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Insight News: Black in chef’s whites: Jared Brewington

Jared Brewington is bounding around 805 E. 38th St. with the enthusiastic, slightly unhinged energies of a new dad.The tiles are repurposed from an old McDonald’s. This old record player was thrifted. The light fixtures are being suspended with airplane wire. Brewington insisted on taking on the general contractor duties of his newly opened restaurant, Funky Grits, a highly anticipated soul food – not soul food – restaurant in South Minneapolis (more on that later).Source: Black in chef’s white’s: Jared Brewington

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Hai Hai makes Vietnamese Cuisine Exciting Again

Hai Hai, the new Vietnamese restaurant at 22nd and University Ave. N.E.,  makes Vietnamese cuisine exciting again – which is quite an accomplishment. The place has been jam-packed with millennials ever since it opened a few weeks ago. Owners Christina Nguyen and Birk Stefan Grudem have followed the same formula that has made their Hola Arepa such a popular eatery – fresh flavors, a stylish hip-on-a-budget decor, very affordable prices and a smart cocktail program.…

City Pages: Generations of Lebanese cooking at Beirut Restaurant and Deli in West St. Paul

“The story of Beirut Restaurant and Deli is an immigrant story.

“(I)f you do nothing else at Beirut, order the monumental mezza platter for two, a $50 color wheel of just about everything the restaurant has to offer, served in smaller portions for sharing. It’s the way a Lebanese family would traditionally eat at a gathering, with plates of food coming and going, going and coming…'”

Source: Generations of Lebanese cooking at Beirut Restaurant and Deli in West St.

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