Down the Rabbit Hole

It was another eventful weekend for this girl. As I posted about on Friday I went to the grand opening of my friend's Chiropractic office in Wabasha (it was not Winona as I previously stated). Her name is Dr. Ott at Ott Family Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic. Check her out!! After the opening they invited us back to her house for a little partying. We had probably too much fun.

Exhibit A:

[caption id="attachment_390" align="aligncenter" width="300"]IMG_1336 Last minute wop creation[/caption]

Exhibit B:

[caption id="attachment_391" align="aligncenter" width="300"]IMG_1352 Champagne out of Tupperware. I love champagne so much.[/caption]

On Saturday we woke up drove home and although I had great intentions of getting some things done, the night before was a bit too much fun. I took a nap to prepare for the evening. We were going out with my family for my birthday dinner to The Rabbit Hole and I was really excited. I bought a new shirt for the occasion. Sticking with the current blush trends I purchased this adorable lightweight sweater with an open lace back. I knew I had all the other pieces I needed at home.

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1) Shirt: Lace Back Sweater, The Limited, $59.95

2) Pants: Ultra Skinny Pants, Gap, $59.95

3) Necklace: This is old from Giuliana Rancic's line at The Loft to benefit breast cancer research (similar, similar)

4)Shoes: Calvin Klein, sold out but similar was featured in my NYE post.

And so I was dressed so off we went. They would not let us make reservations, apparently  they do not take them unless your party is six or more. When I talked with them on the phone they said wait time is typically no more than 30  minutes, so I thought we would take the chance. Upon arrival the wait time was 1 hour 30 minutes. Unfortunately on E Lake St there is limited other options so we waited. Fortunately, there was a tap-room in the Midwest Global Market building called Eastlake Brewery & Tavern. We headed over there because we were starving and adult beverages were a necessity. They did not serve food but you could bring in food from the market, which was kind of awesome. I really liked the taproom. It was quaint, hip and the beer was good. Overall a win-win.

[caption id="attachment_398" align="aligncenter" width="300"]IMG_1357 The pale ale and chips and guacamole[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_397" align="aligncenter" width="300"]FullSizeRender (2) Interior of Eastlake Brewery[/caption]

About 1 hour and 45 minutes later, and some assertiveness from my mother we finally got a table at The Rabbit Hole. At this point I was praying for the food to be good. My family had been very patient coming all the way over here and waiting so long, my sister left her little baby to come out for me. Rest assured, this story ends well. The service was quick and polite. Typically you have to press a call button for the waiter but the hostess passed along how long we waited so our waiter arrived promptly. We began with drinks. They brought water out in a golden teapot and served in small metal cups. Then I ordered a Dragon Slayer cocktail which included gin, menthe and fruit flavors. It was really flavorful, fruity without tasting like juice and the alcohol was not so strong that it's all you could taste.

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The menu consists of Korean style noodle dishes and burgers. I settled on the AhJumma burger, which really hit the spot. It was made with chili pepper, chipotle coleslaw, Gruyère, and crispy onions. I was surprised at how spicy it was (I don't know why there was chili pepper in the description) but it was the perfect amount. Just enough kick without being too painful. I really love spicy foods but sometimes it's too hot and you are stopping to drink water every two seconds. Also what I presume to be the owner came out and told us he wanted to buy us a round of drinks because of the wait. He apologized for the wait and thanked us for staying to eat with them. I really appreciated that not only were we comped for our time but the owner took the time to tell us himself. Even though I was initially very upset about the wait I would go back due to the quality of the food and the service.

[caption id="attachment_403" align="aligncenter" width="400"]FullSizeRender_3 Outside the restaurant, that's my dad making a blog cameo.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_404" align="aligncenter" width="400"]FullSizeRender_2 The rabbit sign[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_405" align="aligncenter" width="400"]FullSizeRender (3) Ahjumma Burger[/caption]

After dinner we went to The Sample Room in NE Minneapolis. It's a quiet wine and cocktail bar. It's one of my favorite northeast places. On the way home we drove past the new northeast bar Betty Danger's and saw their new Ferris wheel. I am hoping to find someone who is willing to go with me there! I will keep you posted.

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What are some of your favorite places to eat? Would you go back to a place with a wait like that? Leave me a comment below I would love to hear from you!

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