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World Street Kitchen

Just went there for lunch and had a great meal! My friend and I shared a pressed lamb torta - with refried beans, queso fresco, and wondeful slices of lamb - and an asian bowl loaded with goodness, the perfect combination of cooked and raw veggies for crunch, plus a fried egg on top and a spicy sauce to jazz it all up. Rick Nelson and Claude Peck were there too, great sunny day for Truck food =)

Oct 04, 2010
MariQ in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Mort's Deli Opening Soon in Golden Valley (MSP)

Just went for lunch and here is the latest report: they do seem to be putting more attention to service, but it is still uneven. Food was very good - but the matzo balls were too chewy (undercooked?). The pastrami & corned beef sandwich on rye was awesome.
The details: we arrived a quarter after noon, the place was full so we waited around for 10 mins for a table. The server showed up right away and was very friendly. He brought our drinks and my request for pickles immediately (i just ordered "some pickles", he brought a plate with green tomatoes - yum! - and the 2 kinds of cucumbers). Then they messed up and brought the sandwiches before the soup, which arrived soon after – and both the server and another gentleman (owner?) came to apologize for the soup not coming earlier… As I mentioned, the matzo balls were too dense, but the rest of the soup was very good, full of chicken, carrots & noodles. Then we moved on to the sandwiches, when my friend discovered that her brisket au jus had chopped liver alongside the brisket – another blunder, but the server corrected it quickly. The ½ sandwiches were very generous, served with warm (just fried) kettle chips. Overall happy with the meal - $37 for 2 big sandwiches, 3 soups (one to go) and drinks. Will go back , but make sure that I ask if their matzo balls are fluffy before o order the soup again.

Nov 13, 2008
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

MSP...Tony Bourdain @ Solera or Triple Rock???[Moved from Midwest Board]

If all cities he's visiting are like this, it a pretty brutal book tour - jeez louise! the poor guy was definitely tired (and maybe in need of a smoke), but it was great to see his high comfort level at answering any kind of question - from the AWESOME director reference and "eat my heart" ones to the woman who kept whinning about moving from NYC to the 'burbs and looking for advice (??)

Nov 28, 2007
MariQ in Food Media & News

Minneapolis delicacies

Definitely the Jucy Lucy mentioned below, and I'd also recoomend Punch Pizza - not necessarily a Mpls delicacy (they are the true pizza from Napoli, Italy, not invented here), but still a rarity in the USA: wood oven, super thin crust, real tomatoes, just the right amount of cheese

Aug 29, 2007
MariQ in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What's the best thing you've eaten recently? [MSP]

Ditto on the burger at Bulldog NE - went last Sunday and still dreaming of the rich flavors =)

Jul 13, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

MSP-Birthday experience

what an awful experience! I'm glad you had a great time at LBV - it is definitely the best service in town (not only during dinner, but they always "remember" us - or see that we ahave been there before) and are extremely gracious. And the lounge can always accomodate us!

Jun 11, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

MSP: Best japanese food?

For a good variety of Japanese food, check out Midori Floating Word Cafe, on the corner of Lake and Minnehaha - small place, great "home cooked" japanese food!

Jun 05, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

B.A.N.K. at Westin Hotel, MSP

I did a quick search here and did not find much on the new BANK, so here's my review - curious to hear (read) other people's opinions on it.
My husband and I went last Tuesday night (5/29), a slow evening right after the holiday. The service was great, and the place is, hum, stately (would “grandiosely imperial” be exaggerated?) – the imposing old Farmers and Mechanics bank atmosphere is quite the backdrop for a restaurant, but there are some more cozy spaces, including a great sit-down counter overlooking the kitchen.
The menu has a little of everything – from tomato soup and a great burger (after all they are in a hotel, and must cater to the weary travelers), to a delicious duck appetizer and high-end entrees such as a seared walleye with lobster.
We started with 3 appetizers: the scallops, the tartare duo(salmon and tuna – both delicious, with great ingredients to highlight the fish, such as avocado, mango, apples), and the five-spice duck – served over a great frisee salad. Washed it all down with a fantastic white grapefruit cosmopolitan. My husband had the lamb with ratatouille and white beans and I had the aforementioned seared walleye – served over a delicious vichyssoise with sugar snap peas (technically, various of the ingredients are locally sourced, per Rick Nelson’s interview on http://www.startribune.com/10151/rich...) For dessert, we looked at their nine little offerings in shot glasses and could not resist to have the chocolate mousse treat. We loved everything we had, and the service was super attentive. The bar – right in the middle of the great lobby – is very fun and I can see going there often for drinks and less elaborate meals – the burger is calling me next =
)For their site: http://www.bankmpls.com/

Jun 03, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Peking Duck in MN?

Some friends and we go for Peking Duck at least twice a year at Mandarin Kitchen (87 and Lyndale in Bloomington). We usually get it "3-ways": the awesome roasted duck served in the yummy little "crepes" (the names escapes me now), the soup, and the rest of the duck stir-fried with chives blossoms... I had the luck to experience Peking Duck in 2 different places in Peking (now Beijing), and MK was pretty comparable! You should call 24hs in advance to order it. They also offer it just one way (the crepes) or just 2-ways, too.

Jun 03, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Picnic to-go in St. Paul area?

My first suggestion is Buon Giorno - their slection of deli meats, cheese's, prepared salads, etc, is great - more than once i had memorable picnics with food from there. I'm pretty sure they can provide plates/cups too, but it's worth checking anyway.
The other one that comes to mind, also on the Italian theme, is Cossetta's - again, had a picnic with some take out from them a while ago and it was pretty good (but it was a while ago...)

Jun 03, 2007
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Toast Wine Bar (Mpls)

One more praise for Toast (we went last Friday night): we were debating in front of the waitress whether to order wine by the glass or a bottle, and she offered that if we had 2-3 glasses she could open any bottle for us, and just charge us the glasses we had.

Jun 03, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Fogo De Chao coming to Minneapolis [Moved from Midwest]

the costumes are just gaucho pants and blue shirts, nothing too weird. It's true that it's not “fine” dining in the sense of a superior gourmet experience (La Belle Vie, Alma, etc), but it is a really good steakhouse. It will likely compete with Manny's, Ruth Chris, Morton's, etc. The price is similar…. and these places do get a good share of biz every week. Steak is not my idea of special occasion and I’ve only been to Manny’s on biz dinners, but there’s a public out there for this idea, trust me.
PS: in Brazil, this kind of place is favored by groups - or families on weekend lunches (their busiest time): you go around 2PM on Sunday and just linger around for hours being served… it’s a family event, and the earlier hour gives you time to digest before bed time =)

Apr 12, 2007
MariQ in Chains

Fogo De Chao coming to Minneapolis [Moved from Midwest]

we used to go to the original Fogo de Chao in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at least one Sunday a month. I have been to the one in Atlanta and Chicago - the concept travels well, although some of the best cuts of meat are not available here. I hope Mpls gets a good selection, not just a slimmed-down menu
Regarding the cost, it is high… but all i can say is that $50 per person is what a fine dinner costs this days ($28 for a fish dish, $35 for a steak, plus appetizers at $8-10 and a salad in between...). At least here you'll eat more than anywhere else, and if you go for a late lunch on a weekend you may not need another meal until Monday =)

Apr 11, 2007
MariQ in Chains

MSP - Authentic French Bistro

I have not been to AR in a while but just mentioned it to a friend looking for a place "with French food AND ambiance". I am not sure about the official difference between bistro & brasserie, but maybe AR is closer to a brasserie.

mnitchals - let us know about Pierre's - have not been there for many years now, but do recall tasty frog legs and a very nice onion soup!

Mar 16, 2007
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Crystal Bistro Afghani in Crystal, MN

Completely agree - it's a great place, i also highly recommend it. The lamb was amazingly tender, the chuncky almonds on top very generous!

Mar 16, 2007
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Minneapolis - Is the best sushi really Lutefisk ?

i know you said "not as far as origami" but i do need to report that we had a PHENOMENAL dinner there tonight. best sushi in the last 12months, easily - freshness, thickness, temperature of fish & rice, etc. and the specials (new? new to me..) were great. melt in your mouth fish goodness.

Jan 24, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

MSP - Auriga Closing

we called as soon we heard about the closing and they were booked solid until the last day. today we tried to sit at the lounge and heard the same as kate: 2 to 3 hour wait, maybe more - good for them, sad for us, looking for a last meal =(

Jan 24, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

MSP Tejas?

i have been dissapointed - all seemed bland, but if you did liked it once, i say go for it!

Jan 24, 2007
MariQ in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP - Auriga Closing

sorry, i was indeed misunderstood. did not mean to imply that it was the fault from transplants nor chowhounds - actually, it seems that transplants are the ones who truly embrace eating out at different places vs. the same join every time.
the post from the Savage hound did make me mad, and some similar posts in the past of people who mention "i have not been there for years but i'm so sad it closed"... thus i launched my "support the culinary arts" tirade. The $ issue was misplaced, I’m sorry for that too - i'm peeved at my friends that can't eat out b/c is "so expensive" but they embark in all sort of other materialistic indulgences - a pity for the local community.

Jan 24, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Fried Chicken - Twin Cities

i know you said "not just wings" but i have to mention Nardie's on 38th and Nicollet... yum!!!!

http://www.citypages.com/bestof2006/f...

Jan 22, 2007
MariQ in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP - Auriga Closing

It's pathetic to read the post about the disappointed "refugee" from Chicago who lives in Savage and can't find good food in the TC, and then read all the rationale behind the restaurant losses in the last weeks. Pathetic and disheartening. Why? Well, a lot of respondents identified themselves as transplants from chow-towns that were very pleased with what they found here, so I ask - are they truly supporting the culinary arts? As I see it, you have to “contribute” if you want the options to be there for you – want to have the opportunity to see a play one day? Donate to the theater or plan (and go) twice a year to a play. Same with live rock music, the orchestra, independent films, visual arts, and restaurants. You have to just go – give it a try, give them your money. You are better off spending your discretionary income investing in the food and culture of the place you live than buying a bigger car and a flat-screen TV (trust me, those won’t improve your quality of life). Sorry for the preaching, but I keep telling people to go try new restaurants once a month, if they want new restaurants to keep showing up. If you don’t invest in your community, there won’t be one when you need it.

Jan 22, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Twin Cities: Top 5 Romantic Restaurant Destinations

- La Belle Vie
- Alma
- the counter at Town Talk Diner (trust me here): not intimate-romantic, but it's so fun, and funny (make me laugh and i'll love you sincerely!), and the staff makes you feel special, like calling you by your first name throughout the meal.
- sushi bar at Origami gets a mention... because it's sushi!!!

Jan 22, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Minneapolis: Five is Kaput

i saw that today - i was surprised but not shocked. not sure they ever defined a clear style and food target - for the people looking for Woodman's "magic", the menu was dissapointing. For the ones not familiar with the chef, it was pricey... and the bar was not a good spot to hang out.

Jan 16, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Breakfast places in Twin Cities

Did not see any mention to Town Talk Diner - i think they do great pancackes and awesome pulled-pork hash. their specials are usually great, too - the spicy sausage was a hit!

Jan 16, 2007
MariQ in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Who is taking over for Seth @ Cosmos? [MSP]

You're probably right - although the "stamp" will eventually come - news of a new chef always revive a place, as people "remember" the old spot and go see what's going on.

Jan 12, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Who is taking over for Seth @ Cosmos? [MSP]

Chowhounders know their stuff. good scoop - any insight on when he'll be running the show?

Jan 11, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Fogo de Chao

The traditional Brazilian and Argentinean way of seasoning meat for grilling is with lots of kosher (or sea) salt. This ads great flavor, but it makes the outside of each cut salty for the standard American palate - so ask for an "inner" piece.

Jan 05, 2007
MariQ in Pennsylvania

Who is taking over for Seth @ Cosmos? [MSP]

I personally have not had the privilege to eat at any high scale places in Vegas, and very few in Chicago-NY. So I cannot comment if Cosmos is at par with “the best” in these cities. I do think Seth is a great chef, beyond the culinary knowledge and creativity – from his work with the hotel and events/ charities such as the Taste of the Nation/ SOS events, he has proven leadership. But when it comes to ranking him nationally... I’m not experienced enough for that.

Jan 04, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Twin Cities: Do you Love or Hate or Just Yawn about BIG BOWL

We go if we happen to be at the mall during lunch time - husband loves it =) But the last time this happened was over 6 months ago (we try to avoid malls)... when it happens, i join him without complains, as some of the dishes are pretty good, but definitely not all.
Wasn't there a note on the Strib about a new chef or some sort of turnaround? Last week's Taste it said that one of their dishes was a "top 10 unforgetable dish of 2006": "Big Bowl: A high- fidelity hot and sour soup -- singing with pork and vinegar -- embodies the welcome culinary turnaround at this Asian-focused chain."

Jan 03, 2007
MariQ in General Midwest Archive

Who is taking over for Seth @ Cosmos? [MSP]

The Yankees? yuck... i understand the analogy about bringing top players to their roster, but can we use a less polarizing team? =)
Trojahn seems like a great match, down to the big-hotel experience – it’s definitely not a job for any chef, no matter how great they are.... it takes a certain personality.

Foureyes137, what's the "Bixby-Brown" venture in your dreams?

Jan 03, 2007
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