The hubby and I are out of town for a god chunk of July, living it up in Minneapolis from June 30-July 10.
We come to Minneapolis a few times a year just to get out of town and explore.
We wanted to focus on trying some new places and doing new things instead of the same old Mall of America and ValleyFair the entire time.
Saturday July 1st
We started the first full day in Minneapolis with a trip to Glam Doll Donuts. We had heard good things and had to check the place out as I love me a good donut!
I ordered a basic raised donut with chocolate glaze and sprinkles, named the Chocolate Starlet, just as you would expect it to taste. Light, fluffy, with the perfect amount of icing.
Tony had one called Night Moves, which was a cake donut with blackberry hennessey icing & blackberry jam. He devoured it so I’m thinking it was good.
As you may know by know I’m a huge lover of bacon so I had to try one of their bacon donuts. I decided to go with the Pinup Girl + Bacon, a bourbon infused apple fritter with caramelized bacon. I really couldn’t believe how bad this donut was. WAY too much bourbon, it was literally all you could taste, no apple fritter flavor popped out, and apparently they don’t understand what “caramelized” bacon means as it was undercooked soggy bacon. Definitely disappointed in this one.
After that we headed to Knapton’s Farms to pick some fresh raspberries. It was a good experience. They had a lot of bushes to pick from and it took us awhile to walk around and fill 2 pints.
We finished off our meals for the day with dinner at the Smack Shack.
This place was featured on the Food Network Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives back when they were just a food truck that was also operating out of 1029 Bar. Needless to say they have come a long way since then with a higher end location in the North Loop area of Minneapolis.
We sat outside on the “patio”. I use air quotes because there is a real patio area and then the small section of tables that is literally in an alley, it was a little weird but there wasn’t too many cars going through there.(P.S. the patio is dog friendly!!)
Tony ordered the Jambalaya and loved it. A generous portion filled with shrimp, sausage, and chicken.
I opted for the Connecticut Style Lobster Roll and it was phenomenal! The bun was over flowing with big, juicy, tender chunks of lobster meat and it was paired with crispy cajun fries.
We were already full but decided to test the dessert menu, when in North Loop right?
So pleasantly surprised with our triple decker carrot cake. Moist cake with a perfectly made cream cheese frosting.
Finally, we went for a family walk with our furbaby at Normandale Lake Park. Beautiful area with nice paths to walk on.
Elsa decided to ruin the moment by burping in my face when we went to take a nice family photo!
Sunday July 2nd
Sunday was unintentionally a short day.
We went to Nightingale for brunch and bottomless mimosas.
Let me say, I have NO control when it comes to bottomless mimosas.
I ordered the french toast with the whipped ricotta(so good) and had way too many mimosas.
I will say, $10 for bottomless mimosas here is such a steal. They are STRONG and delicious so beware to not have too many like I did!
Needless to say, that was the end of the day for me….
More Minneapolis reviews coming soon!