Hump Day Lunch Day: The News Room

The News RoomExtra! Extra! Eat all about it! For over 15 years, The News Room has been a staple on Nicollett Ave. in downtown Minneapolis. With an upscale casual restaurant serving a variety of American eclectic offerings and a bar designed like no other in the cities, The News Room is definitely a place to indulge in food and beverage. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable, yet each of the seven rooms throughout The News Room is unique with respect to the décor and environment. The Menu, made to resemble a classic newspaper, changes four times a year with nearly every offering prepared in-house. Whether you are in for a quick bite for lunch or dining for dinner, there are plenty of options to fit what you are looking for. Lets not forget about the beer offerings. The News Room has a wide variety of offerings on tap and bottle, including local, domestic and imports. Join us as we board the ship and set off on our maiden voyage of food and beer.
The News Room BarThis just in, don’t pass on the coconut mussels! This dish consist of fresh mussels, red onion, bell pepper, fresh herbs, toasted coconut, and a grilled baguette soaked in a spicy, coconut, pineapple broth. We paired this dish with one of the most popular beer offerings to hit the Twin Cities market, Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA. This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of Citra and mosaic hops. Paired with the coconut mussels, the spicy, coconut, pineapple broth is accentuated by the citrus flavors of the Fresh Squeezed IPA. The peppers from the dish add a nice zest has it hits the palate finishing with a slight mango flavor. This pairing delivers a burst of flavor as if your palate visited a tropical paradise.
The News Room MusselsTurning to page two, the duck wings are a story that will make the headlines. The News Room sous vide deep fried duck wings smothered in sweet and sour sauce and topped on a pile of Napa cabbage mango slaw will make your mouth water. We paired this with the award winning Chimay Cinq Cents Tripel. Chimay Tripel has a golden color along with a slightly hazy appearance. Its fine head is especially characterized by its aroma which results from an agreeable combination of fresh hops and yeast. The beer’s flavor, as sensed in the mouth, comes from the smell of hops. Above all it is the fruity notes of muscat and raisins that give this beer a particularly attractive aroma. The light fruitiness of the Chimay Tripel complements the sweetness of the wing sauce. The alcohol (8% abv) and effervescent of Chimay lift the sweet, sticky sauce off the palate allowing the delicate, duck meat to shine through with flavor. A timeless beer paired with an exceptional dish from The News Room.
The News Room Duck WingsVenturing to page three, next up is the teriyaki pork sandwich. The teriyaki pork sandwich is prepared with braised pork butt, mango cilantro slaw, teriyaki aioli on a toasted potato bun. With the versatility of this sandwich, we paired this with Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Dead Guy is a German-style Maibock made with Rogue’s proprietary “PacMan” ale yeast. It is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well-balanced finish to pair perfectly with the teriyaki pork sandwich. The light, fruitiness of the beer balances the sweet, salty, richness of the butt pork. Dead Guy Ale offers a light palate cleansing beer that brings out subtle fruit tones with the dish. The sandwich eliminates the alcohol undertones from the beer leaving a warming impression during the cold winter months.
The News Room Teriyaki PorkFor the last dish, but not to be found on the back page, is the tuna JLT sandwich. Seared sashimi grade Honolulu ahi tuna, herb aioli, braised jalapeno pork jowl, mixed greens, Dijon sherry vinaigrette and tomatillo round out the many flavors in this sandwich. We paired this sandwich with Great Northern Porter from the Twin Cities craft beer pioneer, Summit Brewing Company. Summit Great Northern Porter is very dark, but lighter-bodied than you’d expect, with a robust, malty character and a delightfully sweet finish. The tuna JLT sandwich accentuates the roast character of the porter. Depending on the bite of the sandwich, it can be a light or heavy sandwich creating a well-balanced dish for a well balanced beer. The Great Northern Porter brings of the toast flavor of the wheat bread rounding out the many flavors throughout this food and beer pairing. This great sandwich and great beer is making headlines at The News Room!
The News Room JLTTo learn more and book a reservation for The News Room visit thenewsroommpls.com.

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