The folks at Target Field are getting ready to open their amazing -- I got a tour last week, and that's the first word that comes to mind of this incredible, you-can't-believe-you're-in-Minneapolis -- ballpark. They've been carefully hoarding the news -- sorry, building anticipation -- about the ballpark's locally connected concessions, leaking it in bits and pieces.
First it was the steak sandwich at Murray's and sausages from Kramarczuk's. Then it was Schweigert hot dogs. The latest? They're not giving specifics, only saying that an announcement is coming Monday at 11 a.m., when the Twins, Delaware North Sportservice (the ballpark's food service concessionaire) and chef Vincent Francoual of Vincent in downtown Minneapolis are spilling the beans about "a signature item to be served at Target Field."
Batter up: Vincent Francoual, chef/owner of Vincent in downtown Minneapolis. Star Tribune file photo.
Hmmm. I have two guesses. The first is that Twins fans will soon be scarfing down Francoual's fabulous "Vincent Burger," a swellegant play on the Jucy Lucy format: A thick ground beef patty that's stuffed with braised short ribs and smoky Gouda. Never tried it? Here's a tip: Visit the restaurant during happy hour -- 4:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 8:30 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 9:30 to close Friday and Saturday -- when it's priced at just $8, quite a markdown from the $13.50 price at lunch.
My other guess? That Francoual creates a version of "Vincent's Favorite Childhood Dessert," a plate of warm-from-the-oven Madeleine cookies, served with vanilla ice cream and a small pitcher of chocolate sauce.
What's your prediction?