Restaurant Roundup: Grape-picking party, new releases, tasty desserts, global eats

Sept. 12, 2019

Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery east of Canton is having another grape harvest event Saturday. Help pick La Crescent grapes from 7 a.m. to noon. Helpers will get doughnuts in the morning and wood-fired pizza for lunch. RSVP by sending an email to

The crew at Look’s Marketplace is excited about the new Italian pizza ovens that arrived this week. Here’s a sneak peek. Look’s is working to open its new venture in the former Callaway’s on East 69th Street in October.

Obscure Brewing Co.’s beer will be available in local restaurants and bars. Earlier this week, the new brewery at 5200 E. Grant St. sent off its first kegs for distribution. Co-owner Don Choate said he doesn’t know yet where distributor Johnson Brothers plans to take them. The 45 kegs include a porter, wheat beer, pale ale and the Big Chain IPA.

Remedy Brewing Co. has tapped Skolberry, it’s homage to the Minnesota Vikings. “We also somehow managed to pack even more blueberry into this year’s batch for the most purple beer we’ve ever brewed,” the brewery said in a social media post. “So purple in fact, it matches the haters’ faces.” The beer also is available to go in crowlers.

Here’s a true farm-to-table offering. Stensland Family Farms’ seasonal apple crisp ice cream is being served at the east- and west-side stores. It’s made with apples from the dairy farm near Larchwood, Iowa, and homemade crisp topping.

Mackenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub is making “toast” into a dessert. Kentucky Toast features deep-fried Southern butter pound cake served with Kentucky bourbon caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. The dish is dusted with smoked sea salt flakes.

While Sioux Falls doesn’t have a restaurant that’s dedicated entirely to Thai food, diners can find Thai dishes here and there. Phnom Penh Restaurant on North Minnesota Avenue has introduced a limited time entree: Thai lemongrass noodles. The wide rice noodles are served with broccoli, carrots, onions and peppers along with a choice of meat. It features a spicy coconut sauce mixed with lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, lime juice and Thai chili pepper.

Hibir Ethiopia at Sixth and West is serving a buffet from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Try the restaurant’s meat and vegetarian dishes, along with fruit, salad bar and a soft drink. The price is $12.95, and children younger than 10 eat free.

Bring your dog for a special happy hour at McNally’s Irish Pub from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. As part of Pups & Pints, donate pet food to Almost Home Canine Rescue and get a free Pupcake for your dog from Oh My Cupcakes. The pub at 69th and Western is offering half-price taps, wine and cocktails for humans.

Make some different lunch and dinner plans — Lam’s Vietnamese Restaurant will be closed from from Monday through Sept. 23.

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