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Parlour brings its famous burger and second location to St. Paul, opening Monday

 

 

A sequel to a Minneapolis favorite will open Monday in St. Paul.

Parlour St. Paul (267 W. 7th St.,St. Paul), a cocktail bar and restaurant with a diner bent will debut a new menu and a distinct vibe from the original. We got a sneak peek at the space, the food and the drinks on Thursday.

The large, exposed brick-laden space has three distinct areas: the bar, the diner and another small room that will eventually be filled with neons and boast pull tabs.

 

 

Like the mainstay across the river, the new Parlour will have a cocktail focus, with a long wooden counter and classic back bar, as well as bar-style eats. Drinks hover mostly in the "classic" territory, including a Queen's Park Swizzle and of course, an Old Fashioned.

 

 

The famous burger, regularly hailed as one of the Twin Cities' best, makes the move – but now, patrons will also be invited to upgrade the ribeye, chuck and brisket double patties with a fried egg and bacon.

In that vein of thought, the new Parlour menu will be substantially larger than its Minneapolis sister. A second bar acts as diner counter and a window into the kitchen's grill line.

 

 

Small plates range from a foie gras terrine and a chili-honey cauliflower dish, to mac n' cheese and chicken dumplings. Joining the burger on a modest "sandwich" section is a chili dog, plus chicken and brisket handhelds.

There's also a notable breakfast component, including hash and scrambled eggs with king crab. The chilaquiles also were curiously under "eggs" section but came without any egg.

 

 

And don't forget dessert: There's a sundae bar (though only two toppings are allowed) alongside boozy malts. The new Parlour opens at 10 a.m. on Monday.

 

 

(Photos by Amelia Rayno; burger photo by Rick Nelson)

Burger Friday: Greet the day with egg-topped breakfast cheeseburger at Colossal Cafe

The burger: The question of the day is, “What constitutes bacon ‘jam’”? The answer: “It’s mostly bacon, with vinegar, onions and a little bit of pure maple syrup,” said Colossal Cafe co-owner Elizabeth Tinucci. It’s also fantastic – one of the all-time great burger garnishes -- and the topper on a monster of a burger that Tinucci has christened the “Breakfast Burger.” Because, why not start your day with America’s favorite sandwich? Or have "breakfast" for lunch?

Naturally, the folks at the Colossal aren’t tentative about piling it on. 

“We don’t hold back on the bacon, that’s for sure,” said Tinucci with a laugh.

As for the patty – and yes, it’s there, buried beneath all of that chopped pork -- it’s a quarter-pounder, cooked on a flattop to medium-rare, with plenty of pink inside, and a flavorful char on the outside. Keeping her business in the neighborhood, Tinucci buys the freshly ground beef from the meat counter at Tim & Tom’s Speedy Market for her two St. Paul locations, and at Everett’s Foods for her south Minneapolis spot.

The bun is a standout. It’s baked in-house, a milky formula that’s equally sturdy and soft. It gets a toast on the grill, but not before getting the plenty-of-butter treatment.

The garnish motto is "keep it simple," in an all-major-food-groups kind of way: a thick blanket of sharp Cheddar, and a camera-ready, sunny side-up egg, the runny yolk contributing much-needed texture. Oh, and that dolled-up bacon. What a breakfast. Or, a lunch.

“They’re popular,” said Tinucci. “Maybe it’s because we don’t serve dinner, but people order them all the time, especially on the weekends.”

Price: $13.

Fries: None. Burgers are served with chips or a salad. Which makes sense. You're already having a burger at 8 a.m., do you really need fries? Wait, don't answer that.

Where she burgers: “I’m a huge burger person,” said Tinucci. “My two favorites – the ones I eat on a regular basis – are the Paul Molitor at Shamrocks. It’s a Juicy Lucy, but it’s filled with pepper jack cheese. I grew up eating them. And the burgers at Kelly’s Depot. They’re just regular burgers – there’s nothing fancy about them, at all -- and they’re really delicious.”

On your way out: All three Colossal locations sell a phenomenal to-go item. It’s a heat-and-serve chicken pot pie ($13), a lifesaver for anyone facing a last-minute “what’s-for-dinner” quandary. All the proper components are present and accounted for: tons of tender white-meat chicken, the standard potato-carrot-pea triumvirate and a rich cream sauce, all done up a hefty, feeds-two portion. Vegetarians, here’s a tip: Colossal prepares a veggie version (the components change weekly, reflecting seasonal produce) and sells it exclusively at the (newly expanded) Golden Fig in St. Paul.

In other breaking burger news: Parlour is opening its St. Paul location (at 267 W 7th St.) on Monday (doors open at 10 a.m.), and the burger implications are enormous. Yes, the Parlour burger will be available in the 651. Sing hallelujah.

Address book: 2403 E. 38th St., Mpls., 612-886-3443; 1340 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-414-0543; 2315 Como Av., St. Paul, 651-797-4027. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Talk to me: Do you have a favorite burger? Share the details at rick.nelson@startribune.com.

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