Restaurant Roundup: ‘Bonkers’ reaction to Stensland’s Twin Bing ice cream, free cookies for singles

Feb. 7, 2019

B&G Milkway has generated a lot of excitement the past two years with limited Bing Avalanches that feature pieces of Twin Bing candy bars. Now, Stensland Family Farms’ Chocolate Bing Cherry is creating a similar response since it debuted a couple of weeks ago. “It’s been going bonkers,” said Leah Moller, a family owner who manages the retail operations and marketing for the farm near Larchwood, Iowa. The ice cream has pieces of the candy with maraschino cherries, chopped peanuts and a fudge swirl. It’s available only from the dipping case at the 41st Street retail store and not in quarts because “there’s too much love that goes into that,” Moller said. Customers can request to have enough scoops to fill a pint. Members of the family are big fans of Twin Bings, Moller said. “We’ll buy cases of it from Palmer (Candy Co.). We usually have a case of it sitting at the farm.” Chocolate Bing Cherry is a seasonal flavor and likely will disappear in March, Moller said. For Valentine’s Day, it also will be available in ice cream cakes that can be ordered in advance.

And speaking of B&G Milkway, the store at 69th and Louise has announced its opening date: March 6. Let’s hope winter is over by then!

Not Just Cupcakes by Jen in Harrisburg has expanded her weekend breakfast menu to weekdays. In addition to traditional American fare, Jen McVay also cooks breakfast recipes from her native homeland, the Philippines. There’s tosilog, which is sweet pork, longsilog, which is a Filipino sausage link, and lumsilog, which is a breakfast egg roll. The dishes come with garlic rice and an egg. Breakfast hours are 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday at the 518 Marketplace on North Cliff Avenue.

To celebrate Mardi Gras, Breadsmith is baking up King Cake every Wednesday in February and one last time on Fat Tuesday, March 5. The bakery, which now has four locations across the city, uses a recipe that includes cinnamon and sugar rolled in a sweet, citrus dough that’s braided and then topped with sugar and icing after baking. It’s missing one traditional item though: the tiny plastic baby hidden in the dough.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop is showing love to singles on Valentine’s Day. Come in without a significant other on Feb. 14, and get a free cookie with your meal.

Special food items for Valentine’s Day are common, but here’s a fun one: Slim Chickens is making heart-shaped waffles Monday through Thursday for its chicken and waffles dish.

The Hartford Steak Co. Tavern won the inaugural Hartford Area Burger Battle Challenge, defeating Big J’s Roadhouse, Blue 42 Sports Grill and The Goat Bar. The steakhouse topped its ground beef patty with shredded prime rib, melted Swiss cheese, lettuce, onion and its homemade special sauce and served it on a toasted brioche bun. It will be available for about another month and is served Sunday through Thursday.

TC’s Referee Sports Bar & Grill has switched up its menu with new winter features from Chef Tom Mose. The appetizer is called Mozz & Balls. Two jumbo-size meatballs are paired with fried IPA-battered mozzarella and gouda nuggets, and there’s a house-made marinara for dipping. New entrees include beef burnt ends with bowtie mac and cheese, and duck wings almondine, which features three fried duck wings over tempura green beans in a sweet garlic soy glaze with toasted almonds and dried scallions. Two of the chef’s classics — the New York strip and salt and pepper pork Florentine — have returned. For dessert, there’s a bread pudding with cinnamon swirl bread, apples and a touch of bourbon, topped with caramel and whipped cream.

Sioux Falls Food Tours is offering its first mall-area neighborhood tasting of local restaurants on Feb. 16. Stops include BB’s Pub N Grill, Backyard BBQ and Fuji Sushi & Hibachi, finishing up with ice cream at Stensland Family Farms. The tour will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $69, and alcohol is included. The business, which does public and private tours, has a new owner, Dana Wohlwend, who worked as a tour guide for founder Jenna Aukerman for the past year.

PorkPalooza will be back for a second year, May 31 and June 1 in the parking lot at 8th & Railroad Center. A dozen local barbecue pit masters will compete in a rib cook-off on Friday, and six vendors will sell food on Saturday. Live music will be featured both days. Proceeds from the event will go to Feeding South Dakota.

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