Restaurant Showcase … The Lowry. Burgers. Whiskey. Oysters. Eggs.

The Lowry. Burgers. Whiskey. Oysters. Eggs.

They call themselves an Urban Diner which is fitting because they are located in Uptown on 21st and Hennepin Ave. A very cozy atmosphere with a menu to match. What I adore about this spot is the menu. It is “shi shi poo poo” which means extra fancy words are used on the menu to describe basic food. Right up my alley! Usually shi shi poo poo entrees are full of flavor but are lacking portion size. Nope not at The Lowry.
Go there for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Happy Hour. Here’s a little hint: They have tidy bathrooms.
skin-on, green top carrots, mashed potato, arugula, pan jus 14
Fish Tacos
blackened tilapia, avocado, black bean & corn salsa, Napa cabbage 14


Chicken and veggie stir fry with cauliflower rice

Chicken and veggie stir fry with cauliflower rice

Use food processor to shred up cauliflower to look like grains of rice. Sauté shallots and garlic in chili EVOO. ADD cauliflower rice and cook until soft. Season with cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Approximately 10-15 minutes. In another pan; sauté peppers and onions and add grilled chicken. I steamed broccoli and added to stir fry. Add sweet curry powder to mixture and serve on top of the cauliflower rice.

Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli; Grilled chicken with Dijon mustard

Season chicken breast or chicken tenders with 21 seasoning blend from Trader Joe’s or any other blend (no salt) and grill on Panini Grill or George Foreman grill or similar 4-5 minutes. The vegetables can be marinated beforehand. Use 1 to 2 TBS of EVOO ( I use garlic EVOO) and the seasoning blend. Shake to mix in a plastic baggie. Cook in 400-450 degree oven for 15 minutes aprox. You can use pretty much any vegetable that you like. I suggest onions, brussels sprouts, green beans, peppers, zucchini. Use Dijon Mustard as a dipping sauce for the chicken. Because no salt is used, it gives the chicken enormous flavor.

The Wing Joint

The Wing Joint

For the past few months I have been making my way to The Wing Joint but with no avail. So the day before I started a new eating program; I decided to take the trip. I came for the wings and ended up ordering cheese curds, fried shrimp and breadsticks. The fried chicken is soooooo good. The wings do not look like they have been bullied by hormones either. Seasoned properly and fried well done just the way I like them. The cheese curds are cheesy but not greasy. Reminiscent of The State Fair. I was very impressed with the tidy little joint. Housing approximately 5-6 booths; it’s the perfect spot to quickly dine in or order to go. Located 10603 University Ave NE in Blaine MN. Ask for Mike Jones and tell him Miss Food Aficionado sent you.

Red Drank

RED drank aka cherry or strawberry kool-aid. Lo-Lo’s chicken & Waffles serves this up in mason jars. Don’t ask me why. This is usually typical of Southerner’s who serve sweet tea. Lo-Lo’s is a semi-hole-in-the-wall located in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona. The catfish and chicken are well seasoned and the greens are pork-free. This spot is so good that I made a special trip for a to-go plate during a layover to Minneapolis.