THE HOT FIVE
Make the most of Saturday night's Aquatennial fireworks show (10 p.m. along the Mississippi River at the 3rd Avenue bridge in downtown Minneapolis, aquatennial.org) by enjoying something delicious to eat.
Bring the whole family and dig into platters of insanely delicious roast pork, Creole-style rotisserie chicken and hearty meant-to-share sides such as yams with Andouille sausage, Cheddar grits, yellow rice with black beans, a corn bread worth fighting over and simple desserts.
600 E. Hennepin Av., 612-379-3030, brasa.us
Come on, it's fireworks, so make it a romantic night with the significant other over one of chef/owner Don Saunder's multicourse tasting menus. Five courses are $65, seven go for $80 and nine top off at $95.
308 E. Hennepin Av., 612-436-0777, fugaise.com
HARRY'S FOOD & COCKTAILS
In his handsome restaurant, chef Colin Murray twists comfort-food standards in entertaining ways: salmon deviled eggs, fries choked in cheese curds and gravy, grilled Caesar salad, a long list of burgers, a great fried walleye sandwich, a daily hot plate and a pie of the day.
500 Washington Av. S., 612-344-7000, harrysfood.com
PUNCH NEAPOLITAN PIZZA
There's usually a line, with good reason: The pizzas here, with their charred, chewy crusts and superb toppings (get the "Margherita Extra") are first-rate, and they fly out of the wood-burning oven with a practiced ease. Nice patio, too.
210 E. Hennepin Av., 612-623-8114, punchpizza.com
Pastry chef Carrie Summer and Chef Shack cohort Lisa Carlson devote their Saturday mornings to feeding Mill City Farmers Market shoppers. On Saturday night, Summer is going solo, taking her organic cardamom-kissed mini-doughnuts gig to the same site (2nd St. and Chicago Av. S.). A dozen-ish of the little orbs of fried goodness are just $5.RICK NELSON