve to plan your route from one end of SE MN to the other.
BAR BUFFALO – Cocktails, craft beer and small plates for every palette. 20 3rd St. SW, barbuffalomn.com.
BLEU DUCK – Innovative local food with big-city style. 14 4th St. SW, bleuduckkitchen.com.
CAMEO – World culture-influenced cuisine with Midwestern appeal. 115 ½ N. Broadway, castlecommunity.org/cameo.
CASABLANCA – Modern French seafood featuring the finest local ingredients. 1151 6th St. NW #106, casablancarochester.com.
CELLAR – Craft cocktails and small plates. 20 4th St. SE, porchandcellar.com/cellar.
CHESTER’S KITCHEN AND BAR – Classic American comfort food. 111 S. Broadway #108, chesterskb.com.
FORAGER BREWERY – Scratch kitchen featuring locally sourced ingredients and house-made brews. 1005 6th St. NW, foragerbrewery.com.
HALF BARREL BAR AND KITCHEN – American cuisine with full bar and extensive whiskey selection. 304 1st Ave. SW, halfbarrelbar.com.
LITTLE THISTLE BREWING – Inviting space for locally crafted brews. 2031 14th St. NW, littlethistlebeer.com.
THE LOOP – Upbeat restaurant serving New American cuisine. 318 1st Ave. SW, rochester.looprestaurants.com.
NOSH RESTAURANT AND BAR – Western Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with menu, determined by seasonal availability of produce and meats provided by local farmers. 310 ½ S. Washington St., Lake City, noshrestaurant.com.
PEDAL PUSHERS CAFÉ – Made-from-scratch cooking featuring locally-grown meats, dairy, and in-season produce. 121 Parkway Ave. N, Lanesboro, pedalpusherscafe.com.
PEOPLE’S FOOD CO-OP – Vast selection of local foods plus made-from-scratch deli and bakery items. 519 1st Ave. SW, pfc.coop.
PORCH - Urban farm fare with specialties like fried chicken and smoked meats. 20 4th St. SE, porchandcellar.com/porch.
THE TAP HOUSE ON HISTORIC THIRD – Craft beer bar with more than 50 selections, authentic Mexican street tacos and hand-crafted burgers. 10 3rd St. SW, taphousemn.com.
TONIC LOCAL KITCHEN & JUICE BAR – Fresh soups, juices, bread and more made from family recipes and local ingredients. 318 1st Ave. SW, tonicfreshjuice.com.
VICTORIA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN – Classic Italian restaurant specializing in pizza, pasta and gourmet salads, 7 1st Ave. SW, victoriasmn.com.