HERE’S ONE EXCELLENT and reasonably thrifty Minneapolis dining adventure:
- A Happy Hour outing to Ba-Gu (aka BaGu), a modernist sushi restaurant in the bustling business node at 48th & Chicago. The very good sushi and sashimi come with tasty twists (like the mango-topped seared tuna) … and Ba Gu also also offers tempura and tasty Thai fare for our sashimi (fish) and nori (seaweed)-averse pals.
- Happy Hour lives up to its name here: two-for-one wine and beer, sweet deals on flavorful rolls and appetizers, and the mellow modernist vibe of Ba-Gu’s jewel-toned decor.
- Happiness continues through dessert: artisan ice cream and sorbet across the street at the Pumphouse Creamery. (I’d be equally happy with a fudgy brownie next-door at the Turtle Bread Company bakery.
Ba-Gu Sushi & Thai | 4741 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis | 612-823-5254
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5-9:30; Fri & Sat. 5-10
Budget-Friendly Deals: Happy Hour Specials: Mon-Fri 5-6:30 | Bargain Wine Bottles ($15) Fri & Sat
Ba-Gu Factoids: Ba-Gu means “My Bar” in Thai . . . Ba-Gu was a sister restaurant to the excellent but now closed Koyi Sushi Too, which relocated from the Minneapolis Warehouse District to the old Seward Co-op building on East Franklin Avenue.