Sunday, March 15, 2009

Reetsy Reviews: The Blue Door Pub

Rave reviews and lines extending out the door made Blue Door Pub too tempting for us.

On a sunny weekend in March we simply had to stop in. The truth is, we'd tried stopping before, but the line around the block was too long for our growling stomachs. We picked 2pm on a Saturday afternoon, and headed to St Paul.

Juicy Blucys, locally produced beer, and Spam bites give this place a distinctly Minnesota feel. It would be thrilling to see them add some locally sourced beef and cheese to their menu to up their Minnesota flavor.

Check out my full writeup at

[where: Sustainable Food, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota]


Cafe Cyan said...

Dying to go try it out, but like you, was deterred by the line!

Can't wait to try it!

Reetsyburger said...

I think it's worth a wait. Let me know what you think, Cafe Cyan.

Anonymous said...

yeah, if everyone in the world ate this way, the earth wouldn't be polluted or anything. sustain this, poser.

Reetsyburger said...

Beef consumption is a concern for me, Anonymous, and I do agree that the beef industry is far from sustainable. I do have hope, though, from some of the ranchers I've met. Their grass-based livestock production systems rely on biodiversity and ecological complexity, and reduce cost input. I think beef producers are beginning to realize that planned grazing can lower production costs and improve the health of the animals they are raising. I'd like to see more restaurants source their beef these kind of producers. I'm trying to encourage restaurants to source this kind of beef by writing about it on this blog

Anonymous said...

where is your blog on meeting these ranchers? even so, this is not sustainability. grass fed cows will take up more land than even corn fed cows. this land could be used to grow more corn, apples or carrots to feed the people of this earth. no please, have your cheese (made with milk from a cow who has never seen the light of day) stuffed inside a burger on a bun. but first, won't you watch this?

enjoy that lucy!

Reetsyburger said...

Anonymous -

Here's something from a recent publication from UW Extension:

"From an environmental perspective, raising animals on pasture has many benefits. High quality, healthy pastures reduce soil erosion, improve water quality (a University of Wisconsin study showed that pastures are the 'best' crop for reducing runoff and erosion), increase plant diversity, and provide high quality wildlife habitat. While perhaps not an environmental benefit, many people enjoy the view of green, flowing pastures with animals contentedly grazing.
A variety of health benefits are associated with grass-fed meats. Grassfed meat is leaner and lower in fat and calories than grain-fed beef. (See table with nutritional information.)"

Anonymous said...

"provide high quality wildlife habitat"--this can't be a serious quote.

anyway, so grass fed is better than corn fed--ill give you that, just the same way stubbing your toe is better than getting it run over by a truck...they are both very painful, but one is much worse.

same thing, rearing either grass fed and corn fed is very painful to the environment and is NOT sustainable, no matter how many grass fed burgers you eat.

now, did you watch the video i posted? do you think you could process the burger yourself, from field to plate?

sorry if im coming off a bit rude, but i feel its time for people to start being accountable for the way they eat and recognizing how animals arrive on your plate. you seem interested in helping, i just feel your intentions are misguided. when you falsely tell people that they are partaking in a sustainable practice, they are more likely to feel good about it and continue that behavior. its not right.