Restaurant Roundup: Free bottles of wine, ugly sweater cake

Dec. 12, 2019

The new Tavern 180 at 69th and Western is giving away a free bottle of wine with the purchase of an appetizer on Tuesdays until Christmas to groups of five or more drinking-age people. The selection includes house bottles of pinot grigio, pinot noir and cabernet.

Check out this ugly sweater cake from Oh My Cupcakes! The arrangement can be made with vanilla or chocolate cupcakes or a combination of the two. They usually can be ready within a day or two. The 36 standard-size cupcake version is $129, and a mini one is $66. The bakery also has pull-apart Christmas trees, wreaths and candy canes.

Did you know? Eileen’s Colossal Cookies sells its frosting by the pint. A variety of colors are available for $3.75.

The Boozy Bakery has gone savory. Spanakopita, which is a Greek pastry with a filling of chicken and spinach, will be available through Dec. 28. The bakery, which is in JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars, is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.

The Cookie Jar Eatery is testing out Impossible, the replacement meat product, in one of its featured soups this week. Owner Glen Koch said the Impossible Cheeseburger Soup might be gone before Saturday’s lunch.

It’s Kona coffee time at Dunn Brothers Coffee. The coffee shop roasts the prized Hawaiian beans once a year, usually around Christmastime. They’ll be roasted Friday, Dec. 20 and 27 at the shop on Arrowhead Parkway. To ensure availability, order by calling 271-8038. Get a half-pound for $30 or a pound for $60, either ground or whole bean.

WoodGrain Brewing Co. is hosting a crawfish boil Wednesday with chef Omar Thornton of ‘O’ So Good Restaurant in Garretson doing the cooking. Thornton said he has ordered 60 pounds of crawfish from “down south” that will be shipped overnight and picked up the day of the event. The meal is $14 a bowl, with crawfish, sausage, corn-on-the-cob, rice, onion and peppers in a seafood broth. Diners can pay $15 in advance to guarantee their meal. Call the restaurant at 605-594-3600. The meal will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Get a free cookie skillet dessert at Blue Rock Bar & Grill with a Christmas gift for a child or a cash donation, which will go to a local Title I school. The collection runs through Dec. 20.

Get a free drink of your choice at any of the Sioux Falls bars owned by M.G. Oil Co. for a donation of a needed item to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. The holiday promotion is good through Jan. 5 at The 18th Amendment, Alpine Inn, Billy Frogs, Bubba Js, The Lie-brary and The Red Eye Bar.

Dialed in Nutrition meals have filled in the loss of Eat Fit Go at the downtown Lewis Drug. The prepared-meal business that’s based in Lennox also is stocking meals at GNC locations at The Empire Mall and Dawley Farm Village, starting next week.

If you’re a fan of the truffle vinaigrette dressing made at downtown’s M.B. Haskett Delicatessen, you can buy it by the jar through January. Eight-ounce jars are $8.

Casey’s Bakery of Sioux Center, Iowa, is having a pop-up bakery Wednesday at Stensland Family Farm’s West 41st Street store. Stop in from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Dutch pasty treats for the holidays or pre-order at The ice cream shop also will be serving almond patties a la mode all day for $3.

Two dollars can get you a year’s worth of Frosty treats from Wendy’s. Through Jan. 31, the fast-food chain is selling Frosty key tags, which are good for a junior-size treat with a purchase for all of next year. Eighty-five percent of proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which helps find adoptive parents for children in foster care. The nonprofit was created in 1992 by Wendy’s founder, who was adopted as a child.

Firehouse Subs’ has started a Name Day promotion. Each day, the restaurant posts a name or names, and customers with that name get a free medium sub with any purchase. Jennifer and Michael are among the names already picked.

Need a break during Christmas shopping? Applebee’s $1 monthly drink special for December is pretty festive. The Merry Dollarita is a pomegranate margarita mixed with tequila and triple sec.

Granite City Food & Brewery is throwing a Harry Potter-themed party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Get sorted into your Hogwarts House, play trivia, mix a magical potion and more.

Here are other recent restaurant updates.

Amid uncertain future, Spink Cafe’s ‘Spink Ladies’ keep on selling

Nestle Toll House Cafe opens at The Empire Mall

Taco John’s to close Minnesota Avenue restaurant

Covert Artisan Ales to open downtown taproom next year

Downtown bakery closes after five years

New owner of fitness center cafe adds to menu options

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