Bolt (the movie) and Pop (the restaurant)

January 4, 2009

No image on today's post. Instead I'm just going to encourage you to go out and see Disney's "Bolt." It's a delightful animation (great details, great action and angles) about a dog named Bolt who gets separated from his owner Penny. (I don't want to tell you more because I went knowing nothing more than that there was a rather crazy hamster in the movie. If you don't know more than this the opening scenes will be even more enjoyable for you.)

John Travolta gives voice to the title character and brings additional delicacy to this sweet tale. He has a lovely soft register to his voice and he utilizes it here in moments of surprise (such as when Bolt meets dogs in NYC who want to sniff his butt). Every second of his vocal performance is a delight. I will never look at Styrofoam® in the same way again.

Susie Essman, known to some fans for her work as a standup comedian and to others for her acting roles, provides the voice of Mittens, a hard-edged alley cat. Her character, thanks to her vocal skills, brings just the right amount of adult balance to what could have been a sickeningly sweet tale. Hilarity is added by the great supporting cast.

So I recommend you go and check this film out and afterwards, of course you'll need some food, so I suggest you get over to Pop, a restaurant in northeast Minneapolis: 2859 Johnson St NE Minneapolis. You can reach them at (612) 788-0455. Their hours are Mon-Thu 11am-3:30pm, 5pm-9pm,

Fri-Sat 11am-3:30pm, 5pm-10pm. They don't accept reservations, so be prepared to wait in the evenings.

But the wait is worth it. You'll get an ecclectic menu including pastas, salads and my favorite: the pulled pork sandwich with citrus barbeque sauce. Actually I've only ever had the pulled pork sandwich because it was so divine the first time I had it I can't bear to pass on it. Friends I've eaten with at Pop, however, have happily sampled many other selections and all have been delicious (I trust them). Also in the evenings waiters bring a small round of delicious cornbread with some green chiles in it. It's not sweet, it's just corn-yumminess.

There are desserts too, which look yummy, but I'm always full from my sandwich. (You might consider eating only half your sandwich, taking home the extra, and leaving room for dessert!)

I understand there is now a Pop in St. Paul, but you'll have to discover that on your own.

For now I recommend you go see "Bolt" and then treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Pop on Johnson St. NE.

    • Christine F
    • January 4, 2009

    I have to second that. Bolt is wonderful. I also just rented Wall-E
    and loved that too.

    • Roz
    • January 4, 2009

    Christine, I’m upset I missed Wall-E. Too much was going on in my life when it was in the theaters. I wanted to see it on the big screen. I have to rent it and see it on TV at least. Thanks for the reminder.

    Have you seen “Ratatouille” (or however it is spelled)? I just loved that movie and did get to see it on the big screen where you could enjoy every crumb of bread. If you haven’t seen it I recommend it.

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