Restaurant Roundup: Bing Avalanche alert, mystery cupcakes, new happy hour

July 25, 2019

Tuesdays are popcorn tofu days on the hot bar at The Co-op Natural Foods, but it was all gone for the dinner hour because it went to feed Rob Zombie, who played that night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center with Marilyn Manson. The event center’s staff was shopping at the health food grocery store at 18th and Minnesota in the morning, looking for vegan items to feed the heavy metal singer, general manager Patrick Sayler said. They saw the popcorn tofu being made for lunch and called back an hour later and said they’d take all of it. “That was 10 or 20 pounds of popcorn tofu and a bunch of the dipping sauces that we had.”

Bing Avalance alert: They’ll be available for a limited time starting Friday at B&G Milkyway stores in the area.

The Cookie Jar Eatery will be closed Saturday through Aug. 5 to make its move across the hallway in Shriver Square. The bakery and restaurant will keep only three tables and three booths for the smaller space, but customers will be able to use the tables and chairs in the hallway. Part of the current space will become a Thai restaurant.

When it’s too hard to pick a flavor or you need a little mystery in your life, Oh My Cupcakes has a fun option. The bakery’s website has a Mystery Cupcake option. You can order one or as many as you like, and the staff will pick the flavors. Standard and mini sizes are available. Have them shipped or pick up the order at one of the three locations.

Queen City Bakery has a new lunch offering that available occasionally. Baker Kristina Moberg put a spin on her savory hand pies, creating something that’s a little more like a hunk of pizza. The new hand pie uses brioche for the crust and loads the toppings on the outside. It has roasted tomato, Kalamata olives, mozzarella, onion and garlic.

Wine Time on Main has added a happy hour twice a week. Stop by the wine bar in Washington Square from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Discounts include 20 percent off wine by the glass or 30 percent off bottles.

‘O’ So Good Restaurant has tweaked its hours. The Garretson restaurant is no longer open for morning coffee and baked goods, but for a $10 opening fee that includes coffee, beverages and treats, morning groups can meet there. Lunch is now served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday with a smaller menu that’s meant for quick meals. Some of the choices: mushroom melt, cheesy meatball or shrimp hot plate, crawfish bruschetta, smashed fried porkchop or chicken wrap and pizza. There’s also an all-you-can-eat buffet that will offer at least one item. This week, it was a three-meat, mixed vegetable dish with pasta. New hours Sunday, which features a seafood boil special, are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Taco John’s is hosting the inaugural Burrito Bash for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire. One dollar of every meat and potato or breakfast burrito sold Wednesday at the restaurants in Sioux Falls and Brandon will benefit the organization.

Donate blood Aug. 2, and get a free breakfast at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe. The Community Blood Bank is having the Rise and Shine Blood Drive from 6:30 to 11 a.m. at the restaurant, 1216 W. 41st St. The first 50 donors also will receive a pair of movie tickets. All donors will get a T-shirt and the free meal, compliments of Camille’s and the South Dakota Pork Producers Council.

Who knew beer came in so many colors? Covert Artisan Ales, a brewery that released its first batches in April, posted a photo on social media with a rainbow of its offerings. You can taste them in the taproom, which opened earlier this month on the west side of Sioux Falls. Hours typically are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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