hipster food

by Holly on January 16, 2011

in dinner,eating out,meet-up,Minnesota,silliness

According to Urban Dictionary, the premier source for the modern American vocabulary…

“Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”

I believe Urban Dictionary has omitted one very important factor (which I can only assume was an accidental oversight): hipster food.

It’s cool.

It’s got to have an unexpected twist.

It must be local or organic or gastronomical in nature.

It’s environmentally-conscious (see progressive politics).

It could be called Red Stag Supper Club.

It’s a Midwestern supper club establishment with a hipster twist.

In other words, it’s perfect for three food bloggers.

Plus, waiters dressed in flannel with creepy moustaches come included.

Naturally, it’s only right to start with a Minnesota-brewed Grain Belt Beer.

Perusing the menu, your moustached waiter assures you to take your time ordering, eating and enjoying your meal, which is a fantastic thing when you find yourself finishing dessert four hours later as a folk band begins their evening set in the back corner of the restaurant.

You pull out your camera to snap a photo of the Truffled Kettle Corn and realize you are a bit of a hipster yourself for documenting the experience.

You may have thick-rimmed glasses, flannel shirt and eco-friendly snow boots on, but you soon realize you are nothing but a wannabe as everyone else in the restaurant oozes so much more coolness than you.

Instead, you focus on the Mac & Cheese with lobster and grilled leeks before you.

You talk travel, life and blogging with your lovely foodie-minded friends.

Then, you  a Chop Salad (apples, beets, fennel, puffed wild rice + Manchego cheese).

And special of the day, which was Scallops with Brussel Sprouts + Chile Peppers.

You share all your food (sharing IS caring, after all) and commiserate about how your non-progressive extended family incessantly makes fun of you for your “hippie granola” ways.

Three beers down, it’s time for dessert.

Butternut Squash Cheesecake with brown butter crust + dulce de leche?

Don’t mind if we {hipsters} do.

Almost 4 1/2 hours later, it’s finally time to part ways with Angharad and Emily, and you leave the Red Stag with a belly full of hipster food feeling a bit cooler, a bit happier and wishing you had the number of your sweet, moustached waiter.

{ 39 comments }

Amber January 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

All of your food looks very yummy! What a fun experience! :)

emily (a nutritionist eats) January 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Haha! Such a fun night, I’m so glad I got to see you while you were in town! Love the post and thank you for taking such great pictures for this (lazy) girl :)
xoxo

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) January 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

i love hipster food!! butternut squash cheesecake?? AWESOME!

Evan Thomas January 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Butternut squash cheesecake? Send me some!

I’m all too well acquainted with everything hipster. Finding a hipster at Brown is like finding a crater on the moon.

Alex @ IEatAsphalt January 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

So awesome that you and Emily were able to meet up! And butternut squash cheesecake?! Yum. When you come to DC you should definitely check out Cafe Green, everything is vegan and they have raw cheesecake.

Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

that restaurant sounds pretty great. too bad it’s not in madison. :( were there really that many moustaches?!? the image i have in my head of all the waiters walking around with big ol’ moustaches is pretty hilarious.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans January 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Jealoussssss. I mean… I’m ironically jealous. Because being ACTUALLY jealous wouldn’t be very hipster of me. Can we go drink PBRs and play leisure sports now?

Molly January 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

LOVE Red Stag. I work down the street from there at Surdyks Liquor Store and Cheese Shop :)

Lauren January 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Oh my, this place sounds incredible!

Erica January 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

What a cool meal! Mac & Cheese with lobster? That sounds phenomenal! And the cheesecake looks totally unique. Glad you had fun with the ladies. I think you’re hip ;)

Matt January 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

MAC AND CHEESE :)

Emily January 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I just died over my yuppie burrito bowl…I can only think of really corny things to say like, that place looks like heaven…so I guess I’ll stick with that. you are damn good at what you do.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm

haha only a hipster like yourself could define this. But you’re right, that should be included in Urban Dictionary.

janetha @ meals and moves January 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

salt lake city is hipster capital of the world. two things.. 1. i wish i could have joined you 3 lovelies and 2. i want to see all that delicious food in color.

i had some funky cheesecake this weekend, too. it was made with bleu cheese!

Angharad January 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Love it! Had a such a great evening with you ladies, twas one to remember! xoxo

grace January 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

oooh a super good friend of mine is the bartender there. that restaurant is fabulousss

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

oh you’re such a hipster! Glad you enjoyed your food and time and yes, it looks awesome!

As i always say about my homeland (MN)..if it wasnt for the weather, it’s a totally rockin’ town in so many ways!

Corey @ the Runner's Cookie January 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

“Butternut Squash Cheesecake with brown butter crust + dulce de leche” sounds amazinggg. I want to try it! And “hipster food” – what a cool concept. Looks like you had fun!

rebecca lustig January 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

whoa! i’ve never seen a kettle/pop corn dish served at a restaurant! way cool :)

Amy at TheSceneFromMe January 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Truffled kettle corn?! Yumm-Oh!!!! I want to take a road trip to this place right now. Such a unique eat in a restaurant :)

Tessa January 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Hah you crack me up! I love this post

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I absolutely love this post. :D

(p.s. I would have been all over the butternut squash cheesecake…Mmmm…delightful! :D )

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

You are totally a hipster – That restaurant looks amazing, and I love how your waiter tol dyou to take your time. I usually feel like I’m getting rushed out!

Jess January 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm

That restaurant’s menu sounds INCREDIBLE!! Lovin’ the hipster-ness ;)

sofia January 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

in order to experience true hipsterdom, you MUST come to williamsburg, brooklyn and dine at one of our fine establishments such as the roebling tea room and hipster-watch the afternoon away (this was my day today, by the way). you will see characters such as this (http://crunchygranolagal.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/tasting-table-nyc-004.jpg) and laugh when overhearing the amazingly deep convos and noting just how tight skinny jeans truly can be. it’s fun. this looks fun too. i’m sure i’d feel right at home at this supper club.

i am digging the black and white. very fitting. and blog-lady-love is fab too. all good things.

sofia January 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

oh, and i must disagree with other commenters – you ain’t no hipster. you’re wayyy too cool for that. tis true.

Eden January 17, 2011 at 1:18 am

Ha, LA has some hipster areas! They arent real hipster areas, they are “wannabe” hipster. Everything in la is fake! but regardless, I hope you venture here so I could take you to a fake hipster dinner.

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby January 17, 2011 at 6:24 am

ahahahahhaahha! well, i knew about that restaurant when no one else did…when it wasn’t even popular and mainstream… ;) only keeding! this looks so so divine!

Katie January 17, 2011 at 8:11 am

U girls are beautiful, love the last pic, love the black and white photo style, always have!

This place sounds cool, and I was looking forward to a pic of one of the waiters with a creepy moustache : 0 ) lol

I love lobster mac n cheese! I have had that before while dining out and it was amazing!

Love ya girl!

leslie January 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

so, being that all of my close blogger friends are huge fans of you + your blog, i don’t know how it’s taken me so long to mosey on over here and click around your pages. i have obviously been missing out, and i am remedying that, starting now.

this looks like a wonderful meetup and a wonderful meal! i think a lot of us have a little hipster hiding inside, whether its the organic food in our bellies or an accidental ironic stare on our faces. but then again, i spent college in a sea of hipsters, and i don’t think i’ve ever fully recovered.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum January 17, 2011 at 9:00 am

Cuuute! Where is this place!?

Haleigh January 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

I adore the black and white style photos! You three ladies are beautiful, I’m glad to hear you had such a fantastic dinner. The food looks amazing!

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 17, 2011 at 10:27 am

Oh my God that mac and cheese…I’m dyingggg. I love lobster, and the mac is the only cheese-based thing that I ever miss. Holy moly.

Did they serve PBR? It’s the hipster beverage of choice these days…

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather January 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

That place sounds so rad! What a fun and tasty time with friends. Holly you are cool, go hippie granola!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

whoa – that cheesecake looks fantastic! so gald i found your blog. :)

my derby team got beer ‘staches – they sclip on the neck of a beer bottle and when you sip your brew, it looks like you have a (very hip) ‘stache.

Megan (Braise The Roof) January 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I love that lobster mac ‘n cheese (or really, any kind of mac ‘n cheese) can now be considered hipster. It makes me think that there’s still good left in this cold world of ours. :) Looks like an awesome dinner- I’m jealous!

amanda January 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm

such a hipster post. loving it.

ummm…SERIOUSLY? lobster mac + cheese? in the words of britney spears…gimme, gimme.

Joy January 18, 2011 at 6:38 am

Looks like a great (hipster) night

elise January 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

i may have to argue with janetha’s claim that SLC is hipster capital of the world. sometimes i would wander to brooklyn’s hipster areas and just laugh. the scene is awesome but ridiculous. homeless or hipster? sometimes you can never tell.

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