By Amy Rea, Flyover Land

Spring is coming. No, really.

And you know why I’m so sure?

Because this is scheduled to open this Friday (hopefully not an April’s Fool’s joke):

sea salt sign Wander Minnesota: Spring Is Coming    No, Really

(credit: Amy Rea)

Sea Salt Eatery is within Minnehaha Park and just steps from Minnehaha Falls. It is open April-October, and it’s all about the fish, which doesn’t mean they don’t have anything else, but what’s left is just a few vegetarian options. That’s probably because they focus on what they do best, and that’s seafood.

sea salt Wander Minnesota: Spring Is Coming    No, Really

(credit: Amy Rea)

A note about Sea Salt: it’s a very popular place, especially on a nice day. When I visited for the last time last year, I thought maybe, being a weekday, it wouldn’t be as busy; the park itself was relatively quiet that morning, I had no trouble getting free parking, etc. So I showed up at Sea Salt a few minutes before its opening hour of 11 a.m., and by the time they started taking orders, a line had formed that grew and grew. So — go early, or be prepared to wait.

Fortunately, it’s well worth doing either. I agonized over possibly ordering one of the day’s specials, which was an ahi tuna burger, but decided to go with one of the standard menu items that I’d heard good things about:

sea salt shrimp Wander Minnesota: Spring Is Coming    No, Really

(credit: Amy Rea)

Here’s the crucial mistake I made: I ate lunch before going hiking around the park. But this plate of food was easily enough for two to share. And there I was, all by myself, and gee, hate to waste food, and gee, this just wasn’t going to microwave well, not to mention the fact that I was going to be away from home for several more hours and wouldn’t want to leave it in a hot car all day, and, well …

Reader, I ate it.

And then took the stairs. Now I, and you, know better.

Enjoy the arrival of spring, in whatever form it finally takes. Wander Minnesota will not appear next week, but will have a new column on April 13.

What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Sunday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.


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