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Burnsville, MN

Decided to stay local this weekend and try a newer restaurant called JL Beer. Billed as a “Relaxed hangout featuring burgers with creative topping combos & an assortment of craft beers.“. It was so relaxed we only each got a glass of water in the 20 minutes we waited for service! So, we bagged it and left saying to our supposed waiter” Thanks for waiting on our table”. He just looked at us with a blank stare!

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What to do now since we were in the mood for a burger? Drove through the Burnsville Center parking lot, which was across the street and decided to try Lucky’s 13 Pub, just inside the mall. Great choice!luckys

The menu options were so much better than at JL Beer and the prices were comparable (even getting to choose between fries or onion rings . . . no extra charge!). The service was nonstop, bringing us water and taking our order within 10 minutes of being seated. I chose the Hawaiian Chicken with onion rings for $13.49 and my husband had the Mushroom Swiss burger with onion rings for $12.99 and a tall lemonade for $2.95 (free refills). Both were so filling I had to bring home a couple of the onion rings!

The Hawaiian chicken had a nice slice of fresh pineapple, ham, onion, teriyaki sauce and provolone served with 4 giant onion rings. I mean giant because each ring was about 1/3 of the onion. The Mushroom Swiss was a basic burger with sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese also served with 4 giant onion rings.

It was worth walking out of JL Beer and walking into Lucky’s 13 Pub. I’m kind of curious to try the Mac & Cheese Burger!

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I would go back to Lucky’s just for the onion rings as a meal! Iffy on trying JL Beer anytime soon.

 

Eagan, MN Food Truck Festival

Eagan, MN Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festival? With the choice of over 20 food trucks in a festival atmosphere we decided to give it a try. Not disappointed! This is the first year for the festival in Eagan, MN and I can not wait until next year when it will most assuredly be bigger!

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The first stop was at Porky’s Roadster for . . what else . .. a Porky’s Roadster. What a delight. This is a burger with pulled BBQ pork, cheese, pickles, tomato, shredded lettuce, and an onion ring in a giant bun. Well worth the $9.00

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Our second stop was at the Tot Boss Truck. The line was a bit long so should we wait? The line was moving along at a decent pace so we waited, about 20 minutes. I got the bacon wrapped tater tots with a bacon cheese sauce for $5. My husband got the loaded taters, similar to loaded nachos except using taters for $6. The tots were just the right crispness and dipped in a cheese sauce I could have had another! The loaded tots were gone in an instant.

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As I said I cannot wait for next year! Listened to wonderful music by Boogie Wonderland while enjoying the last days of summer.

South Beach, Miami, FL

South Beach, Miami, FL

Flying into Miami you wonder where you should go next. We decided to venture to South Beach and it was totally worth it. The kitchy hotel we stayed at did not have airport shuttle, which was fine, since there is a public bus that takes you to South Beach for $10 round trip (open ended!).

Where to eat? So many choices along Ocean Drive. We landed at Park Central Cafe, which is the hotel  restaurant that goes out onto the sidewalk for “people watching”. Now what to eat? Traditional? Seafood? Oh, the choices abound!

I picked the Fish & Chips basket made with traditional white fish and shoestring fries. Nothing much more to say about it. Not memorable as far as dining out is concerned. My husband ordered the Maui Club Sandwich with Yuca Fries. Now that was a more memorable meal.

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The experience was a bit more expensive for lunch than I would have liked but you are in South Beach so it was expected. I’m not sure I would recommend this restaurant, though they have since undergone some extensive renovations so maybe it is better.

For dessert who can resist gelato? With so many options it was hard to pick one. We settled on Milani Gelateria (www.milanigelateria.com). What drew us in was their outside seating:milanigelatosouthbeachgelatosouthbeach3 Who can resist sitting in an ice cream cone? Their gelato was amazing and reasonably priced. A must go to when visiting South Beach.

Visit South Beach. No need for a rental car just some good walking shoes!