Dalton and Wade

When it comes to whiskey, Dalton and Wade on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis is where it’s at.
A neighborhood gathering spot that boasts over 200 American whiskeys and meat galore.
Think smoked meats, shrimp and grits, pimento cheese toast, crispy chicken, hushpuppies, and cornbread biscuits with sorghum butter.
And for dessert, you cant forget the apple pie and banana pudding.
With nods to the Western bar theme, the restaurant is named after the main characters in the 80’s cult classic Roadhouse.
If you aren’t familiar: Bouncers played by Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott save a nightclub in a small Missouri town.

The 4,000-square-foot rustic, industrial-chic restaurant comes complete with a horse and cowboy mural by local artist Carter Averback and a chandelier made from vintage leather belts.

Quick note: It can be a little hard to find the place. It’s in the new T3 building behind Déjà Vu.

Ice Castles

If you are looking for more outdoor winter activities……look no further than the Ice Castles in Stillwater!
Opened on January 5th, the castle is located in downtown Stillwater in Lowell Park along the riverfront.
Follow the glacial blue hues of the icicles and wind the crushed ice walk ways to find an incredible winter wonderland!The very first Ice Castle was built in Alpine, Utah and has since grown to 6 cities.
Each of the Ice Castles weighs about 25,000,000 pounds with about 10′ thick walls.
You can expect icy archways, frozen fountains, tunnels and ice slides.
During the day, see the the princesses from Frozen and at night, experience the light shows and fire performances!
You can also see the #onlyinMN marquee!
Perfect for a day or night trip…
…just don’t forget to grab your camera!

Rise Bagel Co.

Can we talk about Rise Bagel Co. for a second? Owned by sisters, Jen and Kate Lloyd, Rise Bagel has been a mainstay at farmers markets and pop-ups since 2014. Their Everything bagel was named one of City Pages’ “100 Favorite Dishes” in 2015. Rise opened this year in the North Loop neighborhood. The building, dating back to 1916, was originally a candy factory operated by Roach Tisdale. Specializing in old-world, traditional bagel-making techniques, Rise adds their own modern twist. This one? It’s called Pop Art. An open faced toasted plain bagel, topped with buttercream frosting and strawberry preserve, with a dusting of sprinkles. I know, right?!