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Lyndale Tap House???

The Tap House flat out sucks, mainly due to the clientele. Take your 21 year old "bros" that hang out at Williams, age them a few years, give them a real job (that they won't stop talking about), dress them in Affliction shirts or some other douchey apparel, and you have the Tap House. Make sure you add in REALLY LOUD horrible pop music, mix in some skank girls with bad attitudes and fedoras, and you have the Complete Lyndale Tap House Experience(R)(tm)(c).

There. I just saved you a trip and about $40. Thank me later.

That being said, the food I've had hasn't been too bad. They have a good maple glazed pork belly appetizer, and they put out a surprisingly good burger the last time I was there (had hot peppers and some other stuff that actually had kick). The Tap House is supposedly known for their Pit Beef, a Baltimore specialty, but the couple times I have had it I was unimpressed.

They also have a pretty decent beer list. And their sidewalk patio is nice.

There is no reason to voluntarily go to the Tap House though, since Muddy Waters is directly next door, and Moto I is across the street. Both have a vastly better atmosphere, and both have good food and drinks.

Aug 10, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Pubs/bars with the NFL Sunday Ticket

Just keep in mind that if the Saints game falls at the same time as the Vikes game that week, you may want to call ahead and see if they'll keep one of the TVs on the Saints game.

If not, you can always offer up a bounty. HAH!

Aug 09, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Saturday Breakfast/Brunch?

If you don't mind a trip into Uptown (LynLake specifically), the Bryant Lake Bowl has what I consider a solid breakfast lineup. Good bloodies to boot!

http://bryantlakebowl.com/sites/defau...

Aug 07, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Thai food for our anniversary.

While this is very true (noodles dishes with pork/chicken/beef for $8, shrimp $9, and seafood $10), and it is my favorite restaurant in the area when it comes to the quality of the food...the ambiance at Kruengthep sucks. It's not a place you want to go for a special occasion.

Yes, you can buy a few different types of beer at Kruengthep now (didn't pay attention to the wine list last time I was there), but the entire time spent eating your meal you feel like you're on the set of a Steven Segal movie circa 1990.

Aug 07, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Pubs/bars with the NFL Sunday Ticket

Is there a specific team you follow, or just in general? There are some bars that are team-specific, like Alary's in downtown St. Paul (a Bears bar...and a cop bar. Which is weird.).

Liquor Lyle's was my go-to place for fantasy foodball a few years back. They have pretty much every game that's on TV, the food is decent bar food, and you can't go wrong with the drink specials. Depending on how many people you have seating may be an issue, if it's a large group.

Places like Champp's and Sensor's usually have a multitude of games on. I'd imagine Jake's has at least a couple of TVs dedicated to non-Vikings games, and there are a couple of them north of the city (one by 494 & 55, the other off 35W & Country Rd. D).

Aug 03, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Thai food for our anniversary.

Where at? Minneapolis? St. Paul? 'Burbs?

-I'm partial to Roat Osha on 27th & Hennepin. Their walleye & green curry is awesome, they have a full bar, and I love their decor. An added bonus is they have a late night happy hour with discounted drinks and appetizers. My only gripe is the food is rarely as spicy as I want it.

-King and I Thai is good spot too. It's constantly rated as one of the best places to bring a date. Full bar with good drinks, private seating, and solid food.

Aug 03, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best patio on a Friday night?

I know you ruled out Uptown, but Roat Osha's patio kicks ass. It's not directly on Hennepin so you don't get hassled by people, but you're only like 15' away so you still can watch the circus of street traffic. Just take side streets to get there and you won't have to worry about the detours. I'll be there later tonight.

Leaning Tower of Pizza has an awesome sidewalk patio, and they have happy hour from 10:30pm - 12:30am. You'll have to get there early though if you want a spot, as seating is pretty limited.

I'll second Suzi's and Black Forest. And Vic's too for that matter.

Aug 03, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Another TC's sojourn begins.

Yep, the penalties and fines are pretty harsh for serving minors, and if enough are racked up the restaurant/liquor store/etc. can lose their liquor license.

While I agree it's a bit ridiculous to card a 55 year old, some places do literally have a "card everyone" policy. I remember my dad being a bit miffed at being carded by our waitress at the old Pizzeria Uno in Edina in the early 90's (he was in his 50s as well at the time), but the waitress explained that she had just carded a 70 year old due to their policy and was apologetic about the whole thing.

That being said, I can't think of the last time I went to the NE Bulldog and didn't have a bartender or waitress that didn't have a surly attitude. I tend to avoid the place if possible simply because of that. The NE Bulldog is not owned & operated by the same owner as the Uptown and Lowertown Bulldog, and the Bullfrog in MPLS...it is a separate entity that seems to capitalize on the name.

Jul 24, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

BBQ places and canned baked beans

Yep, it is possible to make standard canned beans absolutely awesome using this method while smoking meat. And as you stated, it acts as a sort of water pan, adding a layer of humidity to the smoker.

Jul 18, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Another TC's sojourn begins.

Also, Brasa is about a block down the street from the NE Bulldog. I highly recommend going bishopsbitter if you haven't already been.

Jul 13, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Butcher and the Boar

Absolutely off-topic, but if you smoked a brisket for 22 hours, I assume you did a full packer and not just a point. Where did you get it? Everywhere I look only seems to carry the flat.

Thanks.

Jun 20, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Downtown Minneapolis eats

Where are you staying downtown exactly?

Jun 20, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Duluth in November

My sister and her husband travel up to Duluth about once a month just to get away from the city. Their default go-to is Fitger's Brewhouse for their wild rice burger, although they have been very happy with other items on the menu as well.

Fitgers is actually going to open up another location in the north loop sometime in the near future too if you decide you don't want to travel all the way up to Duluth for some good beer.

Jun 20, 2012
magz0r in Great Lakes

Must have grilling cookbooks?

I have used a couple of books straight from Weber.

Weber's Way To Grill.
http://www.amazon.com/Webers-Way-Grill-Step---Step/dp/0376020598/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1339699187&sr=8-3

Weber's Time To Grill.
http://www.amazon.com/Webers-Time-Gri...

Both books are good, and covers everything from setting up a grill to cooking or smoking somewhat complex recipes. Lots of good pictures too.

Jun 14, 2012
magz0r in Home Cooking

Mendota Heights--any interesting cheap-ish eats?

Yep, Pineda #2 or #3 (can't remember which), right on Robert St. by JT's Hamburgers, Dino's, etc. Back when I worked up the road a few miles by the river I would swing down to that Pineda for lunch. I really loved their burritos, although I don't recall any specific meat being outstanding.

I'll have to check out Teresa's next time I am around that area. Never been, and by the sounds of it I am missing out.

Edit: Is Teresa's a chain? I just checked their website and it looks like there is another location in Lakeville and Golden Valley.

http://teresasmexicanrest.com/locatio...

Jun 13, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Non-pretentious couple from KC in town for two nights

"Is the wait at Tin Fish any worse than the wait at Sea Salt these days?"

Granted it's totally anecdotal, but based on my experiences, yes. Let me put it this way: over the last year, there have been times when I have been able to place my order at Sea Salt in 15-20 minutes. With Tin Fish, on the other hand, no matter what time or day of the week, I have never been able to place my order in anything under 45-60 minutes. And that's just to order...figure another 15-30 minutes for your food.

Tin Fish always seems understaffed, and the staff they do have tend to be high school kids that aren't exactly on the ball. That can't help wait times too much.

Jun 13, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Non-pretentious couple from KC in town for two nights

If he does want walleye in a Sea Salt-like setting, Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun actually has walleye on their menu. The lines can be ridiculously long however. I was there a week ago, and even standing in the rain, it was a solid 1 hour wait during dinner rush.

Sea Salt does rock though. I love their po' boys.

Jun 13, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Non-pretentious couple from KC in town for two nights

Don't worry, I feel the same way when I visit my buddy in Milwaukee. Great people, despicable sports teams. :P

BURGERS: If you're going for a Jucy Lucy, both the Nook and Blue Door in St. Paul are great choices. Despite growing up a few blocks from Matt's, I still believe that their quality has gone downhill and the burgers are not that great compared to other offerings in the TC these days. Buster's on 28th is only a mile or two away from Matt's, and they do make a very good non-stuffed burger.

FISH: The Anchor doesn't have walleye, at least according to their menu online, just FYI. I liked the Tavern on Grand last time I ate there, but it's been a few years.

Good luck. Make sure you drink some local beers while you're here too. Minnesota is in the middle of a local microbrew renaissance and there are some seriously good beers on tap at most restaurants and bars now.

Jun 13, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Non-pretentious couple from KC in town for two nights

Just out of curiosity, what place are you referring to that has a great walleye sandwich in Minneapolis? I don't care if you have a personal tie to the restaurant or not, I just need to know! Ever since my parents sold our cabin on Mile Lacs, I have always been on the lookout. For being such an awesome freshwater fish, it's amazing that there are not more restaurants that offer walleye locally.

The Green Mill in Uptown has a walleye sandwich that I get on occasion, as well as the awesomely battered version at the Rail Station bar on 37th & Minnehaha.

Jun 11, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Missing Porky's Onion Rings!

Great question. I too LOVE a truly awesome side of onion rings, so I will keep an eye on this thread. I actually forgot how fantastic Nora's rings used to be until I read your post. As a kid I would go to the Nora's on E. Lake St. with my parents. An Uncle Nels sandwich (which I am still trying to find out how it was made) with a side of onion rings ranks up as one of the best meals I recall eating as a kid.

Jun 10, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Mexican Restaurants in the TwinCities

Just out of curiosity, where have you been already?

Barring the Midtown Global Market, my standbys are Los Ocampo's on Lake & Chicago, Las Teresitas off of 62 & 34th Ave (killer salsa bar), and Pineda Tacos in West St. Paul for burritos. Both Los Ocampo's and Las Teresitas have a pretty decent menu, so if you are looking to go beyond typical tacos and burritos there are plenty of choices.

Jun 01, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

La Hacienda

That's pretty similar to my experience at the La Hacienda on E. Lake. Decent/passable tacos and burritos, but far from the tacos at Los Ocampo's and Las Teresitas.

May 30, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Uptown Breakfast for Wedding Shower

CC Club. Seriously. It's generally pretty empty that early in the morning, and they have surprisingly good breakfast (although it's far from healthy). Plus it's a full bar, so if anyone wants a mimosa or screwdriver to help ease in to the day, it's no problem. Just be prepared for the inevitable bad service.

May 30, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Craving a Mai Tai

Roat's are decent and are a few bucks off during happy hour. Leaning Tower of Pizza also has Mai Tais, although they aren't very good. If you go to the Red Dragon and get one, you might as well buck up and get a Wonderous Punch. Just make sure you aren't the one driving.

May 29, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Visiting Minneapolis Memorial Day weekend, what to eat?

Assuming Chuck is staying at the hotel right on Washington Ave (the old Raddison), can you even hop a bus going east on University currently that will make it all the way through? Washington at least is a war zone due to the LRT construction, and part of University is hacked up too.

May 21, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

"Burch"

I don't see parking as being THAT big of a deal. There is street parking on the side streets behind the building and there are usually spots available. When I go to Lowry Hill for a beer run (I live by Hum's but their selection sucks) I never have had to park more than a block away, and that's typically during prime time on the weekends.

The basement bar thing doesn't really matter to me. I guess I don't have a problem with walking down a flight of stairs to catch a drink, but then again I don't mind drinking at Lyle's either, and they don't have any windows at all. Maybe I should get tested for light allergies? Heh.

I wonder what the pricing will be like? If they're talking about getting the best prime beef available in the US I assume they will price it accordingly, which unfortunately will be out of my price range.

You are correct though, there is a definite need for a great bar with solid food and a non-sucky clientele. Unfortunately it's like there is a city ordinance preventing one place from hitting all three of those requirements.

May 14, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where can I find habernero (hot pepper) plants in the Twin Cities?

Hopefully Kamala made it to the plant sale. I started that thread, and ended up going to the fair grounds on Saturday afternoon. They were out of the one plant that I REALLY wanted (chocolate habs), but I managed to pick up a couple white habs, purple habs, ghosts, and fataliis for about $20 out the door.

Now, I just need to figure out how the hell to grow these things and keep them from dying in containers. Apartment living at its finest.

May 14, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Place to buy super hot peppers locally?

DUDE! Thank you! I had never heard of this event before. I am absolutely going this weekend and going crazy, despite having never grown anything before. Everything on my hit list will be there.

Seriously, thank you.

May 10, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Place to buy super hot peppers locally?

Yeah, that's my thought too. I think I'll try some of the other farmers markets this summer, especially the big Minneapolis and St. Paul ones, although that is probably a long shot as well. Oddly enough the Roundy's in uptown carried a few small cartons of ghost peppers for a brief time this winter, but I haven't seen them back since.

Ordering online is probably the answer, but I am a big fan of immediate gratification.

May 10, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Place to buy super hot peppers locally?

So, my buddy that was planning on growing a bunch of really hot peppers (Chocolate habs, Ghost peppers, Trinidadian Butch Scorpions, etc.) just informed me that he flaked out for the year and he will not be growing anything. I feel defeated to say the least.

Is there anywhere locally (preferably in MPLS, but I am willing to drive within reason) that carries peppers of this caliber? Obviously Rainbow/Lunds/Kowalski's carry regular habs, but they have been pretty lame in the past when I have tried them. I used to at least be able to find actual hot habaneros at the UofM Farmer's Market, but last summer it seemed nobody grew them. I know you can buy dehydrated habs and ghost peppers at Midwest Supplies in SLP, but I would prefer fresh.

Has anyone else had this problem, or am I the only one that likes to cook atomically hot food?

Thanks.

May 09, 2012
magz0r in Minneapolis-St. Paul