Soup to Nuts

Soup to Nuts

by John Middleton • Aug. 2

The First Bite

For this year's Fringe blog, the editors of Minnesota Playlist have asked me to write about food...

I don't get it either.

Food? Really? At the Fringe Festival? Am I being punished? Has the Fringe Festival put pressure on them to prevent my usual hard-hitting reporting of the Festival's seedy inner workings? We will never know.

So, food. Here we go.

For those readers who have access to the Internet (so you can read this) but who are unable to use Google (my Mom and citizens of China) I have put together the following list of restaurants. I've arranged them by venue. I haven't eaten at a single one of these establishments (Why me? Why food?), so this is not a list of recommendations. It is for informational purposes only. If you have recommendations, please let me know.

Kieran's Irish Pub and Bryant Lake Bowl.
These places serve food. You're there.

Intermedia Arts, Huge Theater, Cult Status Gallery (and Bryant Lake Bowl)
First choice should probably be the new home for Fringe Central, Moto-i
Also nearby,Tiger Sushi (take-out sushi for the Fringer on the go!),
Falafel King, Milio's, Szechuan Spice, It's Greek to Me

Minneapolis Theatre Garage
(I have been here, but not for the food.)

Lab Theater
Right next door is Sticks Restaurant inside Acme Comedy Company, but a restaurant in a comedy club does not inspire one with confidence.
A few blocks away is Bar La Grassa which looks very nice on the Internet.

Mill City Museum
Somebody go to Spoonriver Restaurant and tell me if it's any good. I like the name.

Playwrights Center
True Thai
- has to be better than its predecessor, Faux Thai

Gremlin Theater
For God's sake, go to Gremlin - it's hanging out on it's own in Saint Paul with construction everywhere. Go. And then look for Caffe Biaggio, which, unfelpfully, translates to Blaise Cafe, which in turn translate to "fire coffee." I may be wrong.

Mixed Blood, Theater in the Round, U of M Rarig Center Proscenium, Thrust, Arena and Xperimental
I know for a fact that many Fringe participants survive on Jimmy John's for the duration of the festival. Also nearby, Hard Times Cafe and Nomad World Pub and there's a rumor that one of the Minneapolis food trucks may stop by. That would be fun. You should tweet Mayor Rybak about it. He would like that.

Augsburg Studio and Augsburg Mainstage
There is nothing near Augsburg Theater. Augsburg students must be frail, skinny things. If you must, I suppose you could pack a sandwich and bring it with you in some sort of thermal lunch bag. But is it so terrible to go a few hours without something to eat? Do you really feel like you're suffering if you don't have some 32 ounce iced mocha something and a cookie as big as your head constantly in your greedy American paws? Don't you know that most of the world wakes up hungry and goes to bed hungry? You disgust me.

Bon Appetit!


moto-i =)

It's Fringe Central this year, and just two blocks from Bryant-Lake Bowl, but "moto-i" serves many tasty treats for about the cost of a single Fringe ticket.

Mill City Museum & Cedar-Riverside/West Bank

Spoonriver has good food. In my experience, the service can be slow. Servers and clientele can be pretentious. Prices are a bit high for what you get.

For the West Bank area, I'll suggest Acadia Cafe on the corner of Cedar and Riverside. (It was even a Fringe venue in its old location.) Excellent burgers and assorted pub grub, plus a massive beer list.

Tim Voss


Uptown bloc: Caffrey's, across from HUGE, is great and quick enough for the tween-show turnover. Worth the dangerously high hipster quotient.

"Will give preview of Fringe show for granola bar" cardboard sign has offered mixed results.

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