A holiday weekend means a picnic in the park. A Minneapolis park, anyway.
Restaurant guru Kim Bartmann is the creative force behind Lake Harriet's locavore-minded Bread & Pickle, where the Arnie Palmers and hibiscus-flavored punch are deeply refreshing, the well-stuffed sandwiches more than satisfy (love that egg salad), the ice cream is first-rate and service is definitely with a smile.
Chances are you're going to encounter a line at Minnehaha Park's Sea Salt Eatery and, yes, it's worth the wait. Highlights include generously stuffed po' boys and tacos, cool shrimp-scallops gazpacho, beautiful raw oysters, a gigantic soft-shell crab sandwich, hearty stews and a terrific list of moderately priced beers and wines.
At Lake Calhoun's Tin Fish it's all about choices: Thirteen varieties of tacos, a half-dozen fish sandwiches, more than 10 different fried-fish platters (served with fries and slaw), plus burgers and salads and at-the-beach snacks like popcorn and ice cream. Boat rentals, too.