Southern Fried Concerts

I’m going to see Dolly Parton perform at Northrop Auditorium tonight, as part of her Backwoods Barbie tour, and decided to take my mom for an early Mother’s Day present. I’m thinking we ought to have southern cooking tonight, but for the life of me, I can’t think of a good place to go. We’re originally from Springfield, Missouri, gateway to the Ozarks, so I’m familiar with the dishes, but only ever from having it cooked at home. Where do we go in the Twin Cities to have good Southern cooking these days?

(I had originally used the word cuisine in my post, but I changed it to dishes, feeling that the word “cuisine” has no place in reference to Southern cooking. At least not until you get to New Orleans)

10 Comments so far

  1. halfbaked on May 7th, 2008 @ 11:02 am

    Market Barbecue
    Rudolph’s Barbecue
    Dixie’s on Grand

    Those are probably the most popular ones. I’d go with Dixie’s probably. Have fun! Good to go with a theme for the night. :)


  2. Erica M (ericam) on May 7th, 2008 @ 11:59 am

    I asked on Twitter. Best suggestion I’ve gotten so far is Brasa. Alexis says "Brasa is half-southern-themed-with-a-conscience (local, organic, etc.). I like the cheddar grits and collard greens."


  3. JasonT (minn_jasont) on May 7th, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

    Hmm, Dixies has okra as an appetizer, but not a side dish, and Brasa doesn’t have okra at all on the menu. I feel like I should open a restaurant.


  4. moe (emoeby) on May 7th, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

    Popeye’s. :)

    Scott Ja Mama’s for BBQ, but it’s mainly takeout. My wife is from KC, and we’ve yet to find great BBQ in this town, but this place is the closest.


  5. Erica M (ericam) on May 7th, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

    What’s that place on 38th St? Ted’s? Ted Cooks? Something like that. Just west of Hiawatha. I think it’s more "soul food" than Southern, but there’s a lot of overlap there. Can’t find a website for it.


  6. bbxx on May 7th, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

    Ted Cook’s 19th Hole BBQ on 38th Street 1 block from Hiawatha in Minneapolis has Thee Shit. Best BBQ ribs, chicken, jo-jo potatoes, greens, cornbread and sweet potato pie this side of the Mason-Dixon. Or whatever. Don’t play around. The last time I was there, this dude was telling me he took a taxi, 2 buses, and the train to get there. No eating in, it’s all takeout.


  7. davep on May 8th, 2008 @ 5:32 am

    Don’t forget Popeye’s down on Lake if you want Chicken & Biscuits.

    I’ll third the recommendation for Ted Cook’s if you like sloppy wet bbq. They do, on occasion go a mite heavy on the sauce.

    If you like dry, texas-style bbq, you’ve got to make the hike to Eden Prairie to Baker’s Ribs.

    If you’re looking for Soul Food, rather than bbq, Southtown is highly recommended, but I’ve never been there. I used to go to a place up on Broadway which I’m pretty sure is closed now.


  8. JasonT (minn_jasont) on May 8th, 2008 @ 8:54 am

    We ended up going to Rudolph’s because it was close, and they had good Happy Hour appetizer prices, which was enough food to feed us for dinner.

    As far as Southern cooking goes, it’s not really soul food or barbecue that I was necessarily looking for. You know, I think Southern is probably the wrong adjective to use to describe it. Country-style cooking is better.


  9. sassmaster on May 8th, 2008 @ 9:53 am

    My friends from Memphis sweat by Cap’s Grille: capsgrille.com

    It is dang tasty.


  10. sassmaster on May 8th, 2008 @ 10:15 am

    I meant swear by (but maybe with the spicier menu items….?)



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