A Week of Fast Horse Favorites

December 28, 2009
The crew at Isles Bun & Coffee, making magic.

The crew at Isles Bun & Coffee, making magic.

This holiday week, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite things, from buns to beer. Check back daily for the view from our little corner of the Warehouse District.

Today: our favorite treats. Every creative agency I’ve ever visited runs on some variety of sugar and fat. Whether it’s M&M’s, Doritos, Coca-Cola or pizza, it takes a certain special fuel to keep cranking out ideas. Here are some of the things that make the Fast Horse ponies go.

Puppy Dog Tails from Isles Bun & Coffee

Not up for one of Isles Bun’s giant cinnamon rolls? Go for the cute, petite version: a puppy dog tail, eight inches of gooey, doughy joy. But you’ll probably eat three of them, anyway.

Isles Bun & Coffee Co., 1424 W. 28th St., Minneapolis

 
Yum! Name says all.

Yum! Name says all.

Pastries from Yum! 

We’ve yet to find a Yum! baked good that we didn’t love.  They also serve great food, but we typically mainline the frosted buns that Alli brings us on her way in from her suburban estate in Eden Prairie.

Just a block up the street from where the late, lamented Lincoln Del used to be, Yum! is bright, lively and features impeccable service from a friendly staff.

Yum!, 4000 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park

 

 

Cookies from Surdyk’s

Almost as big as your head.

Almost as big as your head.

Twin Cities residents know Surdyk’s for their liquor and one of the nation’s top wine selections, but we ponies know it’s also a great place to grab soup or a sandwich for lunch. Try a Minneapple Melt with turkey, lingonberries, brie and apple, or the fantastic Fishwich with balsamic salsa and aioli.

But what we really crave from Surdyk’s is dessert — specifically, cookies the size of a pie tin. Our normally reserved VP, Scott Broberg, gets positively giddy at the sight of a Surdyk’s snickerdoodle. And don’t overlook the oatmeal chocolate chip.

Surdyk’s, 303 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

 Milk Duds

Duds? Not here.

Duds? Not here.

 Whenever the Duds are in the house, they’re not long for the world. One of the all-time great movie treats (I have a friend who mixes them into her popcorn), we’ve discovered that they’re never a dud, any time of the day or night.

 

 

 

It's a friend you can eat!

It's a friend you can eat!

Swedish Fish

 

Don’t get between a certain pony and her Swedish Fish. It has nothing to do with being blond and Scandinavian — we all gladly gobble these gooey icthyoids. Added bonus: They can be twisted into all sorts of interesting shapes. I understand that practice was adopted by South Dakotans to keep amused during the long, winter prairie nights.