Grumpy's Bar in Roseville is fairly new owned by young, savvy guys and the inclusion of tater tot hotdish is a gimmick joke food with no tradition the same as the hotdish on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair. Of course they know out of state rubes will fall for it after listening to Garrison Kiellor's Prairie Home Companion.
If you want true hotdish you would have to go to a church supper or you could have had it at our house last weekend. My wife made it for the fun of it because I bought some gourmet wild rice. We did not use tater tots or hamburger.
Just like "out of state rubes" fall for the NY Kosher (Style) Deli's after watching old Woody Allen movies
If only I knew you were having hotdish, I would have headed out to Minnesota last weekend
I figured hamburger wouldn't have gone with wild rice- I'm assuming chicken or to be really local then perhaps "pheasant".
I know that traditonally "hot dish" is served at home and at "basement church suppers" I would love the opportunity to go to a "church supper" but the timing would have to be right, however I also know that many of the local restaurants do offer "Hot Dish" as daily specials and there's one restaurant specifically called "Hot Plate
" in Minneapolis that offers daily rotating Hot Dish Specials. http://www.hotplatediner.com/
I would love the opportunity to check this out and hope they're
still offering this next year http://www.americanswedishinst.org/ASI/Events.html
The swedish smorgasbord at the American Swedish Institute.
There's another restaurant I would love to check out, it was actually written up in an old Stern's Roadfood book called Carol's Vintage Rose
, in Blaine MN, they used to be called Carol's Calico Kitchen, but apparently had a fire and rebuilt the restaurant and altered the name .Unfortunately they don't have a website.
And another place I found out about called Cafe Finspang
which really captured my attention. I know many of theses places haven't been around for decade, however like many other cities the traditional local restaurants that served tradional local cuisine were forced out by Applebees, Chilis and TGI Fridays and the "sheeple" that go to them.
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